Grace, Love and Fellowship – 2 Cor 13:14

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 Cor 13:14)

The term ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Holy Bible. The doctrine of such was formulated in the third century by a Latin Theologian named Tertullian. The reality of God as a triune being; three divine persons in one, is a mystery that is beyond human comprehension. All theologians agree to this complexity of understanding.

Yet, here in the Apostle Paul’s closing doxology he mentions the three persons of the Triune God and refrains from any confusing rhetoric. His letter is to a group of individuals who are not theologians nor highly trained Pastors or even Bible Seminary students. His blessing in regard to the trinity is not theological doctrine; rather, he talks of grace, love and fellowship. The essence of what the Trinity is.

J.I Packer writes “The practical importance of the doctrine of the Trinity is that it requires us to pay equal attention, and give equal honor, to all three persons in the unity of their gracious ministry to us” It is through the grace shown by Christ (8:9) in living and dying for men that God demonstrates his love (Rom 5:8) and the Spirit creates fellowship (Eph 4:3). This order also reflects Christian experience (Harris 1976).

We first experience God’s grace through the revelation of believing what Christ has done on the cross for us. God’s expression of his eternal love and the offering of eternal life is part of the gift of His grace through the Son (John 3:16). It did not and does not come cheaply. God is love and in pouring out His love for us, He gave up that which was most beloved to Him – the eternal Son. In doing so the outpouring of the Spirit came. The comforter, counselor and helper. The Holy Spirit gives us fellowship with the Son and Father – both come and make a home with us through the Spirit.

grace, love and fellowship

The wonderment of such is Immanuel – God with us. A relationship that is to be shared with other believers as we all comfort, help and counsel one another. Here we see the Spirit at work. The Son’s Grace and the Father’s Love. A trinity of divine compassion. May such grace, love and fellowship also be with you.