FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

Definition
Fellowship with the Lord
Holy Spirit
Fellowship with God
Fellowship with Christ
Fellowship with the Holy Spirit
Fellowship in Prayer
Worship
Failure of Fellowship
Spiritual Communication
Trances and Ecstasy

Definition

1.  Greek koinwniva, (koinonia) = fellowship, close relationship, association, communion; participation, sharing; gift, contribution
2.  Greek mevnw (meno) = to abide, reside
3.  Greek oijkevw (oikeo) = to dwell or have one's habitation
4.  Hebrew /k^v* (shakan) = to settle down, abide, dwell

Fellowship with the Lord

1.  Fellowship with the Lord begins at Salvation, when a person is called to fellowship with Christ (1 Cor 1:9).
2.  Believers can have fellowship with God and the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Jn 1:3).
3.  Fellowship with God  and the Lord Jesus Christ requires Salvation, the Filling of the Holy Spirit, and alignment of the Spiritual X, Y, Z, and Time axes.
4.  The outline for Fellowship with God is the Tabernacle.  The believer  in the Holy Place is in fellowship with God in the Holy of Holies.
     a.  Brazen Altar Salvation
     b.  Laver Sanctification, Rebound
     c.  Door Grace Orientation
     d.  Table of Shewbread Doctrinal Orientation (X-axis)
     e.  Altar of Incense Priesthood, Authority (Z-axis)
     f.  Golden Lampstand Light, Love (Y-axis)
     g.  Ark of Covenant Christ, our all and in all
     h.  Mercy Seat Christ, our Propitiation
5.  Abiding with the Lord (Psa 15:1-5; Jn 14:23; 1 Jn 2:24)
6.  Reciprocal Love for the Father and Son (1 Jn 5:1)

Holy Spirit

1.  The Holy Spirit is the agent of the Father and Jesus Christ (Jn 14:26; Rom 8:9).
2.  The Holy Spirit is the agent of Jesus Christ (Jn 15:26; 20:22; Acts 16:7; 2 Cor 3:17; Phil 1:19; 1 Pet 1:11; 1 Jn 2:20; 3:24).
3.  The Holy Spirit is the agent of the Father (Gal 4:6; 1 Cor 2:12; 1 Jn 4:13).
4.  The Holy Spirit reveals God (1 Cor 2:10-13).

Fellowship with God

1.  Fellowship of the believer with God the Father.
     a.  X-axis:  Righteousness, Holiness, gift of Jesus Christ, Author of Plan of God
          - Plan of God (Isa 14:26-27; 30:1; 46:10-11; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:11; 3:11; 2 Tim 1:9)
          - Knowledge (Eph 1:17; Col 1:9-10; Phil 2:13; Heb 4:12; 1 Jn 3:21-22)
     b.  Y-axis:  Gracious Love, Reciprocal Love, Light
          - Fellowship with God is in the Light (1 Tim 6:16; 1 Jn 1:5-7; 2:9-11).
          - Reciprocal Love (Rom 5:5; 8:16, 28; 2 Thess 3:5; 1 Jn 2:5; 4:12, 16-17, 19-21; 5:3)
          - God dwelling with us (2 Cor 6:16)
          - Abiding in fellowship with God (2 Chr 15:2; Zech 1:3; Heb 7:19; Jas 4:6; 1 Jn 4:12, 13, 15)
     c.  Z-axis:  Sovereign, Justice, Authority, Prayer
          - Sovereign (1 Chron 29:10-13; Psa 62:11; Isa 46:9; Rom 8:28; Eph 1:19; Col 1:11; 1 Tim. 6:16; 1 Pet 4:11; 5:11)
          - Most High (Gen 14:18-22; Dan 4:17, 22, 34-35; 5:18, 21; Acts 7:48), Son (Mk 5:7; Lk 1:32; 8:28), sons (Luk 6:35), prophet (Lk 1:76), priest (Heb 7:1), bond-servants (Acts 16:17).
          - Almighty (Gen 17:1; 43:14; Ruth 1:20; Job 5:17; 6:4; 11:7; Eph 3:20-21; Col 1:29; Rev 21:22)
          - Escrow blessing for Time (Rom 9:23; Eph 1:18; 3:8, 16; Phil 4:19) and Eternity (Eph 2:7; Col 3:24)
          - Authority (Deut 27:10; Rom 13:1-7; Acts 5:29)
     d.  Time axis:  Spiritual Rapport (Acts 17:26; Eph 3:19).
2.  Fornication with a prostitute destroys fellowship with God (1 Cor 6:16-19).

