Building a fellowship upon the Rock that is sustained in unity of faith in the knowledge of Yeshua the Messiah.
Ephesians 4:11-13 Furthermore, he gave some people as emissaries, some as prophets, some as proclaimers of the Good News, and some as shepherds and teachers. Their task is to equip God’s people for the work of service that builds the body of the Messiah, until we all arrive at the unity implied by trusting and knowing the Son of God, at full manhood, at the standard of maturity set by the Messiah’s perfection.
The Plan – participating fellowship
Yeshua said My Father’s House is called a House of prayer, when He emptied the Temple court, referring to what God said through Isaiah “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer”… This is the plan that God proposed, and He send His only Son so that through Him a new temple could be established, built not by hands but in the Spirit.
When Yeshua said My Father’s House is called a house of prayer. The emphasis was not on the house but the proposed use of the house. Yeshua’s anger was directed at the misuse of the house, not that the house was built in the wrong manner.
If prayer is consistent with participating fellowship, then participating fellowship, or the lack thereof stirred the passion in the heart of Yeshua for our Fathers house.
When God called His house to be a house of prayer He had in mind that we would come unto Him in His house of prayer and in His house of prayer is where He wants to fill us with joy. Mortar and brick can to a certain extend bring glory as a monument in recognition of a person, but as in most chases a dead building as a memorial is a memorial of a dead person. Did not Yeshua said (Mark 12:27 He is God not of the dead, but of the living! You are going far astray!“)
We are called to build a living temple where the bricks are living bodies that presented themselves as a living sacrifice unto a living God. When we come together as a living sacrifices in the name of our Lord and Saviour Yeshua the Messiah to glorify our Father in Heaven we are building a living sanctuary for God. Ephesians 2:21-22 In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling- place for God.
“Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer”… God’s plan for His House of Prayer is to make the people joyful as they participate in the fellowship with Him and His Son Yeshua the Messiah. If then God intends to make us and them, the strangers joyful, the building cannot be exclusive but should be open for all that want to come into the fellowship with our Father in Heaven and His anointed Son.
1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are God’s co- workers; you are God’s field, God’s building
The substance – the Foundation of participating fellowship
The foundation is the support upon which we build a house, it is not the foundation as such that keep the house standing through the storm, it is rather the substance upon which the foundation is laid. Yeshua said in Luke 6:48 he is like someone building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the torrent beat against that house but couldn’t shake it, because it was constructed well. The revelation of Yeshua, as the Son of the Living God, is the basis of our fellowship as in 1 John 1:1-3 The Word, which gives life! He existed from the beginning. We have heard him, we have seen him with our eyes, we have contemplated him, we have touched him with our hands! The life appeared, and we have seen it. We are testifying to it and announcing it to you- eternal life! He was with the Father, and he appeared to us. What we have seen and heard, we are proclaiming to you; so that you too may have fellowship with us. Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah
Matthew 16:15-18 He said to them, But who do you say I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Hebrews 11:1 Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see.
The rock then, upon which the foundation is laid, is the sure substance, and the rock is Yeshua the anointed Messiah. For in Him and through Him we have hope based on the evidence in the Gospel, of the things not seen. For our whole faith is based upon the revelation that Yeshua is the Son of the living God as Peter said in Matthew 16:18.
When Peter called out to Yeshua to call him so that he can walk on the water, he put his faith not in what he saw, but what he trusted to be true, what he hoped for. (That, if it is Yeshua walking on the water, He would be able to uphold me (Peter) to walk on the water). That was the substance on which Peter based his trust; he placed his hope in what he trusted Yeshua to be capable of doing. The evidence is the fact that he got out of the boat when Yeshua called him, the evidence is not the walking on the water – that is what he hoped for – based upon his belief in what Yeshua can do. The evidence is that he put into action that what he trusted Yeshua to do. This is not out of the flesh, but it comes from the revelation of who Yeshua is, the Son of the living God.
We should not make the same mistake as the disciples made in Mark 6:51-52 He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves; on the contrary, their hearts had been made stone. The disciples did not consider Yeshua as the Son of the Living God, they did not allow themselves to become wise as they think about Yeshua, for their hearts were harden.
