‘For where two or three are gathered
in my name, there am I among them.’
Matthew 18:20 ESV
Some people set an extra place at the table for Jesus, the unseen guest at every meal and the silent listener to every conversation. (Whether such an idea is attractive or not may say much about us.) Of course it is true, in a way, of any Christian home, and, in a way, it is true of every table, every conversation, everywhere, but, particularly, in the fellowship of the Church. This final brief post on the theme of Fellowship also comes from J. I. Packer…
J. I. Packer wrote: “Third, fellowship is a gift of God. The NEB translates Paul’s benediction in 2 Corinthians 13:14 as follows: ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and fellowship in the Holy Spirit, be with you all’ – and this is probably right. It is only where the Holy Spirit has been given, where men are spiritually alive and anxious to grow in grace themselves and help others to do the same, that fellowship becomes a possibility; and it is only as the Holy Spirit enables us to speak to others, and others to us, in such a way that Christ and the Father are made known through what is said, that fellowship is made a reality.
“When we seek to enjoy fellowship together, we should do so in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, whose office it is to reveal Christ to us; otherwise, our talk with each other will be empty and profitless, and the goal of fellowship – fuller acquaintance with our common Lord – will not be achieved.”
From J. I. Packer in God’s Words