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1. Introduction to Fellowship with His Son
Recently the Fellowship with His Son has become more real to me. Over the last year, Jesus has been revealing himself to me more frequently in visions. He is resulting in me falling in love with Him all over again. I have a secret place in my spirit that I can run into any time, and He is there. I don’t have to be having a devotional time as such. He reveals Himself as King, ruler over principalities and powers, friend, and as the One who 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 the Father welcomes us into this Fellowship with His Son. God calling us into fellowship with Jesus is like an arranged marriage in some cultures, where the Father agrees to 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 a 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 will marry Jesus, our unity with Jesus is similar to the harmony 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 gives 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 know 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 a relationship with Him is to be fruitful and to reproduce.
C. Jesus the Wisdom and Power
We found in Holy Spirit Baptism that the power to move in signs and wonders comes from the Holy Spirit. The wisdom in using the power of God in ministry comes from a 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
4. Fellowship with His Son brings Kingdom Authority
A. Overcoming the Evil One.
If we enter into fellowship with King Jesus, He will teach us about authority in spiritual warfare, kingdom principles, principalities and powers, dominion and spiritual governmental authority.
These truths are essential and show how a person is progressing 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! If you remember from Fellowship in the Gospel, we referred to the previous verse, how new believers are like little children whose sins are forgiven:
I write to you, little children,1 John 2:12
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
B. Disarming Principalities
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
5. Dangers of Only Focusing on the Kingdom
A. Keep Jesus at the Centre
However, in prayer ministry, we need to be careful not to focus on the war at hand but on the person we are warring over. 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 it, it becomes an intellectual exercise rather than a relationship. Some theologians have a minimal 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 genuine 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
B. Missing Further Fellowship with God.
Also, Suppose we focus only on the principles of kingdom thinking. In that case, 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 of 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.”
C. Deliverance Ministry Dangers
The devil likes to attention-seek, and demons need to be silenced, rather than taking up a lot of time and attention on a person the devil is using to create a distraction. Yes, we need to continue praying for people to be free from demonic spirits, but if it takes a long time, then deliverance prayer is better out of sight than in front of a crowd.
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 once while preaching at a crusade, a woman came up to the front of the crowd wanting prayer and started screaming and manifesting a demon. This demon would not come out, so I asked the pastors to continue praying for her behind the stage. The length of time the deliverance had taken without any positive results lowered the faith level in the people who attended the crusade. We had not yet invited people to accept Jesus into their life, and the commotion was causing a distraction. So while I continued preaching the gospel and leading approximately 2500 people to Christ, the pastors led the woman out of sight of the crowd. She returned to the stage 15 minutes later of sound mind and testified that Jesus had set her free. With that testimony of the power of God to deliver from tormenting spirits, many people came forward wanting prayer.
So far, we have looked at fellowship in the gospel, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and fellowship with His Son. Next is Fellowship of His Suffering and then the essential 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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