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The Sweetest Fellowship This Side of Heaven | Part 2

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August 3, 2021 8:00 am

The Sweetest Fellowship This Side of Heaven | Part 2

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August 3, 2021 8:00 am

In this message from First John, Adrian Rogers shares three things that enable us to experience and enjoy the sweetest fellowship this side of Heaven.

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Joy comes from fellowship with God.

Listen to Adrian Rogers no Sam Wallace's joy but it never delivers many of you have made 100 television channels come into your house right now we have more entertainment, more amusement, more restaurants get more loneliness and more depression and more alcoholism important drug support aboard and more suicide than why because Fran is only true joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

You look all over for joy which identify and jointly find it in the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy is the byproduct of fellowship with God and fellowship and welcome to month worth 92. The dynamic teaching of pastor and author Adrian Rogers in order to experience and enjoy fellowship with God right here right now there are three things we must know beyond any doubt in part one of today's message.

We learned that we must first know who Jesus is specifically who he claimed to be Jesus is fully God and fully man.

When we experience his saving grace we become partakers of the divine nature and we have fellowship with God and with each other. If you have your Bible turnout of first John chapter 1 as Adrian Rogers shares the powerful conclusion of the sweetest fellowship this side of heaven finding first John S] near the back of the Bible, almost to the book of Revelation. First John and find the first chapter title of our study, the sweetest fellowship this side of heaven. Because the fee first. John is fellowship. Look, if you will him as we read and we go to share together.

The first four verses the apostle John says that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, in which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled the word of life_the phrase the word of life for the life was manifested_the word life and we have seen, and bear witness and show them to you that eternal life which was with the father and was manifested unto us, that which we have seen and heard declare we have you, that ye also may have fellowship with us on the school board fellowship and truly our fellowship is with the father and with his son Jesus Christ. These things right.

We unto you, that your joy may be full_the word joy about what is this fellowship. This wonderful fellowship well is a fellowship that comes through the life that we have the Lord Jesus Christ and not everybody here has life is if I don't have life. How can I be listening, because you can be existing and not have life. Jesus spoke of an unsaved woman of the Bible says this she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she lives the walking day in bed while they live. That's the reason Jesus said in John chapter 10 and verse 10. I've come that you might have life and have it abundantly know he was talking to people whose hearts were already beating blood flowing through the veins. But Jesus said you don't have life you have existence and moisture has existence, but it certainly doesn't have life as we consider life today. The life that is full and free in the Lord Jesus Christ back in order to experience this life. The apostle John tells us three things in these few verses that we looked at and first of all, he tells us that there is a a fact that ACTH established and he saying here that Jesus is an eternal fact.

Look, if you will, that which was from the be getting. He is the Christ of the eternities and John it already written in his gospel. In John 11 in the beginning was the word in the beginning was the word before anything began again. Jesus was there all the revelation of God is wrapped up in the Lord Jesus Christ and he is a fact he is an eternal fact.

To use the word that existed before anything else was created.

He is the expression of the invisible spiritual God. But not only is Jesus Christ eternal fact but write this down. Jesus is a physical lack is very important you understand this memo is what John is saying that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and our hands have handled the word of life. Now John says he was in the family. It wasn't a ghost. They said we had the audible evidence we heard him had they had tape players back in that day you could take the voice of the Lord Jesus and then not only was the audible evidence there was physical evidence. John says we saw him that which we looked upon and John uses the word feel my sword we get our theater from a maze to look carefully, John said what I was with him for three years I watched him I saw him, and not only was there the audible evidence. Not only was that the visible evidence there was the physical evidence. He said we told him we stand. He was as much a man as if he were not got it all. Limiting this, it's as much a heresy to deny the humanity of Jesus as it is the deity we have to understand that he was God very God. He wasn't half God and half man it was all gone, and no man. He was all man I know God. He was the God man never another life, the Lord Jesus Christ. But remember the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. And if you deny the humanity of Jesus you're denying Christianity.

That's what John is saying listen we saw him with him. We touched him. The word of life. He is eternal fact but he is a physical thing by God for his humanity to say apart from his humanity. I can be saved. He became a man to dial the cross and apart from the shedding of blood is no remission of sin apart from his humanity. I have no example I can follow as an example, the God and the glory, because I'm a human. He's not human, but I can walk as Jesus walked in I would take something from when Jesus Christ was upon this earth. He did not pull rankle me every miracle.

He did, he did not, as God would do a miracle. He did the miracle as man filled Holy Spirit would all of the life that he lived. He lived as a man, and he depended upon the same power that Adrian can depend upon, day by day, moment by moment. So he is my Redeemer because he's a man he's my example because he's a man and I would say he's my comfortable inferring because he's a man. I don't have a high priest who cannot be touched with a failing line from base. He was tempted in all points like as I am and thank God he knows any tears kindly understand what is John talking about was talk about this life he's talking about and establish but I will to something else.

