Fellowship with Christ – Part I
Today’s Scripture: 1 John 2:28-29
Key Verse: 1 John 2:28a
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ…
The Apostle John refers to his readers as “children”. The New Testament refers to believers as “children” many other places as well.
It is my opinion that this reference to a believer as a “child of God” has great meaning.
First, Jesus taught that no one could enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they become like a child (Matthew 18:1-5). Jesus was saying that we should trust our Heavenly Father like children trust their earthly fathers. Fathers always act in the best interest of their children (sadly, many earthly fathers do not live up to this illustration).
In my prayers, I often remind myself that the Holy Spirit helps me with my prayers (Romans 8:26-27). I am sure you agree with me that we must simply accept the fact that we will never truly understand many of the deep mysteries of the Kingdom of God. That is okay because we are “children of God” rather than “adults of God”.
Second, Romans 8:14 refers to believers being children of God: “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”.
Parents teach a child to eat right, sleep right, walk right, and live right. So it is in our spiritual journey with God. God must lead us to be a child of God.
Our earthly fathers did their best in leading us, but certainly not in a perfect way. The good news is that the Spirit of God leads us perfectly doing all that our Father in Heaven wants us to carry out in this life.
Third, Luke 6:35 refers to believers as children and tells us how children of God behave. This passage teaches that children of God love their enemies and do good to them. It also tells us to lend help to those we see who have need and not expect anything in return.
When we decide to do this, this verse promises us a great reward. We will be called “sons of the Most High”!
This verse ends by telling us why we should do this: “for He, Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men”. God loves people… all people, not just those who believe in Him. Out of His love for the world, God is kind to ungrateful and evil people.
We cannot understand the depths of God’s love for all people everywhere! All we can do is try our best to forgive those who seem ungrateful or evil and be kind to them whenever we get a chance. This takes God’s love in us and flowing through us. The good news is that God gives us that love and grace toward people as we obey what the Spirit is leading us to do.
Father, I am so grateful to be your child! Lead me where you want me to go. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.