Fellowship With God
Do you have it? Do you know what it is? Do you enjoy it? Do want it?
1 Corinthians 1:9: God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Easton*s Bible Dictionary definitions of fellowship:
With God, consisting in the knowledge of his will.
Job 22:21: Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Agreement with His designs.
Amos 3:2: You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Matthew 6:10: Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
1 John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
Enjoyment of His presence.
Psalms 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Isaiah 58:13: If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Conformity to His image.
Genesis 1:26a: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: . . .
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
1 John 1:6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 2:6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Participation of His felicity. Blissful happiness, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, bliss, delight, cheerfulness; contentedness, satisfaction, pleasure.
1 John 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. 4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
Ephesians 3:14: For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
By rejecting Christ, multitudes deprive themselves of all these wonderful things.
John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.