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Can “I” Have Fellowship with God?

Written By: Beverly Morrison-Wickwire - Feb• 19•14
can I have fellowship with God

Can I have fellowship with God?

People ask me all the time, “Can I go to heaven if I have done . . . . . . . ?” Fill in the blank with almost anything you can imagine, and you will have one of the questions. Human beings are obsessed with the idea of eternity and getting to heaven, and not without cause. Since it is God’s desire that all men would come to know Him (1 Tim 2:3-5, 2 Pet. 3:9), it would make sense that He would put a desire in our hearts to know Him. If you are not sure you believe that, let’s put it in human perspective. If we have a desire to get someone’s attention, do we not show that person attention in order to gain theirs? If we are lacking friendship, do we not reach out in an attempt to attract a friend in order to share our free time? Think about it. If we want to be in a relationship, we have to do our part. So, has God given each of us a desire to know Him and to know about eternity? Of course He has and, because of that, we are drawn into the questions that I am asked on a regular basis. So, let’s visit a few of those.

Can I go to heaven if I have lied, cheated, stolen, gotten angry at God, hurt someone, been divorced, remarried, etc? Before I answer, let me make a statement. Some of you will not like it, and some of you will be relieved. The fact is that no matter what sin you have committed, you can still go to heaven (receive the gift of eternal life in Christ). How can I say that? The answer to that is simple. Sin does not keep us out of heaven, and it does not send us to hell. What sin does is break our fellowship with God. Now you may be asking, is that not the same thing? The answer is no. Fellowship and salvation are different.

can I have fellowship with God

Can I have fellowship with God

Fellowship with God is just like fellowship with anyone else. The very definition of “fellowship” is friendly companionship. If I am in fellowship with someone, I call him/her, we talk, engage in activities together, share meals, etc. All these things lead to spending time together and getting to know each other. We communicate our needs to one another along with our trials and triumphs. Fellowship with God is no different. When we are in fellowship with God, we communicate with Him in the same ways, and we share our hearts desires with Him. In turn, we gain a greater understanding of His heart and nature, as well. Now, let’s examine how sin interrupts fellowship with God.

We all know that God is holy (Lev. 11:45, Ps. 99:5, 1 Pet. 1:16) and therefore cannot look upon sin. When there is sin in our lives, it breaks our fellowship with God. In order for that fellowship to be restored, there has to be an offering to cover the sin. This is why there has always been a blood sacrifice offered to cover sin and restore people into a right fellowship/relationship with God. In Old Testament times, there would be a sacrifice offered to cover sin in order to return someone to that right fellowship with God. New Testament times were no different regarding the need for sacrifice to cover sin, however, Jesus’ death on the cross served as our one time offering to cover sin – all sin: past, present, and future. Now when we have sin in our lives and have broken our fellowship with God, we confess the sin to Him and the sacrifice of Christ covers that sin. After confession, we are restored in our fellowship.

It is vitally important that we understand this next point. We cannot be in fellowship with someone we do not know, therefore, if we are not Christians, we cannot be in fellowship with God. So what does that tell me? That tells me that sin keeps me out of fellowship with God, and before I can ever be in fellowship with Him, I have to become a Christian. The problem of sin relates to a Christian, not a lost person. Here, then, is a question to ponder. Can a Christian lose his/her salvation? In other words, is there anything a Christian can do that will cause him/her to lose their right to go to heaven? The answer to that is, absolutely not. Jesus assures us of this in John 10:25-30. “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in My Father’s name testify about Me, but you do not believe because you are not My sheep. My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.”

can I have fellowship with God

Can I have fellowship with God?

We are His sheep. He holds us. Nothing or no one can change that. However, our fellowship can be broken and our relationship damaged. Let’s put this all in human perspective again. When God blesses us with a child, that child is ours forever. Nothing they nor anyone else can do will ever change that, and we love that child more than words can express. What happens, though, when that child does something wrong? Do they stop being our child? Do we throw them to the wolves? Of course not. No matter what they do, we are still going to love them, and they are still our child. However, our relationship/fellowship with them is broken until they come to us and apologize.

So if sin does not keep us from going to heaven, what does? I have answered this question hundreds of times. The same thing that gets us into heaven is the same thing that keeps us out – what we believe about Jesus. Notice these things with me:

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 6:47 – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.”

Romans 10:8-13 – “But what does it say? ‘The Word is near you, in your heart and in your mouth,’—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

John 11:25, “Jesus said unto her, I Am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

John 6:40, “And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that everyone which sees the Son, and believes in Him, will have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Galatians 3:26, “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

What, then, is the truth? No matter what we do in life, nothing will keep us out of heaven once we have been saved. So, if we do these things after we are saved, does that unsave us? No, it does not. Remember, whatever sin we commit is covered on the Cross: past, present, future. The difference is that once we are a Christian, we will desire to be more like Him; therefore, we will try to attain righteousness and flee sin.

Thanks for Reading. I would LOVE your Questions or Comments.

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