Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
Fellowship and 1 John
1John 1:3That 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.
Right from the outset the Apostle John declares "…that ye also may have fellowship" with the Father, His Son and with one another. Fellowship with God is a reason that God created mankind, to be like Him.
A Commentary: Critical, Experimental, and Practical on the Old and New Testaments.
"The writer's authority as an eyewitness to the gospel facts having seen, heard, and handled Him who was from the beginning: His object in writing: His message. If we would have fellowship with Him, we must walk in light, as He is light."
1 John, Perhaps Around AD 80-90
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D. writes about why John wrote this letter
I. That We Might Have Fellowship - 1 John 1:3 "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."
II. That We Might Have Joy - 1 John 1:4 "And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full."
When you are in fellowship with other believers and the Lord, there is real happiness. You are at peace with God and have the peace of God. Real joy is to be found in the Savior.
III. That We Do Not Sin - 1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"
The goal of the believer is to keep himself or herself from sin. We are called to live a holy and pure life (1 Peter 1:16). Holiness and happiness are inseparable; sin and misery are at the opposite end of the spectrum.
The Greek word koinenia translated Fellowship (as used above) includes a sharing, a joint participation - an intimacy that involves communication as a member. This fellowship is more than just a relationship, although it does include a bond and an association within this context. (See section titled "Fellowship Defined"). • companions • partakers • partners •communication • communion • contribution
Fellowship = communion; which is a companionship, making a contribution and sharing in common
1Cor 1:9 (NASunless indicated) God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1Cor 1:9 (NJB)You can rely on God, who has called you to be partners with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
This MEM issue is focused on John’s purpose for writing his first epistle and the benefits of our fellowship with Yeshua, and Abiding in Him.
John’s relationship with The Word
John, known as the beloved disciple, walked and talked with Yeshua (Jesus) as His disciple.
1John 1:1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life -- 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us --
Writing to the Body of Messiah
John out lived all of the disciples and had a deep insight into a living relationship with Yeshua. Here John is writing for a purpose, writing to the church body as a whole and addressing them as little children, young men and fathers (those with them from the beginning). And all of them as children of God.
1John 2:12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
Without a proper relationship, that involves participation as a member of the body of Messiah, we will not realize the tremendous benefits available to us.
First of all, "… children of God…"
1John 3:1See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God…2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.
And the promise of eternal life
1John 5:11And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
1John 5:13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.
The gift that binds us together - The Anointing
1John 2:27And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
All this and more - that we may Know Him
1John 5:20And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
1John 5:2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
Another benefit - we have the ability to overcome the world
1John 2:16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
1John 4:4… and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
1John 2:14… and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1John 4:6We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Why John Wrote
So why did John write this letter?
1John 1:5And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
1John 5:13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.
1John 2:26These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.
1John 2:12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.
1John 2:1My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin…
1John 2:13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
1John 3:11For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Abide[s] used 22 times in this epistle.
Understand the key to living a righteous, holy, sin free life
Is for Him to abide in us and us in Him.
John emphasizing abiding may be because of Yeshua’s "I AM the Vine…" statement in John’s Gospel
John 15:5 (NAS) "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Abide (See section "Abide Defined")
Total KJV Occurrences: 85
• abide, • abiding, • continue, • dwell. • enduring, • remain, • stand, • tarry
This Abiding bears fruit (Evidence of our fellowship in Messiah)
1John 2:6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
1John 2:10The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
1John 2:14I have written to you… and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1John 2:17… but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
1John 2:24… If what you heard … abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
The anointing is the key to our abiding
1John 2:27And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 28 And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
1John 3:24And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
To abide in Him keeps us in a state of honor (enabling a guilt free fellowship)
1John 3:6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
1John 3:9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
How we know we abide in Him and He in us
1John 3:24And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (The Anointing)
1John 4:13By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
1John 4:15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1John 4:12… if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
Fellowship includes involvement
1John 3:17But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Therefore if we have been forgiven, restored, and filled with the love of God we will abide in Him, love Him, keep His commandments, walk in the light, have His anointing and will love our brother in deed and truth. Then we will have this fellowship confidence…
1John 5:14… this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
An invitation to fellowship
Revelation 3:20'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. (This is real fellowship!)
Fellow Brothers in Messiah
1John 2:15Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Next MEM: What 1John says about SIN
Some Benefits of Knowing YHVH (the LORD)
Proverbs 2:6For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 3:26For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
Proverbs 10:3The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger…
Proverbs 16:9The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Proverbs 20:22Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Proverbs 28:5Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the LORD understand all things.
Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
Acknowledge YHVH and trust in His Word; enjoy the fruit of this association.
"For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey;
1 John is about our goal of eternal life. This involves our abiding in Him and the fellowship we are called to; that we might benefit in all things now and forever -- Amen
Fellowship - Transliteration: Koinonia - Phonetic: koy-nohn-ee'-ah
1. fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, social intercourse
a. the share which one has in anything, participation
b. intercourse, fellowship, intimacy
1. the right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship (in fulfilling the apostolic office)
c. a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, as exhibiting an embodiment and proof of fellowship
- Origin:from G2844
Total KJV Occurrences: 20
• communicate, • communication, • communion, • contribution, • distribution, • fellowship
- Transliteration:Koinonos - Phonetic: koy-no-nos'
1. a partner, associate, comrade, companion
2. a partner, sharer, in anything
a. of the altar in Jerusalem on which the sacrifices are offered
1. sharing in the worship of the Jews
b. partakers of (or with) demons
1. brought into fellowship with them, because they are the authors of heathen worship
Total KJV Occurrences: 9
• companions, • fellowship, • partaker, • partakers, • partner, • partners
FEL'LOWSHIP, n. (edited for length)
1. Companionship; society; consort; mutual association of persons on equal and friendly terms; familiar intercourse. Therefore - Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Eph 5.
3. Partnership; joint interest; as fellowship in pain.
4. Company; a state of being together.
5. Frequency of intercourse.
In a great town friends are scattered, so that there is not that fellowship which is in less neighborhoods.
6. Fitness and fondness for festive entertainments; with good prefixed.
7. Communion; intimate familiarity. 1 John 1.
[ A-1,Noun,G2842, koinonia ] (edited for length)
(a) communion, fellowship, sharing in common", is translated "communion" in 1Cor 10:16; Phlm 1:6, RV, "fellowship," for AV, "communication;" it is most frequently translated "fellowship;" (b) "that which is the outcome of fellowship, a contribution," e.g., Rom 15:26; 2Cor 8:4.
Holman Study Bible: NKJV Edition.
Koinonia most often carries the sense of communion or fellowship, referring to an association involving close mutual relations. This idea of mutual involvement is seen in extrabiblical usage, where koinonia can refer to marriage (3Macc 4:6). Because of a common Spirit, Christians have fellowship with God and one another (1Jn 1:3, 6, 7). This kind of intimate fellowship was displayed among the sharing community of the early church (Ac 2:42). Koinonia may also refer to the way in which this fellowship is portrayed, namely, through sharing, generosity, or participatory-feeling. Paul speaks of the Corinthian church's generosity in sharing a financial gift (2Co 9:13). By extension, koinonia may refer to the financial contribution itself (Rm 15:26). It may also express participation or common fellowship in a task or cause. Thus, believers have a common participation in the faith (Phm 6) and in Christ's body and blood (1Co 10:16).
Strong’s G3306 (edited for length)
- Transliteration:meno - Phonetic: men'-o
1. to remain, abide
a. in reference to place
1. to sojourn, tarry
2. not to depart 1a
b. to continue to be present 1a
c. to be held, kept, continually
d. in reference to time
1. to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure 1b
e. of persons, to survive, live
f. in reference to state or condition
1. to remain as one, not to become another or different
2. to wait for, await one
- Strong's:A primary verb; to stay (in a given place state relation or expectancy): - abide continue dwell endure be present remain stand tarry (for) X thine own.
Total KJV Occurrences: 85
• abide, 13 • abideth, 16 • abode, 11 • continue, 5 • continued, 2 • continuing, 1 • dwell, 2 • dwelleth, 7 • dwelt, 2 • enduring, 1 • remain, 5 • remained, 2 • remaineth, 4 • tarried, 3 • tarry, 4
Webster (1828) (edited for length)
ABI'DE, v. i. pert. and part. abode.
abada, to be, or exist, to continue; W. bod, to be; to dwell, rest, continue, stand firm, or be stationary for anytime indefinitely. Class Bd. No 7.]
1. To rest, or dwell. Gen 29:19.
2. To tarry or stay for a short time. Gen 24:55.
3. To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable. Ps 119:90.
4. To remain, to continue. Acts 27:31. Eccl 8:15.
1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await.
2. To endure or sustain.
To abide the indignation of the Lord. Joel 10.
