The word “trinity” is found nowhere in Scripture. And yet the truth of the trinity is everywhere. The unity of God is clear; “hear O Israel, the LORD our God is one” (Dt 6:4) but as early as the first chapter of the Bible the plurality of the Godhead is at least hinted at; “Let us make man in our image and likeness”(Genesis 1:26)
The testimony of Scripture makes clear that:
The Father is God
The Son is God
The Spirit is God
There is one God, in three persons.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it like this:
“There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.”
There’s a lot that we could say in relation to the Triune nature of the Godhead, but I’d like in this article to focus on how each divine Person works in love to secure our salvation.
Firstly, the Father, in love, sends his Son into the world to seek and to save that which was lost (John 3:16). What greater gift could the Father give than that of his only Son? And consider who he gives this great gift to- the very people who have rebelled against him!
Secondly, the Son, in love, fulfils (in the power of the Spirit) his divine rescue mission. He lives the perfect life we have failed to live, yet willingly dies the death we deserve to die on the cross. He is raised from death- our victorious Kinsman Redeemer!
Thirdly, The Spirit applies this work to our lives, He brings conviction of sin, and opens our eyes to see and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is the Spirit who brings regeneration and who seals our salvation- that is to say, it is He who marks us as God’s own and guarantees our glorious inheritance as children of God.
That doesn’t mean we always feel these realities. (I remember hearing a preacher saying he isn’t sure he’s even a Christian until 10am!) We might not feel it all the time, but we have every reason to rest in the strong assurance of our salvation in Christ Jesus.
Tim Chester says:
“Some people look for security in a subjective experience of the Spirit; others in the objective work of Christ. But Christian assurance encompasses both for it has a threefold basis in trinitarian grace. It is rooted in the electing love of the Father, the finished work of the Son, and the present witness of the Spirit.”
Every member of the Godhead working as one for our salvation! Again we are left to marvel at God’s loving grace, and to reach for words that might begin to describe what it is to us in Christ- amazing, wonderful, glorious grace.
Yours in Christ Jesus