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The One Anothers of the New Testament - Part 5

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V. 7 (cont'd.)

** Let's go a little deeper into this powerful passage and ask, what does it mean to have fellowship?

"koinonia" fellowship or companionship - being of likemindedness, spending time sharing the same convictions and praise for God and His word.

Fellowship with one another as Christians is of great importance which is why the Lord prayed for you and me as recorded in John's gospel, chapter 17 and verses 17 to 21.

Fellowship with God Himself is of great importance in order for us to produce the fruit of righteousness which is why John recorded the Lord's command to abide in Him found in John 15:4-5.

Our next command, which is the last one another command in our series of The One Anothers of the New Testament, is repeated no less than five times by the apostle. It not only is the most important one, it is the driving force behind all that we have learned as well as the fuel that will never fail us in our day to day lives!

Please join me in chapter three and verse 11 as we begin to look at five different Biblical views of the love of God.

V.11 ** What is the message given to us from John?

"...that we should love one another!"

** How long have we been hearing that message?

"...which you have heard from the beginning"

** When was that?

The beginning of the ministry of Jesus Christ on this earth! cf. 1John 1-3

View #1 - Love is the beginning!

V.23 ** What is the foremost commandment given to men?

"That we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ!"

** Why is that so important?

John 6:29 - "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent."

John 6:40 - "...that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."

John 3:16 - "...that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."

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