3. To bear or endure; to bear patiently.
In general, abide by signifies to adhere to, maintain defend, or stand to, as to abide by a promise, or by a friend; or to suffer the consequences…
a-bı̄d´: Old English word signifying progressively to “await,” “remain,” “lodge,” “sojourn,” “dwell,” “continue,” “endure”; represented richly in Old Testament (King James Version) by 12 Hebrew and in New Testament by as many Greek words. In the Revised Version (British and American) displaced often by words meaning "to sojourn," "dwell," "encamp." The Hebrew and Greek originals in most frequent use are yāshabh, "to dwell"; ménō, "to remain." "Abide (sit or tarry) ye here" (Gen_22:5); "The earth abide (continueth) forever" (Ecc_1:4); "Who can abide (bear or endure) the day?" (Mal_3:2); "Afflictions abide (await) me" (Act_20:23). The past tense abode, in frequent use, has the same meaning. "His bow abode (remained) in strength" (Gen_49:24); "There he abode" (dwelt) (Joh_10:40).
Abode, as a noun (Greek monḗ) twice in New Testament: "make our abode with him" (Joh_14:23); "mansions," the Revised Version, margin "abiding-places" Joh_14:2).
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Easy or Hard?
Yeshua (Jesus) invited those who were weary and burdened to come to Him, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. You also know that you are saved by grace rather than works, so your effort is not a part of the equation of your salvation. If you accept these things as true do you assume that you will just slide through your life as a believer? Nothing could be more wrong. If you answer His invitation to fulfill His high calling for your life it will be the most difficult thing you will ever do. It will take everything you have and even with your maximum effort it will still take a lifetime to complete. Yet the further you go down this path the more you will realize that it is His [Spirit] and not you, and so those statements about salvation by grace and an easy yoke are still true. (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Some facts about Michigan
6-1-1637 Jaques Marquette is born at Laon, France. In 1668 he founded Michigan’s oldest settlement, Sault Ste. Marie
7-24-1701 Detroit is founded by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac a French Commander
1-11-1805 Michigan is organized as a territory
1-26-1837 Michigan becomes the 26th state
4-28-1897 The Apple blossom is adopted as Michigan’s official state flower
4-8-1931 The robin is designated Michigan’s official state bird
9-5-1881 Michigan’s Great Fire
7-30-1863 Henry Ford is born near Detroit
6-4-1896 The first Ford automobile is completed in a brick work shed in Detroit
10-1-1908 Henry Ford introduces the Model T
4-1-1913 Henry Ford installs the first moving assembly line in Detroit
1-5-1914 Henry Ford announced $5 per day pay for an eight hour work day
1-14-1914 Henry Ford implemented his "assembly line" technique
12-10-1915 The one-millionth Model T rolls off the assembly line at the Ford plant in Detroit
7-23-1829 William Burt of Mount Vernon receives a patent for the nation’s first typewriter
1-26-1875 George F. Green of Kalamazoo is awarded a patent for the first electric dental drill
5-24-1884 Dr. John H. Kellogg of Battle Creek applies for a patent for a process to manufacture Corn Flakes
1-30-1933 The Lone Ranger radio program makes its first public broadcast over Detroit station WXYZ
2-2-1936 Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers becomes the first player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
1-6-1914 Danny Thomas is born in Deerfield
2-4-1902 Charles Lindbergh is born in Detroit
2-19-1914 William "Smokey" Robinson is born in Detroit
4-23-1940 Actor Lee Majors is born in Wyandotte
3-26-1944 Diana Ross is born in Detroit
5-6-1945 Musician/singer Bob Seger is born in Ann Arbor
7-1-1915 Blues legend Willie Dixon is born in Vicksburg
8-14-1959 Basketball Star Earvin (Magic) Johnson is born in Lansing
11-29-1880 The Detroit Baseball Co (later Detroit Tigers) is organized
11-10-1929 The Ambassador Bridge linking Detroit and Windsor Ontario is dedicated
11-3-1930 The Detroit-Winsor tunnel is opened
1-25-1945 Grand Rapids becomes the first city to fluoridate its drinking water
11-7-1957 The Mackinac bridge opens connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas
A Sunday school teacher asked her children,
Remember: If your mind goes blank, don’t forget to turn off the sound.
We who had sweet fellowship together, Walked in the house of God in the throng.
Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly.
Fellowship and Company are from the same Hebrew word. As we walk together in the House of the Living God.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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