English - Spanish
The Fellowship of the Saints
There rests in the bosom of every creature made in God’s image
the longing for genuine peace and fellowship with others, a unity with
kindred persons. God never intended that man should be alone, and man
is therefore naturally gregarious.
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be
alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18 MKJV).
But sin, from the very beginning, has corrupted the compatibility of
humankind so that even brothers like Cain and Abel were not able to maintain
And what has been the cause of man’s division? As God was the
Primary Factor with Cain and Abel, so He is with us. It was all about
what God approved and disapproved. It was all about His will, not Adam’s,
Eve’s, Abel’s, Cain’s, or any other’s.
“And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the
fat of it. And the LORD had respect to Abel and to his offering, but
He did not have respect to Cain and to his offering. And Cain glowed
with anger, and his face fell” (Genesis 4:4-5 MKJV).
In the fallen nature, we
were disconnected from one another.
It is all about God’s will today. Our Supreme Example prayed, “Not
My will, but Yours be done.” That is the answer for all division
Our problem began with the serpent and the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil in the Garden of Eden.
First, in disobedience, we were disconnected from God, which God calls
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat
of every tree in the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of knowledge
of good and evil. For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely
die” (Genesis 2:16-17 MKJV).
That day, Adam and Eve died. Then, in that fallen nature - the dwelling
in death and hell (darkness) - we were disconnected from one another.
That disconnect is also death and manifest as hell.
To this day, the only kind of motivation to be in cooperation, among
those not redeemed by the blood of Christ (those not reborn of, and perfected
in, the Spirit of God), has been a self-serving one. There is no person
alive that does anything unless there is something in it for them. This
is not good.
This reality is readily seen in any structure where people have gathered
for some common purpose, in businesses, companies, unions, governments,
political parties, alliances, associations, partnerships, societies,
armies, street gangs, marriages, brotherhoods, clubs, fellowships, schools,
churches, communities, cities, kingdoms, nations, and yes, even tribes,
clans, and families.
In none of these has there been perfect harmony. That is why even in
marriage, the closest kind of unity on earth, there is widespread divorce,
often accompanied with families disintegrating, children breaking from
their elders and siblings prematurely, reluctantly, unpleasantly, and
Jesus Christ paved the way for mankind to be
brought back into fellowship with Him.
It is recorded that Cain went out and built a city, a way of trying
to unite people. Why did he do that? Sin brings fear, which spawns the
effort to find solace and comfort. Cain did not do it for the good of
others; his track record proves that. With fallen countenance and fear,
he did it for himself. But for the grace of God, all men seek their own
good, not that of their neighbors. That is the very essence of the sin
nature. And did he find unity and security? Is there any city that provides
those benefits? Not on earth, there isn’t.
Along came the Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ, Who unselfishly
laid down His life and took it up again so that we might have deliverance
from the tragedy of our separation from God. Jesus Christ paved the way
for mankind to be brought back into fellowship with Him in the fullness
of time. We are graciously granted the opportunity to renew the wondrous
fellowship with our Maker that Adam and Eve had before the Fall. Fellowship
with God automatically enables us to have that same fellowship with our
fellow man, provided he has that fellowship renewed with God as well.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from
all sin” (1 John 1:7 MKJV).
As Cain, we have been killing
our “brothers,” but
now a new day is dawning.
Our total welfare revolves around the Lord Jesus Christ, the Mediator
between God and man, the Enabler of being and doing right.
Him have we hated, and our fellow man have we consequently hated, preferring
ourselves and our wellbeing over any other. We have been a selfish, lawless
bunch; in the process, we have been destroying ourselves as well as one
another in thought, word, and deed.
Throughout all of man’s history, we have had nothing but disagreement,
strife, and bloodshed. As Cain, we have been killing our “brothers” to
have our own way, individually or cumulatively. But now is a new day
Because our wellbeing, in every respect, revolves around God and His
will, it follows that we must be in right relationship with the Lord
Jesus Christ, the Creator and Governor of all things. He is our only
hope. We must be born anew, not physically, yet quite literally. Jesus
Christ must come to live in us as Comforter, Brother, Father, and Lord.
We must be saved.
