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December 8, 2019
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“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 (NKJV)
To try to fully explain God in the short space allotted to this devotional would be like trying to fit all the oceans of the world into a single teaspoon. There’s just too much to fit in such a limited space!
It’s actually more possible to fit the earth’s oceans into a spoon because there’s a finite amount of water. As vast as our oceans are, they do have a limit; there are only so many drops of water that make up our oceanic blanket, which means it’s mathematically measurable. If the teaspoon was large enough, the task could be accomplished—at least in theory.
God, however, is infinite! He is eternal. As the Creator of all things, He will always transcend everything created. He cannot be measured by any earthly instruments, and we can never grasp all there is to know about Him. We can only understand what He’s revealed about Himself to us through His Word . . . that’s all our “spoon” can handle!
But here’s an important aspect of God that He has revealed to us: He exists in three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and they harmoniously operate as one God. This aspect of God’s nature, commonly known as the trinity, is revealed to us throughout the Bible, particularly here as Paul concludes his second letter to the Corinthian Church.
In closing, he makes reference to “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Son), “the love of God” (the Father), and the communion of the Holy Spirit.” We see all three persons, conferring distinct things (grace, love, and communion), yet they are all engaged in the act of bestowing blessings. We see distinction and difference operating in tandem with singleness of purpose. It’s a profound reflection of God’s very nature, which embodies an element of both diversity and unity.
How can this be? How does God eternally exist as one God in three persons? Again, our spoon can only handle what God has chosen to pour into it. We can’t know everything about Him, but we can know something. And that something is the beautiful truth that our God is immeasurably greater than we can fully understand . . . and where understanding ends, praise amplifies.
DIG: How do we know what we know about God?
DISCOVER: What important truth about God is revealed in this passage?
DO: What’s your response to this truth concerning God?