In New Testament Greek, there is a special word used to describe the new lifestyle we are supposed to partake in Yeshua HaMashiach. It is 'koinonia'. In most English versions, this Greek word is translated “fellowship.” One or two versions translate it not by a single word but by a phrase such as “sharing in a common life.” Actually, the Greek noun 'koinonia', is derived from an adjective 'koinos', a very common adjective which means 'common'. So very simply and literally, 'koinonia' means 'having things in common'.
It truly is a wonderful revelation that God desires our fellowship, our 'koinonia'. This is a lifestyle the world does not understand and the powers of darkness hate. I want to show you the kind of lifestyle, in Yeshua our Messiah, that 'koinonia' describes. In 1 John 1:3, the Apostle John wrote this:
"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship (koinonia) with us: and truly our fellowship (koinonia) is with the Father, and with his Son Yeshua HaMashiach."
When John says, “what we have seen and heard,” in the context, what he’s really saying is, “the record that we Apostles have left with you.” The B'rit Chadashah record given by the Apostles is what he’s speaking about. Please realize that he is making a very important statement here. This is the end purpose for which God made available to us the New Covenant record in the first place. We are to nourish ourselves in this special and profound testimony of the Apostles. Again, what was God’s ultimate purpose in making this record, in making the B'rit Chadashah itself available to us? The answer is: “that you also may have fellowship [koinonia] with us [that’s the Apostles],” and then he goes on to say, “and indeed our fellowship [koinonia] is with the Father and with His Son Yeshua HaMashiach.”
Our Lord shares His life with us by letting us partake in the fellowship He has already established with those who have been close to Him before us. The Holy Spirit allows us to eat at the same spiritual table as the brethren who have lived in Yeshua long ago. We get a glimpse into the relationship shared by Yeshua with others who served Him and that is open to us today. What great advantage we have today by partaking of this wonderful 'koinonia'. We not only share our life with Yeshua our Messiah, but we also have fellowship (koinonia) with our brethren of the last 2,000 years!