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Tuesday, December 25 2018
A Bible Journey, 93: Fellowship With The Father
"For truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ"
"Fellowship" may be defined as "an association of people who share common beliefs or activities" (the WordWeb Dictionary by Princeton University). As such, it is one of the most Christian of virtues and blessings.
"2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42 KJV)
It is however not only a fellowship with believers, but moreover for "truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." (see also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God).
"1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 John 1:3 KJV)
On the other hand, fellowship apart from the LORD, even if it calls itself "Christian" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) is "to devils, and not to God" (see Who Lights Your Walk?). The "Gentiles" in the verse below ultimately refers to people outside of the spiritual Kingdom of God. There were many in Judah and Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah) who did "sacrifice to devils" throughout history, including at the time of the Messiah's coming i.e. of the religious authorities of Judah who rejected Him (as opposed to those who welcomed and accepted Him; see The Levites Of Christ), the Messiah plainly stated: "8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not." (John 8:44-45 KJV)
"10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." (1 Corinthians 10:20 KJV)
The LORD God was and is Jesus Christ (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). All of the observances that He gave the Levites to lead in observance were Christian prophetic (see Leviticus 1: The Burnt Offerings Of The Ancients, The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week, Pentecost: The Christian Feast Of Firstfruits, The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy, Why Do Christians Observe The Messiah's Day Of Atonement?, Why Christians Observe The Messiah's Feast Of Tabernacles and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries).
The King James Version (and most other versions) translate the Hebrew word pronounced sheh-lem in the Book of Leviticus as "peace," which it means in its most simplistic usage, however the Hebrew word was derived from a root word that meant in actual custom to reciprocate friendship i.e. to be in fellowship (the reason that a few translations use "fellowship" rather than "peace"). The symbolic "peace" offerings and sacrifices that were made were reciprocated by the LORD with the blessings of grace that He gave to those who sought His Fellowship at the Tabernacle.
"33:17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name" (Exodus 33:17 KJV)
The offerings made at the Tabernacle (see Exodus 26: The First Christian Tabernacle) were an attitude of fellowship to the LORD, The animal sacrifices are no longer necessary (the Messiah's Sacrifice fulfilled most of them - see the Fact Finder question below), but the attitude will exist forever in God's Children in the Kingdom of God (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer it of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 3:3 And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards, 3:4 And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away. 3:5 And Aaron's sons shall burn it on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Fact Finder: (a) During the era of animal sacrifices, the slaying of the lamb at Passover is easily recognized as a Christian prophetic observance. But what did the sacrifices of other animals have to do with the Messiah? (b) During the Day of Atonement, what goat was released into the wilderness alive? Why was he put away from the LORD's fellowship? What is the yet-future fulfillment of that prophecy?
This Day In History, December 25
274: Roman Emperor Aurelian declared the pagan Sol Invictus ("the invincible sun," from which the heathen "Sunday" originated; see Why Observe The True Sabbath?) to be the state religion of the Roman Empire and the "Church" that it created for itself (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
336: The first documented observance of "Christmas" in Rome, observed at the time of their sun god (Sol Invictus) festival (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?).
496: Clovis and 3,000 of his warriors were baptized into the Church of Rome. Clovis is considered to be the founder of the Frankish kingdom (see the map below), the first Church of Rome king of the Franks, and the only orthodox "Christian" ruler in the west.
597: England adopted the Julian calendar (see How Did Rome Change True Time? and The Restoration Of The True Week And Month Is Coming).
795: Adrian I, pope 772-795, died. His relationship with Charlemagne "symbolized the medieval idea of union of church and state in a united Christendom." He was elected with the support of the Frankish party at Rome (see Emperors and Popes).
800: Pope Leo III crowned Charles, King of the Franks (subsequently called Karl der Grosse / Charles the Great, or Charlemagne) "Emperor of the Romans." Some consider this date to be the beginning of "The Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation). The iconography of the Middle Ages shows the Emperor, not the Pope, as "Peter's representative." The emperor was often portrayed as standing alone as "God's earthly vicar" (listen to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1100: Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the Church of Rome's first "Crusade" was crowned the first King of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1635: French explorer Samuel de Champlain died at age 68. He was the chief founder of "New France" in North America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1651: The General Court of Boston levied a five shilling fine on anyone found "observing any such day as Christmas" (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1926: Hirohito became emperor of Japan (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).
1941: With France under German occupation at the start of the Second World War (1939-1945; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), many "Free French" forces retreated to the tiny French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon off the Canadian east coast (St. Pierre and Miquelon are to this day owned by France).
1950: Scottish nationalists stole the Stone of Scone (the "Coronation Stone" or "Stone of Destiny") from the British coronation throne in Westminster Abbey. Weighing 485 pounds / 220 kilograms, it was recovered 4 months later.
1977: Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel met with Egyptian President Sadat in Egypt.
1989: Romanian dictator Nicolea Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a rebel firing squad during the overthrow of the communist government.
1991: Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned amidst the political death of the "Soviet Union." The USSR lasted for 70 years; it collapsed due to national bankruptcy.