Because of grace we can have fellowship with our Heavenly Father and with His Son whom He sent and who was “full of grace and truth” – Jesus. 1 John states… “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.”
This is not an earned privilege but a gift from God which we received when we were born again. John 3:16 tells us that those who believe (trust totally in) Jesus receive eternal life. John goes on to define and explain eternal life (17:3) as the supernatural ability to intimately know the Father and His Son Jesus. This is a grace gift and could never be earned and certainly is not deserved. Jesus died and paid the penalty for our sin while we were still sinners – He died and went to Hell so that we did not have to and so we could have eternal life – a dynamic relationship with Him and His Father, our heavenly Father. His gift to each one of us who are His disciples.
This gift of eternal life – a relationship with God – allows us to see what He is doing in our life and the lives of those we relate to. It allows us to hear His voice as John 10 states we can hear His voice and we cannot build a relationship with Him if we do not clearly hear His voice on a daily basis. After all, every day our spirit person needs to hear His voice (Matthew 4:4). And it allows us to touch His heart and be touched by Him on a daily basis as well. This then allows us to have a healthy and dynamic relationship with Him. This is what grace does. This is what the birth of Jesus that first Christmas did for us.
This also allows us to share fellowship with other believers who have also trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We can share life with others who are in the same fellow-ship. This is a wonderful Christian concept of living together and sharing life. Because we are all believers and are working hand-in-hand with Jesus to fulfill His task and purpose for coming – to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) we have similar hearts, thoughts, values, goals, and purpose with others who are true believers and disciples of the Lord. This makes our journey with the Lord even more exciting and dynamic as we get to share it with people of like mind and heart. All because Jesus is full of grace.
Because we have experienced His grace – His love, acceptance and forgiveness – we can live with others in close fellowship and love, accept and forgive fellow disciples as we share the same “ship.” We too can be instruments of God’s grace as members of His Body, the Church. Then together we can accomplish everything He has called His people to do in His Name. Again, even the call to be involved in the work He came to do is a result of His wonderful and awesome grace.
Jesus came full of grace and truth (John 1:14) and everything we have – even life itself – is a direct result of receiving that grace when we were born again. Welcome about the Grace Fellow-ship.