The Trinity in Action

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)

I read this verse this morning and marveled at how such a simple sentence could tell us so much about the the character and purpose of each person of the Trinity.

"the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ..."
Grace - the definition of Grace is "the unearned favor of God". Isn't that just what Jesus is all about? That while we were yet sinners, He came to lavish us with His favor. We didn't (couldn't) earn it, but He gave us all He had to give... salvation, forgiveness, restoration, a selfless life, lived for our benefit, for our example, for our redemption!

the love of God...
God has never offered us anything less than His perfect love. No matter how many times we fail, He loves us. No matter how many times we turn our backs on Him, He will never turn our backs on us. His love keeps reaching out, calling us to share in all that He has to offer.

the fellowship of the Holy Spirit...
Ah, sweet fellowship with God, available through the Holy Spirit! Jesus said when He went away, He would send a Comforter that would guide us into all truth.

Jesus said, "But when the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words, but he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is to come. The Spirit of truth will bring glory to me, because he will take what I have to say and tell it to you."  John 16:13-14 (NCV)

The Holy Spirit leads us into fellowship with God.

Thank you, Father, for giving so freely of yourself in so many different forms, that we might know the fullness of the Godhead. Teach us more about yourself and all your wonderful ways. Help us to know you more.

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