“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 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).
Have you ever wondered how the Trinity works together? I have. It is still one of the hardest things to explain and theologians have been using great big words and concepts to do so for years… consubstantial, hypostases, or Perichoresis… it’s enough to make your head hurt. And don’t get me started with the egg thing.
Paul, however gives us a beautiful and simple glimpse into this. Even if it does not explain it all, it does show us the oneness working together of the Three.
Frank Carver in 2 Corinthians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition writes, “the three phrases form a parallel and progressing symmetry. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ reveals the love of God that Christians experience through their participation in the Holy Spirit.”
We get what we do not deserve, grace, though Jesus Christ because of the love of God though the connection of the Holy Spirit which Christ sent because of God’s Love to reveal in us all truth through the transforming work of the Spirit. A circle within a circle interdependent as one yet complementing each other as unique.
The important thing is that He is One and Three. We need to see and understand all Three yet hold to the truth that He is One. The Creator and the Sustainer, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose and in this passage we see all three.
Have you received the grace of God though Jesus Christ and the connectedness of the Holy Spirit? If not, pray simply, Jesus come into my life and have your way. Forgive me of my sins and cleans me from the brokenness of the world, fill me with the Spirit and teach me your ways.
Frank G. Carver, 2 Corinthians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, New Beacon Bible Commentary (Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2009), 375.