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The Meaning of Koinonia

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 1:9 NKJ)

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Koinonia is a Greek word that is translated as “fellowship” in the scripture above which says

God has called us into the fellowship of His Son. This phrase right here is a summary of what grace and our calling into glory really are. God has called us into the fellowship of the Son.

But what does this mean? Koinonia means different things, but in this context it means fellowship, or communion, or a place of intimate knowledge and sharing.

If you have never looked up a Greek word to study it in more detail, I suggest that you do so for the word “koinonia.” It is crucial in understanding grace, our calling into the glory of God, and how to live on a daily basis in fellowship with God.

Hebrews 2:14 gives us an amazing revelation about our fellowship with the Son of God. It says, “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same . . . ” (Heb. 2:14 NKJ)

This scripture tells us that Jesus was a Man, living on earth just like us. This is koinonia. He did not receive a lecture about what it means to be a human. He shared, or partook of, human nature by becoming a human and fully experiencing what it means to be human.

He was brought into the koinonia of human nature just as we will be brought into the koinonia of the divine nature in Him, the Son of God! This is grace. This is the calling into the glory of God!


What does it mean to be partakers of the divine nature in 2 Pet. 1:4?


God wants you to live each day in complete fellowship with Him, fully experiencing His life and also fully expressing His Person!


Ask the Holy Spirit to open your understanding and take hold of your fellowship with Him, and to help you to start living in close fellowship practically each day.

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