Fellowship with Christ

1.  Fellowship of the believer with the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 1:9; 13:13; Heb 3:14; 1 Jn 1:3).
2.  Relationship with Christ in the Church Age occurs through the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:17) along the X, Y, and Z axes:
     a.  X-axis:  Word of God (Faith, Bible Doctrine), Creator (of Universe, Angels, and mankind), Edification, Perception, Revelation
          - Word (Jn 1:1-4, 14; Rev 19:13), Faith (Jn 1:12; 3:16)
          - Creator, Design Specification (Ps 33:6, 9; 148:5-6; John 1:3; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2, 3; 11:3; 2 Pet 3:5)
          - New Creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10)
          - Edification (Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 13:12; Eph 4:12-13)
          - Perception (2 Cor 3:18; Phil 3:10; Heb 12:2)
          - Abiding in Faith, Doctrine (2 Cor. 13:5; 2 Tim 1:13; Jas 1:25; 1 Jn 2:3-6, 14, 24; 3:24; Rev 3:20)
          - Abiding in sanctification (2 Cor 6:16; Jas 4:4; 1 Jn 3:3, 6, 9)
     b.  Y-axis:  Love of Christ, Reciprocal Love, Light
          - Abiding in Love (Eph 3:17-19; Jn 13:34-35; 15:12; 1 Jn 3:23)
          - Fellowship (Jn 15:4-15; 1 Jn 2:4-6, 28; 3:24)
          - Reciprocal Love (Jn 15:9-10; 1 Jn 2:5; 4:19; 2 Cor 5:14; Eph 3:17, 19; Rom. 5:5; 1 Thess 1:3; 1 Pet 1:8)
          - Light (Job 29:3; Psa 18:28; 27:1; 36:9; Isa 2:5; 60:1-2, 19-20; Mic 7:8; Jn 12:35; Eph 5:8) (Father, 1 Jn 1:6-7)
          - Impersonal Love (Jn 13:35; 1 Jn 4:20)
     c.  Z-axis:  Sovereign King of kings, Lord of lords, Royal Son, seated on Throne of God in Operation Footstool, Justice, Authority, Deliverer, Redeemer, Head of Church, High Priest
          - Sovereign (Gen 17:1; Psa 7:17; 9:2; 92:1; 47:2-4; 83:18; Luk 1:32; 12:4-5; Eph 1:21; 6:10; 1 Tim 1:17; 6:15; Rev 1:6, 8; 5:13); Ruler over Creation (Isa 40:26; Psa 89:2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14, 36-37)
          - Lord (Matt 11:27; 12:8; Lk 5:24; Jn 1:1-2, 3, 10; 5:23; 8:58; 10:15; 14:9; 21:17; 1 Cor 12:3; Eph 1:22-23; Phil 3:21; Heb 1:10-12; 1 Jn 2:22-23); Eternal Life (John 1:4; 5:26; 10:10, 28; 14:6; 17:2; 20:31; Heb. 7:16; 1 Jn 2:25; 5:11); Holy (Luke 1:35; John 6:69; Heb. 7:26); Love (John 13:1, 34; 15:9, 10, 13, 14; 1 Jn 3:16); Raises the dead (Jn 5:21, 28, 29; 11:25); Evaluation of believers (Rom 14:10; 2 Cor 5:10); Judge of the world (Jn 5:22; Rev 20:12)
          - High Priest (Col 1:18; 2:19; Heb 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:10; 6:20; 7:26-28)
          - Abiding in the power of Christ (Matt 16:19; 18:20; 28:18, 20; 1 Cor 1:24; 5:4; 2 Cor 12:9; 13:3, 10; Phil 3:10, 21; 4:7, 13; 2 Tim 4:17, 18; Heb 12:2)
          - Abiding in Hope (Confident Expectation) (Rom 5:2-5; 12:12; 15:12; 1 Cor 13:7; Col 1:5, 27; 1 Thess 1:3; 1 Tim 4:10; Tit 2:13; Heb 6:11; 18-19; 1 Pet 1:3)
          - Obedience to the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15; 1 Jn 2:27)
          - Filling of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:4; 13:14; Gal 5:16, 24-26)
          - Obey Commandments (Matt 11:29; Jn 14:15; 15:10; 1 Jn 2:3)
          - Evaluation Throne of Christ (Rom 14:10; 2 Cor 5:10; Col 3:24)
          - Victory over Satan (Isa 53:12; Matt 12:29; Mk 3:27; Lk 11:20; Jn 16:33; Eph 4:8; Col 2:15; 1 Jn 2:13-14)
     d.  Time axis:  Harmonious Rapport (Rom 15:29; Eph 4:13).
          - Harmony (Phil 2:1-4; 4:2)
          - Discord (1 Pet 3:8-12), in Marriage (2 Cor 6:15, 1 Pet 3:7)
          - Christian soldier (Lk 9:59-62; 1 Cor 7:29-35; 2 Tim 2:3-5)
          - Waiting for help, blessing (Psa 27:14; 33:20; Isa 30:18; 40:31; Gal 6:9; Heb 6:15)
          - Waiting for promotion (Job 5:11; Psa 37:34; 75:7; 113:7-8; Eccl 4:14; Matt 23:12; Luke 14:11; 18:14; Jas 1:9; 4:10; 1 Pet 5:6, 10)
          - Demotion from the Lord (Deut 32:35; 1 Sam 2:4, 6-8; Job 34:24; Psa 75:7; 107:40; Ezek 17:24; Lk 1:52; Jas 1:10-11; 4:9)
          - Strife Arrogance (Prov 28:25); Bitterness (Prov 10:12), Quarreling (Prov 17:14; 20:3), Anger (Prov 15:18; 29:22; 30:33); Jealousy (Prov 17:1; Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 3:3; 2 Cor 12:20; Tit 3:9), Envy (Phil 1:15; 1 Tim 6:4); Contention (Prov 26:21)
          - Jealousy (Prov 6:34; SOS 8:6; Jas 3:14, 16)
          - Anxiety (Isa 41:10; Matt 6:25; Phil 4:6; 1 Pet 5:7)

Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

1.  Fellowship of the believer with God the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2:12-13; 2 Cor 13:14; Gal 4:6; Eph 3:16; 5:18; Phil 2:1; 2 Tim 1:14).
     a.  X-axis:  Maker, counselor, teacher, sanctification, communicator
          -  Maker, producer of Creation (per the Word) (Gen 1:2, 12; Isa 14:24; 46:10-11)
          - Counselor and Helper (Jn 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7)
          - Teacher (Jn 14:26; 16:13-15; 1 Cor 2:10; 1 Thess 4:9; 1 Jn 2:27)
          - Revealer of truth (Luk 2:26; 12:2; Jn 1:9; 14:17; 1 Cor 2:10; Eph 1:18; 3:5)
          - Revealer of the Gospel (Acts 26:18; 2 Cor 4:4; Heb 6:4)
          - Unpardonable sin (Heb 10:28-31).
     b.  Y-axis:  Producer of Love, enlightenment, Spirit of Glory, helper
          - The Holy Spirit produces the mirror in the soul (1 Cor 13:12; 2 Cor 3:18).
         - The Holy Spirit produces Divine Love in the soul (Rom 5:5; Gal 5:22)
          - Producer of Light and Glory (Job 33:30; Psa 8:5; 1 Pet 4:14)
     c.  Z-axis:  Producer of Life, controller of the soul, authority over sin, forgiveness of  sins, purification of sins, intercessor, leader, guide, witness
          - Producer of Life (Gen 2:7; Psa 33:6; 104:29-30; Isa 57:16; Rom 1:4; 8:2, 11; 1 Cor 15:45)
          - Leading of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14; Gal 5:18)
          - Protector (Psa 4:8; Gal 5:16-17; 2 Thess 2:6)
          - Producing winner believers (1 Jn 4:4; 5:4)
          - Prosecutor of the world (Jn 16:8-11)
     d.  Time axis: Spiritual Rapport with God.
          - Harmony (Prov 16:7; SOS 8:10; 2 Cor 12:18; Eph 4:3; Phil 1:27; 3:17-18; Heb 12:14)
          - Peace (Psa 4:8; 55:18; Isa 26:3; 48:22; 54:10; 55:12; 57:2, 19, 21; Rom 14:17; Gal 5:22; 1 Thess 5:13; 1 Pet 3:11)
          - Walking (Rom 8:4; 1 Cor 3:3; 7:17; Gal 5:16, 25; Eph 2:2; 4:17)
          - Filling of Holy Spirit (Rom 8:5-6; Eph 5:18; 1 Jn 1:9)
          - Spiritual Warfare (2 Cor 10:3-4; Eph 6:10-20)
          - Grieving (Eph 4:30) and quenching (1 Thess 5:19) the Holy Spirit
          - Lying to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-10)
2.  Fruit (production) of the Spirit (Matt 7:15-20; Gal 5:22-23).
3.  Energy, power, strength, might (Isa 40:26; Rom 15:13; Eph 1:19; 6:10; Phil 4:13; Col 1:11; Heb 1:3; 12:29).

