THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 8

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.—Galatians 2:9 KJV

LESSON EIGHT

FELLOWSHIP WITH FAITH AND GRACE

“It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things” (Romans 15: 27 NKJV). It is the purpose of this essay to further specify the areas in which both Jew and. Gentile may have fellowship in the spiritual blessings that are in Christ Jesus and his spiritual body the church. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 8”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 7

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. –Galatians 2:9 KJV

PART FOUR

FELLOWSHIP WITH SPIRITUAL THINGS

LESSON SEVEN

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BODY OF CHRIST

Near the end of the great letter, which Paul wrote to the Christians at Rome, he stated to them his desire to visit them on his way to Spain. But at the time he was writing the letter to them, he was on a trip to Jerusalem, to minister unto the saints in that area. He stated to them how the Christians at Macedonia and Achaia had been pleased to make a certain contribution for the poor saints, who were at Jerusalem, and then he added these significant words,

“It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things” (Romans 15: 27).

Often the subject of fellowship is treated in too general a way. It is the purpose of this essay and some which are to follow, to define Christian fellowship in more specific terms. In Romans 15: 27, we have a phrase that specifically defines Christian fellowship. Paul speaks of the Gentiles having been made “partakers of their spiritual things.” The word partakers, is from koinoneo, and is a first aorist indicative verb meaning, “to come into communion or fellowship, to become a sharer, to be made a partner” (Thayer, p. 351). Partaker is used in Rom. 15: 27, with the dative of the thing in which they shared and were made partners; therefore, the object of the verb partakers is the clause, “spiritual things.” Since the term partakers, is a verb, this implies certain acts were done in order to have and maintain fellowship with spiritual things. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 7”

IN GOD WE TRUST

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Shelby G. Floyd

Last year (2013) on my birthday, my son Damon, Susan and the boys gave me the book with the title, “In God We Still Trust.” Now every morning when I get up around five o’clock, the first thing I do is put on my coffee, and then as I drink my coffee, I read the Bible. I am reading Matthew out of the hardcopy and at the same time I am reading Mark on my Kindle, and I am also reading the Old Testament. Continue reading “IN GOD WE TRUST”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 6

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
-Galatians 2:9 KJV

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP

PART THREE

FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRISTIANS Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 6”

THE UNBORN “BABE”

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Luke 1:39-45
39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who [a]believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
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After the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive a child of the Holy Spirit, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months with child (Luke 1:36). When Mary arrived and greeted Elizabeth, twice it is said that “the baby leaped in her womb”—that is in the womb of Elizabeth (Luke 1:41, 44). Thus the baby who would later be born and known as John the Baptist, leaped and figuratively greeted Mary and the baby she was carrying-the “babe” to be known as Jesus! Continue reading “THE UNBORN “BABE””

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 5

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.-Galatians 2:9 KJV

LESSON FIVE

FELLOWSHIP WITH DARKNESS

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 9-11).

Today, some are saying that after one has obeyed the gospel, and has entered into fellowship with God, what he teaches in the way of doctrine has nothing to do with his fellowship with God; and therefore, we should not withdraw fellowship or draw the line on a person regardless of what he might teach. This is obviously false, for according to the apostle John, doctrine is very important. In fact, one who does not abide in the doctrine of Christ and goes beyond the doctrine of Christ does not possess God, meaning, he does not have fellowship with him. Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 5”

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 4

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Shelby G. Floyd

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.—Galatians 2:9 KJV

THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP

PART TWO

FELLOWSHIP WITH THE DEVIL

LESSON FOUR

FELLOWSHIP WITH SIN

Sin is a transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). Sin also involves an omission of our duty (James 4:17). Participation in things unauthorized by the word of God involves sin (Romans 14: 23). The Christian as far as humanly possible is to walk in the light as Christ is in the light, and to keep himself from sin. To this end the apostle Paul wrote his son in the faith, and preacher of the gospel, young Timothy, advising him to: “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: Keep thyself pure” (1 Timothy 5: 22). Continue reading “THE RIGHT HANDS OF FELLOWSHIP NO. 4”