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SEPTEMBER: Life in Christ

September 22

WHAT DOES FELLOWSHIP MEAN?

...and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3

What does fellowship mean? To be in a state of fellowship means that we share in things. We are partakers or, if you like, partners--that idea is there intrinsically in the word. That means something like this: The Christian is one who has become a sharer in the life of God. Now that is staggering and astounding language, but the Bible teaches us that; the New Testament offers us that, and nothing less than that.

Peter writes, "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:4). That is it, and there are many other similar statements. Indeed, the whole doctrine of regeneration and rebirth leads to this; born again, born from above, born of the Spirit"all carry exactly the same idea. This, then, is what John is so anxious to impress upon the minds of his readers"that Christians are not merely people who are a little bit better than they once were and who have just added certain things to their lives. Rather, they are men and women who have received the divine life.

In some amazing and astounding manner we know that we are partakers of the divine nature, that the being of God has somehow entered into us. I cannot tell you how"I cannot find it in the dissecting room. It is no use dissecting the body"you will not find it, any more than you will find the soul by dissecting the body; but it is in us, and we are aware of it. There is a being in us""I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatians 2:20); how, I do not know. We will understand in glory, but somehow we know now that we are sharers in the life of God.

A Thought to Ponder
The Christian is one who has become a sharer in the life of God.

From Fellowship with God, pp. 80-82.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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