God’s amazing care

How the eternal Triune God unfolded His plan of salvation is remarkable.  At certain times in history God revealed His plan to build a nation through Jesus.  It is written, 

‘But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might have the full rights of sons.’  Galatians 4:4

Paul writes, 

‘But join with me in suffering for the Gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life  — not by anything we have done, but because of His own purpose and grace.’  2 Timothy 1:8b,9a

Now for the miracle, 

‘This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time….’  2 Timothy 1:9b

But the ‘grace in Christ Jesus’ was only revealed about four thousand years after the beginning of time (time began with creation).  For us that great event happened about two thousand years ago, 

‘…but has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought immortality to light through the Gospel.’  2 Timothy 1:10

The eternal Holy Spirit was connected to Jesus, 

‘He [God] saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.’ Titus 3:5b

Conclusion

At certain times in history God’s people come to faith, because His precious Son and wonderful Holy Spirit appeared to bring us to the Faith,

‘But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.’  Galatians 3:22

Why does the Bible need 66 books? Part 2

As I think back to my initial understanding of the Christian faith, I see a few places where I did not grasp the magnificence of God’s plan completely: 

Salvation is not primarily about Jesus alone.  The following verse demonstrates that all three of the Triune God are involved in our salvation, 

‘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, so that we may serve the living God.’  Hebrews 9:14

It is pretty amazing to see the different functions of the Triune God on behalf of mankind, in one verse.  It shows there is order in the Godhead.  God the Father is, as I understand it, the CEO.  Jesus Himself said, 

‘…I have come to do your will, O God.’  Hebrews 10:7c

Wow, God had it all planned.  What was His main goal?  He gave the New Covenant through Jesus so that, 

‘I will be their God and they will be My people.’  Hebrews 8:10c

To accomplish it, Jesus obeyed God, 

‘In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their [our] salvation perfect through suffering.’  Hebrews 2:10

I learned that I and all God’s followers can say: 

  • We adore Jesus, who endured the Cross (for us). 
  • We adore the Father, who planned salvation (for us).
  • We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit, who teaches us about it all.  

So that we can be children of the Most High. 

Why a Triune God?

One of the ‘strange’ revelations of Scripture is the Triune God.  Critics say that the writers of the Bible were uneducated people.  So how did they come up with the idea of a Triune God.? (Psst, they were Holy Spirit inspired).   

What does ‘Triune God’ or ‘Triune Godhead’ mean?     

Basically it means they are one in essence and three in Person. 

  • They are of the same ‘substance,’ namely ‘God.’  Yet they are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  
  • They have the same God character like ‘omniscience, omnipotence, holiness, et cetera.  Yet they are three different Persons with different functions.  

Where does this Godhead come from?  

Scripture only reveals that they are eternal.  So we know that, 

  • God is eternal,

‘Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the Name of the Lord, the Eternal God.’  Genesis 21:33

  • Jesus is eternal,

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.’  Hebrews 13:8

  • The Holy Spirit is eternal, 

‘How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God….’ Hebrews 9:14

Eternally God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were united in,

  • Peace 
  • Love 
  • Fellowship 
  • Harmony, et cetera.   

A single God cannot love, or understand fellowship, harmony and caring for others.  We can claim that a Triune God can do it all.  But, God is about reality.  How can a single person understand such things as a loving relationship?  That is why the Triune God makes sense.  Look at the fruit of the Spirit, 

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’  Galatians 5:22

We can imagine that is what the Triune God is like.  And what they want the Bride to be like.  

Summary

Scripture reveals a Triune God.  It makes perfect sense, especially in the light of the Kingdom of God.  To be continued.

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