True Fellowship with God

Communion with God is so wonderful that many pretend to have it when they do not even know what it is.  It is like the man who brags about knowing the King but never has seen his face nor met him.  God’s Spirit calls it a lie when a man says he knows the Lord but entertains unrighteousness, too: “If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie” (1 John 1:6).  Communion is rooted in union, and union in likeness.  “Can any two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)     — William Gurnall

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5 Comments on “True Fellowship with God”

  1. ChurchSalt.com Says:

    Andrew Murray wrote a great book on this subject entitled “Absolute Surrender”. It is on my top-10 list of favorite books. So many people look at submission to Christ as giving up something, when really it is gaining everything. I can’t help but wonder how much the American mindset of “Give me freedom or give me death” has an effect on people coming to Christ. I am sure it is often a significant factor.

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  2. Paul Says:

    You know, so many Christians “come to Christ” and “give their hearts to Christ”, but are they truly submitted? To be truly submitted is to be broken and remade into the image that He, our master wants. Only through pain, pressure and letting go of your lives, do we submit to God’s will. Being a Christian means ONLY total submission to God. Not 99%, not 99.9%, but 100% total submission. It’s like going to a chiropractor and fighting him the whole way, if you are there for him to help, then you have to relax and let him do what he wants.

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  3. Rebecca LuElla Miller Says:

    Jesus also said, “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments” (Matt. 14:15). One of the ways we can determine if we love Him or not is our willingness to obey Him.

    Becky

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  4. revivalandreformation Says:

    When a man and woman meet for the intention of courtship and marriage, do they meet once and then talk on the phone from time to time over the next several years until death? No they spend all their time together. They talk, write and get to know each other in every conceivable way. Once married, the relationship just grows deeper through a closeness and intimacy that only this God-ordained covenant can give. This is Christianity. This is what it’s supposed to be like with us and our relationship with Jesus our Lord and Saviour. No wonder at the judgment seat of Christ, He says, depart from Me, I never knew you…

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    • ChurchSalt.com Says:

      I think you are exactly right. While this quote by Gurnall address the professing believer’s comfort with sin, it is also possible to live a religious life, striving for righteousness, and still never know Him. I love the passages in Ezekiel describing salvation where it is made so clear that He changes us, gives us a tender heart, fills us with His Spirit, and then, while walking with Him, we begin to obey. “His Spirit bears witness with our Spirit that we are the Sons of God”. For my two cents worth, this is made evident in one’s prayer life. Show me someone with no prayer life and I will show you someone that just doesn’t get it yet. People like to say it isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship. While I agree it is a relationship, and must be, it is also a religion because that is what happens naturally when we live it out, which also must be.

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