Have you ever thought about the role each Person of the Trinity plays in your salvation?
Yes, we’re going to get into some theology for the next few posts, and many of you probably don’t regard theology as light summer reading. I get that. People at the community pool will ask what you’re reading on your phone, and when you answer they’ll back away as if you have COVID. Can’t we evaluate Ed Litton or talk about the controversy over women’s roles? At least those topics are popular right now. The Trinity and salvation, in contrast, seems awfully dry and academic.
But before you decide to take a vacation from my blog, consider the possibility that you might actually grow in your appreciation of God’s loving care in bringing you to Himself. Over the past two years, I’ve meditated on the way each Person of the Trinity works in my salvation, only to feel deeper wonder the more I think about it! This point of theology is anything but dry and academic!
I’m not going to write a post defining the Trinity right now. For the purposes of this series, I’m going to assume that most of my readers have at least a rudimentary acquaintance with the doctrine. Those who don’t can easily look it up on Google or Duck Duck Go, or read this article from GotQuesrions.org (the article will probably give you the soundest explanation). My interest is in highlighting how each Person of the Trinity works to effect salvation in a sinner’s life.
Did you know, for example, that God the Father initiated your salvation? John 3:16 makes that clear:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (NASB95)
We know this verse refers to the Father because it says He sent His only begotten Son into the world. But has it ever hit you, deep in your heart, that the Father sent Jesus to serve as your Savior? We’ll look at that amazing truth in my next essay, and I hope I can convey the beauty of the Father’s love for sinners.
We all know that God the Son, the Man Jesus Christ, died on the cross for everyone who believes in Him. Sometimes, though, we can forget what His sacrifice means; it’s a little too familiar to us. And perhaps too comfortable. We lose sight of His humble obedience to His Father, coupled with His voluntary surrender of Himself for the sake of His Bride, the Church. So we’ll spend time going though Scriptures about His role as our Savior.
How often do we think about the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit? These days, the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements have characterized Him as the Author of signs and wonders (which He was during the Apostolic Era), but they seldom teach on His role in bringing about the new birth.
He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit ~~Titus 3:5 (NASB95)
I very much look forward to showing you the ways the Holy Spirit works in saving us!
Far from being dry and academic, understanding the Trinity’s personal care in saving us can cause great joy. Since the Lord has helped me understand the Scriptures teaching this wonderful perspective on salvation, I’ve been so much more grateful to Him for saving me, as well as more excited about my salvation. I don’t know what your poolside reading is currently, but I really don’t think you’ll regret taking a few minutes every couple of days to read posts on the subject. You might just end up feeling a little excited too!Follow my blog with Bloglovin