Saturday, May 30, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Holy Trinity


Dr. Vino Daniel
Philadelphia MTC, PA
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The “Trinity” is a description of the unique relationship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity is as follows: We worship One God, who is manifest in three distinct Persons. In the Tri-unity of the Godhead there are Three-in-One, of the same substance: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are equally God in their being, power, holiness and eternality. God is one in essence and three in Person. Scripture affirms both the oneness of God and the deity of the Father, Son and Spirit. The Father is our Creator, the Son our Redeemer, and the Spirit our Sanctifier. The word “Trinity” comes from the Latin word "Tri-unitos", which means "three in the unity of one." They are distinct, yet not solitary. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

One of the better known scriptures referring to the Trinity is Mark 1:10. “As Jesus was coming up out of the water [at his baptism], he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” Again we see evidence of all three persons in the Godhead.

1. God, The Father loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus to bridge the gap between us.

2. Jesus, the Son, fulfilled the mission to come to earth to die on the cross for our sins.

3. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and draws us to salvation. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to live a Christian life.

Romans 5:5 says, “...God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us...at just the right time when we were still powerless Christ died for the ungodly.” Here again you have evidence of the Trinity each fulfilling his own particular role in the salvation process.

We understand part of Who God is, but not the whole. 

He is Father; Our loving Father chose us before we chose Him (Eph 1:4). From eternity past, the Father planned our salvation, so there is no room to doubt our future in heaven. Nothing that happens can change the Father’s sovereign promises to us. We are His elect, chosen people, adopted into His family.

He is Son: Jesus, the Son died for us while we were sinners, purchasing our salvation through the shedding of His blood (Rom 5:6-10). The “sprinkling by His blood” refers back to the sacrifices in the Jewish Temple, where the blood of the animal sacrifice would be sprinkled on the altar and on the mercy seat atop the Ark of the Covenant, to cover/atone for sin. Jesus has always been God and He became a man without ceasing to be God. He is 100% God and 100% man at the same time.

He is Spirit: The Spirit seals and applies Christ’s sacrifice to our lives, bringing us the benefits of salvation. The Spirit cleanses and prepares us for God’s use (II Thes 2:13). Peter says that the Spirit “sanctifies” us. This means He makes us holy and sets us apart. The Spirit begins a gradual process of growth within us. Our old way of life is passing away, and all things are being made new (II Cor 5:17). The Spirit also enables us to discern Scripture. Paul writes that without enlightenment from the Spirit, the Bible appears to be foolishness. The Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture and for us makes understandable the word of God.

Roles: The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the Son redeems (Gal. 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16). 
The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John 15:26). 

The Father sent the Son (1 John 4:10). 

The Son and the Father send the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26). 

The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the Son redeems (Gal. 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (Rom. 15:16).

Our devotion to God includes all three Persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: The God above us, the God before us, and the God within us.

May the Triune God be glorified always.


PRAYER


We thank you Father, Son and Holy Spirit for providing for us at all times in our lives. Amen

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
In the Tri-unity of the Godhead there are Three-in-One, of the same substance: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.