Fellowship With Jesus
John was a writer that wanted each of us to remember the fellowship we have with each other, but to also remember the fellowship we have in Jesus. Do you consider yourself to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ? John wrote his first letter to address the problems believers were having with false teaching. As he begins the letter, he reminds us of who Jesus is and how important our fellowship with Him would be.
1 John 1:1 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— 2 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— 3 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. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
5 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. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 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.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
This chapter and letter begins with John emphasizing the personal relationship that he and the other followers of Jesus had with the incarnate Word, that is, our God in human form, Jesus Christ. The memories he had of Jesus burned in John’s mind as he reflected on the three and a half years he had with Christ. Now, John wanted to be sure that the churches under his care enjoyed fellowship with the resurrected Lord and the other disciples.
The likely subject and focus of this first chapter was Jesus Christ Himself. When it talks about the beginning here, it’s probably referring to the creation or the beginning of Christ’s ministry. We must remember that Christ is not time-centric – He always was, He is and He always will be. The subheading here in my Bible refers to what was heard, seen and touched. So, Jesus Christ was the reference here, as seen and defended by John.
Do you….do I…have fellowship with Christ? First, we must acknowledge that we are indeed born sinners. Verse 8 says that if we deny this, we are liars. However, if we confess our sins (vs.9), Jesus is faithful in that He forgives us of our sins. And that is where the fellowship begins. The beauty of fellowship with Jesus is that He is a just God in Heaven who will never go back on His Word. God can and will maintain His perfect character because of His perfect and righteous sacrifice of Jesus, His Son.
Yes, it is indeed a sweet fellowship we can enjoy with Jesus!
*Devotional message compiled by Jim Huber, with some commentary from the NKJV Bible.