2.Participating Fellowship = Father’s House
John 17:20-21 I’m praying not only for them but also for those who will believe in Me because of them and their witness about Me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind just as you, Father, are in me and I in you, So they might be one heart and mind with Us. (MSG Translation)
1John 1:3 – That which we have seen and heard (Of Him and from Him). Declare we to you (For this end). That ye also may have fellowship with us (May enjoy the same fellowship which we enjoy). And truly our fellowship (Whereby He is in us and we in Him) is with the Father and with the Son.
Participating fellowship was within the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ and also manifested through His disciples. If I look at the Word of God, it seemed to me that participating fellowship is not optional, it is compulsory. It is stated clearly within John 17 that it is through this participating fellowship that the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ manifest on earth. For our oneness in mind and heart is the evidence that testifies to the fact, that Jesus the anointed Son of God were sent by a loving Father to a lost world.
The prodigal son, is an example of a father longing for his son to return into fellowship – back into the father’s house. The son who left his father’s house was seen as lost and even dead, whereas the son who stayed with his father was described as a co-owner.
Luke 15:11 And He said, A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that is coming to me. And he divided his living to them. And not many days afterward, the younger son gathered all together and went away into a far country. And there he wasted his property, living dissolutely. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land. And he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country. And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, and no one gave to him. And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father abound in loaves, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father; I have sinned against Heaven and before you and am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants. And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and am no more worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, bring the best robe and put it on him. And put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. The older son did not rejoice in the likeness of his father, but his father said unto him.
Luk 15:31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
In this example it is clear, that there are two places a son can find himself:
- A place of want (needs that are emotionally driven), in that place he is as if dead and lost,
- A place of abundance (where the father’s provision is enough) a place where everything that belongs to the father belongs to the son.
In the mentioned example we see that as the younger son joins himself with the world, he became in need and only after he came to himself, he could clearly see to realize what he had in his father’s house. The Bible gives a very clear warning to get out of her (the world) – her referring to Babilon – the world and it’s system. If we join ourselves with Babilon the Bible is clear that we will not inherit the promised Kingdom, that is enter our Father’s House. But in adhering to the call, where should we go? In the example the Lord gave us, the son went back to the place he knew from before joining himself to the world, his father’s house. Many of us long to go to our Father’s House, but we don’t recognize our Father’s house, for we look in the wrong place. The Fathers House is not found in a church, it is found within the body of Christ. We are the building 1 Cor 3:9. In understanding, our Fathers House it is essential that we first breakdown the altars of our fathers, for as long as we bring our offering on the basis of tradition we cannot see. It is like Gideon who had to breakdown the altars of his father so that he can rebuild a new altar to God, and we can see it in were Jesus entered the Temple and through the money changers out, the Pharisees could not see, for they involved themselves in the tradition of man and no more in the relationship with God.
We must open our eyes to see the Fathers House, if not we will be ensnared to believe that we are the only one standing (there are some churches that believe they are the only truth) In accordance to the Word of God, the truth is not found in man or man-made structures but the Word of God is the truth and it is only the truth that sets us free, and it is only by the truth that we are sanctified.
Jesus told His disciples to wait until they received power from above (from our Father in Heaven), to enable them to live a life that testify to the glory of His Name, as He is the Son of the living God.
Luke 24:49 And behold, I send the promise of My father on you. But you sit in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.
Without participating in fellowship with our Father and His Son we cannot be filled with power. The disciples did not wait in their houses, they went rejoicing to their Father’s House (house of prayer) as they waited on Him.
Luk 24:52-53 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and v. And Act 1:14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.