4.The Plan (reason) for participating fellowship
Jesus 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 sent His only Son so that through Him a new temple could be established, built not by hands but through the Spirit of God.
When Jesus 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. Jesus 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 Jesus 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/memorial in recognition of a person/s, but as in most cases a memorial or monument is of dead persons. Did not Jesus say? Mark 12:27 He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.
We are called to build a living temple were 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 Jesus Christ to glorify our Father in Heaven we are building a living sanctuary for God.
Eph. 2:21-22 In whom all the building fitly framed together growth unto an Holy Temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
“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 God and His Son Jesus Christ. If then God intend 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.
1Co_3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.