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(48) ... Understanding about not Forsaking the Assembling of ourselves Together?

February 20, 2012

Hebrews 10:25 is a an often quoted verse, but an often misunderstood verse. This verse speaks of not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.

The meaning of this verse is that Christians should assemble themselves together "for the purpose" of "FELLOWSHIPING" IN THE LORD. In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians 14:26 what should take place when Christians assemble themselves together.

In our 4 walled Churches in America, 1st Corinthians 14:26  "is not taking place." What is taking place in our Churches is that we go to Church and sing a few songs - maybe shake somebody’s hand - say a prayer - listen to the Pastor’s Sermon, and then leave and go on our merry little way. This is really little more than a social gathering that is taking place.

For the most part in our Church settings there is really very little (if any) interaction between Christians "fellowshipping" with each other concerning the things of the Lord. Therefore Hebrews 10:25 is not being practiced in our Churches according to the real meaning of this verse. 

There was a Christian lady who lived next door to my wife and I. She moved away. A few weeks later, she stopped by the mail boxes to pick up some mail. It just so happened that I also was picking up my mail at the same time. She told me that she was out of work and was having a hard time finding a job.

She said that with all the extra time that she now had, that she was now spending a great deal more time "feeding" upon God’s Written Word. She said that she could tell that she was really growing in the Lord. It was clear to see that she was quite excited about her growth in the Lord, because she was bubbling over with excitement. She said that she went to Church with excitement.

I would like to "emphasize" very strongly that she went to Church with excitement because of her "fellowship" with the Lord "which came from her hunger" to "feed" and "meditate" upon "His" Written Word. She was not going to Church to get her Spirit excited, her Spirit  was already excited before she ever arrived at the Church.

Somewhere in our conversation, I shared with her my experience of getting together with Christians on a number of occasions after a Church Service to go out and eat and fellowship. (this was a non-denominational Church that I became deeply rooted in for many years after my conversion. The Church eventually came to an end)

I shared with her that the majority of the time when we did this, that the conversations often consisted of many differet topics, but very little about the things of the Lord.  She thought about my comment for a few seconds, then she said “You know, that is a very good observation.”  So, here was a Christian lady, who after thinking about it, had observed the very same thing in her own Church.

What the Church in America passes off for "fellowshipping" in the Lord, "is little more than socializing." Hebrews 10:25 is NOT talking about Christians assembling themselves together to socialize. It is for the purpose of "FELLOWSHIPPING" IN THE LORD. In other words, it is for the "main purpose" of Christians interacting with each other about the things of the Lord.

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