There’s a reason that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called a social gospel. It’s all about the relationships.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm [we begin with Christ].
The first relationship is with God Himself. He calls us into fellowship with Him through the precious blood of Jesus and by the giving of the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at some Scriptures:
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
We are God’s special possession and He calls us into His wonderful light. Why? For fellowship.
1 John 1:3 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.
In believing the message proclaimed by John (and the others with him), we can join in the fellowship of God and with Jesus.
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Philippians 2:1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
Being in fellowship with the Trinity and with each other means that we are like-minded (in spiritual aspirations), we have the same AGAPE (godly) love, and are one in spirit and mind (we have the same goals). These goals are:
- To bring glory and honor to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
- To bring others into fellowship with God, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
1 John 1:6-7 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Walking in the light of Christ means that we have taken His yoke upon us and become a disciple of Christ. We enter the fellowship of believers, and Jesus’ blood purifies us from all sin. In fact, all evidence of sin is removed from our lives.*
We are THE FELLOWSHIP.
Abba, You have called us together to walk together, to work together, to live together, and to love together. May we take Your call seriously. Amen.
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