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Written by Ir. David Kurniadi.   
Monday, 06 June 2016 04:45

2nd Corinthians 13:14 is a great verse. It describes three main and complete blessings: a threefold blessing. It’s the great blessing because the three persons of the Godhead each give His specific blessing, so that the believers may have everything they need. If one God’s blessing is great and perfect, how much more this threefold blessing can be. 


Pastors at the end of the service usually speak this blessing before the congregations leave the church. These threefold blessing is: “The love of God, the grace of the Lord Jesus and the communion of the Holy Spirit.” What is the meaning of these blessings?


God the Father blesses us with “Love,” because “God is love” (1 John 4:16). Love is the character and the personality of God. That’s why He gives love that comes forth from His character and personality.


God’s love is so great. Nothing can equal God’s love, which is called “Agape.” His love is sincere and beyond any reasonable cause, because we have sinned and disobeyed Him, and we don’t deserve for His love. Yet God loved us even before we knew Him and while we were sinners (Romans 5:8).  


God’s love does not demand an equal reply, because God knows that no man is able to repay for His love. Whatever we do, whatever we give, cannot equal the love that we have received from Him.


God’s love is great, because it isn’t just a statement of love. God did more than that. He proved His great love toward man by giving a great gift that is His Only Begotten Son (John 3:16). He gave His Son that man might be saved from the eternal condemnation.


But giving His Son was not just to give us “the ticket” that we might receive the forgiveness of our sins and entering the Heaven. This “ticket” also includes everything we need while we are in this world waiting for the heavenly calling.


When God the Father gave His Son, He also gave everything with Him. Look at what the apostle Paul said in Romans 8:32, which says: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”


Many Christians do not comprehend this thing and could not see it clearly. They are spiritually shortsighted. They think that Jesus gave “only the ticket to Heaven” that He has paid by His blood and His life at the cross. While the other things for life are not including in it, so that we must fight it with our own strength because this is not His responsibility. They think that Jesus is only responsible for spiritual things and not for our daily needs. This spiritual shortsighted was illustrated by a story once told by a certain senior pastor.   


One day, a certain poor farmer wanted to improve his life by migrating to a newfound continent that was promising. But to go there he must take a ship to travel by the sea for quite a long journey. It took about one month to travel and the ticket was very expensive for him that he must sell everything he had to buy just one the ticket for him. He had never taken a ship before. So it was his first time experience.


Since the journey would take quite a long time so he prepared his necessity for his long journey including food for his meals. Then he went aboard for his long journey.


While he was on his journey he daily ate his meals and try to save his provisions so that it might be enough for one month. On the thirtieth day all his provisions were consumed and he thought that the ship should be arrived at the destination.


But then the captain of the ship gave an announcement that the trip will be extended for another seven days because the ship must take turn to avoid the storm and heave. The farmer began to worry because he had run out of food for his meal. So he began to enclose himself in his room and fasting because he had nothing to eat. But he could stand only for five days. Then he began to think that if he continued his fasting he would be dead when the ship arrived at the destination, then all his effort would become in vain.


So he began to think to do something he never did before that was to eat without paying at the restaurant in the ship. He thought that at most he would be beaten for not paying his meal. But at least his stomach was full and he could stand for another two days until the ship arrived at the destination. So he decided to go out of his room and eat at the restaurant in the ship.


So he ordered some food and pretended he had the money to pay. After he had his meal he asked the waiter for the bill. But he was very surprised when the waiter said that there was no bill because all the foods in the restaurant are free for all the passengers during the trip. All had been included in the ticket price. He felt so foolish for thinking that the expensive ticket just for boarding and not including the meals during the trip.


Many Christians are thinking in the same way as the farmer. They always worry about their life (Matthew 6:25-32) and they don’t believe that Jesus has paid the price not only for their spiritual salvation that they may enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but also all their needs while they are living on earth waiting for they heavenly calling. The Scripture clearly says: “Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things” (verse 32).


It doesn’t mean that we don’t need to work for our living and just folding our arms and waiting for our needs to come down from heaven. But we should work diligently for our needs with faith, not with worry, because worry profits nothing. We should work the best we can and God will do the rest for our best.


