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Complete In Jesus - Page 9

In the discourse about his leaving and the coming of the spirit, Jesus expands this fellowship "in spirit" to include both him and his Father. Jesus tells them:

"Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our abode with them" (John 14:23).

Certainly the words of Jesus in John 14:23 must have been resonating in the mind of the writer when he declared in 1 John 1:3: "truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ."


What a surpassing privilege that people might personally know God and his son Jesus - our Lord! But conversely, what a sad shortfall if such fellowship is available to us and we should fail to grasp it. Is it even possible that we can really succeed without an active relationship with Christ? His words in John 15:5 are that "without him" his disciples would be able to do "nothing."

Can we expect to "win the day" if we are not in direct relationship with the head of the church? "Holding fast to the head" was essential for the success of the first Christians (Col. 2:19).  Can we expect to find the fullness of the blessings of God if we do not recognize that it has pleased God that in Christ "all" fullness should dwell (Col. 1:19)?  Can we expect to be really successful in the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom without the involvement of the one who's essential mission that proclamation is (Luke 4:43, Heb. 7:25)?  How shall we bring light to the world, without relationship to the one whom God has made to be "the light of the world" (John 8:12)? 

As we have seen, Jesus Christ as our intercessor is active not only in the presence of God, but also in the presence of his people.  God has not "sidelined" the leader of his people, nor set him "out of the loop."   Rather, in the last book of the Bible, when God wants his people to receive an important revelation, he gives the message to Christ to forward to them. John then refers to it as "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him...." (Rev. 1:1). That is how highly God honors the leadership of his son. If that is the heart of God, then ought it not also to be our hearts as well?

It is Jesus (not God) who in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 is seen walking among the churches.  It is he who corrects and exhorts them. It is Jesus who "searches the minds and hearts" of his people (Rev. 2:23).  It is he who warns them that "... I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent" (Rev. 2:5).     

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