The fellowship we have with one another is a natural (or perhaps spiritual) extension of the fellowship we have “with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (I John 1:3) and “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.” (II Corinthians 13:14) Indeed, our fellowship with God, Son, and Holy Spirit is intertwined with our fellowship with each other. Much of I John addresses this human and spiritual fellowship. John is so convinced of the importance of fellowship that he says: “We write this to make our joy complete.” (I John 1:4) Then he continues:
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (I John 1:5-7)
We can’t have fellowship with God if we don’t have fellowship with one another. Fellowship is the line of demarcation between light and darkness. It’s little wonder that the words “each other” and “one another” are used so often in the New Testament.
When it comes to fellowship, our attitude toward one another should be the same attitude that Jesus had: “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7) Fellowship brings praise to God. And as we read yesterday, it leads to peace and edification, concern for each other, service to one another, humility, patience, compassion, forgiveness, encouragement, good deeds, and hospitality.
All this is summed up in Romans 12:5: “So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”