OUR CALL TO FELLOWSHIP

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God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:9).

Some people always see themselves as ever needing God, the ever-ready supplier, whom they have to beg continually to get something. They think He holds back, while trying to find out who deserves His help. That’s a wrong idea about Jesus and our heavenly Father. That’s not the picture the Bible paints at all. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is far beyond the matter of sin and salvation from sin. The highest and main purpose of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the call to fellowship. What does this mean?

First, it means a call to oneness, a family relationship, a unity of spirit, a joint-partnership, where everything that belongs to Him belongs to you, and everything that belongs to you belongs to Him. Can you imagine that God calls us into such a fellowship where everything He owns belongs to us as much as it belongs to Him? It’s what Jesus came to achieve for us.

We couldn’t come into that fellowship until, first and foremost, we were given a new life. He died for our sins to make it possible for us to have it. Salvation from sin was, therefore, a means to an end, not His primary purpose for coming. The end purpose was fellowship.

Our message in Christianity isn’t, “He came to die for our sins”; rather it’s, “Receive the life that Jesus has brought and walk in victory.” “(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)” (1 John 1:2).

The Gospel is God’s call to fellowship. The foregoing scripture, as simple as it is, is probably the most important thing anyone would ever discover on earth. It should be, of course; because it encapsulates the totality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s what it’s about. It’s the reason Jesus came.

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