by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

How to Have Fellowship With God
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

That which we have seen and heard declare we
unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us;
and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and
with his Son, Jesus Christ. And these things write
we unto you, that your joy may be full.
(1 John 1:3, 4)

When our Lord went into the Upper Room that last Passover,
He erected on the dying embers of that famed feast something
new. The Lord Jesus and His disciples were having fellowship.
But before He began to tell them about the future, what would
be coming - that He would be returning to this earth to take His
own out of the earth; before He told them about the new, living
relationship with those personally and vitally identified with Him,
baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of believers, a union
that is like the vine and branches; before He uttered that great
Lord's prayer in John 17 where the One who is our great intercessor
prays for His own; before He entered into any of that,
during that last meal He had with them He got up and washed
His disciples' feet.
He would not proceed any further until He had washed their
feet. He told Simon Peter, "If I wash you not, you have no part
with Me" (see John 13:8). He was not discussing salvation - that
was not the subject in the Upper Room. The great subject in the
Upper Room was the matter of fellowship with Him - of vital,
personal relationship to Him. He says, "If I do not wash you, you
will not have that fellowship with Me." You cannot fellowship
with Him unless the wrong things in your life are dealt with in a
very definite way.
The book we are dealing with, that of 1 John, is believed by
some to be the book of the Bible that was written last - not
Revelation. Here John deals with the matter of fellowship. The
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Lord has left and ascended back to heaven. Having loved His
own, He loved them right on through to the end, and He wants
them to have continued fellowship ...

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