Faith, Fire and Fellowship – Fellowship
The Fruit of the Faith and Fire of God
Those held by this power will touch the same fire of life in others in whom the glow and warmth of His Life dwells. It is this vital living thing that constitutes the Body of Christ. There are many who ascribe to the “faiths” of different teachings and religious persuasions yet there remains an inability to touch the wonder of “fellowship” that is borne by those who walk in the Light AS HE is in the Light.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another…”
1 John 1:7
The fellowship spoken of here is not on an intellectual or doctrinal level. It is the life-giving power of Christ Himself because of their walking and living in the Light of God. This thread of His love is the secret to us being woven into the fabric of this One Body in Christ.
Faith is the Fountain and the Spring
of the True Fellowship in and of the Spirit of God
Faith recognizes God’s Own. It senses the Life of Him in another and cannot separate itself or isolate itself from another member (if they are of Him); those who are of the Body of Christ are inseparable. Those who walk outside of the “bands” (Colossians 2:19) of this Body feel no connection to others and can easily withdraw themselves without remorse. They can scarcely see beyond the boundaries of their church, fellowship, or denomination. These relationships are at best based on something concerning God but lack the intrinsic nature of the Love of Christ. They carry little value of experiential power within the commonwealth of fellowship in the Light of God.
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been fathered by God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the child fathered by Him”
1 John 5:1
To be partakers of the life and the pulse of His heart cannot remain disassociated from those who also are joined to Him. The eye cannot say to the hand… I have no need of you. To live in the life of the Son causes us to recognize our deep need of the ministrations of Him through one another.
“And the eye cannot say unto the hand,
I have no need of thee:
nor again the head to the feet,
I have no need of you”
1 Corinthians 12:21
Other Posts of this three part series:
“The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The World will go limping until Christ’s prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell”
– Charles H. Brent