Romans 3:22-24 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Some may ask, “Why is the Trinity so important to Christian belief?”. Why, for instance, can’t I just believe in God and leave it at that? Why do I need to know that God is Three in One? This is a valid question and it really has more than one answer.
Without the Trinity, we lose the Gospel. Man is sinful and God’s wrath (The Father’s) is upon us. Jesus, the Son, comes to earth to take the sins of man upon Himself and imputes His righteousness on to those who believe on Him. This brings reconciliation with the Father. Upon His departure back to the Father’s side, the Holy Spirit is given to the regenerate Christian to empower him or her to live out God’s will. If we lose any part of this plan, we lose all of it. Each person of the Trinity plays His role in the redemption of man. No Trinity, no salvation and no right relationship with God.
Without the Trinity, the Bible makes little sense. Some Christians believe in something called Modalism, where God is one, but acts in different modes at different times. The Father created the world. Jesus was the manifestation of God as a man on earth. The Holy Spirit is active today in the lives of Christians. In Modalism, God does not exist as three persons simultaneously. But then, why did Jesus come to pay the price of man’s sins to satisfy the wrath of God? How then did God the Father speak from heaven as Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descend on Him like a dove? It’s a stretch to makes sense of such things.
The reasoning goes on, but what every Christian needs to understand about the Trinity is that God is real right now in your life and is capable of acting in any capacity necessary. God our Father, Jesus our Mediator, and Holy Spirit our Helper. They are Three and they are One.
Matthew 3:16-17 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
What we see at the baptism of Jesus is the Father confirming the ministry He was sent for and the Holy Spirit empowering Him by coming upon Him. Jesus, being God himself, is at all times filled with the Holy Spirit, but the picture we get here as believers is that when God calls us to something, He empowers us to do it. We have the blessing of the Father, the authority given by the Son (Matthew 28:18), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which enables us to carry out God’s mission.
All three persons of the Trinity are at work as we carry on with what God has called us to do and each plays a part in their own respective roles along the way. As finite humans who are quite incapable of fully understanding how God works, we may never know exactly how God is working in a given situation, but we can know that He is working and that He is simultaneously acting in the distinct persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one and they equip us to do what we’re called to do.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
Ephesians 6:18a praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
One aspect of Christian belief that does not often make its way into devotions or teaching on how to apply biblical truth to daily living is the Triune nature of God. We neglect to focus on the nature of God as three persons in one as part of our view of God in daily life. But it’s essential that we remember who God is as we seek to know Him more, as we petition Him, as we carry out His will.
As we pray, we are in fact engaging with all three distinct persons of the Trinity. We speak to the Father, asking Him for our needs to be met, giving Him praise, interceding for the needs of others, and giving Him thanks. We do this through the Son, who is our mediator. Were it not for the role of Jesus Christ standing in the gap between man and God, we would have no access to the throne and our prayers would go unanswered. Since God himself is spirit, we must act in the Holy Spirit to communicate with Him. All three persons of the Triune God are present and active as we pray.
We can’t neglect any part of God’s nature as we seek Him. If we forget that He is good, we will have an unnatural fear of Him. If we forget that He is all-powerful, we will tend to pray without expecting results. If we forget that He is all-knowing, we may fear that we won’t quite say the right thing and that God will answer our prayers incorrectly because we didn’t get our message across right. The fact is that God is all of these things and He is present in our lives as our Father, as Jesus the Son, and as the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
In discussion of the Holy Spirit, we can’t glance over the fact that He is God, as though everyone knows this. Understanding God is so complex that we can’t make any assumptions.
The Holy Spirit isn’t a force, but a relational being, part of the Trinity- One God who eternally exists as three distinct persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit – who are each fully and equally God and in eternal relation with each other. The Bible equally declares Father, Son, and Spirit to be God. None are more important than the other, though each person of the Trinitarian God serves a specific purpose and has a specific role.
“Persons” does not mean human beings. Only Jesus became human. Person means that each member of the Trinity thinks, acts, feels, speaks, and relates because they are persons and not impersonal forces. We can’t control the Holy Spirit because He has His own will. We can’t fool Him or hide from Him because He possesses all of the characteristics of God- omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, etc.
The Holy Spirit will never act contradictory to God because He is God. He won’t lead us in any way that would go against God’s will, because it’s His will.
- Do you ever fall into the trap of seeing the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force instead of a person? How have you tried to “harness” Him instead of having a relationship with Him?
- Do you treat the Holy Spirit as God, or do you treat Him as lesser than the other two persons of the Godhead? How can ensure to treat Him as such?