Part 28 – Understanding Fellowship With The Father
Last time we learned about how God lives the Christian Life … through “Intra-Exchange”.
First, there is a giving of Life: The Father gives life to the Son.
Second, there is an exchange of Love: The Father and Son share love.
Third, there is a speaking: The Father speaks to the Son.
Fourth, there is a listening: The Son listens to the Father.
Fifth, there is a responding: The Son responds to the voice of the Father.
Sixth, there is a beholding: The Father and Son behold each other.
Now we want to see how “Intra-Exchange” is actually the foundation for fellowship with the Father. There are three ways we can understand how fellowship with the Father occurs, and how it can be experienced.
Exchange and Re-exchange.
“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.” (John 17:5, NIV).
There is an exchange going on within the Godhead. There is a pouring out of the glory of the Father, from the Father. The Son receives the Father’s glory, experiences it, and then returns that glory back to the Father
Radiating and Re-radiating
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word…” (Hebrews 1:3, NIV).
Life pours out from the Father and “radiates” that life to the Son. The Son receives and experiences what the Father poured out upon the Son. The Son rebounds that same life back to the Father.
The Father loves the Son. The Son, radiated by His Father’s love, experiences that love, and then re-radiates that same love back to the Father.
Reflecting and Re-reflecting
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).
The glory within the Father reflects to the Son. The Son experiences and is touched by the Father’s glory, and then reflects that glory back to the Father. The Father is touched by and experiences the reflection of His own glory, being reflected back by the Son.
This is what fellowship really is, the exchange of divine life. The source of the outliving of the Christian Life, is an exchange of divine life, divine love, and divine glory between the members of the Godhead.
And this is the essence, of the way that all Christians are to live the Christian life.
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 29 – How Jesus Lived The Christian Life On Earth