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Fellowship (koinonia)

Koinonia (Gr.) is far more than fellowship. It is our personal participation with other believers in the life of Christ…Contrary to heretics, who claim communion (koinonia) directly with God through “spiritual” (non-material) means, John teaches communion with God through the Incarnate Son.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 John 1:3,4)

“The holy, fellowship-giving God is He Whom Saint John proclaimed because he knew Jesus in the flesh. As the Apostle says, “we have seen with our eyes....we have looked upon, and our hands have handled...the Word of life” (1 John 1:1). The capacity to call God ‘Light’ and to have fellowship with Him arose directly from interpersonal contact with the God-Man, Jesus Christ Who “cleanses...from all sin” (vs 7)…The God-Who-is-Light is Christ our Savior, with Whom we may have fellowship and Eternal Life.” (Dynamis 5/8/2018)

“The human person is created for relationship.” There is a Greek word that broadly contains the essence of this truth: koinonia. It means, in its most basic sense, ‘community,…But this world has always denied koinonia…” (Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Douglas Cramer)

“Hebrews 13:15-16 reads ‘Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.’ Good works and life in community (to share, Gr. koinonias) must be united with worship.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Hebrews 13:15-19)

“Empowered and perfected by Christ’s grace and mercy, the community and each of its members are called to become an epiphany of divine love, an image of the new humanity gathered around the risen and glorified Lord and living under His rule. No longer alienated from our true nature, we enter as free persons into a communion – koinonia – of love where everything that divides people is abolished. We exist not as we are, but as that which we will become.” (Father Alkiviadis Calivas)

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