Salvation, Sonship & Soaking:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Every Sunday morning after I finish my message, I close our service with the above benediction. In this tiny little verse, we see a beautiful picture of the Trinity—the love of God (the Father), the grace of Jesus (the Son), and fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Let consider each of these three marvelous gifts that our Lord has given to us—salvation, sonship, and soaking, or fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
1. SALVATION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.” (Titus 2:11). The first blessing that the Apostle Paul prays would be ours is the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Because of God’s grace, we can be saved, and our sins can be forgiven! Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Our salvation is a free gift. We don’t have to try to be good and work hard to become super-saints to get God to love us! The most familiar verse in the entire Bible tells us, “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.” (John 3:16). God’s gift of salvation is everlasting life for everyone who will believe on Jesus. If you don’t know Jesus, call upon His name today! “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
2. SONSHIP WITH GOD AS OUR HEAVENLY FATHER:
“Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God.” (1 John 3:1). The second blessing that the Apostle Paul prays would be ours is the love of God. What is the love of God? That we are called His children. That we are adopted into His family! Romans 8:15 declares, “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” My prayer for you today is that you would know (understand, recognize, be conscious of, by experience) and believe (faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for you. God is love. (1 John 4:16). “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26). If you have trusted Jesus to be your Saviour, then you are one of God’s dearly beloved children.
3. SOAKING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16). The third blessing that Paul prays would be ours is the communion of the Holy Spirit. That word communion comes from a Greek word koinonia that also means fellowship, and speaks of intimacy. God’s desire is that we would have a close and intimate friendship with the Holy Spirit. When we get alone in the secret place of prayer, and we sense the presence of God upon us, that’s the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who pours God’s love into our hearts (Rom. 5:5), fills us with God’s peace and joy (Rom. 14:17), and hope (Rom. 15:13). Today I want to challenge you to spend time with the Holy Spirit in your quiet time of prayer. Pray that God would fill you anew and afresh with the Holy Spirit, and just soak in His presence! He is a river of living water, and as He fills us, He renews us, refreshes us, and strengthens us. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. Amen.
Pastor Chris Jordan