Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Trinity...

After a couple of months of backsliding, I'm back. Thanks for the prayers.

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

[Matthew 3:13-17]

In that short verse, we're able to see the Trinity at work.

God the Father spoke from heaven, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
God the Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, was being baptized.
God the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and alighted on the Saviour.

Two other Scripture references to prove the Trinity:
  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit... [Matthew 28:19]
  • May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. [2 Corinthians 13:14]
The first hint in the Bible about the Trinity can be found in this verse...

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. [Genesis 1:26]

Illustrations of the Trinity:
  • Shamrock - a three-leaved plant used by Saint Patrick to illustrate this doctrine

  • Water - revealed in three forms - liquid, ice and steam, yet it's only water
  • Light - red heat rays that are invisible picturing the Father, yellow light rays that are seen picturing the Son and blur chemical rays that are seen by their effects, picturing the Spirit
How the Trinity operated in creation:
  1. God the Father spoke. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. [Genesis 1:3]
  2. God the Son was the Word spoken. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [John 1:1]
  3. God the Holy Spirit moves upon the face of the water. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. [Genesis 1:2]

How did Trinity operated in redemption:

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[a]so that we may serve the living God! [Hebrews 9:14]

  1. God the Father accepted the sacrifice of Calvary.
  2. God the Son offered Himself as our substitute
  3. God the Spirit - Jesus offered Himself 'through the eternal Spirit'

How the Trinity operates in salvation:

  1. God the Father received the prodigal from the far country. “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. [Luke 15:22]
  2. God the Son is the Shepherd that goes to seek the lost sheep. “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? [Luke 15:4]
  3. God the Spirit seals the new convert. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit... [Ephesians 1:13]

How the Trinity works in regard of prayer:

  1. God the Father is the One who receives the request. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. [John 16:23]
  2. God the Son is the One in whose Name we pray
  3. God the Spirit directs us in our request. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. [Romans 8:26]

How the Trinity operates together in the regeneration of a sinner

  1. God the Father records the new name in glory. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. [Luke 10:20]
  2. God the Son cleanses the sin in His precious blood. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace [Ephesians 1:7]
  3. God the Spirit performs the transforming miracle of the new birth.
    Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
    “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
    Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. [John 3:3-6]

~ He who would try to understand the Trinity fully will lose his mind. But he who would deny the Trinity will lose his soul ~ Lindsell and Woodbridge


scottthong said...

Two things I would like to add:

Three-dimensional space is another metaphor for the Trinity.

scottthong said...

And the Old Testament has a really amazing verse where God refers to Himself in the first and third persons in Zechariah 12:10 -

"And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son."

seahorse27 said...

Thank you for the additional information :)