Fellowship in Prayer

1.  Doctrinal basis (Ps 34:15-17; 66:18; 145:19; Prov 15:29; 28:9; Is 1:15; Jas 1:5-6; 5:16; Jn 9:31; Matt 21:22; 26:39, 42; Mk 11:24; 1 Pet 3:12; 1 Jn 3:21-22; 5:14).
2.  Fellowship (Luke 2:37; 18:1; Acts 1:14; 2:42; 6:4; Rom 12:12; 15:30; Col 1:3; 4:2; 1 Tim 5:5; 1 Thess 5:17).
3.  Intercession from the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:26-27) and the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25; 1 Jn 2:1).
4.  Intercession in the Spirit for others (Gen 25:21; Num 14:5, 13-20; 16:22; 2 Chron 6:22-40; Matt 5:44; Luk 6:28; Acts 7:60; Rom 10:1; 2 Cor 1:11; Eph 6:18-19; Phil 1:4, 19; 2 Tim 1:3).
5.  Petition (1 Sam 1:10-17; 2 Sam 15:31; Lk 1:13; Jn 11:41-42; Phil 4:6; Jas 5:17-18)
6.  Supplication (1 Ki 8:23-53; Dan 9:3-20; Acts 12:5, 12; Phil 4:6; Heb 5:7)
7.  Thanksgiving (1 Sam 2:1-10; 1 Chron 16:8-43; 29:10-20; Lk 17:15-16; Eph 5:20; 1 Thess 5:18; Heb 13:15; Rev 4:9; 11:17)
8.  Lord's prayer (Jn 17)
9.  Hindrances:  sin (Isa 59:2; Ezek 13:8); evil (Psa 5:4-5; Ezek 8:14-18); Reversionism (Isa 58:9; 59:3; Lam 3:42-44; Jas 1:6-8); failure to Rebound (Prov 30:20; Jer 2:23, 35); selfishness (Isa 58:4); self-righteousness (Matt 6:5; Lk 18:11); repetition (Matt 6:7); failure to forgive (Mk 11:25); marriage discord (1 Pet 3:7)
10.  Helps:  Rebound (Lev 26:40-42; 2 Sam 12:13; 24:10; 1 Chron 21:8; 2 Chron 6:37-39; Ezra 9:6-7; Neh 1:6; Psa 32:5; 38:18; 51:3-4; 106:6; Prov 28:13; Isa 64:6-12; Jer 3:13, 25; Dan 9:4-6; 1 Jn 1:8-10); Humility (2 Chron 7:14; 33:12-13; Lk 18:13-14); fasting (Isa 58:4; Dan 9:3); mediator (Job 33:23, 26); intercessor (1 Sam 1:17); privacy (1 Ki 17:19, 21; 2 Ki 4:32-33; Matt 6:6; Acts 9:40).
11.  Prohibition:  Cursing, imprecation (Job 31:30; Rom 12:14); Sin Leading to Death (1 Jn 5:16).

