Article - How Does the New Testament Define “Fellowship” (part 3)
From previous articles we learned first and foremost that spiritual fellowship is a “sharing in common” with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:1; 1 John 1:3). Second, spiritual fellowship is a “sharing in common” with other faithful Christians (1 John 1:3, 7; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 3:15). Finally, in this article we learn that spiritual fellowship is a “sharing in common” with the Godhead and faithful Christians through a daily, loyal walk/way of life (1 John 1:7). Christians are to remain faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10). A Christian is not in fellowship with God if he participates in unauthorized actions (1 Corinthians 10:18, 20), condones sin (2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; Romans 1:32; 2 John 1:11) or lives a life of sin (1 John 1:6; Romans 6:1-2; Hebrews 10:26). It is impossible for a faithful Christian to be in spiritual fellowship with an erring Christian, a non-Christian or a counterfeit Christian (that is, one who claims to be a Christian but has not correctly submitted to God’s plan of salvation and therefore is not a Christian, Galatians 1:6-10; 2 Corinthians 11:1-4). In the case of the erring Christian who refuses to repent, a faithful Christian cannot “keep company with” (mix/mingle with) such, but can admonish him as a brother (1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:14-15). In the case of the non-Christian/counterfeit Christian, a faithful Christian may keep company with such, but must take heed to the warning “…friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10; James 4:4); and “Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
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