If you could pray for and have any three blessings from above, what would they be?  Paul in his last farewell to the Corinthians listed this threesome—-“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God (Father) and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (1 Cor 13: 14) What a promise!  The Godhead working together for the Christian’s benefit.

There are many other places in the New Testament in which all three parts of the Godhead are mentioned in the same verse.  At Jesus’ baptism he saw the heaven open and the Spirit of God descend on him and a voice from heaven (God the Father) saying, “This is my son…” (Mt 3: 16-17)  In what is called the Great Commission, Jesus told his eleven disciples to baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… (Mt 28: 19)

Paul asked his Roman brethren to pray for him “by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit…to God for me.” (Rom 15: 30) There are several other verses containing the Godhead. (Acts 5: 31-32) (1 Cor 12: 4-6) (Acts 7: 55) One in particular has a great blessing and promise for Jesus’ people then and now. “I (Jesus) will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, (the Spirit of truth) to be with you forever…he lives with you and will be in you…” (Jo 14: 16-17)

This promise was not only for the Apostles, but for all the immersed believers who would follow in the years to come (Jo 17: 20) (Acts 2: 38).  Just as the Spirit lives within the Christian, so do the Father and the Son (Jo 14: 23). They can bring us the grace, love and fellowship that everyone desires.

Since the Godhead is invisible (Rom 1: 20) (Col 1: 15-16) (1 Tim 1: 17) we have to accept these promises on faith and hope (Jo 20: 29) (Col 1: 27) (Rom 8: 24) (Rom 1: a5, 17).  Our hope and faith will grow with the love (Rom 5: 5), gifts (Gal 5: 22), strength and power (Eph 3: 16) that the Holy Spirit imparts to us.  He will work in harmony with our spirit (Rom 8: 16) and help us with our prayers (Rom 8: 26-27) until we can someday see the Godhead, “face to face.” (1 Cor 13: 12)

–Jim Bailey