You and I have been invited into the Great Fellowship of God! It’s the same fellowship of love the Father and the Son have enjoyed from before the foundation of the cosmos (John 17:24-26). Today is Pentecost, which is when God poured out His Spirit on all flesh and began to make His home in us (Acts 2:1-21). Pentecost is also the same day that God overturned the curse of the Law. When the Law was given, 3,000 people perished for committing idolatry (Exod.32; 32:28); when the Holy Spirit was given, 3,000 people were saved (Acts 2:41). So, it’s appropriate today that I talk about what we’ve been invited into in Christ.
I’m going to be giving you a lot of scripture references (links) in this post so you can see that what I’m saying is gloriously true!
One of my favorite blessing verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 13:14. I like how The Passion Translation brings out what Paul is wanting for us:
14 Now, may the grace and joyous favor of the Lord Jesus Christ, the unambiguous love of God, and the precious communion that we share in the Holy Spirit be yours continually. Amen! (2 Cor.13:14 TPT*)
Let’s break this down and see what’s offered to us as we “participate in the divine nature” (2 Pet.1:4). Also, keep in mind that all of this is ours to enjoy continually!
First, we receive grace and favor of God from our Lord Jesus Christ as follows:
- He is our righteousness and holiness and our new identity (1 Cor.6:11; 2 Cor.5:17, 21).
- Unlike with the Law, it’s His performance and fulfillment of the Covenant with God that determines our standing with Him (Gal.3:13, 17-29; Heb.9:16-17; Rom.7:1-6).
- We have the same favor with God that Jesus has (Luke 2:14).
- His relationship is our relationship in the trinitarian life of God (Eph.2:6: Col.3:3).
- It’s His glory that He’s given us (John 17:22).
- Everything He has, He has given us (John 16:15)
- His joy is our joy as we remain in God’s love (John 15:11).
- We live by His faith, not our own (Gal.2:20 KJV. See my post, “Whose Faith?” for further explanation).
We can come boldly, with confidence, before God because of the grace and favor of Jesus Christ.
Second, we can walk in the unambiguous love of God (the Father):
- God is love. He is the Source of all love (1 John 4:7-8).
- He has invited us into the same love relationship He and the Son have enjoyed in the Trinitarian life of God from before the foundation of the cosmos (John 17:22).
- We learn how to love by receiving His love first (1 John 4:19).
- His love is unambiguous because He came for all the world to see, through His Son, to save us from our own self-destruction (John 3:16; 2 Cor.5:19).
- God the Father loves us exactly the same as He loves Jesus (John 15:9)
- When we remain in His love, we can ask anything and it will be given to us (John 15:7).
- We are filled with Jesus’ joy when we remain in God’s love (John 15:10-11)
- When we show His love through our unity together, we prove to the world that God loves them as much as He loves us (John 17:23).
The Father invites us to explore and experience His unambiguous love!
Third, we see the invisible communion of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us:
- The Godhead made their home in us by giving us their Spirit (John 14:15-23).
- Under the Mosaic Covenant, people went to the Temple to meet with God; under the New Covenant in Christ, God makes His temple in us! (1 Cor.6:19).
- We’re no longer orphans, but sons and daughter through God’s indwelling Spirit (John 14:18; Gal.4:4-6).
- Holy Spirit shares the deep things of God with us, sharing all that the Father has given Jesus (John 16:15; 1 Cor.2:10).
- We have the mind of Christ through Holy Spirit revelation (1 Cor.2:13-16).
- Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer life (Rom.8:26).
- Praying in the Holy Spirit strengthens our faith (Jude 20).
- Holy Spirit trains us in righteousness, convicts us, comforts us, and empowers us to live Christ’s life on the earth (John 16:7-16).
- I can do all things God has called me to do because He strengthens me with His power! (Eph.3:20; Phil.4:13)
- You and I are never alone because of the indwelling Spirit of God! (John 14:16).
Our connection to heaven is through our communion with Holy Spirit. He is the conduit by which we participate in the divine nature!
Beloved, do you understand what this means? Because if you even get a glimpse of this, you’ll be overwhelmed with joy and overflowing with His love! And all of this is what’s available to us 24/7! We belong to the Family of the saints of God that extends from heaven to this earth! (Eph.4:14-21). Our citizenship is in heaven and we’re to live from there! (Phil.3:20).
I hope you enjoyed this partial summary of what we’ve been invited into. As Paul said, don’t let empty religion and humanistic wisdom rob you of this reality—what Christ has, you have! (Col.2:8-15) It was God’s desire from the beginning that we would participate in this common-union as His sons and daughters together in Him. This is our life, our inheritance in the saints, the source of all love, joy, peace, and kingdom authority, so that we can be as He is in the world! (Eph.1:4-23; 1 John 4:17).
Happy Pentecost. Happy fellowship in the Godhead!