Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:1-4
1 John 1:3 “we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
It is way to put limits on our “fellowship”. Many times we believe our “fellowship” to be limited to the activities which we participate in with other believers after church on Sunday. However, if we were to take notice of the writer’s witness about what can make “our joy complete,” we will see that it is “our fellowship with God and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
Our relationship with other believers actually empowers us to grow in our spiritual development as we encourage one another. This type of “fellowship” is beneficial for the building of God’s Kingdom because we can’t do it alone. We are here to affirm and support each other.
This “fellowship” we have with “God and with his Son Jesus Christ” happens by faith. In Romans 10:17, it reads, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.” The writer of 1 John reminds us that their witness is to the message of hope in eternal life. That hope is only made manifest by our belief in the power of God’s work through his Son, Jesus Christ. True fellowship makes our joy complete. Complete joy is based on our relationship with God, believing that Jesus Christ is his Son and by that belief we have access to eternal life.
Having complete joy by our “fellowship” with God and his Son Jesus Christ enables us to have true “fellowship” with others.
Rev. Vickie Gray
March 10th, 2019