“The Apostolic Benidiction”

One of the greatest blessings bestowed upon Christians is the Apostolic Benediction in II Corinthians 13:14 which declares, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”   William Burkitt in lauding the inestimable blessings bestowed by the Divine Trinity in this Benediction says, “Here are the highest blessings and benefits wished to, and prayed for, in behalf of the Corinthians, which they could possibly be made partakers of; namely, all that love which doth or can flow from the Father; all that grace which was purchased by the Son, and all that fellowship and communion with, and communication from the Holy Spirit, which might render them equipped for the service of Christ on earth, and for the full fruition and final enjoyment of Him in heaven.”  That these blessings and benefits of God shall be the portion of all believers receiving this Benediction is confirmed and sealed with the “Amen” of the Triune God; meaning these blessings shall never fail to be the portion of God’s people!

Pastor Jonathan Merica, Calvary Reformed Church, Stockton, CA

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