“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy birthed us from above into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, into an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, being kept in the heavens into us who by the power of God are being guarded through faith, into a deliverance to be uncovered in the last time.” (personal translation)1 Peter 1:3-5
This inheritance being kept in the heavens into us is being guarded, by the power of God, through faith…. What a magnificent promise! When we begin to see the lack of distance and separation (there is none) between those birthed from above and the substance that is above, we begin to open to the reality of Immanuel. The very prophetic word of the prophets has come to pass. His being in us is the reality of that promise. He abides in us and brings to us all the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is. Nothing is lacking in us as we live in this life through this inheritance of heaven placed in us – here.
As we trust (have faith) in our unity in Him and our fellowship with Him, then this reality of oneness in Him begins to shape our thinking and our way of seeing our world. Many of our circumstances change as we view them from the “heaven” view. We all have been trained to be separate (in America we call it “individualism”) from all. Yet, our yearning for unity with others is simplified when we understand all that yearning is the reality of what is in our fellowship in Him.
The word “fellowship” as used in the New Testament, means “a sharing, a co-participation.” We often boil it down in our minds to communion. Yet, even though our communion is a celebration of that, it is not its essence. Its essence is our daily lives, lived in Him, through Him, and by Him.
All this is by and through faith – a substance that is based in belief and backed by confidence. So as we lean and trust, these matters begin to be real – not just promises of something to come. What we will experience later, does not diminish the reality of the sharing now. It is all of Him. Learning to share in Him is still a journey for us but it is the reality of Immanuel!