2 Corinthians 13:14 - Scripture Reveals the Trinity.

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 

2 Corinthians 13:14 (AMP) The grace (favor 
and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ 
and the love of God and the presence and 
fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and 
participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so 
be it). 


Paul concludes this epistle with his 
Trinitarian, apostolic benediction, in which he 
pronounces the grace of Christ, the love of the Father, 
and the communion of the Holy Spirit God is 
one in essence, eternally subsisting in three 
persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In 
Matthew 3:16-17, at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy 
Spirit appears as a dove, and the Father's voice is 
heard; also in Matthew 28:19 the Trinitarian 
baptismal formula is given (into the name of the 
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit). 
Other biblical evidences for the Trinity can be 
found in Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3-6; 
Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21; Revelation 
1:4-5. All three persons of the Trinity share the 
same divine attributes. Each has a unique office 
or work to do. God the Father sent Jesus the 
Son; God the Son died on Calvary's cross. The 
Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit, who seals and 
indwells every believer. Salvation is the work of the 
Trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit), 
according to Titus 3:4-6 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. 
[The One Year Bible Companion] 


Three in One
   Down in the deep depths of tropical 
waters, peculiar creatures can be found. A certain 
tripod fish joins other species at the ocean floor, 
but they happen to be more unique than many 
realize. They are bronze-like in color and have grey 
markings across their head, midsection, and lower 
back. As tripod fish are carnivorous, they eat 
shrimp, crustaceans, small fish, and plankton. They 
have no need for a partner as a single creature 
is capable of self-reproducing, though if a 
partner is found, no objection is made.  
   All of this is quite amazing, and more 
evidence that we serve a Creator God, however, this 
is not all the tripod fish brings. Rather than 
swim like so many other fish do, the tripod fish 
walk on the sand with three fin extensions, 
waiting for their prey. The tripod fish is able to 
swim, and it will, but it is the most effective 
when it uses its fin extensions to walk on the 
ocean floor. 
   This is a tangible illustration of what 
the Holy Trinity does for us. Many Christians 
today reject the trinity, however, when we believe 
in the Trinity, our lives can be lived to their 
full potential. As mere humans on earth, we will 
never fully understand how there can be one God 
yet three parts, but God doesnt ask us to 
understand, only to have faith. 
   As 2 Corinthians 13:14 states, we need 
Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. The 
Trinity is not separable, they are three in one, one 
God that reigns forever. Just like the tripod 
fish and their three legs, the Trinity 
keeps us going and grants us the best life we can 
live. All we have to do is accept that the Trinity 
is Holy and omnipotent. Have you put your faith 
in the Trinity today? By Rachel Gibbs  


A Watershed Truth
   That great Christian, Francis Schaeffer, 
said that he would have remained an agnostic if 
it weren't for the doctrine of the Trinity. It 
was this, he claimed, that gave him the 
answer"the only answer"to the theme of unity and 
   The question I have been asked most often 
about the Trinity is this: Why didn't God make 
clear the truth of the Trinity in the Old 
Testament, rather than leaving it as something to be 
deduced in the New Testament? I usually answer like 
this: Before God could entrust His people with the 
knowledge of His essential Threeness, He had to lay 
deep in their minds a piercing conviction of His 
Oneness. The Bible begins in monotheism (belief in 
one God), but soon after the Fall comes 
polytheism (belief in many gods). Which god is the real 
God? Not until belief in one God was laid deep in 
the consciousness of the Jewish nation was God 
ready to reveal more clearly to mankind the 
sublime truth of the Trinity.  
   Dr. George Smeaton says: "The biblical 
idea of the Trinity is the heart of the unique 
message of Christianity. To explain this mystery is 
not our province. Ours is simply to conserve the 
mystery." Those who call themselves Christians yet 
reject the doctrine of the Trinity will soon latch 
onto some other error. It is a strange thing, but 
I have observed it as a fact of the Christian 
life that when this truth is modified or pushed 
aside, it is as if the door is opened to the inrush 
of all kinds of absurd ideas, bizarre theories, 
and half-truths.  
   Father, help me hold fast to this sublime 
truth, and enable me to see that though something 
is above reason, it is not necessarily against 
reason. Blessed Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy 
Spirit - I worship You. Amen. [Every Day With Jesus 
Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional]