I just love to meet with people in Spirit and Truth, don’t you? I live for that. With regard to this, I feel to share briefly here on the meaning of “forsake not the gathering (or assembling) of yourselves together” as that is stated in Hebrews 10:25. I propose to you here that this Scripture verse bespeaks of a spiritual meeting, not a physical one, a meeting which is nothing less than a gathering unto the Lord IN A REALM which is much higher than any physical place of meeting. Jesus talked to “the woman at the well” about this. Br. Eby brings some clarity to this subject too with these words…
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The Greek word for “assembling” is EPISUNAGOGE. The word, literally, is a verb meaning to synagogue. It is a compound of the Greek prefix EPI with the word SUNAGOGE from which we get our transliterated English word Synagogue. EPI means super- imposition – that which is above, higher than, highest, upon. SUNAGOGE means a meeting, assembly, or gathering. Putting these two words together, EPI- SUNAGOGE means THE ABOVE SYNAGOGUE, THE HIGHER MEETING, THE HIGHEST ASSEMBLY, THE HIGHER-THAN-ALL-GATHERINGS! It bespeaks of something far greater than merely collecting so many breathing bodies together in one place. It is a meeting in a higher realm, on a higher plane, in the high places of the Spirit, and in the heights of Truth. It is a gathering together in a dimension above. It indicates an assembling IN THE SPIRIT, as Paul also testified, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). Tens of thousands, yea, tens of millions of believers gather together in “church buildings” every Sunday morning, and because they make the effort to get out of bed, get the family ready, and drive off to a warm pew, they are convinced that they have met the requirements of the divine decree: “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together.”
My beloved, they have not even touched the hem of the garment of this truth! We are not to forsake or neglect that wonderful seating we have together WITH CHRIST IN THE HEAVENLIES! That is precisely what the passage is saying. Hebrews 10:25 is nothing but lifeless words, until one sits in the presence of the Father, joined in worship with kindred spirits, and partakes of that holy communion within the veil! It is only as spirit calls to spirit that the depths of eternal truth are opened. And multitudes who meet together every week for singing, teaching, etc., have never discovered the glorious and eternal reality of that ABOVE SYNAGOGUE. They do not meet or minister or live from that higher than all heavens realm of HIS LIFE.