Worship

1.  Worship is the expression of reverence, Love, adoration, praise, thanksgiving, and prayer to God.
2.  Worship in the local church includes the communication of Bible Doctrine, prayer, songs of praise (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16), and the Eucharist (1 Cor 11:17-34), which is fellowship (Matt 18:20).
3.  Non-doctrinal communication is not worship (Matt 15:9; Col 2:20-23).
4.  Worship in the Church Age requires the filling of the Holy Spirit and application of Bible Doctrine (Jn 4:24).  This leaves out most Christian denominations, since they do not teach the filling of the Holy Spirit or sound doctrine.
5.  The Lord Jesus Christ, as the revelation of God, is the object of worship (Matt 4:10; Phil 3:3; Heb 1:6; Rev 5:13-14; 15:4).
6.  The worship of angels, idols, or people is prohibited (Col 2:18; 2 Thess 2:4; Rev 19:10; 22:8-9).
7.  God the Father is the recipient of prayer (Matt 6:9; 2 Cor 13:7; Eph 3:14; Col 1:3) in the name of Christ (Jn 15:16; 16:23), in the filling of the Holy Spirit (Jude 20).
8.  House churches replaced the Temple and Synagogues as the place to worship at the beginning of the Church Age (Acts 5:42; 12:12; 20:20; Rom 16:3, 5; 1 Cor 16:19; Col 4:15; Philem 2; 2 Jn 10).
     a.  The purpose of going to church is edification (1 Cor 14:24-25, 26).
     b.  Believers are commanded to assemble together (Heb 10:25).
     c.  Early churches met on the Lord's Day, Sunday (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2).
9.  Because every believer is a priest in the Church Age, the believer-priest can worship God privately (Rom 12:1).
10.  Ritual without reality is meaningless (Psa 40:6-8; Amos 5:21-24).
11.  Angelic worship (Isa 6:1-7; Rev 4:8-11; 5:8-9, 14; 7:11-12; 19:4).

Failure of Fellowship

1.  Fellowship is destroyed through loss of the filling of the Holy Spirit.
2.  Fellowship is destroyed by sin (1 Jn 3:6), the Old Sin Nature (Rom 8:6; Gal 5:16-17), and people who are slaves to sin (Rom 6:17, 19).
3.  Fellowship fails by grieving (Eph 4:30) and quenching the Holy Spirit (1 Thess 5:19).
4.  Fellowship is destroyed through carnality and reversionism (1 Cor 3:1, 3; 2 Pet 2:20-22), which is failure to Rebound (1 Jn 1:8-10)
5.  Satan destroys fellowship with God (1 Cor 7:5; 2 Cor 11:3; 12:7; 1 Thess 3:5; 2 Tim 2:26; 3:6; 1 Jn 3:8)
6.  Impediments to fellowship include Hardness of the Heart (Scar Tissue of the Soul) and Blackout of the Soul.

