|Another sunrise beautifully captured by Eileen DeCamp at Seabrook Island, S.C.|
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
Paul spoke this benediction to the believers at Corinth and his inspired words still bless those of us who believe today. I’ve been meditating on the words he chose—grace, love, fellowship—to grasp his meaning and their power.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…”
For by His grace, we are saved. His grace. His undeserved favor. Paul wanted believers to take full advantage of all the benefits that Christ purchased by His blood on the cross. He asked the believers in Corinth,
Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? 2 Corinthians 13:5b
As Christ now lives by the power of God, so must we live by that power. His grace is sufficient.
“And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit…”
Fellowship is friendship and companionship. How wonderful that our Lord Jesus Christ did not abandon us when His time on earth was fulfilled. He promised
I will not leave you comfortless. John14:18
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive…for he dwells with you, and will be in you. John14:16, 17a
What a blessing we have received—the indwelling Holy Spirit of God.
“And the love of God…”
I’ve saved the best for last. God IS love. (1 John 4:8) May the love of God be with you.
Here is a quote from Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary of the Whole Bible:
None of our words or thoughts can do justice to the free, astonishing love of a holy God towards sinners, who could not profit or harm him, whom he might justly crush in a moment, and whose deserving of his vengeance was shown in the method by which they were saved, though he could by his almighty Word have created other worlds, with more perfect beings, if he had seen fit. Search we the whole universe for love in its most glorious displays? It is to be found in the person and the cross of Christ.
For those of us who call Jesus Lord, the kingdom of God reigns in our hearts. What more could we ever want or need?
So I leave you with Paul’s blessing today and another awesome picture by my friend Eileen DeCamp. Be blessed.
|Sunset at Seabrook Island, SC ~ courtesy of Eileen DeCamp|
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