For both He (Jesus Christ) who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren …. Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil …. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:11, 14, 17-18
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well. Romans 16:1-2
Today’s thoughts from today’s verses:
“Koinonia” is not an English word. It is from the Greek language in which the New Testament was written. It was formulated by using the English letters that best correspond to the Greek letters it consists of. There is no one word in English that captures the meaning of the word “koinonia.” It occurs 19 times in the New Testament and is most often translated by the English word, fellowship. It is a word that deals with the bond of relationships. It is kind of like the glue that holds relationships together particularly when they are close, deep, abiding, and meaningful. But true “Koinonia” is meant to be so much more than even the best relationship on a human level alone could ever be. This is because “Koinonia” is something that comes from God as he seeks to restore a lost and fallen world to the fullness of what it was meant to be.
Actually, “Koinonia” is precisely the essence of the relationship that exists within the Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Some have called this the “fellowship of the Trinity.” Mankind was created to abide within the sphere of the “fellowship of the Trinity” and to share the true “koinonia” of relationship with God and other human beings who share in it as well. However, the fall of mankind changed everything. Today’s Scripture speaks of “coming to the aid of.” This is what Jesus Christ did in regard to mankind. He came into the sphere of humanity and did what was necessary to make it possible for mankind to be restored to the “Koinonia” of the Godhead.
By “making propitiation for the sins of the people,” Jesus Christ made it possible for us to be restored to the close, deep, abiding, and meaningful relationships we were created to share in with God and other people. In “coming to our aid,” Jesus Christ, has “helped” humanity fully and completely with its most fundamental and core need: “Koinonia.” As those that have been restored to God in this way, Jesus Christ continues to “come to our aid” so that we do not fall short of all that he called us to in our relationships with God and others.
Each day this week the Devotional will include a second passage (they are from the closing portion of some of the Apostle Paul’s epistles) that will give us a glimpse of “Koinonia” at work as it flows from God to his people and outward among his people and to the world.” Today’s second passage focuses on God’s people “coming to the aid of” and “helping” a fellow believer in need.
Today’s prayer response from today’s thoughts:
Lord, I realize there is an amazing work you are accomplishing that is so full and far reaching that I can hardly get a handle on it. Draw me more fully into the experience of “Koinonia” with you and others. I need your aid and your help to know you more deeply and to know others more deeply. Help me become one who routinely gives aid and help to others fully and freely. Amen!