Monday, September 7, 2009
Again... the Trinity
Today's devotional from A. W. Tozer:
One God, Three Persons
Monday, September 07, 2009
When Jesus was to launch His earthly ministry, He went to John at the Jordan River to be baptized. The record speaks of the Trinity’s involvement. As Jesus stood on the bank of the river following His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended as a dove upon Him and the voice of God the Father was heard from heaven saying "This is my Son, whom I love."
Similar references remind us of the Trinity’s involvement in the glory of Christ's resurrection. During His ministry, Jesus spoke of His coming death. "Destroy this temple," Jesus said, referring to His body, "and I will raise it again in three days." Jesus also declared that the Father would raise Him up on the third day. We are accustomed to saying that the Father raised Jesus from the dead. But in Romans 1 we read that the Spirit of God declared Jesus to be the Son of God with power "by his resurrection from the dead."
Throughout the Bible record, we have the ever-recurring instances of the persons of the Godhead, the Trinity, working together in perfect harmony. I rejoice in the scriptural assurances of the ministries of the holy Trinity. But I know there are many who confess to problems with the concept of and the teaching concerning the Trinity. If we are going to grasp and appreciate this truth, it will mean diligence on our part. We may need to "pull the weeds" in order that the truth will have soil in which to mature.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name ["name" is singular] of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . . Matthew 28:19