You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
1 John 1:3-4
3 That which [hos] we have seen [horao] and [kai] heard [akouo] declare we [apaggello] unto you [humin], that [hina] ye [humeis] also [kai] may have [echo] fellowship [koinonia] with [meta] us [hemon]: and [kai] truly our [hemeteros] fellowship [koinonia] [de] is with [meta] the Father [pater], and [kai] with [meta] his [autos] Son [huios] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos].
4 And [kai] these things [tauta] write we [grapho] unto you [humin], that [hina] your [humon] joy [chara] may be [o] full [pleroo]. KJV-Interlinear
3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. NASB
John is writing this letter, from his first hand eyewitness account of his life with Jesus and all that he experienced, heard, saw, and understood as very real and true.
He does not rely on anything which is by hearsay. He doesn't rely on anything which might be handed down by tradition. He doesn't rely on anything which might be invented by conjecture. John writes from his first hand and from his fullest knowledge of the certainty of that which he has come to know, because it is so.
John writes to believers, his audience. This is a not a letter to unbelievers, to bring them or convince them to believe in Christ, but he writes to believers to explain to them that though they have believed in Jesus Christ, and they have secured salvation for themselves and will go to heaven and be with God forever, there is still a great amount of life before them, which if they follow his advice written herein, they will experience a life which is phenomenal and of which they will miss out on if they do not follow his advice.
That extended life is the completeness of joy, which is the ecstatic happiness, pleasure, and satisfaction which they will never achieve from anything in this world.
It is not enough to simply be saved, though that is a great gift, but there is an infinite life beyond salvation, and that, is the great reward to which all believers should strive.
If you were invited to the Kings palace, and entered in and were allowed to walk around the courtyard, that would be great. But, how much more would be the privilege of entering into the Kings presence and interacting on a personal level with the King? Walking and talking with the King. Dining with Him. Being invited into privileged areas which are off limits to the general public, and so forth. That would be infinitely greater. That was our study in Rev. 1-3. You might review that study.
John further states that this is an opportunity and a privilege which comes along only once in a lifetime. Everyone dreams of striking it rich, or of finding that perfect life for themselves and their family, or of being successful and independent in life. And here is that opportunity which is freely given to every person, young and old.
We all have but to desire it and then pursue it from within our own volition.
To have and to possess a true relationship with God, of all people. We might dream of knowing and having relations with famous people, or politicians, or Hollywood types, or sports stars, anyone famous in our world, but who can claim to know God? And wouldn't it be far more beneficial to know God personally than anyone else in history. Even to know all famous people in history collectively. God is infinitely greater than all and He is still here. Infamous people from the past are dead and gone and of no help to anyone.
In the final analysis, a life with God is far more important than a life with anyone or anything else.
Ones objective in the spiritual life is to have fellowship with God, and that is accomplished by confession of ones sins to the Father, and the constant vigil of maintaining ones fellowship. And from within that sphere of fellowship, learning doctrine, and applying it to ones life, and consequently growing up spiritually and in so doing, building up treasure and capacity within your own soul. All this leads to the most complete and happiest state of life.
Will the problems of the world go away? No. It is the devils world, for now. But with God as your very best friend, and with God fighting your daily fight in life, then you will sail through life with ease.
The ultimate fellowship is not with people, but with God. Who else can do more for you in life both now and in eternity?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.