In doing that what Yeshua called us to do we should not consider our own inability; we should rather consider Yeshua as the Son of Elohim and His ability, as it is written in Isaiah 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth- it will not return to me unfulfilled; but it will accomplish what I intend, and cause to succeed what I sent it to do“. Yeshua is the Word of God and the writer of Hebrews challenges us to look upon Yeshua. Hebrews 12:1-2 So then, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us, too, put aside every impediment- that is, the sin which easily hampers our forward movement- and keep running with endurance in the contest set before us, looking away to the Initiator and Completer of that trusting, Yeshua…
The Foundation for participating fellowship
When through the confrontation and consideration we have found the Rock, and assured ourselves of the perfectness of the Rock, which is Yeshua. We start by laying the foundation upon the assurance that the Rock is able to carry the weight of the foundation and the building upon it. Before we read the Word of God, or call upon the promises of God, we must be assured that every promise is yes and amen in Yeshua the Messiah as in 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 For however many promises God has made, they all find their “Yes” in connection with him; that is why it is through him that we say the “Amen” when we give glory to God. Moreover, it is God who sets both us and you in firm union with the Messiah; he has anointed us, put his seal on us, and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee for the future.
In acknowledging that when we say amen we affirm that the word spoken is a trustworthy Word, a Word that will surely come to pass, because we are assured upon Who the Word is build, acknowledging the ability of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah to bring it in fulfilment, therefore we must be assured of Him and His ability in order to lay the foundation.
We must know beyond the shadow of doubt that we have within us all the resources of the One who upholds the universe and that no amount of effort can produce the fruit of the spirit, it is a result of growing closer to Elohim, through Yeshua the Messiah. You need a relationship with the giver of joy not the concept of joy.
Now that we agree that we can have participating fellowship, we can once again look at God’s plan when He said ““Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer”…
Building the building
The first foundation that God laid between man and Himself was based upon trust (as the substance) in man’s ability to walk in obedience. Man proved his own inability, although being created just a little lower that God, to bring in fulfilment God’s intended plan for man, to take dominion. Through the generations God have shown to us our error in not trusting Him but always relying upon something or someone else. In Ephesians 2:10 we however read that in Yeshua the Messiah we have been recreated so that we can bring in fulfilment the plan that God had for us from the beginning as expressed in Exodus 25:8 “They are to make me a sanctuary, so that I may live among them.
Being regenerated means that we have acknowledge our own inability as we surrendered our lives, receiving the regenerated live in Yeshua the Messiah, trusting in Him and His ability not in ourselves and our owe inability. When the disciples asked Yeshua what is the work that we should do if we want to do the work of God, in John 6:29 Yeshua answered, “Here’s what the work of God is:to trust in the one he sent. Trusting in Yeshua is the required work that we have been called for, there is however a lot of other work we can do, but none as pleasing as the work of trusting in Yeshua. That is the first work we have been called for – prayer based on trust (building a sanctuary) Hebrews 11:6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.
The Building are constructed through Intimacy
When our trusting is combined with intimacy with God, creation is taking place. When we look at the exodus we saw a nation looking upon the wonders of God as He provided in a supernatural way for His people, but yet they started doubting and fall back upon their own feeble plans, building a golden calf to guide then to freedom, a god formed by the very hands that worship it. Likewise, we are quick to fall back upon our own plans, when we have prayed for a while without seeing anything; we start doubting and start planning for ourselves. But if we only knew what is taking place in the unseen, if the Israelites only knew that Moses was waiting upon God who is writing with His own hand, they would not have rebelled against God. The moment we stop trusting in God and His ability, is the moment that we rebel against God and His authority Exodus 32:1 When the people saw that Moshe was taking a long time to come down from the mountain, they gathered around Aharon and said to him, “Get busy; and make us gods to go ahead of us; because this Moshe, the man that brought us up from the land of Egypt- we don’t know what has become of him” God called on Moses to come and received the created work that He wass busy preparing, but while Moses was waiting upon God to bring forth His creation, the people started doubting, and the created work of God were aborted, when Moses destroyed the tablets that was written by God’s own hand.
Likewise when we pray, having intimate fellowship with God, creation is at work, but if we, because we cannot see what God is doing fall back on our own plans we abort the created work that God is preparing, because we started doubting, we rebelled against God and His authority.
Yeshua said John 11:40 “Yeshua said to her, “Didn’t I tell you that if you keep trusting, you will see the glory of God?” It is in trusting in the continues sense that we will see the Glory of God as He brings in fulfilment that what we trust Him to do.