9. Perfect fellowship (The ROOF)
The incense altar was the last item within the Holy place, just before the Holy of Holies. As we said the incense altar represent the prayer of the saints, it is then when the prayer of the saint become the will of God, or if the saint become the instrument of prayer in the hands of God that the fellowship becomes perfected, as Jesus said:
John 17:23 “I in them and You in me – that they may be completely one, so that the world will know that You have send Me, and you have loved them just as you have loved Me”
John 17:10 “Everything I have belongs to you, and everything You have belongs to Me, and I have been glorified by them”.
A perfect relationship between a Son and a Father. We then must seek to attain the same relationship, where everything that we have belongs to God, so that everything that God have can belong to us, but as long as there is still the self-will, self-success and selfishness there is no perfect fellowship. One example we find in the New Testament is the apostles as they received the promise of God on the day of Pentecost – Jesus commanded them to wait:
Act 1:4 “And having met with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which you heard from Me”. In obedience they waited in faith through prayer until they received the promise.
In John 20:17 Jesus replied “… I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God”
Jesus confirms and personalizes our relationship to God, it is our Father as it is His Father. But if we do not grow into full maturity – If we are not conformed into the image of the Son we cannot inherit. We cannot receive the glory. Conformity into the image of the Son is equal to obedience
Rom 6:16 “Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to him whom you obey; whether it is of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness.”
The gospel is an invitation from the Godhead for us to share the fellowship that the Father and Son share with one another. New Testament Greek word for fellowship = Koinonia = sharing in common perfect pattern of relationship to which God wants to bring us. John 17. We have been invited to share in the same relationship that God the Father and God the Son have together. One thing is clear about this relationship: God the Father and God the Son have everything in common; neither withholds anything from the other, likewise if we want to share within this fellowship we cannot withhold ourselves. We must surrender ourselves and act according to the will of God.
The perfect sharing of all things, perfect fellowship; is the perfect pattern of relationship into which God wants to bring us.
Matt 18v19 “Again, I tell you the truth, if two of you on earth agree about whatever you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.”
Question: What is the limitation of what God will give? Is there anything we cannot have if this House is complete? However no pattern is simple. Here is the condition to the fulfilment of the pattern.
- We can ask anything (according to God’s will) and God answers Matt 7v7-10
- Ask – Listen – Obey (2way)
James 1v 22 “become doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
- 2 Corinth 1v20 “For all promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by us”. We are the instruments to bring glory to God.
- Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
- As mature children, and in the name of Jesus Christ, we enter into the presence of God where we receive.
Looking at the tabernacle as the perfect pattern, in the Holy of Holies in the very presence of God, there was :
- 10 commandments – Why? you must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself – includes all commandments-means divine guidance, not knowledge but life as Peter said unto Jesus: John 6:68 “Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” also we see in Acts 5:20 that the angel of the Lord told the apostles to “Go! Stand and speak all the words of this Life to the people in the temple” These Words they received through divine revelation.
- Rod of Aaron – means divine authority, as in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth”
- Manna –divine provision, the Lord will supply.
Rev 7v15b “..He who sits on the throne will dwell among them” the end of true fellowship with God.