2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All One God, yet three divine Persons; each one fully God, and each one showing fully the divine nature of God. Father, the Creator, Jesus, the Son, the Living Word, the exact representation of the Father, our Savior, and the Holy Spirit, the convict-er of man's sin, righteousness, and judgment, and the power arm of God. All three have existed from before there was anything that could begin—and all are equally God. All have their place and role to play in the lives of people. We are made in the image and likeness of God; spirit, soul, and body; a tripartite being, just as God is a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
In 2 Corinthians 13:14 the word gives three distinct roles that the Trinity plays in the lives of men. It is through the Lord Jesus Christ that the grace of God offers salvation, the entrance into eternal life and forgiveness of sin. If it were not for the blood of Jesus, man would be eternally lost and separated from God. Grace has been said to be God's redemption at Christ's expense. It is by grace that a person is saved through faith in the shed blood of Jesus as the payment for his/her sin. Without that understanding and acceptance for the payment of our sin, personally, we cannot have a relationship with the Father.
Ephesians 2:8, 9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
If it were not for the love of God, the Father, who gave his only begotten Son, man would be eternally lost and unable to be spiritually born into the family of God.
John 3:16, 17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
If the Holy Spirit did not commune with man we would not have the help that we need on a daily basis to direct us in the way we should go, to convict us of sin in our lives, to point people to Jesus for salvation, and to equip us to live and succeed in being all that God has created us to be. We would not have the friendship of God or His close interaction and fellowship. We read in the book of Acts of the early Christians who, in their walk with the Lord, had only the Old Testament scriptures to tell of how God wanted to interact with them. They experienced the Holy Spirit as a person through His daily interaction with them without having the New Testament to tell them who He was or what He wanted to do in them and through them. Their only knowledge of Him came through direct revelation from God through Jesus telling them about Him and their personal experience with Him as He lived and moved in them and through them. They experienced Him more than they knew Him through the Word. They had God encounters more than Word encounters!
As modern day Christians we need to have God encounters! As I look through the Scriptures I see where people have had powerful encounters with God through the Word from Genesis to Revelation that changed their lives personally and impacted our world for God's kingdom purposes! Living out our Christianity is more than reading the Word and interacting with God through faith in what He has said. It is knowing Him through the experience of His presence in our lives as it is spoken of in His Word.
Jesus said it this way in John 17:3:
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
This “knowing” is not just a knowledge received through intellectual activity, but it is an experiential knowledge of God through the interaction of the Holy Spirit in a person's life. The word for “know” is the Greek word “ginosko” and it means to have a knowledge that comes through intimacy such as a husband knows his wife through their sexual union. You can be married in name but not be “one” in flesh until that marriage has been consummated through the sexual union of the husband and wife. So, our “knowing” God is to be a knowledge that arises from communing, interacting, praying and getting to know God through the work of the Son on the cross of Calvary and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
The Greek word for “communion” in 2 Corinthians 13:14, when speaking of the Holy Spirit, is the word koinonia, which means partnership, participation, or (social) intercourse; to communicate or have fellowship.
I've found in my years of ministry that people have relied on knowing God more through the written word than through the interaction or fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Jesus chastised the leaders of His day for thinking that they could have eternal life through searching the scriptures and not coming to Him to receive the life that only He could give.
John 5:39, 40 “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. “But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”
He later said that when He went back to the Father that He would ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to take His place and to live within His followers.
John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--”the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jesus, the One who lives in a born again believer that is there to interact with them, offer friendship and fellowship and communion that is His presence in our lives. Each person of the Trinity has a part to play in the life of mankind. The Word of God leads us to an understanding of God, shows us His character and nature and instructs us in right living, but does not take the place of the person of God in our lives. Bill Johnson in his book, “Walking in the Supernatural” says it like this: “It's difficult to get the same fruit as the early Church when we value a book they didn't have more than the Holy Spirit they did have. It's not “Father, Son, and Holy Bible.” It's Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “We must rely on the Holy Spirit to bring the words of the Bible alive.” The Word of God is vitally important and the life we live must be a life based on God's word, but we need God encounters to experience the reality of God in our lives.
Questions for reflection today would be: Have you had a God encounter? Do you fellowship with the Holy Spirit? Is His presence known and felt in your inner most being?
Father, I thank You for Your interaction in the lives of mankind. I thank You for giving Your very own Son that we might have eternal life. Without faith in the shed blood of Jesus we would be eternally lost and separated from You. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my sin upon Your back and nailing it to the cross. I know that no one took Your life from You, but You willing laid it down for me that I might be born again. Thank You for saving me. Holy Spirit, I thank You for living within me, for being my friend, my confidant and my Helper. You are the One that lets me know that my life is in Christ Jesus and that He lives within me through You, His Spirit. Thank You for Your presence in my life and for talking with me, fellowshiping with me through my days. Lord God, I thank You for all of Your interaction in the lives of mankind. You, God, are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and every person and aspect of Who You are is active in my life. Thank You for living with me! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
If you have never invited Jesus into your life to be your own personal Savior and Lord, you need to do that to be in right relationship with the Father and to have the Holy Spirit living within you. Your sins that separate you from God cannot be forgiven without your acceptance of His shed blood to pay the penalty for your sin. That's the place of beginning in your walk with God. It has to start there. If you would like to receive Jesus as Your own personal Savior and Lord please pray with me and sincerely mean this prayer in your heart.
Father God, I thank You for sending Jesus to pay the price for my sin. I believe that He is Your Son, that He lived and died to pay for the sin of mankind and I personally accept His free gift of salvation through the forgiveness of my own sin. I believe that Jesus died for me, was raised from the dead and now lives in heaven at the right hand of the Father. I receive Him as my Savior and Lord and promise to live each day from this day forward for You. Thank You for saving me. As the seal of my salvation I thank You, Holy Spirit for coming to live within me to be my friend, my Helper and to lead me in my daily faith walk. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Father, I thank You for all that You have done for us in providing eternal life through Your Son's shed blood on the cross of Calvary. I thank You for Your presence within us through the Holy Spirit that comes to dwell within the hearts of those who receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord. I thank You that we can talk to You and hear You speak to us through the communion of the Holy Spirit. I thank You for Your word that helps us to know You. You are the One who gives us life and I thank You for that life eternal that continues on from the moment we receive Jesus into eternity. We can live with You both now and forevermore through Your great salvation! Thank You for all that You have done for us, in us and for what You are doing through us. You are worthy of my praise! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.