“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” — 1 John 1:3
When you go out for coffee with a friend or gather with others for a round of golf, is that “fellowship”? It depends on your reasoning for getting that cup of coffee or hitting the links. But the word “fellowship” is a term that gets thrown around in Christian circles far too flippantly.
In 1 John, the apostle John addresses authentic fellowship. In the Book of John, he shared with us how we can have an eternal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. When we trust in Jesus for salvation from our sins, it’s like we have entered a legally-binding covenant with God, whereby He declares us righteous because of what Jesus did on our behalf. It’s a relationship purchased with His blood that can never be taken away.
Having that relationship does not, however, guarantee having intimate fellowship with Him. First John is a test of our fellowship with God and others. The two go together. If we say we have intimate fellowship with the Father and Jesus, then we will have fellowship with one another.
In 1 John 1:5, John tells us that “God is light.” What’s the purpose of light? To expose things. His light enables us to see our sinful thoughts, attitudes and actions so we can repent or turn from them. Sin blocks fellowship, but repentance reestablishes it. Authentic fellowship begins with a clean slate before God and others.
— Mickey Weston, Chicago White Sox chaplain
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