Spiritual Communication

1.  Communication with God is through the Holy Spirit.
2.  The Holy Spirit is the agent of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  He proceeds from both (Jn 14:26; 15:26).  This is called the Doctrine of Procession.
3.  When a person is filled with the Holy Spirit, he is in communion (fellowship) and in communication with God.  That includes God the Father (Gal 4:6), Son (Jn 15:26; 2 Cor 3:17), and Holy Spirit (Jn 15:26; 16:13; 1 Jn 2:27).
     a.  God is one in essence and revealed as three persons (or personalities), the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
     b.  The Father is the highest, or Sovereign, member of the Godhead.  He is the Spirit who is everywhere, limitless, and eternal.  No one has ever seen Him or ever will see Him.  He dwells in unapproachable Light.  He is profound and super Love.  He also has super abundant Happiness.
     c.  The Son is the Lord Jesus Christ, who became true humanity, paid for the sins of the world, and is now in Resurrection Body in Heaven, where He sits on the Throne of God over all Creation.  He is the Savior of the world, the Mediator between God and man, and the High Priest of the Church.  He is the author of the Word of God, and the only visible member of the Godhead.  He is no longer visible or audible to believers on Earth, since He is at the Right Hand of the Father in Heaven, but He communicates with believers through the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 3:17).  The Lord Jesus Christ has profound Love for all mankind and draws all mankind to Himself to be saved.  The Love relationship between the Christian and the Lord Jesus Christ is Spiritual, real, personal, and profound.
     d.  The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, who is both imminent and transcendent.  He is the invisible power of God, who creates all things and holds the Universe together.  He creates and sustains all life, including man, angels, animals, and plants as well as Eternal Life (Rom 8:2, 11).  He is the Spirit of Truth, who reveals the Lord through the scripture and exposes the lie.  He reveals the Father and the Son and never does anything of His own initiative (Jn 16:13, 14).  He indwells the body of the Church Age Believer (CAB) (1 Cor 6:19), fills his soul (Eph 5:18), and enlightens him (Jn 1:9; Eph 1:18).  He reveals the Gospel to the unbeliever (2 Cor 4:4).  He is the helper, teacher, leader, and protector of the believer (Jn 14:26; 1 Cor 2:10-13).  The filling of the Holy Spirit can be lost through sin, but regained through Rebound (1 Jn 1:9).
4.  God is Light, and fellowship with God is being in the Light.
     a.  Spiritual Light is the production of the Spirit and the Glory of God.
     b.  The fruit (production) of the Spirit includes Love, Happiness, peace, and patience (Gal 5:22).  The production is recognizable through the Spirit.  It is Light production.
     c.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the Light of the world (Jn 8:12), who enlightens every person, beginning at Salvation (Jn 1:9).
     d.  The believer, who is full of the production of the Light, is also the Light of the world  (Matt 5:14-16).
     e.  Divine viewpoint in the believer is the ability to recognize the production of the Light (2 Cor 4:18).
     f.  Enlightenment is the ability to perceive the revelation of the Holy Spirit in the soul of the believer (2 Cor 4:6; Eph 1:18).
5.  God may reveal Himself along the X, Y, Z, or Time axes of the Spiritual life.
     a.  X-axis Righteousness, the Word, commandments, Bible Doctrine, perception
     b.  Y-axis Love, Light, fellowship
     c.  Z-axis Justice, Spirit, Sovereignty, authority
     d.  Time axis There is an appointed time for every event (Eccl 3:1; 8:6).  God's time is the right time.  Wait for the Lord to provide in Grace (Rom 12:19; 1 Cor 4:5; Heb 6:12-16)
6.  There are three dimensions, physical, soulish, and spiritual.  Communication with God in through the spiritual dimension.
     a.  A human spirit is required to communicate with God (1 Cor 2:10-13).
     b.  The human spirit along with the Holy Spirit is received at Salvation (1 Cor 2:12; Titus 3:5).
     c.  The unbeliever cannot communicate with God, neither can he know Him because he is not spiritual (1 Cor 2:14).
     d.  The Holy Spirit communicates with our spirit (Rom 8:16).
     e.  The communication of the Holy Spirit must be spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:15).
          - It is not audible or visible or felt.
          - Human reaction to the Spirit, such as from stress or darkness, can be felt or sensed.  For example, stress from violation of authority can cause a headache.  Darkness can cause mental pressure.
          - The Holy Spirit reveals Bible Doctrine (1 Cor 2:13).
          - The Holy Spirit reveals the thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to Bible Doctrine (1 Cor 2:16).
          - The Holy Spirit produces the Love of and for God and the Lord Jesus Christ  in the heart in fellowship with them (Rom 5:5).
          - The Holy Spirit produces the Light for fellowship with God (1 Jn 1:7).
          - The Holy Spirit does not speak to us in words, but He may bring doctrine to mind (Jn 14:26) and He may lead and guide us by bringing things to our attention.

