A Day To Remember
March 30, 2013
The Message of Easter
March 31, 2013
A Day To Remember
March 30, 2013
The Message of Easter
March 31, 2013

Grace, Love, and Communion

Sunrise at North Myrtle Beach 2013

Sunrise at North Myrtle Beach 2013

11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12 Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13 All the saints salute you. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

This is my “finally” for this passage. Paul ends his second letter—actually many believe this is the third letter and we don’t have the real second one—with a statement of the trinity.

Grace came through Jesus. His finished work on the Cross, allowed us to experience God’s unmerited favor. Since God chose to work through man by giving Adam dominion over the earth, He had to use a man to restore what Satan had stolen. Grace and truth came through Jesus. To meet the just requirements, since God cannot lie or take back His word, He had to send His only Son. At one point in history there was only one man left for Him to work through. Noah found grace, and God used him to start over. Then God chose a nation He could work through, and in the fullness of time, He brought another man onto the scene who would bring us grace.

All this was accomplished because God so loved the world. God is love. “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16) Everything we are or have is possible only through the love of God. We can see God as all-powerful, or all-knowing, but it’s His love for us that changed our destiny.

Jesus said when he left He would send the Holy Spirit. Through Him we have communion. We have institutionalized that word to mean a once a month taking of bread and fruit juice. But our communion with the Holy Spirit is much more. It is koinonia or fellowship. It’s actually a partnership with God. He is with us and more than that, dwells in us. He is our teacher and comforter. He is always there to remind us of the Word and points us to Jesus.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.”

And everyone said, “Amen.”