Fellowship - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ A-1,Noun,G2842, koinonia ]

(a) communion, fellowship, sharing in common" (from koinos, "common"), is translated "communion" in 1 Corinthians 10:16; Philemon 1:6, RV, "fellowship," for AV, "communication;" it is most frequently translated "fellowship;"
(b) "that which is the outcome of fellowship, a contribution," e.g., Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 8:4. See COMMUNION, CONTRIBUTION, etc.

Note: In Ephesians 3:9, some mss. have koinonia, instead of oikonomia, "dispensation," RV.

[ A-2,Noun,G3352, metoche ]
"partnership" (akin to No. 3, under FELLOW), is translated "fellowship" in 2 Corinthians 6:14. In the Sept., Psalms 122:3, "Jerusalem is built as a city whose fellowship is complete." The word seems to have a more restricted sense than koinonia. Cp. the verb form in Hebrews 2:14.

[ A-3,Noun,G2844, koinonos ]
denotes "a partaker" or "partner" (akin to No. 1); in 1 Corinthians 10:20 it is used with ginomai, "to become," "that ye should have communion with," RV (AV, "fellowship with"). See COMPANION, PARTAKER, PARTNER.

[ B-1,Verb,G2841, koinoneo ]
"to have fellowship," is so translated in Philippians 4:15, RV, for AV, "did communicate." See COMMUNICATE.

[ B-2,Verb,G4790, sunkoinoneo ]
"to have fellowship with or in" (sun, "with," and No. 1), is used in Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 4:14, RV, "ye had fellowship," for AV, "ye did communicate;" Revelation 18:4, RV, "have (no) fellowship with," for AV, "be (not) partakers of." See COMMUNICATE, PARTAKER.

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