FELLOWSHIP - 20 Amazing Bible Words To Know: (KOINONIA) Part 2
In the New Testament, The Spirit of God drew all sorts of people together and gave them a common bond. These came from the deepest depths of abject poverty and from the extraordinary heights of extreme wealth, both products of the massive Roman Empire. The Holy Spirit drew all these people together which led Paul to write this:
2 Corinthians 6:3-10
“…giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love, in the Word of Truth, in the Power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.”
Plato once said that there is a common ground between pleasure and pain. The word he used for that common ground is koinonia. The point he was making is that neither pain nor pleasure has any meaning without the other. Their purpose comes in their common ground.
There is a picture of the church in that statement. The beauty of the church is in how God can bring the uncommon together and create unity and fellowship in that.
While the world cries diversity, the church offers unity. The world demands fairness while the church preaches grace. The world shouts for justice while the church pours out mercy. These are meant to be the qualities of God’s people. God’s peace is found in the koinonia of His church.