I saw something new (well to me at least) in my study of Acts 2:41-47 this week. What I saw that was new to me was that the fellowship into which those saved on Pentecost “continued steadfastly in” was “the apostle’s fellowship.” (verse 42)
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship ….
I have always made a big deal out of the fact that the doctrine that was being taught was “the apostle’s” but had never considered that the fellowship they learned and lived in was also “the apostle’s.” With this idea floating around in my mind for a couple weeks now, I decided to try to find out what kind of fellowship could be considered “the apostle’s fellowship.”
I found what I think is a very good explanation in 1 John 1:1-7 where the Bible says, ” That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the 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.”
In this passage you see three things that are true about the apostle’s fellowship:
- The apostle’s fellowship is grounded in the person of Jesus Christ – vs. 1-3.
- The apostle’s fellowship is designed to provide the believer with full joy – v. 4.
- The apostle’s fellowship allows the believer to truly understand the light that shines in the darkness and to be a witness of the light – vs. 5-7.
Back in Acts 2:42 this fellowship is found in the New Testament Church. So, are you continuing steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship? Do you gain the wisdom and full joy that are the basics of a life lived in Jesus Christ?