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In addition to our being “steadfast in         present testimony. John, who loved to lean
     the apostles doctrine or teaching,” we    upon the bosom of His Lord, gave very
     come to this “fifth essential:” “Fellow-  practical teaching when he wrote, “that
ship,” or the holding of things in common.     which we have seen and heard declare …
We are dealing with a divine truth that has    truly our fellowship is with the Father, and
to do with companionship or partnership        with His Son Jesus Christ” (1John 1:3). “If
with Christ. Paul reminded the Corinthian      we say that we have fellowship with Him,
believers in 1 Corinthians 1:9, ”God is        and walk in darkness we lie … if we walk
faithful, through whom ye were called          in the light as He is in the light, we have
unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ    fellowship one with another and the blood
our Lord.” Someone has said that when          of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth, (or keeps
“fellows in a ship” are of one mind, and       on cleansing), us from all sin” (vv6-7). For
are rowing in the same direction, progress     there to be collective fellowship, there must
is made and common goals are reached.          first be fellowship with Him in our hearts.
Unity is the natural outcome of this fel-
lowship. The “assembly” or “called-out           I remember the joy I felt while sitting
company” is the Lord’s. In His house, He       in “the seat of the unlearned” observing
dwells in the midst. Therefore, order must     in the little assembly, when I heard my
be maintained. Since it is His temple, and     name mentioned for reception into the
He is holy, practices must be in keeping       fellowship. Thankfully, with God’s help,
with His Word. How important it is, then,      we have “continued in the fellowship”
that believers read and meditate on the        these 57 years. In God’s assembly there is
Scriptures daily. Plainly, the Word of God     room for the whole Word of God. Unity
affects all our hearts and strengthens us in   in the assembly is maintained and saints

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