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Keeping Up Communion


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Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

—Ecclesiastes 4:9–12

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The primitive Christians were fully sensible of this [need for Christian fellowship] and therefore we find them continually keeping up communion with each other. For what says the scripture? ‘They continued steadfastly in the Apostle’s doctrine and fellowship’ [Acts 2:42]. Peter and John were no sooner dismissed by the great council, than they haste away to their companions. ‘And being set at liberty they came to their own and told them all these things which the high priest had said unto them’ [Acts 4:23]. Paul, as soon as converted, ‘tarried three days with the disciples that were at Damascus’ [Acts 9:19]. And Peter afterwards, when released from prison, immediately goes to the house of Mary, where there were ‘great multitudes assembled, praying’ [Acts 12:12]. And it is reported of the Christians in after ages, that they used to assemble together before day-light, to sing a psalm to Christ as God. So precious was the Communion of Saints in those days.

—George Whitefield, “The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:156.



Posted 2018·11·21 by David Kjos
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