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(vv4-6). It was ever God’s intention that   in partnership and harmony with a
        all believers dwell together, united by the   community of believers, gathered in the
        Holy Spirit, in the bond of peace, or the   name of the Lord Jesus.
        bond of perfection, thus promoting holy   We also learn from this verse that
        fellowship.                           fellowship is associated with the apostles’
          In verse 13, he tells us that unity and   doctrine,  or  teaching.  The  apostles’
        maturity in Christ are some of the desired   doctrine would be spiritual teaching
        results of spiritual gifts in the Church:   they received from the Lord Himself or
        “Till we all come in the unity of the faith,   by divine revelation, now preserved in
        and of the knowledge of the Son of God,   the New Testament epistles for believers
        unto a perfect man, unto the measure   today.
        of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”   Our fellowship with one another
        Once again, fellowship is promoted    is based on a mutual understanding,
        through the unity of the faith, where all   appreciation, enjoyment and obedience
        believers grow into spiritual maturity   of the doctrines or teachings of the
        and conformity to the person of the Lord   Holy  Scriptures.  The  Lord,  through
        Jesus. This is God’s grand design for all   the prophet Amos, asked the question,
        who have been redeemed by sovereign   “Can two walk together, except they be
        electing grace (Rom 8:29).            agreed?” (Amo 3:3).
          When a person places their faith in   John’s desire was for fellowship with
        the finished work of Christ on the cross   one another as believers and with the
        and His precious blood shed as the    Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
        only means of forgiveness of sins and   But  in  order  for  that  fellowship  to
        reconciliation to God, they are born   be  experienced  and  enjoyed,  certain
        into the family of God and enter and   spiritual conditions must be realized.
        experience a new fellowship. John wrote,   John wrote, “But if we walk in the light, as
        “But as many as received him, to them   he is in the light, we have fellowship one
        gave he the power to become the sons   with another” (1Jn 1:7). Walking in the
        of God, even to them that believe on his   light is walking in the truth of the Word
        name” (Joh 1:12).                     of God and in fellowship and communion
          Paul wrote in the book of Galatians that   with Him. John declared, “God is light,
        we have been redeemed, that we might   and in him is no darkness at all” (v5).
        receive the adoption of sons (Gal 4:5). In   John also expressed, “I have no greater
        the book of Romans, he reminds us of   joy than to hear that my children walk in
        the grand truth that the moment we are   truth” (3Jn 4). As we walk in the light and
        saved, the Holy Spirit witnesses with our   in the truth of God’s Word, we experience
        own spirit that we are the children of God.  and enjoy fellowship with other believers
          This experience of fellowship with God   and with the Lord Himself.  We also enjoy
        through Christ and with other believers is   all the spiritual benefits and blessings
        seen in the early Christians, who gladly   of those who have been brought into
        received the Word of God. It is written   the fellowship of  the family  of God,
        of them that “they continued stedfastly   expressed by Paul as “blessed with all
        in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship”   spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
        (Act 2:42). Fellowship here is a sharing   Christ” (Eph 1:3).

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