Sadly, men have presumed to worship Him and have His favor, but it has
not been genuine for the vast majority. In their presumption, they have
walked in their own self-righteousness, thinking to do God service while
despising and even killing their fellow man. Men have built countless
kingdoms in the name of their gods, including the Name of the Lord Jesus
Christ. They have sown deception and reaped vanity, to their destruction.
How may we have that blessed unity with one
But now a new day dawns. Enough of manmade religion. Enough of men’s
works, as good-intentioned and valuable as they may appear to be. Enough
of men’s opinions and devices in the Name of God. Now is the Day
of the Lord, and it is His time to speak and to act. And only He can
“Making a mess comes naturally to man; only God is able to correct
it” (The Path of Truth, Proverb 1476).
“And unless those days should be shortened, no flesh would be
saved. But for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened” (Matthew
So where do we go from here? How may we have that blessed unity with
one another? Consider this wonderful Psalm describing unity:
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that
ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts
of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended
upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing,
even life for evermore” (Psalms 133:1-3 KJV).
Unity flowing from head to toe! How many have had it? Have you? Truly?
Here’s what it takes to have that unity: God must do it, because
until He takes you to the cross and your will is submitted to Him, you
will never have unity with so much as one other person, no matter if
they have been to the cross or not. That’s right – without
having the cross of Jesus Christ in common, there can be no perfected
So what do we do? All we can do is come to the Father, without an agenda,
without expecting anything in return, and lay down our lives, including
everything we possess in every way, at His feet and leave it all there.
As long as any person’s
flesh is present and alive, there can be no true unity.
We have a community wherein several have done just that. It is a blessedness
one cannot so much as dream about or imagine. It is a reality that is
utterly foreign to any who have never experienced it. Most who name the
Name of Jesus Christ cannot fathom true unity, because they have not
died to their own wills. They have experienced only emotion and carnal
unities of varying sorts and degrees, but to be of one heart and one
soul with another takes a work of God through the cross of Jesus Christ;
it takes a death for each one.
Churches and all groupings I have mentioned have a shallow idea of unity,
which is very different from the reality. I include those that require
relinquishment of all earthly goods to join – it is all the same.
The unity in nominal Christendom and every other religion and religious
work is superficial, temporary, and vulnerable to many and varied threats.
That is because the flesh is present. As long as any person’s flesh
is present and alive, there can be no true unity. While man lives, God
languishes, He is grieved, and His Spirit is quenched.
Have you been hopping from church to church? Are you dissatisfied with
the church you are in, though you have been a member in good standing
there for years or decades? Or are you simply satisfied with the nature
and degree of the unity you have, be it with your church, your family,
or your church family? If that is enough for you, unless God dries up
your oasis and drives you further on, there is nothing you or I can do
about it. You will remain with your unity and whatever you have.
As long as you are joined to this world or anyone’s flesh, you
will never experience the unity of God in heart and soul with any person.
You may love your wife or husband or your pastor or your son or your
daughter or your mother or father, but unless you have been granted the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and unless you have a unity with
Him that no man can alter, you will never have the unity of unities with
You may wish to be ministered to, or you may wish to minister to others.
You may wish to be accepted and loved; you may try to accept others and
love them. Nothing will work, however, until your will and theirs have
been laid down.
Being dead in Him, they are forever blessed
with unity with each other.
The problem is you cannot lay down your own will. Until it is out of
the way, you will resist the cross. We need a Savior; God must do what
He must do with you. You must lose everything, forever. Your identity
must be forsaken entirely.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live
by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians
Don’t get the wrong idea – there can still be troubles and
conflict; there can be disagreement, anger, frustration, and disappointment.
Yet overriding all of it among those who have died, there is an abiding
unity that only God could take away, and why would He want to do that
once two individuals in Christ have it? Being dead in Him, they are forever
blessed with unity with each other, with and in Him, which no man can
take away from them. As a song goes, “I have something that the
world can’t give, and the world can’t take it away!” Amen!
This is a wonderful thing!
So who is ready for unity with the saints of God? As you choose to live,
you live alone, in death. But “Come,” says the Lord Jesus, “die,
and live forevermore!”