1. Introduction to Fellowship with HIs Son
Recently the Fellowship with His Son has become more real to me. Jesus has been coming to me a lot over the last year, turning up in visions, resulting in me falling in love with Him all over again. I have a secret place in my spirit that I can run into anytime and He is there and I don’t have to be having a devotional time as such. I can see Him now as I write. In this place He reveals Himself as King, as ruler over all principalities and powers, as a friend and also as the one who has called me into the ministry.
The purpose of the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is to reveal more of Jesus to us. Fellowship of His Son is therefore the third fellowship with God.
2. Called into Fellowship with Jesus Christ, His Son.
A. We enter this fellowship through the Father
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the Fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.1 Corinthians 1:9
Therefore we see that it is the Father who welcomes us into this Fellowship with His Son. This is a bit like an arranged marriage in some cultures, where the Father arranges the partner for His Son.
B. Chosen to marry Jesus.
At the end of time, Jesus is going to marry us! Yes, we are now the bride of Christ so He longs for relationship with us today.
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.Revelation 22:17
C. We are one with Jesus.
Because we are going to marry Jesus, the unity we have with Jesus is similar to the unity between Father God and Jesus.
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me;…John 17:22-23
3. Benefits of Fellowship with Jesus
A. Jesus the source of grace for us all
The Holy Spirit gives us gifts of the Spirit, however it is Jesus who gives grace to ALL.
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.Ephesians 4:7
It is also Jesus who give SOME to carry ministry gifts
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,Ephesians 4:11
B. Jesus the source of knowledge
Jesus has gone before us as the first-born son of God. He is our example, and like the disciples, we need to learn from Him how to heal the sick, preach the gospel, raise the dead. We have learnt that Jesus gives us ALL grace. However we need to learn how to use that grace. This knowledge comes from Jesus Christ.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.2 Peter 1:5-8
This scripture teaches us that the purpose of learning from Jesus through relationship with Him is to be fruitful, and to reproduce.
C. Jesus the Wisdom and Power
We found in Holy Spirit Baptism 103 that power to move in signs and wonders comes from the Holy Spirit. The wisdom in how to use the power of God in ministry comes from relationship with Jesus.
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.1 Corinthians 1:24
D. Jesus teaches us the need to destroy the works of the evil one and how to do it.
If we want to learn from Jesus, we will quickly learn that Jesus’ message is about the kingdom.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.Colossians 2:15
4. Fellowship with His Son brings Kingdom Authority
If we enter into fellowship with King Jesus, He will teach us about authority in spiritual warfare, about kingdom principles, about principalities and powers, dominion and governmental authority.
These truths are very important and show where a person is in their walk with God:
I write to you, young men,1 John 2:13-14
Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.
We find here that spiritual warfare is for those who are strong and the word of God abides in them. Who is the word of God? Jesus!
5. Dangers of Only Focusing on the Kingdom
A. Keep Jesus at the Centre
However we need to be careful that we do not put our entire focus on the war at hand, but rather on the person we are warring for. It is Fellowship with Jesus, not fellowship with spiritual warfare. That might seem a little strange, but perhaps if I use a different example to explain what I mean: Let’s say that we love the bible, which is a good thing. But if we love the bible more than God who created the bible, then it becomes an intellectual exercise rather than a relationship. There are theologians who have very little personal relationship with Jesus. And it is also the same with spiritual warfare.
If we focus only on bringing the Kingdom of God to earth without a true and honest relationship with the Son then we run the risk of becoming a stranger to Him.
When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, I do not know you, where you are from,’Luke 13:25
Also, If we focus only on kingdom thinking, then we may miss out on the wonders of the last two fellowships – Fellowship of His Suffering and the most important – Fellowship of the Mystery of His Will.
Jesus warns us the dangers of enjoying the power of God, and encourages us to go deeper
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”Luke 10:17-20
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
B. Deliverance Ministry Dangers
The devil likes to attention-seek and at times demons just need to be told to be quiet, rather than taking up a lot of time and attention on a person who the devil is using to create a distraction.
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.Luke 4:35
I remember a crusade where a moslem women came up and just started screaming and manifesting a demon. This demon would not come out so I asked the pastors to bring her behind the stage, because it was lowering the faith level in the crusade, and people had not yet accepted Jesus. They did that while I continued to preach the gospel and lead around 2500 people to Christ. She came back 15 minutes later of sound mind and testified that Jesus had set her free. With that testimony the people rushed the stage to be prayed for. It was so serious we had to stop the crusade and leave because people were in great danger of being crushed by the stampede.
So far we have looked at Fellowship of the Gospel, the Fellowship with Holy Spirit, and here the Fellowship with His Son. Next is Fellowship of His Suffering and then the most important cornerstone teaching of what God is saying to the Bride at this time, the Fellowship with the Mystery of His Will.
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