Doctrine of Fellowship with God 1

July 17, 2010

1. Definition: Communion and rapport with God through conformity to his viewpoint and policy
A. Man is unrighteous by nature: Gen. 8.21; Rom. 5.6 (possessing a sin nature, OSN)
B. In other words, man has a pre-disposition toward independence from God – That is, always going his own way. Prov. 14.12; 16.2; Is. 55.8-9
C. There is no NATURAL inclination to seek after God. Rom. 3.10-11
D. God must reveal himself to the unbeliever, so that he can respond to truth.
Rom. 1.18-20; Ps. 19.1-3; Jn. 1.9; Rom. 10.13-18
E. All man’s human goodness is unacceptable to God. Is. 64.6
F. All who live according to the flesh (OSN) cannot please God. Rom. 8.8
G. So we must rely on his resources.
1. Old Testament – Ps. 19.11-14
2. NT – 1 Jn. 3.23-24
2. So Fellowship is based first on salvation relationship.
A. 1 Cor. 1.9 -called into fellowship (koinönia) is the initial experience of communion and rapport – but continued fellowship must be cultivated by volitional conformity to Bible truth.
B. Phil. 1.5 – fellowship in the gospel refers to the experience of fellowship which began at salvation (the moment of accepting the gospel) and has been perpetuated to the present time through their adherence to truth (application of love – V. 6, 9).
3. Perpetuation of fellowship through knowledge and application of truth.
A. 1 Jn. 1.3 – fellowship with the Father and the Son.
B. 1 Jn. 1.5 – The absolute standards of Divine light are the basis for determining genuine fellowship.
B. 1 Jn. 1.6 – walking in darkness denies fellowship reality.
C. 1 Jn. 1.7 – walking in light establishes and maintains fellowship through sinless consistency.
D. Apply the principle at 2 Cor. 6.14 – light vs. darkness
E. Same factors in the Old Testament – Ps. 15.1-5 (Hosea 6.6)
4. Fellowship through abiding in Christ: 1 John 2.24-28
5. Fellowship is characterized by the reflection of love. John 14.23-24
A. 1 Jn. 2.5-11, 24
B. 1 Jn. 3.10-24
C. 1 Jn. 4.7-21; 5.3
D. 2 Jn. 5-6
E. Old Testament application: Deut. 11.1; Lk. 11.42
6. But during the church age the presence of the Holy Spirit in the soul of the believer is an additional factor which must be recognized concerning the experience of fellowship. 1 Cor. 6.19-20
7. Thus, fellowship is directly related to the activity of the Holy Spirit within us.
A. Gal. 5.13-25
B. Eph. 5.18-19
8. The function of the indwelling Spirit.
A. Teaching: Jn. 14.26; 1 Cor. 2.10-14
B. fulfills the righteousness of the law. Rom. 8.4
C. Produces the character of Christ: 2 Cor. 3.18; Gal. 5.22-
D. Glorifies Christ: Jn. 16.14
E. Pleases God: Rom. 14.17-18
F. Prayer assistance: Rom. 8.26-27; Eph. 6.18
G. Thus, fellowship: Phil. 2.1; 2 Cor. 13.14
H. All this demonstrates the reality of salvation relationship. Rom. 8.16
I. Rom. 8.14 and Gal. 5.18 suggest that the Holy Spirit reigns in the believer’s life through “leading.”
9. Recognize the existence of the sin nature:
A. Its existence: Gen. 8.21; Ec. 9.3; Jer. 17.9; Ps. 51.5
B. The conflict: Gal. 5.17; Rom. 7.15-23; 1 Pet. 2.11; Jas. 1.13-15
10. What removes fellowship: (failure to use truth –1 Jn. 2.24 with 3.6)
A. Is. 59.2 – Sin makes a separation
B. Ps. 66.18 – Sin shuts down prayer access.
C. Attitude and response to Truth: Prov. 28.9
D. The mind under control of the sin nature. Rom. 8.5-8
E. Grieving the Spirit: Eph. 4.30-31 – deals with mental Attitude sins as that which sorrows and therefore neutralizes the Spirit’s function in the life.
F. Quenching the Spirit: 1 Thes. 5.14-22
V. 14-18 – positive attitudes and actions
V. 19-22 – quenching the Spirit relates to ones attitude toward the communication and reception of bible truth.
11. Carnal or spiritual: 1 Cor. 3.1-3
12. The effects of carnality:
A. Cannot please God: Romans 8.8
B. Cannot talk to God: Ps. 66.18 – no prayer access
C. Cannot learn about God: Teaching of the H.S. is shut down. Jn. 14.25-26; 1 Cor. 2.10-15
D. Cannot serve God: service is unacceptable – Rom. 8.89 with Is. 64.6
E. Cannot enjoy God: no abundant life reality – Rom. 14.17-18; 15.13
F. Cannot be free: slavery to the sin nature (flesh) – Gal. 5.1; 6.8a; Rom. 6.16
13. What restores fellowship with God? Removing what broke fellowship. 1 Jn. 1.9 and Prov. 28.13
14. The evidence of fellowship with God is adherence to truth. -1 Jn. 2.3-6
Consistency in fellowship is indication of advanced content growth and application.
. Synonyms for fellowship:
A. Abiding in Christ – Jn. 15.7; 1 Jn. 2.24-28
B. Walking in the light – 1 Jn. 1.7; Eph. 5.8
C. Walking in the Spirit – Gal. 5.16, 25
17. Attitudes which cultivate fellowship.
A. Rom. 6.13 – yield to God
B. Rom. 12.1 – present the body as a living sacrifice
C. Col. 3.5 – render the sin nature inoperative