“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1)
Yes, it is! In fact, it’s going to prove to be a precious commodity in these last days. Look how the scriptures describe this unity:
“It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;” (Psalms 133:2)
The “precious” oil in this verse points forward to the anointing of Christ which he received when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove at the river Jordan.
“And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)
“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?” (Hebrews 1:5)
“But unto the Son he saith, … Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Hebrews 1:8,9)
Most Christians do not appreciate the fact that they have partaken of this same anointing oil!
“And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:16-17)
This oil of the Holy Ghost is designed to bring about in each individual believer a hunger and thirst for a true unity and a joyful fellowship with the Father, and hence, with one another. Unfortunately, it’s an experience that few Christians achieve and fewer still think is possible. In all actuality, most Christians are literally starving for the lack of true unity and fellowship! That’s because true unity only comes from true fellowship! And true fellowship is much more than just giving and receiving a “God bless you” at church.
The Apostle John actually wrote a letter to the saints exhorting them to enter into this wonderful experience:
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1John 1:3)
Notice that John is not exhorting the saints to have fellowship revolving around praise and worship services, sermons, potlucks, Bible studies, outreach programs, concerts and the multitude of daily fare that make up the many activities within most church buildings of today.
But, rather, he is exhorting the saints to have the fellowship with one another which revolves around the intimate fellowship of the Father. In other words, intimacy and fellowship with the Father occurs before intimacy and fellowship with one another! You can’t have one without the other.
The multitude of activities in most churches today (which provide an illusion of fellowship), have actually become a poor substitute for a saint’s potential intimacy of the Holy Ghost that he could be sharing within the Body of Christ. Hence, there exists a multitude of active Christians, but very few fulfilled Christians!
There is an antidote, however, but one that’s a hard pill for many Christians to swallow. In fact, many Christians just flat out choke on it! It’s found in the Book of John:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
“In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4)
Simply put, we have the “Light of the world” abiding within us by the presence of the Holy Ghost. And we have fellowship with this Light through the wonderful resource of the written Word of God. Both are spiritual entities: the Light and the Word of God.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1 Corinthians 2:13)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Many Christians neglect seeking God through the meditation of the Word of God because, to them, it’s just a bunch of words on a page talking about doctrines and such like. But to the spiritually alert Christian, it is a source of true fellowship with the Father through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Look what happened to a couple of disciples after the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.” (Luke 24:13)
“And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.” (Luke 24:15)
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:25-26)
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.” (Luke 24:27, 30 )
“And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.” (Luke 24:31)
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32)
Notice first that Jesus “talked” with them as they walked and communed together.
Notice secondly, that as they walked and talked, he “opened” their eyes that they might “understand” the scriptures.
This should be the normal, daily occurrence for each believer. As we “walk” with the Lord in the Spirit, Christ will “open” our eyes to understand the scriptures and impart into our hearts the “light” of the glory of God the Father.
When this occurs, we will experience what they experienced … we will begin to “know” (have an intimate relationship with) God the Father.
Thirdly (and this is most significant), notice the disciples’ reaction to this experience:
“Did not our hearts burn within us…?”
If 20, 10, 5 or even just two Christians could come together with their hearts “burning” within them with the light of the glorious fellowship of the Father … there would be an outbreak of the unity described in Psalms 133.
“…for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
And, that’s not all …
John continues in his letter:
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
“… if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another…” (1 John 1:7)
This is the antidote! This is the pill that’s hard to swallow! In order to have true unity and fellowship with one another, we need to know the Lord with our hearts burning within us because of the fellowship we have in the light and revelation of God the Father and His glorious Word!
And, by the way, those 20, 10, 5 or two that manage to find each other … they receive a very special blessing in the midst of their fellowship with one another:
“… the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth (them) from all sin”. (1 John 1:7)
While they’re fellowshipping in and through the Spirit, the blood of Christ (which resides in the Spirit), is present to cleanse them from ALL sin! No spots or wrinkles on their wedding garments! They’re only conscious of the wonderful glory and presence of the Lord. They’re feasting at the Lord’s table and are enjoying the delights of unity with the Lord and with one another!
Those who have had the privilege of experiencing such fellowship, even for a short time, understand the following scriptures:
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness:” (Psalms 96:9)
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.” (Song of Solomon 1:2)
“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” (Psalms 50:2)
It’s time to seek the Lord and allow the light of the glorious Word to speak directly to our hearts that we might know Him in a fuller way and have the true fellowship with one another which He has provided for His saints!
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