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Koinonia means Fellowship

Updated on December 5, 2013

Teamwork the Unity of the Spirit

The highest form of fellowship is seen and exhibited between God the Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ.

There is not a loftier union than this one, past, present or future. The oneness which flows from this relationship is superior to any experienced in the earth and is a supreme standard to follow. Following Jesus is worth every effort we could and can ever make.

With of course the knowledge that He is indeed sinless, and that makes fellowship with the Father much easier. No sin, no veil and no broken fellowship. There is however, an immeasurable length of time noted in scripture of Jesus being separated from the Father, why? Because of our sins, and He asks the Father why hast thou forsaken me, the Father would never forsake Him; He was carrying all the sins of the world, every sin ever committed by mankind and God couldn't look upon sin, it is repugnant and repulsive to Him and against His own nature.

First the sin issue would have to be dealt with to make our relationship with the Father reality. I am adamant concerning good posture and approach; I must stop off at the basin of laver and wash my face and feet, symbolically as did the priest in the Old Testament before having my conversation with the Father, because I don’t desire my prayers to be polluted, with un-repentance and un-forgiveness.

Repentance is a safety mechanism, and a necessary measure in approaching the Heavenly Father, because He is Holy and it would be well worth examining ourselves to receive the cleansing through the blood of Jesus prior to prayer. There is prosperity that spills out of our relationships with the Father when we honor His holiness. Throughout the chapter it is important to observe Jesus’ posture in praying. He refers to God as Father, Holy Father and Righteous Father. This is a crucial point of interest,

Jesus is still in prayer and He states in John 17:6, I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: The only name that I recall in the New Testament being manifested by Him is "Father".

What should our posture be in positioning for prayer? He is our Father now, and we are His children. Children don’t generally approach their biological father and not call him by His title be it dad, daddy, pop or other. It is essential to recognize prior to approaching who are we talking to, Jesus was always clear in His approach. Follow Jesus!

He is not a man that He should repent, but we are men and women who need examine ourselves and go through the necessary cleansing to approach our Holy Father.

Repentance is a safety measure in approaching the Heavenly Father because He is Holy. Repentance opens the portal for an attitude of holiness.

Jesus spoke these words and then lifted up His eyes to heaven and He begins His prayer with the declaration "the hour is come or is here, asking the Father to glorify the Son, that the Son may glorify the Father". There are ingredients in their relationship that we need also in order to fellowship with the Father as the sons and daughters of God and with each other. All of our other relationships are powerless without God.

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:3) .

In this verse, John the Beloved is declaring and sharing with us as an eye witness what he and the disciples had seen, and heard. We believe in Jesus because of their words, we believe because of holy men who spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The following verse is part of the High Priestly prayer, for all who would believe the disciples words and we as believers are those whom Jesus is interceding for over two thousands years ago.This is awesome!

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;" (John 17:20).

Unity is the key

Can two walk together except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3)

We can't walk in fellowship with God unless we agree with Him, even when we can't understand, we should absolutely agree with Him. He doesn't have to agree with us unless we walk in His will.

This is a good verse to establish all fellowship approaches and is good ground to build teamwork endeavors upon, one in which to lay an unshakeable foundation of unity, harmony and love. Cords, which are not easily broken when we come into agreement with the Word, Spirit and each other.

The principle of teamwork brings with it unity, oneness, a bond of being one spirit, mind and will. Yet, still being an individual person who may disagree with certain methods of operations, but not remaining disagreeable.

Teamwork always involves a resolve. Solution over problem is the teamwork motto. We may not agree with, or how a brother or sister does things, but one thing we do have in common is that we believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and upon this foundation we build teamwork. Teamwork is fellowship one with another. This quality of fellowship is called Koinonia.

Koinonia is a partnership, which involves participation in order to communicate, which is what fellowship in the Body of Christ entails. The Scripture admonishes us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together with other believers. This includes worship service, bible studies, intercessory prayer, Sunday school or wherever the saints assemble on one accord to fellowship and the focus is God.

