When we call ourselves Christian it should be Christ who brought us together through his death on the wooden stake. We were redeemed in one body by the torture post which got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to all the outsiders and peace to the insiders. When you look at the New Testament you shall see that Jesus not only spoke to them all but treated them as equals. With his ransom sacrifice he also made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.
The ones baptised, or close to baptism should not no longer be wandering exiles. For those who accept Jesus as their saviour God’s promise of the kingdom of faith is now their home country. In the believe of Jesus actions and words, falling under his grace, we are no longer strangers or outsiders. We, who follow Jesus, belong in the same place. Wherever two or three people gather in the name of Christ Jeshua, we have a community of believers, acceptable for God and made able to receive more insight. Wherever we meet, we two, three or more, in the name of Christ, God is building a home. He’s using us all — irrespective of how we got here — in what he is building. God brought Jesus on this earth to call people and used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now He’s using us, fitting us in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home. Coming together we should be happy that we can come together for an habitation of God.
“16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were near. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. 19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yahshua the Messiah himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to a holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:16-22 KJBPNV)
We do have to be careful in our choices but also in accepting or refusing other people. Those who benefit from Jesua’s constructive founding stone may not refuse fellowship to other stones of the temple. Refusing others to meet with you would be a denial that they are part of that one body which was redeemed by the cross. Jesus, dying that death, shedding that blood to make us all one. The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody. Jesus wanted to abolish all that humanly might keep us apart, ” for to make in himself one new man, so making peace”
“13 But now in the Messiah Yahshua you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of the Messiah. 14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace;” (Ephesians 2:13-15 KJBPNV)
The followers of Christ should all belong to One Big Family. In each family you have different characters and brothers and sisters go out of the house and marry to create new families. Again with their children they unite with the grandparents and have a connections with aunts and uncles. Though they may do things different, they still stay one big family. So also for the Christian community. There may be differences but we may not uphold division and disharmony within the “one new man” because that would be a blasphemy against the body and blood of the Lord.
Continued on: Atonement And Fellowship 4/8
- List of Terms of The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (emlk99blog.wordpress.com)
To atone is to suffer the penalty for sin, thereby removing the effects of sin from repentant sinners. Jesus Christ was the only one capable of making a perfect Atonement for all mankind. His Atonement included His suffering for our sins, the shedding of His blood, and His death and Resurrection. Because of the Atonement, everyone who has lived will be resurrected. The Atonement also provides us with a way to be forgiven of our sins and to live forever with God.
- The root that supports you (thecomprehensiveblonde.wordpress.com)
Although it is good for Gentiles in the body of the Messiah to identify in our fellowship, worship, and celebration with Israel, it is different from (and ill-advised to) identify as Israel. Additionally, there is a flagrant difference between having reverence for the “root that supports our faith” (Romans 11) as believers in Yeshua, and turning to the Jewish Law and Ordinances, legalistically, as a means of finding grace, or favor, with God.
The word Kapporah is where we derive the word Kippur, as in Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement. Joe Bobker of the NY Jewish Times says that Kapporah, means “to wipe out,” as in to “wipe out” Israel’s sins via sacrifice. This version goes on to highlight that the wiping away of our sin via sacrifice was of the dahm. In Hebrew, this word dahm makes up a portion of the name Adam -or in Hebrew Ah-dahm. The picture we have in Hebrew is remarkable! In Genesis 1:26, God says, “Let us make man (Ah-dahm) in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” Dahm means blood, but combined with moot, as in da-moot, it means image or likeness. In Hebrew, Adam literally means the blood of God, and da-moot is an exact duplication in kind.
- Why Did Messiah Come to Earth in Physical Form, and What Did He Accomplish? (faithbythebible.wordpress.com)
Before Messiah we know that the Father specified a means of atonement for sins/transgressions.
I’ve also read and heard that he came to present a unified body to the Father (not uniform, but unified.) While here, He healed and raised people from the dead and calmed the winds and multiplied fishes and loaves and correctly taught the “Law” and exposed the tares among the wheat and… But His purpose was (and still is) to present to the Father a Body of “one accord”. (Again, not uniformity, but in unity.)
- Christ altogether lovely by john flavel (slideshare.net)
- On This Rock… (thejourneybible.wordpress.com)
A physical building is certainly a must have when it comes to allowing a gathering of followers to worship and study the word of God in one place. The church gathers to be in fellowship with each other and God at the same time. Like the temples of old, the people of God meet to give thanks. However, without the physical building, would the “church” still exist?
You could be a church-goer or not. You could be a member of a small steeple on the side of a hill in a country town, or a member of a large metropolitan church. Or, you may be one who doesn’t attend church, but finds God praying quietly on your own. At the end of the day, you are a stone in the wall of the kingdom of God and the non-believing world will always see that as a threat. The non-believer will attack, but will never defeat the people of God. If even the gates of hell cannot overcome us, imagine how little real damage the doubt and prejudice of humanity can have.
- What is Fellowship? (josephfranks.wordpress.com)
We know the Apostle John enjoyed even greater fellowship with Peter, James and Jesus. These four men made up an inner-circle of sorts. These friends enjoyed a sweet fellowship very similar to Jonathan and David — their souls were knit one to another.
In Acts we see the fellowship, which was originally enjoyed by the Twelve, soon being practiced and enjoyed by the 120 and then the 3000.
Because of our sinful nature, we are born at enmity with God. However, we can be born again.
Christian fellowship is not a closed-circle of friend. It is not a clique. No, it is a brotherhood open to whosoever the Lord may call. John, in his letter, cannot hide his excitement that others might enter into fellowship with him as well. Just like there is no limit to how many children a mother can love, so there is no limit to how many Christians can enjoy fellowship one with another. Are you satisfied with your Christian friendships, or are you openly looking for someone else to add to the holy club?
- The Common Life (pastorjerryblog.wordpress.com)
the 3000 plus people who now made up the church, were devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship and the breaking of bread and prayers. Notice if you would that immediately, those who were converted began learning the Bible and were sharing the common life. For these believers, learning, praying and sharing the common life of their new life in Christ was all encompassing. Jesus wasn’t just another thing they added to their daily schedule; he determined what their schedule would be! Peter, had just preached about how God had made this Jesus both Lord and Christ. The people repented and now they recognized unequivocally that He was indeed their Lord.
- Ephesians Chapter Two part two (mcfalger.com)
You, being a spiritual being in the first place, were planted into the cursed ground that makes up the dust of fallen Adam. Born here on earth you were born dead (spiritually) wearing the body of Adam.
The blood of Christ has brought you near to God making Him your Father. A couple little sentences for your most important event in your life.
- Yom Kippur – Under the Shadow of His Wings (littleguyintheeye.wordpress.com)
Messiah is the Door that we enter in order to abide in His ‘House’ (John 10:7) it is through Him that we are covered/hidden.
It is through His Outstretched Arms (wings) that Messiah is calling us (John 3:14; 12:32) and gathering us together as a Shepherd does His flock (John 10:14-16).
Abiding under the shadow of His wings and being in ‘marriage covenant’ with Him through Messiah is one and the same thing. The canopy as a covering is connected with being the ‘little guy in His Eye.’
The Hebrew word for family comes from משפחה ‘mispocha’ the same root as שפח ‘shapach’. שפח ‘shaphach’ is the source of the English word ‘crucifixion’ from whence all the family of the earth is gathered. The bosom, which represents the love of the family also links to the cross.