Revelation 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”
The Amen God stands at the door of Laodicea….and to all who hear His Voice…and answers His knock, He offers fellowship.
It is the maintaining of this, I wish to speak.
(Now I want to speak of fellowship. We sometimes get to thinking….
….”I pray,…surely I have fellowship with the Lord.”
Maybe, I do not know what you pray about….and even if I did, I might not know whether it is just asking to receive….
….or coming to Christ to hear Him. [Mark 9:2-7]
For “fellowship” here, is the conversation of God and you.
Pretty amazing, really.
He wants to show you things…..and discuss His plans (John 15:15)…and have you talk to Him about your life….the problems and the blessings.
Fellowship means partnership, social interaction and participation together.)
To maintain this….we will go back to the Brazen Laver….which was a picture of this.
When the Brazen Laver was made….it was placed beyond the Altar of Sacrifice….right next to the door where the priests entered to minister at the Holy things.
(the altar of incense—prayer; the table of shewbread—partaking of Christ as the bread of life; the M’nourah—the light of the Holy Spirit for our lives since Christ is in heaven)
The Brazen Laver was set out in the sunlight of the outer court of the Tabernacle.
It was for cleansing. The first time it was used….Aaron and his sons were given a complete bath….not to be done again!
This is a picture of our regeneration….once done….cleansed and able to minister. (Exodus 29:4)
After that it was for continual cleansing….
Exodus 30:18-19, 21 “Thou shalt also make a laver of brass,…to wash withal:…
For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat:
So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.”
This they had to do themselves…every time they went from the Brazen altar where they had sacrifices….into the Holy Place.
They ministered in the sacrifices…..and their hands might be bloody and their feet dusty on the earthen floor.
So before they entered into all that spoke of fellowship with God….they washed their hands and feet.
This shows us the need for our daily cleansing.
What we need to do when we are conscious of any failures of our service (our hands)…or our failings in our walk (our feet)….
….is to go to Christ and get cleansed.
Christ is seen in the Brazen Laver….and His Word in the water that cleanses (Ephesians 5:26).
Cleansed not from the guilt of sin, but from the defilements of our way.
We walk everyday through a world that loves not God….we deal with those who are dead in trespasses and sins….and with the influence of a world which “lieth in the wicked one”….we need to be cleansed from them, or our walk becomes hindered.
After the last supper, when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples….He came to Peter…
John 13:8 “Peter saith unto Him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me.”
Notice that the Lord did not say Peter would have no part “in Me”…..but “with Me”.
“In Christ” refers to our standing before God….which is perfect in Christ (Hebrews 10:14)
But “with Christ” has to do with fellowship and communion with the Lord, and for this….
……there must be a cleansing of all that hinders or offends Him…..
…but we must also remember that He supplies all that is needed to do that….”the washing of water by the Word”
When my husband would have Awakening Meetings….we would begin with a moment of silence….
….Confession of sin (1 John 1:9)…and casting of burdens (1 Peter 5:7)…that everything would be put away…..that nothing would block the message the Lord wanted to give anyone there.
1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Our daily walk…..in fellowship with the Lord.
It is to seek grace to do His Word, knowing deliverance from the influence of this world through it!