Koinonia should not be looked at as a warm fuzzy term for bringing people together. For a true understanding of the Greek word Koinonia there needs to be a shared understanding of God’s will.
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'For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfil our own destiny, according to God's will, to be what God wants us to be.' Thomas Merton.
God’s mandate for His Kingdom populous is that His citizens will govern under Theocracy. After the advent of the New Covenant as Gentiles, we have been brought into the Commonwealth of Israel and are able to be called God’s children. The Ekklesia as seen in Matthew 16:16-18 is the name given to His body of believers and the way in which His body would assemble in His presence.
If the will of God is clear; which is to govern in His Theocracy. Then His instruction to His citizens is not for a citizen alone to accomplish but for His corporate body to assemble unanimously and legislate His law. Itinerant believers may feel that they have been called to the wilderness but God has designed His body to work together to legislate His will in each terrain given.
Romans 12:5, 1 Corinthians 12:12.
Whoever has ears let them hear that Christ was “successful not because of the acts He performed or the feats He achieved; but solely on the basis that only He completely realised the Father's dream; which was to raise citizens and establish His government on this earth” All those that have been elected to enter into His Kingdom of Light have been chosen to accomplish the Father’s dream. He has articulated His will embodied in His Son and asks us to commit to what He has envisioned. This is the shared will that Jesus has delivered to His body for us to respond and take action.
When the day of Pentecost approached the disciples and Apostles of Christ were together in one accord. Christ’s last instruction to them before He ascended was to remain in Jerusalem to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This directive was not given to Peter only but to all those that had beholden Christ in His appointed capacity as King of kings. Remaining in one accord translates to mean that all the disciples and Apostles prayed with one mind to receive the baptism.
Acts 1, 2.
During Christ’s ministry, He gave the disciples a prayer to pray; which He began with the proclamation, ‘Our Father’. The following verses that culminate in the Lord’s Prayer is not a sole man’s edict but His Ekklesias governing invocation. It is impossible to participate in God’s will ignorantly. His shared will amongst those that He calls His Ekklesia is for the sole purpose of establishing His government upon earth. Thus, His shared will can only be incubated in a governing community that is driven to fulfill the dream of the Father. Joel 2:28, Hebrews 1:1-4.
With the understanding of a shared will the idea that we all strive for a call separate or outside God’s primary objective is self-centered. If many believers had this understanding there would be less competition amongst the offices, gifts and ministries. These functions are not to serve the interests of man but to serve the interests of a community’s maturity.
The idea of a shared will is the heart of Koinonia (joint participation, communion). The only way to share true intimacy in fellowship is with a shared understanding of God’s will.