Participation in Christ (Part 1)

Being a disciple of Jesus means participating in all He has done, is doing, and will do. In Spirit, all things are finished; “‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end’” (Revelation 21:5-6a).

As we can see, Christ is making all things new, and has made all things new. His enemies have been made His footstool, but we can see that they have not yet been made His footstool, “Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him” (Hebrews 2:8). We seem to live in a paradox, in which all things are accomplished, but not yet accomplished. This becomes easier to understand when we understand the difference between flesh and Spirit; the spiritual man and the carnal man; the intellectual mind and the mind of Christ, “‘For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’But we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

When we enter into Christ, we are said to enter into the κοινωνίαν (koinonian) of the Holy Spirit and with Jesus. In these translations, the English word “fellowship” is used. This, however, is not a simple gathering, or the church, if you will; those are entirely different words. This word κοινωνίαν has to do with participation; it actually has the meaning “participate.” We do not call conferences fellowship, we call them meetings or conferences, because we do not participate; we merely listen and observe. Fellowship, in order to be fellowship, requires participation on each persons part.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship (participation) of the Holy Spirit, be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship (participation) of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose (Philippians 2:1-2)

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship (participation) with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:9).

This participation is not, primarily, with the other people present. The participation is of the Spirit, with Christ, and when all present participate in this way, we meet each other at His feet. “[T]hat which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). The apostles did not call to people, “Come and partner with us!” They proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ, so that those who received it would enter into fellowship of the Spirit, with Christ, then having fellowship with the apostles. This is the only genuine fellowship, because light has no participation with darkness. That which is in darkness must be brought into the light so that it becomes light, and can participate with the light.

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2 Comments on “Participation in Christ (Part 1)

  1. I am glad the Spirit saw fit to share it at this moment! Blessings and peace in Christ, brother. Lord, my Your Spiritcause a breakout of love and repentance as Arthur continues abid8ng in Your Word.

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