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Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g2842 Greek: koinonia


"a having in common (koinos), partnership, fellowship" (see COMMUNICATE), denotes

(a) the share which one has in anything, a participation, fellowship recognized and enjoyed; thus it is used of the common experiences and interests of Christian men, Act 2:42; Gal 2:9; of participation in the knowledge of the Son of God, 1Cr 1:9; of sharing the realization of the effects of the Blood (i.e., the Death) of Christ and the Body of Christ, as set forth by the emblems in the Lord's Supper, 1Cr 10:16; of participation in what is derived from the Holy Spirit, 2Cr 13:14 (RV, "communion"); Phl 2:1; of participation in the sufferings of Christ, Phl 3:10; of sharing in the resurrection life possessed in Christ, and so of fellowship with the Father and the Son, 1Jo 1:3, 6, 7; negatively, of the impossibility of "communion" between light and darkness, 2Cr 6:14;

(b) fellowship manifested in acts, the practical effects of fellowship with God, wrought by the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers as the outcome of faith, Phm 1:6, and finding expression in joint ministration to the needy, Rom 15:26; 2Cr 8:4; 9:13; Hbr 13:16, and in the furtherance of the Gospel by gifts, Phl 1:5.

B-1 Adjective Strong's Number: g2844 Greek: koinonos


"having in common," is rendered "have communion with (the altar)," --the altar standing by metonymy for that which is associated with it -- in 1Cr 10:18, RV (for AV, "are partakers of"), and in 1Cr 10:20, for AV, "have fellowship with (demons)."


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