1 John 1:6

“Fellowship with him.” 
              — 1 John 1:6

When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such
complete fellowship with him, that we were made one with him, and his
interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with
Christ in his love. What he loves we love. He loves the saints-so do
we. He loves sinners-so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man,
and pants to see earth’s deserts transformed into the garden of the
Lord-so do we. We have fellowship with him in his desires. He desires
the glory of God-we also labour for the same. He desires that the
saints may be with him where he is-we desire to be with him there too.
He desires to drive out sin-behold we fight under his banner. He
desires that his Father’s name may be loved and adored by all his
creatures-we pray daily, “Let thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on
earth, even as it is in heaven.” We have fellowship with Christ in his
sufferings. We are not nailed to the cross, nor do we die a cruel
death, but when he is reproached, we are reproached; and a very sweet
thing it is to be blamed for his sake, to be despised for following the
Master, to have the world against us. The disciple should not be above
his Lord. In our measure we commune with him in his labours,
ministering to men by the word of truth and by deeds of love. Our meat
and our drink, like his, is to do the will of him who hath sent us and
to finish his work. We have also fellowship with Christ in his joys. We
are happy in his happiness, we rejoice in his exaltation. Have you ever
tasted that joy, believer? There is no purer or more thrilling delight
to be known this side heaven than that of having Christ’s joy fulfilled
in us, that our joy may be full. His glory awaits us to complete our
fellowship, for his Church shall sit with him upon his throne, as his
well-beloved bride and queen.

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