WALKING IN FELLOWSHIP

“I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not
walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12

“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.”

“Walking in the light, as God is in the light, believers have communion with
each other. The world is selfish. The flesh, the passions, seek their own
gratification; but, if I walk in the light , self has no place there. I can enjoy
the light, and all I seek in it, with another, and there is no jealousy. If
another possess a carnal thing, I am deprived of it. In the light we have
fellow-possession of that which He gives us, and we enjoy it the more
by sharing it together. As much as one is in the light, so much will we have fellow-enjoyment
with another who is in it.

To walk in the light as God is in it, to have fellowship with one another, to be
cleansed from all sin by the blood; these are the three parts of Christian
position.

“Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”
The effect is, we have the Father and the Son, and we have nothing more to seek.
I have the Father and the Son. I have a great deal to learn; but I am in the Father
and the Son, and I am in the truth. I do not want to seek it if I am in it. I have
the very eternal God in whom I dwell—I have come to the Father. When there is
a consciousness of this, oh, what comfort and what peace! It not only guards
us from evils without, but it gives spiritual rest within. If I am striving to get
something, I have no communion. If I want to get to the Father, when I am in His
presence already, I have no communion; and if I am not brought up there, I cannot
have the sense of what the conscience ought to be in God’s presence. The joy
is, that our fellowship is with the Father, and not in the hope of getting there.
“These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” There is where
God brings the saint if there is humbleness. If there is not humbleness, we shall slip.
When we lose the sense of God’s presence—the sense of it (because we are always
in His presence in truth) we are at the point to sin. When the Spirit is not grieved,
the soul is in the presence of God for joy, learning holiness, it is true, but in joy,
because occupied [with our Lord Jesus Christ] in communion instead of in detection.

“My peace I give unto you.” What was that peace? There was no wandering
affections—there could not be, and so there was full peace of heart with God.
Christ having been revealed to the soul, the world is cast out, and Christ is everything,
and there is perfect joy.

There are three things which characterize a Christian. First, “he is in the light as God is
in the light.” Second, “we have fellowship one with another.” We are there together,
and all have fellowship by the same Holy Spirit dwelling in all.
Third, we can be there because “the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.”
The more thoroughly in the light, the more it is seen that there is no spot on us through
that blood. The effect of being in the light is, that we confess our sins. “In whose spirit
there is no guile.”

(J.N. Darby, Nine Lectures on the 1st Epistle of John)

A QUOTE……J.N. Darby

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
likewise with the same mind [Phil. 2:5,8]: for he that hath suffered in the flesh
hath ceased [released from sin nature] from sin. That he no longer should
live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.”
1 Peter 4:1-2

“Now it is the same thing with respect to ourselves in daily life. If I suffer in the flesh,
the will of the flesh is assuredly not in action; and the flesh, in that I suffer, is practically
dead-I have nothing more to do with sins. We then are freed from it, have done with it,
and are at rest. If we are content to suffer, the will does not act; sin is not there, as to
fact; for to suffer is not will, it is grace acting in accordance with the image and the mind
of Christ in the new man; and we are freed from the action of the old man. It does not act;
we rest from it; we have done with it, no longer to live, for the remainder of our life here
below in the flesh, according to the lusts of man, but according to the will of God, which
the new man follows.” 1Peter.4 JND

FOR YOU LOVED ME FIRST……A Poem

I sought You
With tears, I sought You
And I found You–
Or rather I was found by You.
My seeking was Your seeking
For You loved me first.

You found Me
With joy, You found me.
My spirit leaped—
Springing up like a child at play.
Ageless, deathless, without end
For You loved me first.

You led me
Each step, You led me
And I confess—
Never once did I know the way.
Cloud by day and fire by night,
For You loved me first.

You kept me
Through time, You kept me
Though I wandered—
Always true, Shepherd to my soul.
All the waters failed to quench,
For you loved me first.

(author unknown)