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Our Fellowship Starts with the Holy Spirit

The apostle Paul told the Corinthian church, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV) The word for fellowship is the Greek word koinōnía; “To share in. Fellowship with participation.”[1] This is the same word the Apostle John used in First 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, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (NIV) When the Apostle Paul was converted to Christianity the brothers did not believe him in the beginning; after all, Paul used to persecute the church. However, when they were convinced that he was indeed a brother in Christ, Paul said that they gave him “…the right hand of fellowship…” (Galatians 2:9) Again, this is the same Greek word koinōnía.

The Christian faith functions in the context of fellowship in its true definition (To share in. Fellowship with participation) That fellowship starts with the Holy Ghost from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we go to bed. We are going through our day… never alone, but in fellowship with the precious Holy Spirit… talking, listening, asking questions, making comments, praying, and smiling. This is how close God wants us to be to His Spirit. But our fellowship does not stop with the Holy Ghost; God did not call us to be Rambo Christians. We MUST fellowship with one another. This is how that fellowship looks like:

  1. Love one another (John 13:34 – This command occurs at least 16 times)
  2. Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)
  3. Honor one another above yourselves (Romans 12:10)
  4. Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)
  5. Build up one another (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  6. Be likeminded towards one another (Romans 15:5)
  7. Accept one another (Romans 15:7)
  8. Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16) 
  9. Greet one another (Romans 16:16) 
  10. Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)
  11. Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
  12. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)
  13. Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)
  14. Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)
  15. Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25)
  16. Be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)
  17. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)
  18. Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:5)
  19. Consider others better than yourselves (Philippians 2:3)
  20. Look to the interests of one another (Philippians 2:4)
  21. Bear with one another (Colossians 3:13)
  22. Teach one another (Colossians 3:16)
  23. Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
  24. Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  25. Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)
  26. Stir up [provoke, stimulate] one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24)
  27. Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)
  28. Employ the gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another (1 Peter 4:10) 
  29. Clothe yourselves with humility towards one another (1 Peter 5:5)
  30. Pray for one another (James 5:16)
  31. Confess your faults to one another (James 5:16)[2]

It is impossible for us to do these one anothers without the help of the Holy Ghost and, it is impossible to do these one anothers in the institutionalized church. To do these one anothers we must be involved in each other’s lives. We must be sharing our lives with one another and participate in our faith… TOGETHER. A believer should never feel alone. If you are in fellowship with the Holy Ghost first, and, with one another, you are walking in the Light; if you are not, you are walking in darkness. 

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).


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