Trances and Ecstasy

1.  A trance is a dissociative mental state, such as hypnosis, in which one loses control of certain mental faculties, such as volition.  In this state the person can give himself over to higher powers, see visions, hear voices, have ecstasy, be possessed, or fall into various catatonic states.  Trances are entered by falling under the spell of a higher spiritual power, such as God or Satan.  Trances may also be entered by repeated visualization of an object, chanting, or dancing to induce mental dissociation.
2.  Trance is from the Greek e*kstasi" (ekstasis), from (e*k, out) + (stavsi", standing, existence), meaning trance or ecstasy.  The English word, trance, is from Old French transe, meaning passage from life to death; and from Latin transpire, meaning cross over.
3.  Ecstasy, from the Greek e[kstasi" (ekstasis), verb, e*xivsthmi (existemi) or  e*xistavnw (existano) means literally to drive out of one's senses or mind; lose one's senses or mind; refers to losing spiritual or mental balance; be out of one's mind (2 Cor 5:13); amaze, astonish, "of the feeling of astonishment mingled with fear, caused by events which are miraculous, extraordinary, or difficult to understand"1 (Gen 43:33; Ruth 3:8; Mk 2:12; 5:42; 6:51; Lk 2:47; 8:56; 24:22; Acts 2:12; 8:9, 11).
     a.  The Evil Kings who attacked Gibeon were driven into a panic by the Lord (Josh 10:10).
     b.  The Philistines at Michmash were driven out of their minds with supernatural terror (1 Sam 14:15).
     c.  Jesus was accused of having lost His senses (Mk 3:21).
4.  Hypnotic comes from the Greek u{pon" (hupnos), for sleep.  Hypnotize (coined around 1843) means to put into an induced trance.
5.  Rapt (adjective) (from 14th Century) means "carried away in an ecstatic trance."2  This came from the Latin raptus, which was used for being carried up into Heaven in a dream or bodily e. g. the Rapture.
6.  Abraham fell into a trance of deep sleep with night terrors when the Lord gave him the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 15:12).
7.  Daniel also passed out when he met Gabriel, but he was awakened and Gabriel did not communicate to him in a trance (Dan 8:18; 10:9).
8.  Balaam fell into a trance when the Almighty gave visions about the future of Israel (Nu 24:4, 16).
9.  King Saul fell into a state of ecstasy as the Holy Spirit came upon him.  He fell down and began to prophesy and stripped off his outer garments (1 Sam 19:24).
10.  Paul fell into a trance while he was praying in the Temple (Acts 22:17).
11.  Peter fell into a trance when he was praying and saw a vision about eating unclean things (Acts 10:10; 11:5).
12.  Before Stephen was stoned to death, he looked into Heaven in a state of ecstasy and saw the Glory of God and Jesus (Acts 7:55-56).
13.  Ecstasy of prophesying (Nu. 11:2527; 1 Ki. 22:8, 17-23; Ezek. 37:10; 2 Ch. 20:37).
      a.  By evil spirits:  (Baal, 1 Ki 18:29; Jer. 2:8; 23:13) (deceiving spirit, 1 Ki 22:10, 22-23)
      b.  Singing or praising God (1 Sam. 10:6, 10; 19:20-24)
      c.  Acting insane (1 Sam 18:10; 2 Ki 9:11)
14.  Forms of ecstasy include:
      a.  Speaking in Tongues
      b.  Use of hallucinogenic drugs
      c.  Singing
      d.  Music
      e.  Dancing
      f.  Drinking
      g.  Sex
      h.  Sorcery, witchcraft
      i.  Idolatry
      j.  Sports
      k. Combat

References

1.  Arndt, W., Gingrich, F. W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (1979). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature : A translation and adaption of the fourth revised and augmented edition of Walter Bauer's Griechisch-deutsches Worterbuch zu den Schrift en des Neuen Testaments und der ubrigen urchristlichen Literatur (276). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
2.  Douglas Harper.  Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001-2013.

Author:  Larry Wood,   Released - May 10, 2013 - Revised Sept. 9, 2013

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