All of God’s Acts

All of God’s acts are consistent with all of His attributes.  No attribute contradicts the other, but all harmonize and blend into each other in the infinite abyss of the Godhead.  All that God does agrees with all that God is and being and doing are one in Him.

The universe operates as an orderly system, not by impersonal laws but by the creative voice of the immanent and universal Presence, the Logos.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 63

The Roles of The Three Persons in the Holy Trinity in Creation

A popular belief among Christians divide the work of God between the three Persons, giving a specific part to each, as, for instance, creation to the Father, redemption to the Son and regeneration to the Holy Spirit.  This is partly true but not wholly so, for God cannot so divide Himself that one Person works while another is inactive.  In the Scriptures the three Persons are shown to act in harmonious unity in all the mighty works that are wrought throughout the universe.

In the Holy Scriptures the work of creation is attributed to the Father (Genesis 1:1), to the Son (Colossians 1:16), and to the Holy Spirit (Job 26:13 and Psalms 104:30).  The incarnation is shown to have been accomplished by the three Persons in full accord (Luke 1:35), though only the Son became flesh to dwell among us.  At Christ’s baptism the Son came up out of the water, the Spirit descended upon Him and the Father’s voice spoke from heaven (Matthew 3:16-17).  Probably the most beautiful description of the work of atonement is found in Hebrews 9:14, where it is stated that Christ, through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God; and there we behold the three persons operating together.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 19-20

This Is What it Means to be the Father

The God who is love is the Father who sends his Son. To be the Father, then, means to love, to give out life, to beget the Son. For anything else, for all of Trinity, this God was loving, giving life to an delighting in his son. (I John 4:7-8)

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 25

One Does Not Come Without the Other

If we are born again, we will love as Jesus loved. First John 4:7 says, “beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” Because God is love, when he makes us new, we are connected to the source of all true love, the Trinity. As a result, we have the capacity, if we walk in obedience, to love God, our spouses, our children, our friends, our neighbors, and even our enemies. You have new life in Christ.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 148

This Leads Us to the Exciting Truth

The God of the Bible is a Trinitarian community of friends. The father, son, and spirit have spoken and listen to one another for all the eternity. We see this, for example, in Jesus’s prayer life, in which we observe conversations within the Godhead. This leads us to the exciting truth: if you are in Christ and Christ is in you, then God hears you!

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 110

What a Mirror Should Remind Us Of…

The Trinitarian God who lives in eternal friendship and community created us to image him. God uniquely honors humanity in this way. He’s made nothing else in his image. Practically, this means that God made us to image, or reflect him, as a mirror does. And in a world where we are encouraged to spend much more time gazing at ourselves in the mirror, it’s helpful every time we look in the mirror to be reminded that we’re to mirror God to others. He created us to reflect his goodness and glory in the world around us, like Moses, who radiated the glory of God after being in God’s presence.

 

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 3

Some Questions on our Worship

Does our worship focus on this unfolding historical drama of the Triune God?  Are we being constantly directed outside of our inner experience and our own felt needs to the real newsmaker in history?  Are we perpetually drawn outside of ourselves, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,, despising the same, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God?” (Hebrews 12:2)?  Is our corporate and private worship centered on “human will or exertion” or “on God who has mercy,” (Romans 9:16)?  Is the main point trying to see how God fits into our existing plot or to hear God tell us how we fit into his unfolding drama of redemption?  Like the Old Testament feasts, the great events celebrated by Christians have to do with God’s mighty acts; the Son’s becoming flesh (Christmas), the crucifixion (Good Friday) and resurrection (Easter), Christ’s exaltation to the right hand of the Father (Ascension Day), and the sending of the Spirit (Pentecost).  There is no room in the Christian calendar for celebrating our own work.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 29

The Proper Study of the Christian is the Godhead

But the incomprehensibility of the divine nature is not a reason why we should desist from reverent iniquity and prayerful strivings to apprehend what He has so graciously revealed of Himself in His word.  Because we are unable to acquire perfect knowledge, it would be folly to say we will therefore make no efforts to attain to any degree of it.  It has been well said: Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout , earnest, continued, investigation of the great subject of the Deity.  The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ and Him crucified and the knowledge of the Godhead in the glorious Trinity.  The proper study of the Christian is the Godhead.  the highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can engage the attention of a child of God is the name, the nature, the person, the doings, and the existence of the great God which he calls his Father.

C.H. Spurgeon

as quoted by Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 88

The Holy Spirit: An Abstract Principle or a Person?

When the Spirit is turned into an abstract principle rather than a concrete person of the Trinity or his person and work are regarded as a distraction from rather than mediation of Christ’s person and work, our faith – regardless of whatever official dogmas to which we yield our assent – loses its connection to the Jesus of history who as come and will come again in the flesh.

– Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 183

Expect a Great Deal of the Holy Spirit

If we read and believed these accounts (Acts 2), we would expect a great deal of the Holy Spirit.  He would not be a mostly forgotten member of the trinity of the Godhead whom we occassionally give a nod of recognition to, which is what He has become in most American churches.  We would expect our new life with the Holy Spirit to look radically different from our old life without him.

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 30-31