Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What does it mean to be "in fellowship" with God?

Fellowship is a word that is thrown around a great deal in Christian circles. It is a word that often conjures up several different images in our minds. To some “fellowship” represents potluck lunches, to others it may bring to memory teenage devotionals and to some it may remind them the close friendships they enjoy in a local congregation.'

What is "fellowship"?

The word translated fellowship in our New Testaments is the Greek word koinonia and it can be defined as a “relationship, communion, community, common purpose or sharing”. God desires to have fellowship with His children and we likewise should desire fellowship with Him. In fact, God sent His apostles to preach the message of Christ so we could have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:3). This relationship with God brings great “joy” (1 John 1:4).
Great blessings accompany fellowship with God. 

Fellowship with God means Spiritual Communion

First, when we have fellowship with Father, we have fellowship with the Son, the apostles and all others who follow God. When we have fellowship with God we should never feel alone, because we share in spiritual communion with past and present believers (1 John 1:3,7). 

Fellowship with God means Being Cleansed of Sins

Secondly, when we are in fellowship with God we have the benefit of continual cleansing of sin. As long as we are in a relationship with God, as His children we can be constantly be made pure by the cleansing ability of Christ’s blood. God cannot have fellowship with sin, He is light and in Him is no darkness (1 John 1:5). Light is the absence of darkness, when we abide in the light (ie. fellowship with God), darkness is removed and we are found pure.

Great Blessings are Associated with Being "In Fellowship" with God

These blessings we have examined are wonderful representations of God’s care and concern for His creation. These blessings, however, are conditional upon us maintaing real fellowship with God, His Son and His church. We cannot declare to have a relationship with God and still be living in darkness. God who is light cannot be in the presence of darkness. (1 John 1:6) May we always abide in the light and reap the benefits of real fellowship with God.