Fellowship is primarily interaction in the realm of the spirit – either between my spirit and God, who is Spirit, or between my spirit and the spirit of another person or spiritual entity. In this interaction, there is always the element of transfer or influence. It goes beyond the ability to relate on a mental level and the ability to communicate on topics of mutual interest. You cannot place two people or a bunch of people together and think that they are having fellowship just because they are together in one place, neither can you expect them to have fellowship because they share commonality of purpose or similar tastes.
What does the Bible say about fellowship?
1. 1 John 1:3 “……and truly, our fellowship is with the Father and with His son Jesus Christ”.
2. 1 Cor. 1:9 “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”.
3. 2 Cor 13:14 “…..the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”.
4. 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin”.
From the above verses, it is clear that our primary fellowship is to be with God. This is something beyond prayer and the reading of God’s word, in fact, prayer and reading are means to fellowship with God. This fellowship began when God united us with Christ (1 Cor 1:30) – he made us one spirit with Christ (1 Cor 6:17). In this fellowship, there is a continual interaction and impartation that takes place leaving us rested, refreshed, energised, transformed that little more into God’s image and enlarged to contain more of divine power.
Next, we are called to have fellowship with each other. It is extremely important to note that we can only have fellowship with each other if we are walking in the light. Two Christians cannot have fellowship if one of them is not walking in the light or is not in fellowship with God. This is where most people get it wrong – they think that the more the social interaction among Christians, the deeper our fellowship gets. Christian fellowship only begins when both individuals are walking in the light. In 1 John 1:3, John calls the believers to have fellowship with him because he was having fellowship with God.
The Word warns us about the dangers of certain fellowships. They are –
1. 1 Cor 10:20 “…..I do not want you to have fellowship with demons”. We can unwittingly bring ourselves into fellowship with demons in several ways – eating food offered to idols, keeping demonic objects in the home, witchcraft of any kind, horoscopes, and the like.
2. 2 Cor 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what fellowship has light with darkness?”. Note that this does not mean that we withdraw from the world. 1 Cor 5:9,10.
3. Eph 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them”.
4. 1 Cor 5:11 “But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral or covetous or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner – not even to eat with such a person”.
5. 2 Thess 3:14 “And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.” Do note that this verse has been abused and used out of context by several groups.
Beloved, may we enter into and enjoy pure and sweet fellowship with God right through the day and then with His saints. May we refuse to touch what is unclean and be sons and daughters of the most High. May all who come into fellowship with us be strengthened, refreshed and encouraged to press into fellowship with God. We are the aroma of Christ.