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Fellowship

March 3, 2012

Greetings,

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  Hebrews 10: 19-25

Yes my friends we can enter into His presence with confidence because of His blood sacrifice for us.  We can enter in because He opened the way.  We need not hide in shame because of our sins and shortcomings any longer.  No, we can run into His arms and draw near to Him because He has made a way for us. 

We can hold “unswervingly” (I love that word) to our hope because Jesus is ALWAYS faithful.  Yes, it is more about Him than it is about us!  How do we spur each other on towards love and good deeds?  By abiding in Him and bearing good fruit as we share our victories and challenges with one another.  Let us continue gathering together to break bread and to share deep fellowship with one another under ONLY Jesus The Head.

Let us encourage one another by speaking and living the truth in love.  Seek Him as you gather together and He will reveal even more of Himself to each one of you.  Lift Him up as you love one another and He will encourage and lift you up too.  The Day of Him returning is near.  So hold fast to Him and one another and He will see you through to the end.

I have seen this passage used to try and control and MANipulate people into going to “church” as often as the doors of the building are open.  I refuse to use it in that manner and will allow it to speak for itself instead.  I choose to fellowship with other Christ followers because it is a great joy that benefits all who gather under Him.  When we fellowship in a manner that encourages all to share their portion and without the Clergy/Laity division, amazing things happen and EVERYONE gets blessed.  Especially Jesus!  I fellowship with others because I love it and I hope that you can find fellowship that is as open, free and satisfying as the gatherings I participate in.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

 

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6 Comments
  1. Yes, we are to come together in a NEW AND LIVING WAY. What is that new way filled with the life of God? The writer alludes to it earlier in the chapter saying, “The Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after this he had said before, ‘This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them’ (Hebrews 10:15-16 KJ2000). He was speaking of the passage in Jeremiah 31 where we read about the nature of this NEW Covenant we should be partaking of…

    Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; my covenant which they broke, although I was a husband unto them, says the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:31-34 KJ2000) [see also Ezekiel 36:26&27]

    Here the prophet alludes to a new people who will be made ready to walk in His NEW Covenant. Everyone of the points in the above passage starts with, the words, “I will…” There is not a single work of the fleshly arm of man needed to make it come to pass… not a single “thou shalt or thou shalt not” needed to be obeyed. And what does this New Creation in Christ look like? He has a new Spirit within and a new heart upon which is written a New Commandment (see Hebrews 7:12 and John 13:34&35), His agape love. This new man in Christ is so plugged into the Spirit that he no longer needs human teachers… for all who are of this New Covenant can hear the Spirit of Truth within them speaking (see 1 John 2:26&27). In every way this New Covenant live is a “NEW AND LIVING WAY”!

    So with all this in mind how does a New Covenant people assemble together when each man and woman is a priest of God and each one can hear His Spirit speaking and all have been given gifts to profit the whole body of Christ? Do they line up in neat rows all facing an elevated pulpit (and the backs of the other members’ heads) upon which stands one man who has been licensed to preach to them while they sit there in dumb silence? That is not NEW and neither is it LIVING! That is Old Covenant at best and Roman at the worst and it sows seeds of death and discouragement, making the gifted saint hide their gifts in a napkin and bury them out of fear of the “holy man” up front who will not allow any man to interrupt the high Protestant sacrament called, “The Sermon.”

    The writer of Hebrews continues, “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works…” There is that phrase that is so New Covenant, “one another.”

    consider – Grk. katanoeo – to consider attentively, fix one’s eyes or mind upon.
    One another – Grk. allelon – one another, reciprocally, mutually

    We are to fix our eyes and minds upon one another mutually as we gather, not some pulpeteer up front, or the one who loves to take over the meeting and control it for his own glory. We know that God as put something in each of our hearts that is for the benefit of the whole body of believers and do what we can to draw it out in one another.

    As it is easy for anyone to see, coming together as Christ’s recreated New Covenant beings and in this mutually edifying manner is not going to Sunday church services as they have become. Don’t let anyone of that mind-set condemn the liberty you have in His Spirit in this New and Living way.

  2. Excellent comment Michael. I appreciate your participation here.

  3. Jill permalink

    I had some lovely spontaneous fellowship with friends today. Part of the day was planned, the rest was a gift. Gotta love that.

  4. Yes Jill, I love fellowship whenever it happens. Glad you had a good day.

  5. zip permalink

    Yes, as we know I goto a church on sundays, participate in a bible study class there also and have great fellowship with them and most of my friends are there. I also belong to the emmaus community and we have monthly gatherings and from there I have a what we call a accountibility group that meets weekly so that we may share what God has done for us, where we felt closest and furthest from him and to share anything and everything you can think of.
    Without this community of faith I would not be the man I am today. We all have times where we fall short, (backsliding is mentioned somewhere arould 113 times in the bible) and without the fellowship of my brothers and sisters in Christ I would be lost!

    Zip

  6. "BK" Zimmer permalink

    Great stuff, thanks all! I like what was said….I gather because I want to. Amen. It hasn’t always been that way with me in years gone by. I still appreciate having the ‘freedom to gather’, such a different spirit than out of fear. Again, great stuff! “BK”

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