Posted on Sat, Nov 2, 2013
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1 5-7)
As one author (unknown) noted, “…it is very possible to be in a family and not be in fellowship.” For those of us who have accepted the privilege to be called sons and daughters of God, we are family; however fellowship is another matter. Many of us have relatives we rarely fellowship with or even know. This promotes a reliance on others within the family, who may have met those unfamiliar clans, to educate us on who they are, what they are like and their degree of relationship. Paul commented on this in his epistle to Timothy, when he purported that several church members were, “…ever-learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3:7) To maximize our fellowship and enrich our relationship, we need to meet regularly with those who we desire to know. Likewise, we each should share the common passion to “truly” know our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior and His Holy Spirit.
We may be connected to the family tree but not share the same bloodline. Our extended members, in-laws and “outlaws” linked to our family trees are still determined to be family; however, fellowships can often be non-existent. We Gentiles were never a part of the pure “blood line” of God’s chosen; however, all it took was a covenant of adoption (Ephesians 1:5-9) and a mere diminutive drop of the blood of Jesus to displace all the “anti-bodies” (i.e. sin) from our blood supply and intricately, inextricably, and intimately link us to Heaven’s Family Tree. (Romans 11:17)
Human beings have a natural desire to be a part of something…to have fellowship…it is truly not good for man to be alone. (Gen 2:18) When God declared this, he was not suggesting that His fellowship was not good enough; He was, however, acknowledging the carnal nature of man’s appetite for non-spiritual things. If we walk in the flesh…it is insufficient to survive only on spiritual things. If we walk in the spirit, carnal things will compete for our soul. BUT, those who, “…walk in the light as He is in the light, will have fellowship with Him and Him with us; and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. This Life of fellowship with Jesus Christ is the key to overcoming the natural law of the flesh.
Pastor Ron Brown
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