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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Trinity Works Together

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God" (John 1:1-2)

Critics often have declared that the Bible contradicts itself in matters relating to the Trinity. For example, Genesis speaks of God's creating the heavens and the earth. The New Testament declares that the Word - God the Son - created all things. Still other references speak of the Holy Spirit's wok in creation. These are NOT contradictions. Father, Son and Spirit worked together in the miracles of creation, just as they worked together in the planning and effecting of human redemption. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are consubstantial ... one in substance and cannot be separated.

When Jesus was to launch His earthly ministry, He went to John at the Jordan River to be baptized. The record speaks of the Trinity's involvement. As Jesus stood on the bank of the river following His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him and the voice of God the Father was heard from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17).

Praise God from whom all blessing flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

~A. W. Tozer~


A Pain Felt In Heaven

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost (Spirit)" (John 19:30)

The Father in Heaven so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. It was the love of the Father that sent the Son into our world to die for mankind. The Father and Son and Spirit were in perfect agreement that the eternal Son should die for the sins of the world. We are not wrong to believe - and proclaim - that while Mary's Son, Jesus, died alone, terribly alone, on that Cross, the loving heart of God the Father was as deeply pained with suffering as was the heart of the holy, dying Son.

We must ask our Lord to help us comprehend what it meant to the Trinity for the Son to die alone on the Cross. When the holy Father had to turn His back on the dying Son by the necessity of divine justice, I believe the pain for the Father was as great as the suffering of the Saviour as He bore our sins in His body. When the soldier drove that Roman spear into the side of Jesus, I believe it was felt in heaven.

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut His glories in,
When Christ, the Mighty Maker, died
For man, the creature's sin.

~A. W. Tozer~

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