The Rules That Break Fellowship

 October 14, 2011

 

1 John 1:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

 

I grew up in a denominational church that taught us that we were constantly in and out of fellowship with Christ.  I am sure they used the scripture above as their basis for fact.

 

We would do something that we thought was sin and then we were told we were out of fellowship with God and to repair that we would have to repent and get “right” with God and then our fellowship would be restored.

 

But from everything I’ve been studying in depth over the past few years I have found that theology to be incorrect.

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Wednesday Word Study – Fellowship

 October 12, 2011

 Fellowship 

 

Transliteration: koinónia
Phonetic Spelling:
(koy-nohn-ee’-ah)
Short Definition:
participation, communion, fellowship
Definition: (lit: partnership) (a) contributory help, participation, (b) sharing in, communion, (c) spiritual fellowship, a fellowship in the spirit.  properly, what is shared in common as the basis of fellowship (partnership, community)

 

This is another word that Christians use often that the rest of the world does not.  We often use this word when referring to our Christian brothers and sisters.

 

But on Monday the verse that was highlighted was:

 

I John 1:3 AMP

3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

 

In this verse the word fellowship refers to our relationship with Father God.  When we read about fellowship I believe we draw a picture of friendly interaction and communication.  Maybe even events where we gather and have fun.  Many churches have ‘fellowship halls’ for just such occasions.

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Monday Meditations – I John 1:3

October 10, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

I John 1:3

3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

 

The point that I want to bring out in today’s scripture is shown by using the Amplified Bible.  And that point is where John states that we have fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.  The brackets in the Amplified state that this is a distinguishing mark of Christians.

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