Fellowship and unity are pretty much the same subjects. People today seek after fellowship. Fellowship is sharing in or the doing of things together. True fellowship is based on agreement. Paul asked the rhetorical question, "... what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14). He admonished the Ephesians to "... have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). Our search for fellowship sometimes is in the wrong places and with the wrong people.
In the spiritual realm our first item of importance is fellowship with God. Do I have fellowship with God? We obtain our primary fellowship or communion with God through gospel obedience. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19). People must be taught the gospel of Christ. Believing or accepting the teaching they are baptized into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit which means that they are baptized into communion and fellowship with the Holy three. If we do not have fellowship with God then we have nothing.
John says, "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" (1 John 1:6-7). Just to SAY we have fellowship with Him is not enough. We have obtained fellowship with Him by our obedience to the gospel; now we maintain that fellowship by walking in the light. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105).
If I walk in the light and thus have fellowship with God and you walk in the light and have fellowship with God then we can have fellowship with one another, but if I walk in darkness and you walk in light, there can be no fellowship; unity is impossible.
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