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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John 1:6-7
In order to make this fellowship active, we have certain things to do, and God must do certain things to us. "If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another"--that is what we do. "And the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin"--that is what He does. "If we confess our sins" (verse 9)--that again is our part, then "he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." So it is quite inevitable in the matter of fellowship like this that though in a logical sense we persist in dividing up the aspect of fellowship into the two sides--Godward and manward, they are constantly intermingled, because it is a sharing together, it is an interaction of the one upon the other.
In other words, fellowship is never mechanical but always something organic and vital. Of course, if we would understand it truly, for the sake of clarity of thought we are allowed to analyze it in the way we are doing, but we must remember that organic nature. To use an illustration, what we are doing is what the musicians do when they analyze a piece of music such as a sonata or a symphony. It is right to say that it is composed of various parts, and you can make an analysis of it; but if you are truly to appreciate it, you must always remember it is a whole, and you must take it as such. You cannot stop at an analysis, nor can you leave it at those various bits and portions; they are there, but they are parts of the whole.
A Thought to Ponder
Fellowship is never mechanical, but always something organic and vital.
From Fellowship with God, p. 124.
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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