Now having said that, turn with me in your Bible to I Corinthians 1:9 because I’m going to make my point about koinonia as a noun. I Corinthians 1:9. Your Bible reads “God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” That word ‘fellowship:’ koinonia. I really, because it’s so simple it might just get passed over and you might think it’s not a big deal because you understand what I said about giving God’s way.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is just like an overview. I could probably have done at least twenty different messages on each subject. I don’t want to have to come to Church every week and talk about money. But maybe the chance that one or two might hear what they’re supposed to do with the right spirit. God loves a hilarious giver. God’s way, not your way and our way is never His way. This is just too easy. “God is faithful by whom ye were called unto the fellowship,” koinonia ‘joint-participation,’ ‘sharers’ “of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Now maybe for some of you, you just kind of ‘Okay. Well that’s great, I’m already a sharer.’ Now, recognize something. Not only did He pay the price and you have the benefits but now again if you have been – here it goes, it’s a Scottism – if you’ve been ‘koinoniaing.’ It also means by this token you’ve been ‘koinoniaed’ by God. I want you to think about that because it’s so easy to say “Well I give.” Now I give with a right heart and the paradox is I turn around because I give with the right heart this is what He does. “God is faithful, by whom you were called unto the koinonia,” the joint-participation, “the sharing of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” That’s one.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the five offerings in the Book of Leviticus. You have the burnt offering; the meal, which is called the ‘meat’ in your King James, the grain, meat, meal, grain it’s the same thing; the peace offering; the sin offering; and the trespass offering, which I hope we’ll get to talk about. Those concepts are completely fulfilled, I just said the burnt offering: Jesus Christ 100%. And you yourselves and I can say for myself as well, when a person dedicates their life to Christ…. I’m tired of people saying, I’ve heard many people say “Well you should have altar calls in your Church.” The altar call should happen while you’re hearing the Word. There’s something that smites you inside where you say “My God I just heard something.” It happened to me while I listened to my husband preach not yet my husband. I heard him speak and it was like “My God that’s it! There can be no other than what he has just said.” That was the match that lit the fire that has not gone out. The altar call happens in your heart and it happens by hearing the Word.
Many people have taken this, “Okay this is pre-law.” What happens? What God instituted before the law was refined in the law. And there are certain things that in type we actually still do. There are people that will, in this congregation have been taught, who will say “I’m sending in a burnt offering. This is my burnt offering.
This is my joy offering.” There are people who have been taught in the Word who understand what that means. And I like when people say “I like to have joy. Well I want the joy of being a Christian without the cross.” Well go find it somewhere else. You ain’t going to find it here, it’s a tough trip.
Now “remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” ‘Well I go to church once a year.’ ‘I go to church every single week but man it interferes with all my other stuff I want to do. I can never get anything done because I have to go to church every week.’ That’s part of keeping it holy. If these are the conditions and the standards by which you’re going to live by out there in TV land. If you’re going to keep the law, you better keep every last dot. And I guarantee you the law doesn’t end with the Ten Commandments. It extends to the Levitical code. It extents to everything that God said. So if you think the thought of doing something, you’ve just really put yourself in a pickle. What’s the measuring stick? Certainly not what brother and sister so-and-so think. And not even what you think. What do you have to measure it by? Your own failures? Your own successes? This is the measuring rod right here. The glory of God and the glorious standard begins and ends with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now I guarantee you if I were to make a comparison between me and Jesus. I’m like something out of quantum mechanics. I’m like a little neutrino or something in comparison to this cataclysmic whole universe that represents Jesus. I’m like pttew. Guess what? We all are. Well I like that string theory better because it has many dimensions. I could be many things simultaneously.
Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the glory of God is Jesus Christ. The glory of God is what I’m being conformed to every day. I’ve said this a thousand times, if I’ve not said it one time. It is the message I really want to talk about one of these days because it so changed me and impacted me: the Potter’s house. I’ve referred to it for many weeks now. I’ve talked about this idea. Somehow there are two sets of Christians. Look. Go back to the woman taken in adultery. There weren’t two sets of people: guilty and not guilty. Guilty as charged. But what about my neighbor? Let me look in a camera. What about my neighbor that hates me? You’ll not know if that’s real or not. It doesn’t matter. Well I’m a work in progress. Didn’t I say that? God’s got to show me the way. It’s easy to just do what we do in the flesh, but His standard. I can never measure up to. Man I want to but I can’t. So let me go back to where I started. This whole reason for communicating this. When you take of those elements. When the next time you take of those elements, don’t look at those elements and say ‘ho hum.’ Don’t look at those elements and say hocus-pocus. Don’t look at those elements and say ‘well if I could just be…’ I am! I’m made worthy by the blood of the Lamb, unworthy, worthless sinner that I am. I’m made worthy! Glory to God! I’m made worthy by the blood of the Lamb.
That’s His message and mine.