The New Testament word koinonia refers to sharing in something. Before the world began Father and Son shared in the divine life as they mutually indwelt one another in the Spirit. Within this communion of love they also shared an ultimate purpose. The Father delighted in his unique Son so much that he wanted to create a vast family of sons like his Son. This single purpose arose out of the self-giving love of the three. And the three persons are always together in achieving this single purpose. For the Father continually works to accomplish this shared purpose through his Son and by his Spirit until the purpose comes to fullness. Then the Son will say to his Father here I am and the children you have given me.
John tells us, “…that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship (koinonia) with us; and indeed our fellowship (koinonia) is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3-4). In the communion (koinonia) of the Spirit we share ever more deeply in the life and love of Father and Son. For in the Spirit we know that we are in Jesus and that he is in us. And in that living union we share in his relationship with the Father now and forever. In the communion (koinonia) of the Spirit we also await ever more eagerly the consummation of the eternal purpose. For the Jesus that we are one with is the goal of all things and we are fully included in him. All this makes our joy complete.
Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God and when he appears we shall appear with him in glory. For God’s intention is to bring many sons and daughters to glory in Jesus. As he appears before his Father, he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters for he is deeply one with us. In his Father’s presence he gladly declares, “Behold, I and the children God has given me”
Here and now we are called to live our daily lives with this ultimate purpose in view. That requires a REVOLUTION in the way we see. Little adjustments won’t do. We have made ourselves the centre of the universe with all things orbiting around us and for us. So we tend to see all things from a centre in ourselves. We are to rather see from a centre in God so that with the Father we see what he intends for his Son and us in him.
This revolution can only take place through REVELATION by the Spirit. For only the Spirit can unveil Jesus to the eyes of our hearts enabling us to see as God wants us to see. So, with Paul, we must keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that we may know him better. Knowing him better we know ourselves better. And we live and move in the sure expectation of our ultimate destiny that is inseparable from him.
We humans were created for a purpose bigger than ourselves or anything else in this world. Paul gives us a glimpse of this purpose in Romans 8.
In verse 29 Paul tells us that God’s ultimate purpose is that we might be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family. The Father always delighted in his dearly loved Son with whom he was well pleased. And so he eagerly desired a vast family of sons like his Son. This heart passion gave birth to his ultimate purpose.
In verses 15-18 Paul tells us that now the Father gives us the Spirit of adoption enabling us to live as the family of sons and daughters in union with his Son. The Spirit of adoption enables us to cry Abba Father in full assurance while leading us daily into the life of dearly loved children before our Father. In the Spirit of adoption we are daily transformed into the likeness of God’s Son so that our final destiny is already happening.
Looking towards the future Paul invites us to see the whole of creation waiting in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God (19-22).
The Father’s purpose is all about his Son and the children in union with him. That’s us! And so we find a purpose that is bigger than ourselves or anything else in this world within his purpose