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Please explain the apostolic benediction?

Submitted: 8/3/2007
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Question: 2 Corinthians 13:14 in regards to the apostolic benediction, please explain this verse. I need a technical answer in regards to the Greek grammar, not intereptation. Thank you.

Answer: 2 Corinthians 13:14 says, 'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.' The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is explained in 2 Corinthins 8:9, which says, 'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.' The love of God is explained in 1 John 4:9, which says, 'In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.' The term 'communion of the Holy Spirit' means to have fellowship with the Spirit or to be a partaker of the Spirit. The Greek word is koinonia (see Philippians 2:1 and Hebrews 6:4).

To have the grace of the Lord Jesus with us mean to be blessed by the benefits of His self-denying sacrifice on Calvary. The immediate benefit of this is being motivated to repent. To have the love of God with us means to be blessed by God's great plan to come in flesh so that we could be saved from sin. We are saved by the forgiveness of sins, which we receive through water baptism in the name of Jesus. To have the communion of the Holy Spirit with us means to be blessed by the great treasure of being united with God through the gift of the Holy Spirit. These three blessings, repentance, forgiveness, and the gift of the Spirit are all mentioned in Acts 2:38.