The Thrill of the Trinity!

     The Sunday following The Feast of Pentecost which  the Christian Church celebrated yesterday, is Holy Trinity Sunday.  Yes, this coming Sunday the focus will be on our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Some may well consider the topic of the Trinity to be a boring one, suited for theologians, but I’m convinced that if you continue to read, you’ll agree that there is a certain “thrill” when one ponders the Holy Trinity.  Today I want to discuss the importance of the Trinity.

     Why is the Trinity so important someone may ask, after all as long as one believes in God then that’s all that matters.  However, the Bible has something to say about that kind of mindset.  To begin with, to avoid discussing or to dismiss the Trinity as being unimportant, is to not have the one, true God.  The Bible despite what some may say, teaches that our God is a triune God – that is three persons.  So without the Son and the Holy Spirit as your God, you have no God. 

     Jesus was quit clear about the need to confess Himself as a member of the Trinity.  He said; “No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:8b).  And with that statement andmany others points to a Godhead of more than one person.  Shortly before His death on the cross, Jesus promised the disciples, that the Father would sent the Holy Spirit.  “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things” (John 14:26).  Therefore Jesus over and over again gave testimony to a triune God.

     One could point to many other Bible passages.  For example, the Gospel lesson for Trinity Sunday is Matthew 28:16-20.  It is often known as the Great Commission.  There Jesus sends His disciples out telling them to teach and baptize in the name of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In the opening verses of Genesis the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  In verse 26 of the same chapter God says; “Let us make man…” clearly speaking of more than one person when making reference to God. 

     Now of course, some will say that the word “trinity” is not in the Bible.  That’s true, however, without doubt the Bible does reveal a triune God.  It is also clear, that unless on confesses a triune God, one has a false god and therefore no god at all.  Those who deny the Holy Trinity, deny what the Scriptures teach and are without salvation and eternal life.

     What’s the thrill of the Trinity?  The fact that each person of the Trinity, were involved in our salvation and each person continues to be involved in my life.  It is the Father who loved the world so much, He sent His only Son, Jesus to redeem it.  Through the Son’s suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven, my sins have been paid for.  Because of Jesus’ work, His righteousness has been wrapped around me and I have been declared innocent by the Father.  The Holy Spirit has through the Sacrament and Word brought me to faith and keeps me in the one true faith.  You see, without the Trinity we would be lost forever.  But the Trinity has saved the day and continues to meet my every need.  When you ponder all that, it has to be a thrill for you don’t you think!

     The Holy Trinity – three persons and yet one God.  It cannot be explaine, but by faith I believe it.  I believe it because that’s what the Bible teaches.  And when you think about it, it’s nothing short of a “thrill!”

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