• Rev Luis A. Fernandez

On several occasions I have had the opportunity to witness and participate in "authentic" revival services that occurred right here in Brownsville Florida in the mid-1990s, and at a local church named "Upper Room Assembly of God" in Kendall, Florida. At first, these experiences were a bit astonishing and almost surreal. These public manifestations of the Holy Spirit, for those who were participants, were life-changing and authentically real. As one of the thousands of spectators, and a roughly new Christian (3 to 4 years in the Lord), I felt that the speaking in tongues, the falling on the floor, the foaming in the mouth, the goosebumps in the neck, the crying out to God, and the silence was all part of a big spectacle (or show).

Eventually, these experiences would literally become real, and my life would be completely changed. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit lead my life to repentance, love, trust, and fellowship to Christ, and eventually a new Creature (person) in the Lord. I am not one who is completely "sold out" for these public manifestations, but when they are authentic and God-inspired, I lay down my personal understanding and accept that the God (I AM), is the same yesterday, today, and forever and those supernatural manifestations of God are real but are not the reason or authoritative reason why we gather. Some of these experiences can unfortunately become the spectacle of services, and have been treated and used as a hoax by many denominations and movements of God (Charismatic Movement, Jimmy Jones, etc......) and have eventually misled thousands. So it is important to respect authentic movements of God through the Holy Spirit, but also not allow these experiences to become the center-point of your fellowship, commitment, and service to God.

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  • Rev Luis A. Fernandez

1 John 1:6-7 (New International Version)

6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Questions: I have asked these questions simply on the pretext of this verse and not the complete context of the entire scripture, book, or paragraph.

  1. Who is the author talking to when he says "We", is he speaking to an exclusive group (believers) or non- believers, or both.

  2. Is this individual group or persons (broad) claiming to have something that others do not have, "fellowship", or something that everyone has?

  3. What does it mean to have "fellowship"?

  4. When the author writes "fellowship with him", who is "him"?

  5. When using the word "yet", is the author clearly trying to distinguish a difference in concept or provoking the readers or those who claim to have "fellowship" to conscience consider where are they in the issue of "fellowship".

  6. When the author makes comments or references to the word "walk", is this a physical walk or a spiritual walk, or both.

  7. Is there a difference between what is spiritual or physical?

  8. Are there similarities between spiritual or physical?

  9. In what context is this word being written, in a spiritual context, physical context, or both?

  10. What does "darkness" mean?

  11. Does it mean that all of a sudden, there is no physical light (the sun decided not to shine), or is the author referring to something obscure, dirty, void, unknown, lost, blind, evil, etc......, or both.

  12. What is darkness?

  13. In view of our "fellowship" with "him" can we make a conscious effort to consider whether we are lying?

  14. What does it mean to "lie"?

  15. If we lie, how do I know that I am lying?

  16. What is the truth?

  17. How do I know the truth?

  18. What does it mean to "walk in the light"

  19. What is light?

  20. Is the author referring to the sun, sunlight, artificial light, what?

  21. Is this light physical, spiritual, or both?

  22. And who is "he"?

  23. Is the author desiring the reader(s) to conscience consider or make a contrast or connection between who "we" are and who "he/him" is?

  24. Is the author desiring the reader(s) to conscience consider, make a contrast, or connection between darkness and light, and where are we in the spectrum of this difference?

  25. Who do we have "fellowship" with, "each other", "him" or the author "himself"

  26. Why is the author making reference to "blood"?

  27. Is the author weird, crazy, or a cannibal?

  28. What is so significant about "blood"?

  29. Did someone die?

  30. Is their possession of this "blood" somewhere?

  31. Where is this blood, that the author would make reference to it in the present tense?

  32. Who is Jesus?

  33. Why is the blood of "Jesus" so important?

  34. What does Jesus mean?

  35. When the author refers to "his" son, who is "his", who is the author referring to?

  36. When the author refers to " his Son", is there a family we should know about?

  37. Who is the "Sons" father?

  38. How can, "Jesus blood" purify?

  39. Why does the blood of "Jesus" purify?

  40. What does it mean to purify?

  41. Purify from what?

  42. Am I, or can I be contaminated?

  43. What does the author mean by "all sin"?

  44. Is there more than one "sin"

  45. What is "sin"?

  46. Do we need to be purified from "sin"?

  47. Why do we need to be purified from "sin"?

  48. Should I want fellowship with "him"?

  49. What is the importance of all this?

  50. Who is the author?

  51. What is his name?

  52. What does his name mean?

  53. Why should I value this scripture?

  54. What makes this scripture anymore different or important from any other form of literature?

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