Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 27, 2020

“what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

Today’s devotion comes from Romans 16:1-16.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+16&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea;  that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you;  for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;  also greet the church that is in their house.  Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia.  Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.”  Romans 16:1-6.

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When we read these Scriptures, we should not think that we should equally greet everyone.  We notice the reason why each person should be greeted.

Here are some more examples in Scripture.

“Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard;  because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.”  Philippians 2:29-30.

“I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part.  For they have refreshed my spirit and yours.  Therefore acknowledge such men.”  1 Corinthians 16:17-18.

Likewise, love “does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;”  1 Corinthians 13:6.

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers;  for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?”  2 Corinthians 6:14-15.

We do not have fellowship with everyone.  Our fellowship is with and centered on our fellowship with God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ, and those who would have fellowship with us must have fellowship with God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ.

“what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us;  and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”  1 John 1:3.


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