?I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. ? (Revelation 1:9). We can see here four important qualities about this corporate ‘man’. Through fellowship they are brothers; through tribulations, they are companions; through the kingdom, they are submitted to His lordship; and through patience, they are being tested and tried and purged, that their faith might come forth as gold. The many-membered new man, which is the true Church, the Body of Christ, is a company of brothers, along with John, the apostle. But they are not like ordinary brothers who come to blows when their father goes out! The true Christian fellowship is unique in every way: For one, only those who walk in the light of His word and His life (1 John 1:7) have true fellowship. We can only be brethren through fellowship with one another. The true body of Christ comprises those who have an intimate fellowship with the Head and with one another. God is calling us into a genuine, perfect fellowship.