Fellowship

… that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3

Please read 1 John 1:1-4 again today and consider the thought of fellowship. The first reason given for why John is sharing and proclaiming is so that there can be fellowship. The fellowship he is speaking of is an intimate fellowship with God that can only come through Jesus. This is the fellowship of the first church—the group that assembled after the sermon of Pentecost (Acts 2:42ff). It was and is a genuine community. It is a family. It is fellowship. Notice that this fellowship is first with God. John makes it clear that his fellowship is with the Father and the Son—Jesus Christ. This fellowship cannot occur unless there is holiness on the part of all those involved. Only Jesus’ death and resurrection make that possible for mankind. Biblical fellowship is fellowship that is centered on God. That is what every follower of Jesus has in common. It is what allows for community. It is how we belong to the family of God in Jesus. This is the fellowship that each person was designed to have with God and with his children. It is a sweet fellowship of grace and truth, forgiveness and mercy, love and kindness, gentleness and self-control. It is a living out of the “one anothers” of Scripture, which place the needs of others above our own. It is eternal fellowship that is manifested in the temporariness of this world. How do you embrace the fellowship of believers? How is the unity found in Jesus helping you to embrace others in the true family and fellowship of God?