Fellowship of the Spirit
Fellowship of the Spirit
In a number of places in God’s word, Christians are instructed to love one another. So, it is in love that they admonish one another when they see a fellow Christian slipping into sin. When a fellow Christian needs help, they help one another out. 1 John 3:14 goes so far as to say,
We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
So, with a Christ centered love, we care about one another’s feelings, welfare, life style, salvation, understanding of the love and forgiveness of God, and everything else that pertains to our journey here on earth as Christians.
Paul wanted to help the Philippian congregation to realize this. In Philippians 2:1-3 Paul explains,
If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself…
Paul wants us to remember the love and encouragement we get in Christ. It is because Jesus Christ is our Savior that we are enabled to love one another, to have a “fellowship of the Spirit”, and to have affection and compassion for one another. When we remember that we are serving the same Lord and God — that we are brothers and sisters in Christ — then we begin to care for one another spiritually.
When it comes to false preachers, we are to avoid them like the plague. 2 John, verses 10 and 11 instruct all Christians,
If any one comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
That is scary. When we know who the one and only true God is, we are not to have a loving, Christ-like fellowship with those who are out to deceive Christians. We certainly do share the gospel with the whole world. But, we do not fellowship with those who despise salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Christians have the special bond of one faith, hope and love that rests in the truths of the Lord God Almighty. We are called the children of God because of our faith.
2 John, verse 8 tells us why we should not fellowship with unbelievers. It says,
Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
We have the love of God and the salvation of Jesus Christ. We don’t ever want to lose that. We have to hold on tightly to the truths that God has proven to us in His word, even though unbelievers will make all sorts of remarks intended to tear down our faith. We have a treasure in Christ that is worth more than everything in this world, all put together. For that reason, we watch ourselves, and do not fellowship with those who deny Christ.
In the safety of God’s eternal truths, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, You have proven through history that Your word can be trusted. You keep all of Your promises. Keep us safe in Your word, so that we may live with You eternally.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.