With faith we can say: “My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” (Philippians 4:19), because as the apostle Paul said: “How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32), and the Lord Jesus Himself said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).


But the Father doesn’t stop here in manifesting His love. Though He has given His only begotten Son, He furthermore shed abroad His love in our hearts by giving His Holy Spirit unto us (Romans 5:5). He gave His Holy Spirit to dwell within us and be with us (John 14:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19).


Father God has given His Son: The Second Person of The Godhead, The Holy Trinity. And now, He gave His Holy Spirit: The Third Person of The Godhead. It means that Father God has given everything to us. How great is the blessing of “the love of God”!


The Holy Spirit is given to us as an “earnest”, a “down payment” of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:14), and as the Spirit of Adoption that confirms us that we are the children of God (Romans 8:14-15).


How great is God’s love that forgave our sins and made us, the sinners, to become His children and His heirs (Romans 8:17)?


The Holy Spirit is given to us that we may have power and ability to receive our inheritance (Ephesians 1:18). And the power of the Holy Spirit is the same power that has raised Christ from the dead and set Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places (verse 19-20).


Wow! How great is the blessing of “the love of God” through the Holy Spirit, which is interconnected with “the love of God” through Jesus Christ? How great is His love toward us?


Now we will look at the Second Person of the Trinity that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who blesses us with a specific blessing, called “Grace.”


Jesus, the only begotten of the Father is “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) and “of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (verse 16). So, from the fullness of the Son of God we receive “grace.” What is grace then?


There are two meanings of grace that Christ given us. First is the precious gift that we actually don’t deserve it. Second is the divine power that works within the believer beyond his weaknesses and infirmities that make him able to do great things for God.


Now, we look at the first meaning. For this we need to look at the story of “the criminal” who was hung on right side of Christ (Luke 23:40-43).


Out side of grace man thinks that he can redeem his sins with good deeds so he can go to heaven by his own effort. This is a “self-service” salvation or self-redemption.  But if it were applied to the criminal who was hung at right side of Jesus, it would be utterly impossible for him to be saved and go to heaven. It’s because this criminal had done so many sins and he didn’t have anymore chance to do good deeds to redeem his sins because we was hung on the cross, although he really wanted to do it. Thus eternal condemnation was inevitability for him.


Aware of this that he was not worthy at all to receive forgiveness especially to enter heaven, he didn’t dare to ask those things to Christ. He just said to Jesus: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom” (verse 42). It was a prayer that did not relate at all with his need. He prayed like this because he was aware of himself that he was a great sinner.


But Jesus who was full of grace understood that the criminal wanted to be forgiven and to enter the heaven, and that was his crucial needs. So, even though the criminal didn’t dare to say it but Jesus knew his need and his wish behind the words he was spoken. And Jesus, the Son of God, gave His grace to the criminal that actually do not deserve to receive it. The criminal received from the Son of God the forgiveness of his sins and salvation that he may enter the Heaven. Jesus directly told him: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (verse 43).


What? How was it possible for the criminal who had never done any good deeds could receive forgiveness of sin and went to Heaven? He really did not deserve to receive it! But it happened and recorded in the Bible history because of the grace given by the Son of God! Grace makes it possible for man to receive salvation through faith.


“For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8)


“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24).


What about good deeds? Good deeds are the fruit that produced by man who has received God’s grace (Ephesians 2:10) so that the grace he has received will not be in vain, for the Son of God has paid the most expensive price for it; it has cost him his life. Do not undervalue God’s grace, though it’s a free gift of God. God give it free because nobody affords to pay it. Good deeds are our responsibility and appreciation, a thanksgiving and our gratitude upon the grace we received, which actually unequal for His grace.


“By grace of God I am that I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10).


The second meaning of “grace” is “the divine power that works within us beyond our limitations and weaknesses.”


We all possess our own natural weaknesses and limitations. These become our obstacle and hindrance to do the works of God that beyond our natural ability.



But he Lord Jesus once said: “Truly I say unto you. He who believes on me, will do the works that I do; and even greater works than these” (John 14:12).


How is it possible that we will do the wonderful works of Jesus, and even greater than that? Our natural weaknesses and limitations will become barriers that cannot be exceeded so we think that what Jesus said merely an optimistic statement.


Not at all! The Lord was really serious when He told this that’s why He said: “Verily, verily!” But what could make it possible for us to do these great things? The answer is “the grace of God,” because grace gives power and ability beyond human natural weaknesses and limitations. No matter how great are our weaknesses; God’s grace is sufficient for us that we might do what the Lord requires. On the contrary by grace the power of God is perfected in our weaknesses. 


The Lord once spoke to the apostle Paul, when Paul complained about “the thorn” in his body. And the Lord said: “My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Therefore Paul could say: “When I am weak, then I am strong” (verse 10).


Our infirmity is not a barrier. Instead it is “an opportunity” for God’s grace to work within us and shows its power and ability. This is an opportunity for us to see the work of the divine power that works strongly within us. This makes us amaze and astonish about God, and humble ourselves before Him, because how was it possible that we can do such great and wonderful things? As the result we cannot boast about ourselves but confess, “yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10). How great is the blessing of Christ through his grace?


Now we are going to look at the specific blessing from the Holy Ghost. The Holy Spirit blesses us through His “communion” with us. The Holy Spirit gives Himself to make fellowship with us; united with our spirit within our body (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).


God the Father is in Heaven, and the Lord Jesus is at His right side. Then who is with us on this earth? The Holy Spirit! He is the One that was sent by the Father in the name of His Son to dwell within the believers and be with them forever (John 14:16-17). He is Omnipresent Spirit who dwells in everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and would live for God.


The Holy Spirit makes our physical body as His habitation, His dwelling place (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19). The Holy Spirit is present in us to accompany us and become our “Helper.” As Helper he helps us to do things we cannot do or we are not able to do. He is the Source of the great power that strengthens the believers (Ephesians 1:19-20). The Holy Spirit manifests the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son in our lives and our worship. We can feel the presence of God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, or anoints our worship (Matthew 18:20; John 14:23).

The Holy Spirit is our Comforter who comforts us and gives us peace when we need it (John 14:26-27). The Holy Spirit leads us that we may live as God’s children (Romans 8:14) and not live after the flesh and its lusts (Galatians 5:16). He is the strength of the believer to live as conqueror (Romans 8:37).


But many Christians don’t understand the meaning of the third blessing: the communion of the Holy Ghost. This makes them fail to receive the perfect and complete blessing of the Godhead. They don’t live in the communion with the Holy Spirit so they don’t experience the manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit.


Many Christians are lack of knowledge about the Holy Spirit. They do not realize that the Holy Spirit is a Person: a Divine Person. They have wrong understanding about the personality of the Holy Spirit because their minds are stuck on the symbols of the work and character of the Holy Spirit like: oil, burning torch, burning flame, dove, river or spring of water. So they think that the Holy Spirit is “something” or some kind of energy or divine substance and not a Person.


The Lord Jesus Himself addressed the Holy Spirit as “He.” That means the Holy Spirit is a Person, not a “thing.” In Act 15:28, it is written: “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost.” We can see here that the Holy Spirit has a thought and a will. And in Ephesians 4:30 the apostle Paul reminded us not to grieve the Spirit of God. If the Spirit could grieve it means that He has a feeling. Then if the Holy Spirit has a thought, will and feeling, it proves that the Holy Spirit is truly a Person. Indeed the Holy Spirit is the Third Divine Person of the Holy Trinity, the Godhead.


The Holy Spirit is the most precious, wonderful and lovable Person on earth. The Holy Spirit is a Person with wonderful character (Galatians 5:22-23). His wonderful character we call it as “the fruit of the Spirit.” He is so tender, humble and long-suffering, yet He is Almighty Spirit of God.


The Holy Spirit abides in us. Thus in our selves there are two persons dwelling within together, our own selves and the Holy Spirit Himself. But the problem is that the Holy Spirit could not reveal himself because our selves are so dominant that makes the Holy Spirit set aside. Whereas if the Holy Spirit could reveal Himself through us then His beautiful character (Galatians 5:22-23) will be revealed through us and we become more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29).


The Holy Spirit is very humble and meek that He will never force His will to us or do something without our consent. That is why we must “give ourselves” to be led by Him (Galatians 5:18); if not He would not do it; He is really a Gentleman!


