FELLOWSHIP OF JOY

1John 1:3-4 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

The Father delights in His Son, Jesus Christ. Actually, this is an infinite, eternal joy that the Father has lived in from eternity. His joy is not based on someone else or the outcome of any circumstances. He is totally satisfied and complete in the joyful fellowship enjoyed by the Trinity. This is the life that we are made partakers of in Christ. We are brought into this fellowship of joy between the Father and the Son through the person of the Holy Spirit. As John said, He declared the things about Christ that he had seen and heard so that we could experience that spiritual fellowship of joy. In this world there is plenty of trouble and plenty of heartbreak, only in Christ is there a joy that transcends this world. There is a fullness, an overflowing fullness of joy that we begin to drink of as we step into this holy fellowship. Here is how Jonathan Edwards explained the happiness of God.

“God is happy in beholding the brightness of His own glory; but this glory He beholds in beholding His Son, whom, we are told, is the brightness of His glory, the express image of His Person. In beholding this perfect, express image, He has an infinitely more perfect view of Himself and the brightness of His own glory that a man has who beholds his own image in a glass. And thus is that God loves and delights in Himself, in that infinite and eternal delight that is between the Father and the Son. And because God’s happiness thus consists in the communion of the Persons of the Trinity, and the love and delight of the Father and the Son in each other, hence the apostle, when speaking of the special happiness of Christians, and how that therein they partake of the happiness of God, mentions the Persons of the Trinity and says, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Maybe you are facing some depressing circumstances, all of us do. The shocking thing is that there is a joy that is outside of this physical world. It is actually a different kind of joy not of this creation. It is the joy of The Lord. The joy of The Lord is our strength. So step into this fellowship purchased by the blood of Jesus, it is the Father’s answer to the prayers of His Son at Gethsemane. “Father, make them one as We are one”. Go ahead, step into the fellowship of joy.

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2 thoughts on “FELLOWSHIP OF JOY

  1. HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH, JOY OVERFLOWING, DAILY.
    THANK YOU FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT.
    HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING PASTOR FRANK, O GOOD MORNING, HA, PRAISE THE LORD, LOVE YOU ALL
    LOVE YOU JESUS 3IN1….,HALLELUJAH. 🙂 SMILING WITH JOY, FILL ME UP LORD, WHEW HOO

  2. I think I understand John a teeny weeny bit. This joy spoken of only comes from the knowledge of Christ. Christ is our way into fellowship with God. God is the source of this abounding joy.
    I prayed scripture for an acquaintance and as I gazed into his eyes there was an abyss of fear and hopelessness. I was impressed to follow up with him as he seemed drawn to me for one reason or another. We spoke over coffee and I was compelled to share that which I know (γινώσκω ginōskō – seen and heard) that he too may know and partake of joy and peace in all circumstance with an unshakeable hope/faith.
    Several times during the conversation he mentioned luck and I stated absolutely not but God’s sovereign plan. I left him with my written testimony and look forward to our next meeting.
    Guess not much has changed in 2,000 years \o/

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