Three Fold Blessings

Transcript December 09


Midweek Sermon Wednesday 9th December, 2020 Topic: Three Fold Blessings Text: 2 Cor. 13: 14 INTRODUCTION Today, the topic for our meditation is “Three- fold Blessings” The Lord delights in blessing us. When our Lord was going up, He did so while blessing us. Luke 24: 50-51 When He got to heaven, He did not stop blessing us, He is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Heb. 7: 25, God delights in blessing us. The theology of blessing is not unique to the New Testament, in the Old Testament, God specifically told the priest how to bless His people Num 6:23-27 God wants His name on His own people. In our text today, Apostle Paul having addressed all the necessary issues in the Church at Corinth was rounding off and decided to pray for them. This is the prayer we read today. It is popularly called the Benediction, it was what we chorus sometimes and most importantly pronounced on us by our Pastor after our Worship Services. Many times we share this prayer thoughtlessly perhaps because we are tired during the service and we need to go home but it is so much important and that is why God is directing our attention again to this prayer. The last verse in the Bible is similar to this verse. In it, there are three folds blessing or prayers, the love of the Father, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. May all these abide with you and I in Jesus name. We shall briefly examine these one by one. The Love of the Father None of us is Fatherless as long as we have our Father in heaven. God is our Father and He loves us so much. There are few things we need to consider about the love of our Father. 1. Our Father’s love is incomparable. (1 John 3:1) Is there anything that can be compared to the love of our God? The privilege of access into His presence, being the apple of His eyes? None. Indeed, it is God’s love that has helped us thus far. 2. Our Father’s love is eternal. Jer. 31: 3, Psalm 136, We are enjoying His love now, we will continue to enjoy it forever more. 3. Love that passes all understanding Eph. 3: 19 The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord is full of truth and grace. 1. The grace of God brought salvation to us by faith. (Eph. 2: 8) 2. It is unmerited favour. 3. It is sometimes unsolicited - Look at the healing of the widow of Nain's son, she never approached Jesus but Jesus still met her needs. 4. The grace is able to make us who and what God wants us to be. 5. It takes grace to serve God acceptably. Heb. 12: 28 The Communion of the Holy Spirit The koinonia is the fellowship. What Joy it is to have the fellowship of God Himself! When we have the communion of the Holy Spirit, we can never be alone and more importantly we can never be lonely. The Holy Spirit wants our friendship! We are His temple. He knows everything about everything 1. It is a proof that we belong to Him. Rom. 8: 16 2. There is joy in the Holy Spirit 3. He will reveal the deep things of God to us 1 Cor. 2: 10 4. He will reveal those things that are freely given to us. 1 Cor. 2: 12 4. He will cause us to share His joy CONCLUSION There is no doubt that God’s love has brought us thus far this year. It is by His grace we have come thus far. God be praised for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. When God loves you, Rev. 3: 9, He makes people to know that He loves us and make the enemy to bow at our feet. May He do this for us and many more in Jesus name. He who Jesus loves is better than He who the Devil has made a king. Prayers 1. Father, I thank You for Your love for me this year 2. My Father, my Father, usher me into this coming year in your Love 3. O God, Almighty focus your love specially on me in this coming year 4. Let Your love abide with me continually in Jesus name. 5. My Father, help me to always respond appropriately to Your love 6. I receive grace to serve You acceptably in Jesus name 7. Lord Jesus, let Your grace make ways for me in a special way in this coming year in Jesus name. 8. God of grace and God of glory, make me a carrier of your grace and glory 9. Lord Your grace and glory abide with me in Jesus name. 10. Holy Spirit, fill me with Your joy this season and always in Jesus name 11. Reveal to me deep things of God for a more meaningful walk with You O God.

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