About Koinonia

Koinonia…..All made One is about unity, oneness.  It is my belief that oneness is the ultimate conclusion of our faith.  I believe this was accomplished in the spiritual real through our Lord and Savior, Jesus and that our mission is to bring this oneness into a physical reality.  I try not to base my belief on speculation or presumption though.  It is my desire to base all of my thought on a clear understanding of the Word of God.  So the first scripture that compels me to believe this was is this:

Ephesians 1:4 – 12,

4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth – in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Through these scriptures we find that God’s purpose of creation, even from before creation, was that He could have children and that His children are made ONE. As you can tell from what was underlined, these two things are His ultimate purpose and will.

While writing this I struggled with whether or not I was overstating the importance of unity. It is a very important topic but really “ultimate purpose”? But that is what the Holy Spirit is leading me to write. Jesus Himself put just as strong a weight to being in unity:

John 17:22-23 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in ONE; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.

Right now there is a multitude of division among his children. Because this condition is in opposition to His ultimate will, it is of the utmost importance that, along with taking the message of salvation to the world, we all work toward being united as one.

I would like you to take notice that when Jesus gave his disciples what we have come to call “The Great Commission” recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15, in one He said to “make disciples of all the nations” and in the other to “preach the gospel to every creature.” Both of these commands indicate that we are to share the message of Jesus Christ with those who are unsaved and those who are saved. We take the message of Jesus to the unsaved that they might become children of God. Then the purpose of sharing this message with the ones who are saved (the church) is revealed in Ephesians 4:11-16.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God to a perfect (mature) man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Notice that these scriptures reinforce the ultimate goal for the church as unity. But Ephesians isn’t the only place where “being one” is mentioned. From the Old Testament through the New, being united, being one is a recurring theme.  We are guided through a series of developments by our lessons, experiences and the Holy Spirit.  We call this discipleship but the word “discipleship” just doesn’t capture the depth of this process to me.  Yes, there is learning and study involved but it is also like coming to know God as a wife and a husband come to know each other.  Then the love we come to know overflows toward all relationship in our life in proper degrees.  The end result is that each of us are matured and fully equipped to be at peace with whoever our life touches and to bring peace and unity to the body of Christ.

So, that is the focus of my message.  To share the things that have helped me to grow.  To hopefully help others become mature in Christ.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.”   The mature, adult children.  I hope that who every is led to this communication, will continue to follow along with me on this journey.

I pray, Lord God, that the church might be come one with Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Not just in principle but, more importantly, in a real way. And that as Your Word says, we will become one with You as we become one with Your Son. I know as a natural result of becoming one with you we will have a will and purpose that is one with Your’s. I pray that Your church is all made aware of each of the areas of our lives that we should be one with You and that each and every one is given the Holy desire to carry it out in their lives and the strength to accomplish it. It is in the name of Your expression of love to all mankind, Jesus, that I pray right now. Amen.

Koinonia – What does it mean?

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