The meekness of the Holy Spirit makes Him possible, though He is very strong and powerful, not to ruin or harm our physical body and our soul. On the contrary, the evil spirit is so rude that he will ruin and harm the body and the soul of a man possessed by him like the lunatic in the country of the Gadarenes (Luke 8:27-33).


Although Holy Spirit is so tender and lovable but He is the Mighty Spirit of God, who actively involved during the creation. He was the power behind the wind that divided the Red Sea during the exodus of the Israelite from Egypt. He was the power who tumbled down the Jericho wall. He was behind all those wonders and miracles recorded in the Scripture. He was the power behind the miraculous phenomenon performed by the prophets.


The Holy Spirit only reveals Himself and manifests His personality if we treat Him worthily as the great and precious Divine Person: the Third Person of the Godhead.


As a lovable Person, the Holy Spirit always desires to make intimate fellowship with us. He wants to reveal Himself through us. He wants to manifests His personality, His beautiful character through us. He also wants to manifest His great and awesome power in us and through us. He has been patiently waiting for us to build the fellowship with Him, but it’s so sad that we do not aware about this.


“The world cannot accept Him because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you”  (John 14:17).


We actually should know Him, but we don’t know Him even He lives with us and within us. We must admit our failure for not knowing Him all this time. So now how can we start to make fellowship with the Holy Spirit?


We can start to accustom ourselves to greet Him. We haven’t like to greet Him all this time because we didn’t realize that the Holy Spirit was a Person. Indeed we will not greet the things, the inanimate objects surround us because those are not persons. But when there is somebody nearby, we will greet him. Now the Holy Spirit is very near to us, nearer than anybody else, even the dearest one, because the Holy Spirit is always with us and is within us. Wherever we are He is there, wherever we go He will always be with us. So let us greet Him like we greet our best friend even our dear one.  


Since Holy Spirit is Precious Divine Person, He deserves to be praised, reckoning His great role in our lives and all the wonderful works He has done. If we admire Him He will more and more manifest His greatness, and we will more and more experience His power and His works in our lives.


Intimate fellowship will not be developed without intimate and sincere conversations. We can share our deepest feelings: our heart desires, our concern, our worries, with Him. Just like if you share your heart with your best friend, with someone you trust.


But sometimes we also give the Holy Spirit time to speak into our heart by waiting for Him patiently in quietness. In the silent He will speak softly and tenderly into our heart. At a quiet time like this He often speak unto us by reminding the words of God we have read (John 14:26). He will pick one or several words from the Bible we have read and connecting it with our situation. Then He teaches us and explains to us so we can understand our situation; that God’s hand is working out our situation for our goodness (Romans 8:28). When we can comprehend our situations, as the Lord promised us (John 13:7), then we will highly admire God’s wonderful work in our lives. This will comfort us, encourage us and strengthen our faith. That’s the ministry of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter for us the believers.   


We also can communicate with Him by our spirit using “the language” He has given. This is what we call as “speaking in tongue” (Act 2:4). The apostle Paul taught about this: speaking unto God in the spirit in unknown tongue (1 Corinthians 14:2).  This also can bring us closer to Him.


When we sometimes want to get closer and familiar with our friend from different tribe we would try to speak his language. If we can, then it would be easier for us to get closer with him. So this is one of the purposes of the gift speaking in tongue with the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10). And Paul practiced this kind of communication more than any body else (1 Corinthians 14:14,15,18). When we communicate with the Holy Spirit using His gift of speaking in tongue, our spiritual life will be edified (verse 4). So we get benefit from it.  


To build the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is the same as receiving the blessing of “the communion of the Holy Ghost.” This is a reciprocal action. And in the fellowship we also build cooperation with Him: we work together with Him. We let Him involve in our daily affairs. We invite Him to work together the works that God wants us to do it. When we have partnership with Him, then great things will be done. We will do the works of Jesus and ever greater than that.


As we get to know Him and more intimate with Him simultaneously our knowledge about the Father and Jesus Christ will grow day by day. We will be transformed into Christ likeness each day and we will do the work of Jesus. This pleases God’s heart. Isn’t great to fellowship with the Spirit?


From 2 Corinthians 13:14 we now realize that we are blessed with a perfect and complete blessing from God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit. Praise God!


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