Message in 1 John (4)

Principles for  participation in Christ

 “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” 1 John 1:6, NIV. The Greek word employed here for “fellowship” is “koinonia” which means, communion, association, sharing, fellowship, participation.” In John’s time this word was deployed to indicate “belonging in common to,” but not being a partner with. Concerning our salvation, we share in Jesus Christ, but we are not His partners in our salvation. Our salvation is in Jesus Christ only; we could not contribute to it at all. How should we view the sharing in Christ?

 “‘Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.'” John 15:4, NIV. Jesus added meaning to this verse in His statement that when He is “lifted up” He will draw all men to Himself. (John 12:32). Jesus on the cross at Golgotha separated His spirit, His life, from His body so that God can put in His body our life, our spirit, that sinned in the garden of Eden. By abandoning Jesus on the cross, God destroyed our life of sin forever. God did this to fulfill His promise to us which is the New Covenant.

“‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.'” Ezekiel 36:26, NIV. God and only He could accomplish the wonderful exchange on the cross at Golgotha. He made Jesus to be sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. God removed from us the guilt and the eternal punishment for sin and gave us the new life, the perfect life of Jesus Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV. The yielded believers share in Christ, and it visible in their daily life.

To be continued.

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Dan Lazich

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