Not only is he an eternal fact not only is he a physical back rose something else about it. He is a spiritual fact. Know what you mean by that will see what John is saying that which was from the beginning, the eternal fact which we've heard, which we seen with our eyes, which we looked upon the hand or hands of handle of the word of life, a physical back for the life was manifested, we have seen it, and bear witness and show unto you that eternal life. I will wait and that these other people having same I.

John says I am going to tell you what I've seen so that you can believe I have never seen Jesus I never heard Jesus I never touched Jesus, not with my hand but I believe in him because Jesus Christ is also a spiritual fact, he is not here now in a physical body, but the Holy Spirit of God reveals him. And as John heard him now becomes the ear of the soul, as John has seen him faith. Now becomes the eye of the soul, as John had found him faith. Now becomes the hands of the soul we can know him through the spirit by me to be a verse John says oh here.

First John chapter 5 beginning verse nine and we receive the witness of men. The witness of God is greater for this is the witness of God which he had testified of his son, Missy, God says the Holy Spirit now to testify to the words of the apostles and we have the words of the apostle, there was a college professor who was an atheist and elaborate tequila students and silly gasket students have any of you ever heard God know about Nancy. Have any of you ever seen God. Nobody answered. Have any of you ever touched God. Nobody answered he said so there is no God.

McKay said that all of them cowed and so forth into one student lifted his hand and said that Prof. may I may I asked a question to the class he said all right.

He said, have any of you heard the professor's brain. Nobody answered.

Have any of you touched the professor's brain. Nobody answered. Have any of you seen the professor's brain about answered he said then we can conclude the professor has no brain according this lot. No, you see, John said that which we see in that which we heard, we clearly you and the Bible says if we receive a witness, a man the witness of God is greater. And today I am not dependent upon oratorio illustration or logic to convince you by God the Holy Spirit of God is here to say what he saying is true, that is the witness of God.

Jesus is an eternal fact, Jesus is a physical back Jesus is a spiritual fact and the Holy Spirit of God testifies unto the Lord Jesus Christ. So what is this life.

The first point, it is a fact establish second point is a fellowship experience not only a fact, but a fellowship now look, if you will, in verse two. For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness and showing you that eternal life which was with the father and was manifested unto us and that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye may have fellowship with us now.

John wants to share. John said I saw and I want to share anybody who sees and hears it knows it wants to shared a man reason why we call witnesses not lawyers lawyer yard is a case, a witness tells what is seen and heard the only person who can't witnesses present had seen or heard anything back.

He says I do this that you might have fellowship. What is fellowship. Fellowship is not coffee and doughnuts fellowship is not a some people acutely safe to fellows in the same ship. What is fellowship. This is a very technical word that you may have fellowship with us. It is the Greek word coined in the not get that word in your heart and your mind that need to be in your vocabulary is the Greek word coined Amelia enemies the whole things in common that is this Jesus because of this, establish there is a fellowship that is experience that we can have fellowship one with another.

It literally means I have something in common. Now notice we have fellowship with notice he says in verse three are fellowship is with the father and with his son Jesus Christ. Well, that brings up a request to what do I have in common with the father. Nothing. Nothing.

He's holding I'm on hold.

He is Almighty, I am a worm and can Adrian have fellowship with God. But yet the apostle John says our fellowship is with the father. I have nothing in common with the father noticed that in verses five and six. This then is the message which we heard of him and declare to you that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.

We say we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the fruit where the dark. He's in the light is a great chasm between us and Almighty God.

So how can I have fellowship with Almighty God. Here's how this God who knows is a chasm between Adrian and himself and between you and himself sent the Lord Jesus Christ to take something that is common between us human flesh. Jesus becomes a man and now he never discards his deity, but now he takes humanity and now we began to have politeness we come together.

He he takes on the nature of man, that I might take all the nature of God and he says and second Peter chapter 1 verse four, you'll love this, we are now.

I have become partakers of the divine nature and the work partaker that is translated there is exactly the same word that is translated fellowship over him. First John we have the fellowship of the divine nature. You see, Jesus took humanity and therefore he became like I am that I might become like he is. He took very nature of man, that we might take the nature of God and so I have fellowship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. I mealworm like I am can walk and talk and fellowship with him and can sing. I come to the garden alone when the dew is still on the roses and the voice I hear falling on fire, the son of God discloses any walks with maybe walks with me and he tells me I'm is all that's the fellowship that we have with him because of the incarnation and I cerise know John is saying he's a man he's a man we sign with touchscreen where he took the nature of man, that we might take the nature of God and we have become partakers of the divine and made sure and by the way, let me say a word. How many of you are unmarried, once again, unmarried home up when you look are not ground fault bar. I mean if you looking for somebody*they will do that you are John married Helen to tell you something, but today something though you ever Marilyn's a person, for the Bible says you're not to be equally yoked together with unbelievers and then assess question for what fellowship what hath light with darkness. Don't you realize that you're twice when your child of God, and if they not twice born child of Satan you talk about in law problems. You got the devil for father-in-law me you think about is no fellowship there is no common life. I thank God for the fellowship I had with my wife. I'm not just allowed with the fellowship that I have with her the things that we share in common. You see, listen, you marry an unsafe person you want to go to church on Sunday. They want to sleep in on Sunday is hard not to get the church when both of you save amen Chris you want to do Vegas is not only a Christian was make Sunday holy day that you want to make a holiday Christian wants to pray when a crisis comes a pagan ridicules prayer.

