The Consequences of Biblical Fellowship
1 John 5: 1-21
by Cooper P Abrams III
INTRODUCTION:   As we have stated throughout this series of messages "Fellowship" is the key word of the Epistle of 1 John.
We have by now become familiar with the three tests which John applies to the professing Christian. What he diligently shows us is the essential unity of faith, love, and obedience.
The previous paragraph, at the end of chapter 4, ended with a statement of our duty, if we love God, to love our brother also. John now elaborates the essential connection between these two loves and between them and both belief and obedience.
The real link between the three tests is seen to be the new birth. Faith, love and obedience are natural result of salvation, of being born again.
There are also some specific and practical spiritual blessings that result from our fellowship with the Lord after we are saved. This Chapter 5 is essentially a summary of the whole epistle and lists for us those spiritual blessings which are the consequences of genuine fellowship with our Lord Jesus.
1 John 1:7 expresses this 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."
Do you see the point? The Lord Jesus Christ is our Savior and with Him we have by accepting Him as our Savior established an eternal relationship with him. But if we turn away from him, live out lives apart from him, do not obey His simple instructions we are out of fellowship and as Ephesians 5:18 says are not filled with the Spirit....meaning directed by Him. An there can be no blessings in living like that.
2. It was that family relationship which the willful sin of the children broke up. Men ceased to be "sons"; they persisted in being "men." God might be King, but they refused to recognized Him as the "eternal Father."
2. No brotherhood is possible save out of a common fatherhood. And so Christ brought men together, as nobody else has ever brought them, because He has revealed the Father-God, who is the Father of them all.
3. It is missing the point---- to say that the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God is "one" of the doctrines of the Christian faith.
It is in fact the first. . . it is the foundation. . . it is the essential doctrine. There is no use trying to get men right with each other without first of all getting them right with God and obeying his commandments.
Fellowship with Christ results in spiritual blessings.
2. Yet, the victory is possible and your preaching and other pastors who love the love and their congregation keep preaching that men ought to be faithful to the Lord. This is because the principle of victory resides in everyone born of God. Every such person has already technically overcome the world (1 John 4:4).
3. A true believer's faith in Christ, by which he was regenerated, constitutes a victory over the world system which is satanically blinded to the gospel (2 Cor. 4:3-4).
Colossians 1:9-10 express the urgency of this: "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God." Colossians 2:6 says to the believer, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him"
3. Who is it then that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. With these words, John affirmed that a believer is a world-conqueror by means of his faith in Christ.
4. This suggests that such faith is the secret of his continuing victory and, for that reason, obedience to God's commands need not be grievous. (John Walvoord).
2. "Blood" would then refer to His death, by which His earthly work was ended.
John was refuting a false notion of the type held by man named Cer-in-thus who taught that the Divine Christ descended on the man Jesus at His baptism and left Him before His crucifixion. Thus he denied that one Person, Jesus Christ, came by both water and blood as testified by the Spirit, the water, and the blood (v8).
b. For John there was no middle ground. Believe God and accept Him or believe not and thereby reject Him. Obey the Lord in faith, or not obey the Lord and show one has no true faith. True faith acts...there is no action where there is no faith.
D. Fellowship with Christ results in spiritual blessings.
A. FULL ASSURANCE IS POSSIBLE
2. It also has a strangely evil tendency to make men think themselves the special favorites of God, and to despise others.
3. Assurance founded on facts and truths has a graciously bracing influence; it ennobles a man, makes him feel like a co-worker with God, and want to be an active one.
4. And it brings the man nearer to his fellows, because, taking form as assurance of sonship, it cannot fail to bring on the responsibility of brotherhood.
2. The uncertain man is depressed, and can put no joy into his work. No man should rest anywhere short of the "full assurance of faith."
2. He wrote to them in order that he might persuade them "really" to believe on the name of the "son" of God.
2. Does God answer prayer? That child, who is a child indeed, never asks the question, and never likes to have such questions asked. He says, with deepest feeling, "Don't ask. He is my Father."
"If ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give good things to them that ask Him?" (Matt. 7:11).
D. Fellowship with Christ results in spiritual blessings.
2. The actual fact, is that those who do not have the new life in Christ can only sin because they do not have the Son in their lives. 3. The spiritual fact, is that in the new life we have a spiritual life communicated to us through faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Why then would anyone not want to accept Christ as their Savior and why would not one who professes to be a Christian live like one being faithful to Him in their lives.