Koinonia involves sharing with others and being a partaker, it is breaking of bread with each other and it also implies receiving from others as well. We are participants of Koinonia each and every Sunday. We praise and worship, sing, pray together with other believers, we listen to the Word as it is spoken. This type of fellowship is dependent upon our submission to the Holy Spirit to hear and listen, and to be taught thus saith the Lord.

The anointing is required in Koinonia, we need the anointing to hear and listen. Koinonia’s chief emphasis is bonding in the spirit of oneness. Koinonia is a bond of fellowship, not merely a meeting. Whenever we as believers meet no matter what the reason is, we should come in the Spirit of Koinonia. Set a precedence, I am going to be entering into fellowship with my brothers and sisters, let me prepare myself and set the right attitude. We are bonded together in Christ Jesus, to the glory of God the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Honor for the Godhead spills over into all of our relationships.

The foundation of our oneness can be found in the High Priestly prayer of Jesus’ "that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me" (John 17:21).

We learn from Jesus about fellowshipping with the Father in the bond of oneness. This is our call as well to follow Jesus into a relationship with the Father and each other. In this prayer Jesus was interceding for us too, He asked the Father to keep His disciples, and then went on to ask Him to keep all who would believe the disciples words. I say Thank You, Lord. It was the unadulterated words of John the Beloved found in John 3:16 that quickened my heart to salvation. It really does overwhelm me to think how long ago this prayer was made, and yet it found its way into my heart and life. Hallelujah! Yours too no doubt, but I can only praise Him for myself, it is personal.

We all need each other, no member of the Body of Christ is without significance. I need you to survive. I may not know your name or may never meet you on this side of the journey, but you are important to me and you are in my prayers always.

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      Matthew Milam II 3 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

      Dear mabelhenry,

      Thank you for this timely offering.

      Koinonia, or Fellowship, is the chord that is not easily broken. Without it we may as well be as dysfunctional as the structure of families in today's world arena. Giving honor to God, Our Father, as you point out... is defined in our approach. Only through Christ do we have that approach, or the understanding of it's undertaking. As HE has taught us, we must need to be examples and teach all around us. This is the heart of fellowship... of unity.... and what "Koinonia" is all about.

      Blessings

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      mabelhenry 3 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Praise God "mattmilamii," I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Thank you for dropping in and for your comments. In this hub the Spirit of God allowed me to focus on the relationship between the Father and the Son, and to ascertain that all successes of koinonia for us rest upon seeing what real fellowship looks like so that we can experientially walk in it. Have a blessed Sunday

      and weekend.

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      Chun 2 years ago

      I am researching Guidry glagneoey and I believe my next to the oldest first cousin Merrill John Guidry was a minister in Marshall or one of the surrounding area churches. He was married at the time of his demise and had children. I do know that he and his wife visited my mother in Grapeland, TX, quit a few years ago. Since that time my mother has passed.If there is any way/one that could help or point me in the right direction to locating any Guidrys in Marshall or surrounding areas I would very appreciative. My phone number is (979) 220-2993.Thanking you in advance, I remainRespectfully yoursGinger Pagel

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      Flopi 2 years ago

      When Jesus was inviting pelpoe to the table, there were no Christian denominations. For that matter, there were no Christians--he and his disciples were Jews.The gatekeepers of his day didn't approve of the way he shared the table with tax collectors and prostitutes. He preached a message of inclusion. Somehow, after his death his message got turned inside out and now we have new gatekeepers, Christians who decide who gets to come to the table and who doesn't.

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      mabelhenry 2 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Hi "Flopi" That may seem to be the case at times, but the truth is Jesus is the only door and anyone blocking the way will have to answer to God, and those that are entering any other way are thieves and a robbers. Use your key (which is your faith) in Jesus and Him alone. No Christian can decide who gets to come to His table, maybe their own table, but not the Father, Son and Holy Spirit's table. Be encouraged! God is still in control. Have a blessed week.

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