The Christian wants the children be taught of the things of God. The pagan doesn't care.

Before long friend you going be acting like the pagan rather than the pagan acting like you you going to have a division in your home and that so many times. The reason that divorce comes as no real point in the others. No real fellowship your three times more likely to get divorced. The Bible says a threefold cord is not easily broken. What you know about the children when you marry an unsafe person and that unsafe person doesn't share the things of God with your children. The children are confused and mixed up. No you just marry only as a person Something else. Don't ever marry a person to reform after some apps don't even date a person that you would not marry if you fell in love with but just don't know. Just don't tell your folks that listen our fellowship is with the father and with one another when I have the nature of God in me and I am born of the spirit and when I am a partaker of the divine nature. I have this fellowship with God then I'm to seek out for partner for life.

Somebody else has that same point in the of that same fellowship with the father and therefore with me so you see folks that is going to be a good Jesus enemies don't allow Jesus to and when we love Jesus we all love one another, and so listen listen this fellowship. It's a fact established. It is up fellowship, experience, and here's the third thing. It is a fullness enjoyed look, if you will. Now in verse four, and these things will rightly undo you that your jaw may be full all joy like the joy of knowing one another in the Lord Jesus Christ. And that's the reason we call this book the sweetest fellowship this side of heaven. Now I don't know about all of you. I don't know about all those folks up there but I know one thing about every mother's child in this building you won't join you want Joel and this is where Joyce now.

John says this is why write this book, which might have joy. Woman lost her house keys you can find the house and she can find you looking a person there they were in Washington find and force you looking to purchase Julian Robles does keys were in a purse you look all over for joy which identify and jointly find it in the Lord Jesus Christ. Joy is the byproduct of fellowship with God and fellowship with the family.

Psalm 16 verse 11 that will show me the path of life, and by presence is fullness of joy at thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. No sin promises joy, but it never delivers a many of you have made 100 television channels coming to your house right now we have more entertainment, more amusement, more restaurants yet more loneliness and more depression and more alcoholism and more drugs and more divorce and more suicide than ever. Why because friend there's only true joy in the Lord Jesus Christ give me a lost person be happy for a while when I thought about happiness with talking about joy, happiness depends upon what happens. Joy depends upon the Lord. The Bible says rejoice in the Lord. If your liver happiness your present circumstances because of the circumstances change when you're not happy anymore. But Jesus never changes. Happiness is a cosmetic, it's only outside joyous character.

It is only inside happiness only meet you surface needs, but joy meet your deepest needs. Therefore, happiness is like a thermometer just registers conditions. Joy is a thermostat that controls the conditions happiness evaporates in a crisis. Joy many times intensifies in a crisis. Happiness is wonderful limitation (happiness is at its fullest when it is mingled with joy when you know the joy of the Lord.

And so what John is saying is look but let me tell you about this in life. This is life.

It comes from God. It is real.

It is up it is us and it results in a fellowship experience as a coordinator we have fellowship with God and fellowship with one another and then there is a fullness enjoyed. We have joy unspeakable and full of glory. Now let me say this Jesus trend is the word of God is the word of God and he's speaking here today. He's communicating he's the word of God. Let's just say that he's broadcasting today on station WO marketing is broadcast broadcasting because he loves you.

Now would you say in the physical realm that there is no music and there just because a radio was turned off.

You see, just because you've turned off the radio when you be a fool to deny the music meant what you say is not there just because a radio is not the master question. Do you have your radio on today you have your antenna up Jesus is here easy. Don't say he's not here, he's here is and a lot of folks today. The station W RD.

He is the word of life is life that you need and John's that I wrote these things that you might have fullness of joy will pay some. I believe what I believe when I started preaching, but I believe it so much more now. I was saved as a team, please get me all these years, but I can honestly and sincerely say this and I know that God is listening, he means more to me today, and when I first met. I'm not finding hidden faults to know God nor brothers and sisters in Christ ring that is fullness of children that is fullness of that today. If you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus. We would love to offer you an insightful resource go to our website you'll find are discovered, Jesus page to find answers there that you may need about your faith, we have a response section as well share how this message or others have made a difference in your life. Let us hear from you today go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says Discover Jesus again.

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