God’s blessings are what He has done for us, what He is doing in and through us and what He will do.
God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Messiah Jesus in the heavenly realm (Eph 1:3). God has poured His love into our hearts by His Spirit (Ro 5:1-5). God is enlightening the eyes of our hearts (Eph 1:15-23) to comprehend His blessings.
Paul begins and ends each of his letters to the Corinthians and to us with a blessing.
We soak up these blessings in our heart and spirit by the Holy Spirit.
Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor 1:1-3 KJV
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love in Christ Jesus be with you all. 1 Cor 16:23-24 WNT
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 1:1-2 KJV
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 2 Cor 13:14 ASV
Thus Paul summed up the blessings of God by blessing the Corinthians and us with them. Those blessings encompass the flow of the Spirit.
The setting for the flow of the Spirit is grace.
Grace (charis, charin, charitos, chariti, charita), is undeserved favor with the emphasis on favor from God. The one who extends grace has something to give to the recipient, who lacks what is needed and lacks the means to acquire it. God didn’t hold back on extending His grace to each one of us. He measured it out in portions proportionate to the gift of His Son. “The gift of the Messiah is the measure after which grace was given to each one of us” (Eph 4:7 Anchor Bible). Jesus the Messiah brought grace and truth. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 KJV).
Grace is God’s power working in us to will and to do His good pleasure (Php 2:13).
Since we have gifts (charismata) that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Ro 12:6-8 NASB
Paul wrote of himself.
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Cor 15:10 KJV
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9 KJV
Paul to Timothy.
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 2:1 KJV
The setting for the flow of the Spirit is the love of God
The love God extends to us brought our salvation, pardoned our sin, sanctified our soul, and fills our hearts with joy and peace. We respond by loving God and one another.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 John 4:7-15 NASB
We thrive in relationship with God and one another.
The Greek koin words describe the depth of the connections we have in the community of the King. They are vital to one another relationships with our brothers and sisters in our Lord and King─Messiah Jesus.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship (koinōnia) of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Cor 13:14 ISV
That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life , which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship (koinōnian) with us: yea, and our fellowship (koinōnia) is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ: and these things we write, that our joy may be made full. 1 Jn 1:1-4 ASV
God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship (koinōnian) of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor 1:9 ASV
If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship (koinōnia) of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions, make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Php 2:1-4 ASV
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation (koinōnia) in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation (koinōnia) in the body of Christ? 1 Cor 10:16 ISV
We break bread together when we eat the Lord’s Supper together
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles teaching and fellowship (koinōnia), in the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42 ASV
The sending of Paul as an apostle was signified with the right hands of fellowship.
But from those who were reputed to be somewhat (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth not man’s person)— they, I say, who were of repute imparted nothing to me: but contrariwise, when they saw that I had been intrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, even as Peter with the gospel of the circumcision (for he that wrought for Peter unto the apostleship of the circumcision wrought for me also unto the Gentiles); and when they perceived the grace that was given unto me, James and Cephas and John, they who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship (koinōnias), that we should go unto the Gentiles, and they unto the circumcision; only they would that we should remember the poor; which very thing I was also zealous to do. Gal 2:6-10 ASV
We contribute to saints in need.
For it hath been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution (koinōnian) for the poor among the saints that are at Jerusalem. Ro 15:26 ASV
1But we desire to let you know, brethren, of the grace of God which has been bestowed on the Churches of Macedonia; 2how, while passing through great trouble, their boundless joy even amid their deep poverty has overflowed to increase their generous liberality. 3For I can testify that to the utmost of their power, and even beyond their power, they have of their own free will given help. 4With earnest entreaty they begged from us the favour of being allowed to share (fellowship koinōnian) in the service (diakonias) now being rendered to God’s people. 5They not only did this, as we had expected, but first of all in obedience to God’s will they gave their own selves to the Lord and to us. 6This led us to urge Titus that, as he had previously been the one who commenced the work, so he should now go and complete among you this act of beneficence also. 2 Cor 8:1-6 WNT
12For the ministration (diakonia) of this service not only filleth up the measure of the wants of the saints, but aboundeth also through many thanksgivings unto God; 13seeing that through the proving of you by this ministration they glorify God for the obedience of your confession unto the gospel of Christ, and for the liberality of your contribution (participation koinōnias) unto them and unto all; 14while they themselves also, with supplication on your behalf, long after you by reason of the exceeding grace of God in you. 15Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Cor 9:12-14 ASV
We avoid entanglements with unbelievers.
Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers: for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? or what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what portion hath a believer with an unbeliever? 2 Cor 6:14-15 ASV