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Fellowship with God (2 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 1:5-7
I pray these messages will be a blessing to you. I believe that these messages are very important to the life of our church right now because we have so many new Christians and so many who are hungry for the word of God. I John is so vital to the life of a Christian, and I believe they're going to be a blessing to us. I want to speak under the title, "Fellowship with God."
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
As you study I John, you see that there are two primary relationships that we as believers have to God. First of all, there is the relationship of sonship. The Bible says in John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God. That is the relationship of sonship; we get into the family of God by being born into the family. By the new birth experience through faith in Jesus, we become children of God; and nothing can ever change that. We will always be sons of God, using that word to apply to both men and women believers in Jesus Christ.
But there's another relationship in I John that we find we as believers have to Jesus. Not only are we sons of God, but the Bible says that we have fellowship with God. Not only are we in the family, but we are to have fellowship. Not only are we to be in God's family, but we are to be in God's favor. So not only do we have the relationship of sonship, but we also have the relationship of fellowship. While you can never lose the relationship of sonship, it is possible for you to lose the relationship of fellowship.
Now listen to me carefully: ...
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