The Fellowship of the Father
1 John 1:1-10
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
It is so important for us to know that we are greatly loved by God the Father. How can we come into any kind of a close personal relationship with some one including our Heavenly Father if we think that person is out to get us? This is completely opposite of the truth, and not at all what our Heavenly Father wants from us.
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
It is because He first loved us that He wanted to restore the fellowship that was lost in the Garden of Eden. After all, He went to great lengths to redeem us. He certainly wouldn't have gone to such lengths to redeem us if He wanted to just stick us over in a corner somewhere after it was all said and done would He? The answer is no, He wouldn't!
He wants to have relationship with us, but He also wants to have true and lasting fellowship with us. Fellowship is based on getting to know someone and to be known by them. It is an intimate sharing one with another. This kind of fellowship doesn't happen overnight, it takes time. The same is true with our Heavenly Father. Once we come into the kingdom, we have to take the time to get to know Him. The number one way to get to know Him is by learning of Him through His Word. His Word is the written revelation of Himself. This is the very reason I have such reverence for the Word of God. He chose this method to give us a true revelation of Him. This is the beginning of fellowship, the beginning of getting to know our Heavenly Father. This is truly the desire of our Heavenly Father, for us to know Him and to be known by Him. We can come to a place where we can know our Heavenly Father like this, but it first starts with us coming unto a saving knowledge through Jesus Christ. Jesus said in Jn:14:6: I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
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