“That you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”             1 John 1:3 NKJV


Why does John begin with our fellowship with one another before he proceeds to discuss fellowship with God? He begins with where most people begin. The thought of fellowship with a holy God is a bit more than we can fathom. But we do feel the love of others in the church, perhaps even before we come to know God personally. This is especially true of those who have suffered broken relationships all their lives. They meet a Christian or come to church and they feel love and acceptance. It is the first thing that they notice. It is such a new experience that they are overwhelmed. Then they learn that the source of this love is not in the people, but in the fact that these people have come to know the love of God in Christ. Although unbelievers who come in contact with us should be able to sense this love, they cannot know true fellowship with other believers until they personally come to faith in Jesus Christ and begin to walk with Him daily. Knowing Jesus Christ personally and growing in that relationship is the basis for any true fellowship with others that know Christ. It is Jesus Christ Himself that we share in common. True Christian fellowship is when we share together about the riches of Christ and the treasures of His Word. Anything less is not genuine fellowship. When we know Christ, we experience genuine unity and fellowship with other Christians, even though there may be significant differences in background, personality, social status or race.



Lord Jesus, thank You for the true fellowship we share with other believers.



Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the true Christian fellowship we share with other believers about the riches we have in You and the treasures of Your Word. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Luke 19:1-10



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