BOOK OF GOD'S PROMISES
Fellowship with God
J. Steven Lang
-- The Bible reminds us again and again that God is a personal
God -- not some faraway, distant Idea, but the Supreme Person, who actually enjoys
the fellowship of his people. Unlike some of the cold, unapproachable gods of
some religions, our God is approachable. He wants to be near us, and he wants
our devotion and love.
The good news is, we don't have to wait for death
to enjoy this. Fellowship with God begins now, and it continues forever and ever
I will walk among you; I will be your God, and you will be my
We are telling you about what we ourselves have
actually seen and heard, so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship
is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
This is the message he has
given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.
So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual
darkness. We are not living in the truth. But if we are living in the light of
God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and
the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.
1 John 1:3, 5-7
who obey God's commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And
we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.
1 John 3:24
two or three gather together because they are mine, I am there among them."
Since Christ lives within you, even though your body will die because
of sin, your spirit is alive because you have been made right with God.
since we are his children, we will share his treasures -- for everything God gives
to his Son, Christ, is ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also
share his suffering.
Romans 8:10, 17
If you wander beyond the teaching of
Christ, you will not have fellowship with God. But if you continue in the teaching
of Christ, you will have fellowship with both the Father and the Son.
"Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open
the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends."
I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, "Look, the home of God is
now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God
himself will be with them. He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will
be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils
are gone forever."
See also Eternal Life, Heaven, Loneliness,
article: Steps to Peace with God
other teaching sheets from CBN.com.
The Book of God's Promises -- Copyright, 1999 by J.
Stephen Lang. All rights reserved, used with permission.
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