“…If there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
“If and when we actually discover (or rather are grafted in) the REAL body of Christ, often the temptation is to mistake it for revival or something “new” rather than seeing it as stretching back to Jesus’ John 17 prayer.There is this 2000-year-old John 17 “fellowship” that has been going on since Jesus prayed his “Lord’s prayer”. If you happen to be so graced as to be “swept into” it, it is beyond the ability of anyone to ask or think or dream… or even describe! It IS and HAS BEEN the SURE answer to Jesus’ John 17 prayer. To suggest otherwise is to say that the Father did not answer Jesus’ prayer. So it is not “new”, we just find in actuality what we knew in doctrine ought to be so.Phil 2:1-2 (NIV) If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.This is the on-going miracle of the life of Christ. For real, here and now. To REALLY get caught up into it is grace upon grace. To merely talk about it, study it, even hope for it is another thing entirely. Fleshly assessments, descriptions, and questions do not map well onto this. Thus, we should not accept as ordinate: carnal “fellowship”, Spiritless “church”, gung-ho “works” of the flesh, and the death of hope for better.And who that has ever tasted of that goodness, of the miracle of real fellowship, of divine love and the fruit of the Spirit–could ever for a moment accept the charade of what passes more formally as “church”. Better to fall in the dust and weep at how far we have fallen from the glory of God, than accuse God of being responsible for such.But there are a few whom God has ruined for such fleshly machinations and carnal imitations of the walk of the Spirit. Most–let us be honest here–have little hunger or thirst for God, being satisfied with the status quo. Many are satisfied with the paltry blips of spirituality that splash us in the odd moment.But God has worked poverty in the spirits of a few, and so they are blessed. A few are panting in desperation for God. And just when you think you are alone, God will send you such a one as to stir the coals of your heart for the things above. One in whom there is no guile. One who comes “in the name of the Lord”.”-Excerpt from Fellowship on the Internet by Dean VanDruffPhoto taken in Cook Forest, PA.