Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Jesus showed Himself alive after His Resurrection by many infallible proofs. After the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost a crowd gathers and the Apostle Peter preaches a message. He exhorts them to save themselves from the untoward sin sick generation and the next thing we see is saved people being together. They continue steadfastly or giving unremitting care to the apostles doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers. Notice that fellowship together is equally as important as teaching, breaking of bread, and prayers.
Fellowship is a mutual sharing, a common sharing, a close association and relationship, a joint participation with others. It is not possible in isolation, by forsaking being together, or by standing apart. All of what God did for us in Christ promotes a spirit of togetherness not carnal independence which is evidence of the flesh being in control. The Spirit of God brings “togetherness” in spirit that is worked out in the natural realm.
The book of Ephesians repeats this theme:
Ephesians 2:5 Quickened together
Ephesians 2:6 Raised together
Ephesians 2:6 Seated together
Ephesians 2:21 Framed together
Ephesians 2:22 joined together
We are told to not forsake or abandon assembling together in Hebrews 10:25 which is a part of the physical side of what was first established in the spiritual side. This should not be viewed simply from a responsibility side but rather as a part of God’s plan to make us and keep us whole, and keep us from the evil of this world. The Church assembling together has a sanctifying affect on our life in the midst of a crooked and perverse world. The Apostle Paul uses this sanctifying power in 1 Corinthians 7:12-14 urging the Believing spouse to stay with the unbelieving spouse because of its sanctifying affect on the unbelieving one. In other words it will have the effect of separating him from the world and separating him unto God.
Our associations impact and influence us. Bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33). Who you run with is who you become like. We all know of the story of Lot who 2 Peter 2:7, 8 said was vexed by his associations. What he saw and heard from those around him, when he separated from the family of faith, vexed his righteous soul daily. This wrong association can wear down even the strongest character over time and lead to compromise. We all need fellowship together: we all need to assemble together; and we all need to take advantage of all the means of grace God has provided to keep us living sanctified lives.
A gathering known as “one’s own company” is identified in Acts 4:23-33. Imagine someone in our nation’s army wandering about the world with all his weapons yet with no company to report to or no commanding officer to take orders from. We have a name for that.