pressing on together

Good morning

1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 9 says this “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

This particular verse is written in such a way as to be translated either “with” or “in”: Our fellowship is with Christ, or our fellowship is in Christ. It can go either way. The case is both subjective and objective in I Corinthians 1:9.

Fellowship means “sharing,” “communion with,” “companionship with,” or “association with.” We have been called into an association—a companionship, a fellowship, a communion—with Christ. All these words are close in meaning. The only difference might be the degree of the intimacy that is expressed. In addition, fellowship indicates people having things in common—they do things together because they share common interests. What we have in common is our love for Christ.

We are drawn to those born again because of the common tie—the common love for the same person. Even when we meet people in the church for the very first time, we do not feel as though they are perfect strangers to us because of that commonality. We recognize the spirit or attitude that emanates from them. It is almost something that we can feel or see because our senses seem to be attuned to it. This is why world travellers with the church say that they can go into another congregation and know that it is of the same Spirit as the one that they travelled from.

There is a bond or union between us because we love the same person. To the Christian, then, Christ’s friend is our friend. We are members of the same body. We are children in the same Family. We are soldiers in the same army. We are pilgrims on the same road. These same analogies are used many places in the Bible.

So if like me currently Christian, secular and family responsibilities take you away from regularly meeting with the same folk at your local church…… don’t abandon the gathering together, the meeting up with, sharing a meal together with, the sharing texts and phone calls and emails with those who also Love the Lord. It’s critical.

Have a great day.

Mark

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