3.Agreement to participating fellowship
Luk 14:28-30 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
3.1 The Confrontation in order to agree!
Before we can participate in fellowship, we first need to be confronted with the truth of who Jesus is, without that truth being revealed within the confrontation we cannot partake in fellowship with the unseen. The disciples physically saw the resurrected Christ ascending into heaven and as such withdrew with joy and worship God in the temple and later in the upper room in expectation of that promise.
Luke 24:52-53 and worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
Saul was on his way to persecute the believers in Christ until he was confronted with the truth as Jesus revealed Himself and Saul became Paul.
Act 9:5-6 And he said, who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom you persecute. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. And trembling and astonished, he said, Lord, what will You have me to do? And the Lord said to him, Arise and go into the city, and you shall be told what you must do.
It was through the confrontation that Paul started to take part in the same fellowship that he persecuted, because of his unbelief. Likewise, we cannot build a building unless we have seen the plan and agreed upon the plan. Then after an agreement has been made we need to consider the plan in order to lay the foundation. (The support upon which the building is established). In considering the plan the master builder determines the length, breadth and depth of the foundation needed to support the house.
3.2 The agreement with God to be able to build
We as the body of Christ must first come into agreement with God’s plan, before we start building. In order to come into agreement we need to search the Word of God, to understand God’s plan for us, for the Word is the truth. God through His Word is the Architecture of His own House, we are the builders and the building stones (1 Cor. 3).
In the new testament we found the following verse relating to our Father’s house as :
- A House of Prayer as Jesus said in Matt. when He spoke of His Father’s House.
- The House or Household of God 1 Timothy 3:15, Eph. 2:19-22 and Gal.6:10.
- The Church or Assembly of the living God as in 1 Timothy 3:15, Eph. 3:15 and Eph. 5:1.
- The pillar and ground of truth, the upholder of the great truth of the mystery of godliness/holiness as in 1 Timothy 3:15-16.
In identifying our Fathers House we need to ask who is our Father? Jesus said that He will build His church upon the revelation of who He is. Have you been confronted in the same manner as Peter, when Jesus asked him “who do you say I am”? In your answer the truth is found. The church as an assembly and upholder of the truth and the mystery of holiness, fills a position of authority within the household of God, as our Father to whom we belong through Jesus Christ – the body of Christ is the church that Jesus said He will build on the basis of the revelation of who He is.
Eph 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
It is only once we know who Jesus is and who our Father is, that we can build together, the disciples knew Jesus and the Father through Jesus and therefore they could build even in disagreement. There is a great example found in the Word of God, Acts 11 were Peter was confronted concerning the gentiles and we read in verse 18 that the assembly concluded on the matter (upholders of the truth) also Acts 15 we read Paul had to go and explain to the apostles in Jerusalem, concerning the Jewish law and the gentiles. In the mentioned example the Church of Christ united on the revelation of who Jesus Christ is, came together to discuss the differences and concluded on the truth. They did not use the difference to be separated into different denominations; they used the opportunity to search the truth in prayer.
If we are children of God we relate to our Fathers house as a house of prayer/intimacy. When the Word says do not forsake the assembly, and Jesus says My Father’s house is a house of prayer it means that if we come together we should not just receive teaching but also pray together. We should not neglect prayer, but instead do what we read in the Word of God; that is:
Acts 2:42 the new believers continued steadfast in (1) the teaching of the apostles (2) fellowship (3) the breaking of bread and (4) prayer.
In considering the mentioned we can see that all were of the same importance and still is. The first two relate to fellowship of the household of God and the last two relate to the fellowship with God. Let’s remind ourselves of the Words of 1 John 1:3 “We announce to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too might have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ”.
Today people assemble to hear the preaching and fellowship in the flesh but neglect the breaking of bread together and praying together which is also part of fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus said to Mary (John 21:17) that she must tell the disciples that He is going to His Father and to their Father, to His God and to their God. Our Father’s House have much to do with our relationship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.