October 12, 2011
Phonetic Spelling: (koy-nohn-ee’-ah)
Short Definition: participation, communion, fellowship
Definition: (lit: partnership) (a) contributory help, participation, (b) sharing in, communion, (c) spiritual fellowship, a fellowship in the spirit. properly, what is shared in common as the basis of fellowship (partnership, community)
This is another word that Christians use often that the rest of the world does not. We often use this word when referring to our Christian brothers and sisters.
But on Monday the verse that was highlighted was:
3What we have seen and [ourselves] heard, we are also telling you, so that you too may [d]realize and enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with us. And [this] fellowship that we have [which is a [e]distinguishing mark of Christians] is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
In this verse the word fellowship refers to our relationship with Father God. When we read about fellowship I believe we draw a picture of friendly interaction and communication. Maybe even events where we gather and have fun. Many churches have ‘fellowship halls’ for just such occasions.
But the part that I really love about this word is in the definition where it says, ‘contributory help, participation’. When we think of fellowship in this way, it takes it deeper than just friendly communication and fun times. Lets insert this into that portion of the scripture.
And this contributory help and participation that we have is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. (brackets removed for ease of reading).