"truly our fellowship is with the Father
and with His Son Jesus Christ"
At the heart of life and worship of God's People lies fellowship. After Peter preached to the gathering on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) many believed.
And over three thousand were saved that day. Then they -
"... continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers," Acts 2'42.
The apostles began presenting Christ's New Covenant Kingdom teachings and by the Spirit the new Believers received understandings and experiences.
Those who were present when Jesus taught His manner of praying (Matthew 6'9-13) could now experience the immediate intimacy of calling God "Our Father".
"God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!',” Galatians 4'6.
"God is faithful,
by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,"
1 Corinthians 1'9.
The Greek word for fellowship is "koinonia". In the New King James New Testament it is translated to "fellowship" 12 times and to "communion" four times.
It's also rendered as "communication", "distribution", "contribution", and "to communicate", once each.
Strong's Concordance renders it as fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation; the share which one has in anything.
"FELLOWSHIP WITH US"
The apostle John brings out the deep personal and family intimacies of fellowship together with our Father and each other in Christ.
By the Holy Spirit He says:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life
the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us -
that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin," 1 John 1'1-7.
These are inspired, powerful and beneficial words to meditate on. They reveal what the Father has bequeathed to His Children through fellowshiping.
WE ALL HAVE ACCESS!
"... through Him we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit to the Father," Ephesians 2'18. To all have received the Lord the Holy Spirit grants the most precious of things, access into the presence of God.
James knew this access well. With the attitude of children, coming to the Father, wanting His name to be hallowed, in the manner Jesus, the promise is sure:
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you," James 4'8.
In this place of intimacy Believers can thank Him for His presence and authority.
And yet the wonderful truth is, when we were as far way as we could be God drew near to us first! It was then, in His mercy, He revealed our wayward disposition to our hearts.
It was then we called on Him to forgive us. He did! We said we wanted to receive Christ. And He came into us! Hallelujah!
"Koinonia" is a wonderful many-faceted time of thanking, praising, conversing, singing and praying. Whether personally, with a small group or in a larger gathering, fellowship can be a transforming experience.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen,"
2 Corinthians 13'14.
Prayer. Thank you, Father, for the wonderful privilege of fellowship together with you and with brothers and sisters in Christ.
And thank you too, Lord, in anticipation of the times of refreshing, restoration and transformation yet to come.
In Jesus' name. Amen.