Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spirit Fellowship Introduction

Before the fall of man, when Adam walked in fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden, he experienced God’s glory with a spiritual connection.  He was alive spiritually. His entire spirit, soul, and body functioned together, as designed by God, on whom he was totally dependent. He had a perfect relationship with God and saw Him face-to-face. God in His vastness was just a breath away.

When Adam disobeyed God and fell, everything changed. He died spiritually and his connection to the spirit realm of God was severed. With his spiritual eyes now closed, he was left with a soul and a body of flesh.  The glory was gone. Not only was Adam’s ability to see into the spirit realm gone, but the glory that had rested upon his physical body was gone as well.

Oh, that old serpent was right when he told Eve that their eyes would be opened to know good and evil, but his deceptive lie did not reveal to them that their spiritual eyes would be closed. The realm of God, yes, even God Himself was darkened to them. They left the presence of the glory of God and entered into a dark world of sin.

Up until then, Adam had lived a sinless life and was destined to live forever, as was his future offspring. However, just as God had warned, on the day that Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he died spiritually and so did all of humanity within him. He became a new creature, a beastly, sinful natured being, and so did we, as we were all in him.

What Granddaddy Adam lost for himself, and all of us, was unfathomable. And for the rest of his life, he must have longed to have it back. What did he want back? He wanted to be as he was, and to walk in fellowship with his Father, our Father. Try as he might, even with all the sacrifices, he would not get it back. It would take a miracle. It would take a savior. It would take the Word of God made flesh to dwell among us, and take upon Himself the blame, the shame, the sin, and the punishment.

The Lord Jesus did just that on Mount Calvary! He died, and then rose from the grave, after leaving our sin behind in hell. He ascended back to Heaven, and reconciled humanity back to Father. Once we, with our free will, repent of our sins, accept Christ Jesus as our savior, and invite Him into our hearts, we are born again into the Spirit, into the kingdom of God, and into God Himself! We are dead in sin no longer. Our spirits are alive unto God as Granddaddy Adam’s was in the beginning. When our bodies die, we will live eternally with Him! Praise God!

But one little thing… Yes we are born again, but our eyes are not open. As the Apostle Paul wrote, we see through a glass darkly.  In order to regain everything that Granddaddy Adam lost for himself and us in the garden, we must regain our sight.

Our spiritual sight must be clear so that we might once again fellowship in the spirit with our Father. In John 17:24, Jesus said, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory.” Jesus wants us to walk in the spirit with Him and see!

Jesus promised immersion in His Holy Spirit. He told His Disciples to wait for this Comforter. They received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and so can we! When we are born again and baptized in His Holy Spirit, we feel and sense His presence, and receive the capability to see in the Spirit.

In Proverbs 29:18, it says that where there is no vision, the people perish. We must have our spiritual eyes opened so that we truly see the Lord! We need to regain the final portion of what Granddaddy Adam lost!  We need spiritual fellowship with the Lord!

The Apostle Paul felt so strongly about this that he wrote to the church at Ephesus in Ephesians 1:18, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.”

In this book you will see what fellowship in the Spirit is, and how God has restored this relationship with His children. God wants us to know Him personally, not just know about Him. He wants a face-to-face relationship with us. You are invited to see and experience what spiritual life in the presence of God can be.

The gift has been given, so let us receive it. God in His vastness is just a breath away. Our prayer is, “Lord, open our spiritual eyes and let us see your glory, and fellowship in the Spirit with you.”


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