Sunday, September 6, 2009
Don' t Mess with the Trinity
'Oh, but we must not be dogmatic about this thing, characterizing the functions and attributes of God. Remember the scriptures nowhere use the term trinity. It is the phrase of the creeds of men, and of limited importance.'
What if this thing boiled down to inscrutable God manifesting Himself in different fashions for different purposes? Remember Greek mythology and the fickle visits of divinity to men in disguise.
I cannot accept this. It was a real incarnation and Jesus my Elder Brother in the faith offered himself to the trials, pains and victories of mortal living. He has purchase therefore to render the service of my High Priest. I trust him and know that He understands:
16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted
I see three persons represented at Christ's baptism and in His struggle in Gethsemane. Jesus' Galilean ministry had been in complete obedience to the will of the Father and a voice from Heaven proclaimed at the Transfiguration, "This is my beloved Son. hear ye him."
We are told that Jesus repeatedly took prayer vigil to ascertain the will of His Father. What is the sense of this, or the nobility, if one person is not submitting to the will of the other after dialogue?
In the laborious prayer of Gethsemane, Jesus achieves a most majestic victory over the Devil's assault by continuing to submit:
'Father, if it be possible let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless not my will, but thy will be done.' (Matthew 26)
Our redemption was forged in such willing submission. The Father's pain was also intense at Calvary as He regarded His beloved Jesus as the sin offering, for a time. See it described prophetically in Psalm 22. Again love envisions the relationship and engagement of one person intimately with another. Love had always existed and will always exist within the Trinity. Perfect accord of intention and purpose and activity.
In the Upper Room, Christ promised the disciples "another comforter" whom He and the Father would send. This is the Holy Ghost, the executor of the will of Father and Son in the hearts and lives of faithful men and women. He is into public relations for the Body of Christ, the Church. He brings the nature of the Father and Son to us.
Recently devotional materials from A. W. Tozer placed great weight on verses from Hebrews 9:
12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
16For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.