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Daily Bread - November 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 10 November 2017 08:03
1 John 2:19 - They went out from us, but they were not of us. If they had
been of us, they would have remained with us; but rather, that it might be
manifested that not everyone is of us.

Betrayal and broken fellowship is the hallmark of rejecting Jesus. Judas
was, of course, the model of this broken trust. We can also say that satan,
who is also called the devil, did a similar thing when he rebelled against
God. Everyone always has a legitimate reason as to why they can carry an
offense and not walk in love and submission; but with God and His church,
it is a manifestation of the heart.

One of the primary themes of the First Epistle of John is the love of the
brethren and the fellowship that results from being in Christ. John takes
the position early on in this Epistle that fellowship with the saints is a
proof of redemption and of fellowship with God: "If we walk in the light as
He is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The
fellowship that we have with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are
equated with the fellowship that we have with those who are begotten of God
(1 John 3:17, 4:12, 20, 5:2). If an individual does not have fellowship
with God, then he cannot have fellowship with those who are begotten of
God; and conversely, if there is no fellowship with the brethren, then it
is being manifested -regardless of what a person believes or says- that
there is no fellowship with God.

The First Epistle of John provides the proofs of fellowship to distinguish
between those who are of God and those who are deceivers. The chief
characteristic John gives of those who have been born of God is the love
they have for each another, and the commitment they have to lay down their
lives for one another (1 John 4:7-8, 16; John 13:35).

Love God, love the brethren!
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