What does this word mean to you?
How does it take shape in your life?
The Greek word in the Bible "Koinonia" means "fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, and contact."
In the book of 1 John, John uses this word to refer only to Christians who have fellowship with God. Now John also says a few interesting things concerning our fellowship with God.
Our fellowship with God is dependent on someone proclaiming the Word of Life.
Now in the beginning, God ordained to send his only son to proclaim this word. God manifested in the flesh was sent to us to proclaim the Word of Life. Jesus, the God-man, was given all authority over heaven and Earth. He is the Lord and it is through His life, death and resurrection that proclaimed the Word of Life to this world.
Now Jesus has placed the authority and responsibility on us who believe and receive the Word of Life to proclaim it to the whole world. What a great responsibility we have to proclaim the Word of life to the world and what great joy that we find in such responsibility!
The Word of Life, Jesus, is the message and reason for our fellowship and community as believers. Apart from Christ our fellowship loses its identity and will fall on "sinking sand."
And as a follower of Jesus, I proclaim his faithfulness and glory as I hear his word, experience his presence and testify to his works.
Just as John proclaimed what he experienced, felt and heard, so must we who know the Word of Life.
As Christ was sent to the World to proclaim eternal life in His name, so He has sent us to proclaim the same Word of Life to the world. So that the world may know His great love and have fellowship with Him, who loved us while we were still sinners.
If the proclaiming of this Word of Life is absent then fellowship in Jesus will be impossible to maintain.
What is the glue of your fellowship?
For what reasons do you gather?
As Christ says, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again. But the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
What are you proclaiming in your fellowship?
Merely water that will lead to death limited in its state and unable to quench? Or water that leads to eternal life unlimited in its source, forever giving life to those who drink of its mercy? From this water is where we must draw for all other wells.
Reflections on my studies in John