THEME: FATHER SON AND SPIRIT
2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
-This benediction is Trinitarian in form and has since been a part of Christian worship tradition especially, a conclusion to prayer. The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11), through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is a picture of God’s love for us that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
According to the scriptures, all three Members of the Trinity are fully God. In John 6:27, Jesus refers His Father as God “God the Father”. John 1:1 identifies Jesus as divine, God the Son. While Christ never specifically called Himself “God,” His Father did apply the title to Him (Hebrew 1:8). Furthermore, Jesus acknowledged having unlimited power, an attribute possessed only by the divine Creator (Matthew 28:18) and also accepted worship (Matthew 14:33; John 9:38). After declaring that God raised Christ from the dead, the New Testament goes on to credit God the Holy Spirit with the resurrection (Acts 4:10; Romans 8:11), and we have sure hope that the Holy Spirit will also give life to our mortal bodies because the Spirit lives in us (Romans 8:11). The divine unity of God is evident from the creation story when God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), and He gave man dominion over the fish, birds and over every creeping thing on the earth. Since man is created in the image of God, we deserve respect and honor, and none should be murdered (Genesis 9:6), nor cursed (James 3:9). Also, since we are image of Christ, we should put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge of Him (Colossians 3:10), and put off our former conduct that grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts, for we have been created according to God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:20-24). We also see that God is United as One God through the creation, and in the likeness of God we have His attributes. Attributes of unity which comes with a blessings Psalms 133:1-3), and prosperity for nothing we purpose to do will be hindered (Genesis 11:6). The Holy Spirit also makes the other attributes resident in our hearts (Galatians 5:22). Jesus reinforced the doctrine of dominion and authority, imputed upon mankind when He commanded the disciples to baptize new believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and promised to be with us always to the end (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus discloses that Him and the Father are One revealing His divinity (John 10:27-30). According to James 2:19, knowing that there is one God is one essential but adding works to our faith is more vital. Demons also know that there is one God and they tremble. Jesus calls us to hearken to His voice and follow Him, and He gives us life eternal.
Lord You are our God, our eternal One. The only One true God. You are God with us we bless Your name. We believe in You and acknowledge Your Lordship. May all the peoples, religions and nations know You and acknowledge that Jesus You are God. At Your name Jesus, every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus You are Lord our God, to the glory of God the Father. We thank You Jesus for loving us and giving us Your nature and image of love that we love You Lord and our neighbor as ourselves. We thank You for choosing us from everlasting to everlasting and predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with Your pleasure and will. May You teach us to do Your will and the purpose for which You have called us. May You heal our hearts and our nation. We love You Lord and praise You forever and ever. May You bless us and keep us. May You make Your face to shine towards us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Philippians 2:1-4, Titus 2:11–13