Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14 KJV)
Koinonia is a Greek root word for the word translated “partakers” in the verse above. It can be translated sharing, partaking, participation or fellowship. This word is loaded with meanings in the New Testament. Let me briefly illustrate the mystery of our partaking in the life of God.
In Heb. 2:14 above, we are told that the children are partakers of flesh and blood, and therefore Jesus also took part of the same, that is, partook of flesh and blood. What does this mean? Flesh and blood means human nature here. The writer was telling us that those Jesus came to save were not angels but human beings. Therefore Jesus also became a human being; that is, the Word was made flesh.
As human beings, we partake or “koinonia” flesh and blood. You are human and you know what it means to be human. You have a body, and you can feel your body. You can use it to move around or get things done on earth. That body sometimes gets tired and experiences pain. You also have emotions, thoughts and desires. You know what fear feels like. You do not need to be taught what human joy or sorrow is. You have experienced it. You certainly like joy and dislike sorrow. All these experiences are part of what it means to be human, that is, to be a partaker of flesh and blood.
The Apostle Peter made one of the most outstanding statements in scripture and said “ye might be partakers of the divine nature” ( 2 Pet 2:4 KJV). He uses Koinonia again, this time not partaking of flesh and blood but of divine nature. God has made you to experience what it feels like to be God Himself! How does He think? How does He feel? What does life feel like to have the kind of wisdom and power God has? This is the divine life, and Peter is so bold by the Holy Spirit to declare that we have been made partakers of the divine nature. You are still human, but you have been elevated to the Koinonia of the divine nature! You have the life now, and it will be enjoyed to the full when Christ returns and we are transformed. Hallelujah!!
Read more: The meaning of koinonia.
What is the meaning of partakers of flesh and blood? Please read Hebrew 2:14 and then read 2 Peter 1:4 after that. Read these two verses and speak them out to yourself!
APPLY THE WORD
God has called you into a wonderful fellowship with Himself. This is the greatest inheritance in Christianity. May you grow in this understanding, and may it become a practical reality in your daily life. This is what the glory of God is all about!
What would you tell Jesus for suffering so much for us to inherit such glory?