PARTAKERS OF HIS SPIRIT

2 Cor.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.

This verse describes the very essence of our spiritual life. There is a oneness or communion shared by the members of the trinity. God is one revealed in three distinct persons sharing a supernatural communion. This is the union we were called into and the oneness Jesus was praying for in John 17. When we are born again we become sharers of His Spirit. This is the source of our union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is also the basis of our union with the body of Christ. We share more than a common doctrine or philosophy, we are sharers together of life. We are joint partakers of the very life of God who is the Holy Spirit. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on today’s verse.

“By the Communion of the Holy Ghost nothing else is to be understood but a common partaking of the Holy Ghost. Christians have the communion of the Holy Ghost that is they are partakers together with Christ and one with another of the same spirit. Christ has the spirit without measure and believers are partakers of his Spirit they have of his fullness – so they are partakers one with another of the same Spirit as the apostle expresses it in 1Cor.12:13 they all drink into one Spirit and that is meant by their having Communion of the Holy Ghost and that is to be understood that the Communion of the Holy Ghost in that blessing of the apostles in 2 Cor.13:14 which we use in dismissing our public assemblies . We wish that Christians may have the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that they may be partakers of the Holy Ghost.”

Edwards made reference to 1 Cor.12:13 – “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit”. It is in consistently drinking of His Spirit that we begin to experience the benefit of this fellowship we have been called into. This is how we participate in the fellowship, this is how we experience the oneness with the Lord and His church. Drinking together is the enjoyment of our Christian life. I can’t wait for Sunday!!!

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