It is scary to know that your mistakes can cause a broken fellowship with God.
But is it scriptural that sin breaks fellowship with the Father?
The answer to this question can either make or mar your relationship with the Lord.
This post will help your faith by showing you that fellowship is not lost with the Father when you make a mistake.
Religion has convinced you that your wrong actions might surprise God.
But do you believe anything can take God by surprise?
Consider a God that sent His Son to die while you were in sin.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He didn’t have to die but he chose to die, leaving you with the option to either accept or reject His sacrifice.
After accepting him he knows you might still succumb to your flesh. He knows the mistakes you are prone to make. And nothing gets him by surprise.
This is the reason the Scripture promises that God does not impute sins to you.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. Romans 4:8
God laid all the mistakes you will ever make on the body of His Son on the cross.
You should desist from the thinking pattern that assumes your behaviour will shock the Lord. It won’t.
The Lord Jesus Christ established an unbreakable fellowship with God. This gives you a constant assurance of His presence.
His presence is the antidote to any challenge you are facing at the moment.
It is important to also know that although nothing gets the Lord by surprise…
He expects you to meet all temptations and challenges that come your way by His Grace.
In Adam, the fellowship with God broke.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22
Adam’s mistake is the reason we are having this conversation today.
When he sold out to the Devil all men died spiritually.
There was a separation between God and man.
God is not a man. He can only relate to the spirit of a man.
And because the fellowship with man’s spirit was severed God couldn’t fellowship with man.
Adam forfeited the glory of God on Him and couldn’t fellowship with God.
Because of what happened God activated the redemption plan.
” The son of the woman will bruise the head of the serpent and the serpent will bruise His heels.”
But before we get to the work of Christ on the cross, it important to know that no good work or performance could reconcile men to God.
Throughout the old testament, you have men and women who walked with God and the Spirit of God came upon them. The Spirit was not in them because they all had the rebellious nature of Adam.
It was not possible for the Lord to fellowship with a man at the dead spiritual state.
Hence, everything about the old covenant pointed to Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Thus, make note of the following point under the old covenant;
- No amount of good works could restore the broken relationship
- The Lord couldn’t fellowship with their spirit because of Adams transgression.
- All the activities and sacrifices pointed to one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
If you lived under the old covenant the Lord could not relate with your spirit. Thank God you live in the new covenant.
Reconciliation happened through Christ on the cross.
Christ restored the lost fellowship with the father.
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 1 Corinthian 15:21
The scripture calls Christ the last Adam. This is important because he restored what the first Adam lost.
But it didn’t end there. Jesus Christ provided much more than a restored relationship for you. He is your righteousness before the Father.
What that means is that although no one could stand in the presence of the Father without guilt and condemnation because of Adam’s sin…
Today you can stand in the presence of the father as if you have never sinned because of the last Adam.
You share in the standing of Christ at the right of the Father in heaven.
And because of what the sacrifice on the cross accomplished, the Lord provides the Spirit to all. Today you can fellowship with God at all times.
The Lord promised the coming of the Holy Spirit to the apostles before He ascended to heaven.
And the promise included a clause that the Holy Spirit will abide with you until the end of time.
It is important you take this statement to heart because your peace depends on it.
Then the arguments begin – are you saying even if I sin the Spirit of God will never leave me?
The answer is yes. You can grieve the Spirit of God because of your actions but the Spirit, in the words of Christ, will never leave nor forsake you.
There is a verse in Ephesians 1:13 that you should put to heart-
In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,…
In Greek /sphragízō (“to seal”) signifies ownership and the full security carried by the backing (full authority) of the owner.
“Sealing” in the ancient world served as a “legal signature” which guaranteed the promise (contents) of what was sealed.
Christ, through His Spirit, sealed you to himself. Your fellowship with God can not break.
This is a privilege for you because you have Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour.
Christ’s assurance about the Holy Spirit.
Let’s talk more about the question – can the Spirit of God leave you if you make a mistake?
Remember that earlier in the post I made mention that no matter what the people did after Adam’s sin it was not possible for the broken relationship to be restored, right?
Likewise, under the new covenant, no matter what wrong you do/did…
… it is not possible for fellowship with the Father to break.
If you consider the comparison made by Apostle Paul about the work of Adam and that of Jesus Christ you will notice…
- Adam’s mistake is inferior to Christ’s finished work. “Much more” was the catch phrase to prove this in Romans 5.
- All men died in Adam. But all men are alive in Christ.
- Adam’s mistake caused sin to increase. But Christ’s work made Grace to super abound even when sin increased.
Hence, it a fatal mistake to consider Adam’s error at par with the finished work of Christ on the cross.
And the seal of the promise that there would never be a separation between you and the Father is the Holy Spirit in you.
The Spirit of God will abide with you forever.
He is in you to affirm that you remain the righteousness of God at all times.
Religion will claim this is a licence to sin. But contrary to that popular opinion the consciousness of the Lord’s presence through His Spirit will dispel the desire to sin.
Here it loud and clear…
The Lord will never leave nor forsake you. When you sin he is there to restore you. The fellowship never breaks. You only assume it breaks because of your performance.
You didn’t get the fellowship by your performance and you can’t maintain it with your performance either.
What if you continue to fail?
The only reason you continue to fail is that there is an identity crisis.
You are quick to forget who you are in Christ. And you are even quicker to remember all the mistakes you made.
You cannot continue to fail if you shift your focus from yourself to Christ.
Take time to discover who you are in Christ. Find out what Jesus did for you and all the benefits you have in Him.
Immerse yourself in the realities in Christ Jesus.
Studying the word of God and find out what Christ did for you.
Start by knowing the following promises of God through Christ…
“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18
The Holy Spirit is Christ’s seal in and upon you.
Your fellowship with the Father can never break. You did not restore the fellowship Adam lost based on your performance.
And it is not possible for you to maintain the fellowship with the Spirit by how good you perform.
It is all dependent on the Grace that comes through the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Hence, although mistakes will happen either in words or deeds…
You must know that the Spirit of God is always there with you to remind you of your righteous stand with the Father.
Today Christ Jesus is your righteousness. He is the only reason you can go to the Father in prayer.
Know it for sure that you sealed for all eternity by the Spirit of Christ.
You can not lose your salvation. You are Christ’s and Christ is yours for all eternity.