THE PRESENCE OF GOD  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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The relationship with God, disrupted by sin yet established through Jesus Christ, which provides the only proper basis for true human fellowship. God’s desire for fellowship with humanity is made known through his calling of a people to be his own and to reflect his holiness and love.

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God’s fellowship with his people is shown by his presence

God’s presence with Israel

Leviticus 26:12 NASB95
‘I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
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God’s presence in the tabernacle

Exodus 25:8 NASB95
“Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.
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God’s presence in the temple

1 Kings 6:12–13 NASB95
Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father. “I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.”
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God’s presence in the new Jerusalem

Zechariah 2:10–13 NASB95
“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord. “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. “The Lord will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. “Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.”
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The church’s fellowship with God

Fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

John 14:23 NASB95
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
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Fellowship is made possible through Jesus Christ

Ephesians 2:18–19 NASB95
for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,
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Fellowship with Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 1:9 NASB95
God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
See also Jesus Christ’s presence with his disciples; abiding in Christ; united with Christ in his death and resurrection; communion with Christ at the Lord’s Supper; sharing in Christ’s sufferings

Fellowship with God is inseparable from fellowship with one another

1 John 1:3 NASB95
what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
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The demands of fellowship with God


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Obedience to God’s will

1 John 3:24 NASB95
The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
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Sin separates people from fellowship with God

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Examples of fellowship with God

Enoch; Noah; Abraham


Joshua; Levi
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