Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Today I completed an entry on Question 25 of the Heidelberg Catechism “Since there is but one god, why do you speak of three: Father, Son and Holy Spirit?” One of the verses cited by the authors 450 years ago is 2 Corinthians 13:14. This verse is the last of Paul’s closing exhortations that include “rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded” . . . and “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Where we might say, “Good-by for now, and God bless you,” Paul says — “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

Surely this text is clear evidence of early Christian belief in the Trinity. But what I found interesting today was the ordinary reference to this great truth. This line is not from an extended theological discourse. It is simply the last line of a letter to the church at Corinth.

This simple, ordinary, non-controversial reference to the Trinity is evidence of the profound depth of the Christian revolution in the first generation after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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