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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Trinity - Hebrews 9:14

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is about the unified redemptive work of the Trinity. "How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God" (Hebrews 9:14). If you look at this verse systematically, it clearly indicates that the living God of salvation is none other than the triune God of the Bible. This verse explains only through the bloody substitutionary death of the Son, who was brought into this world and lived a perfect life by the work of the Spirit, offered himself to the Father in order to purify our unrighteousness for service to the living triune God.

I find it fascinating to study the Trinity because there are so many good theological principles we can learn from Trinitarianism. The Trinity is three unified persons, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, who are all essentially, equally, and eternally one true and living God.  The word "Trinity" really means "tri-unity" in nature. Other words like oneness, unity, and equailty come to mind when I think of the Triune God.

If someone were to put this verse into an illustration, it would be extremely helpful for people. In fact, someone has tried to put the Trinity into a biblical example besides the basic triangle and circle illustration that is the most common. The Gospel of John is the most theological out of the four gospels; it is also the most Trinitarian. We learn more about the relationships and roles of the Trinity in the Gospel of John than in any other book of the Bible. All three persons of the Trinity are essentially, equally, and eternally one true and living God, yet they all glorify each other equally. Even our triune God glorifies each person, so how much should we glorify God in all things!

The Father glorifies the Son When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you...And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. (John 17:1, 5)

The Son glorifies the Father - Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.'" (John 8:54)

The Spirit glorifies the Son -  He [Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:14)

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
(2 Corinthians 13:14)

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