Message: Mere Christianity–“The Roles of the Triune Godhead” (Matthew 3:13-17 and Ephesians 1:11-14)
One of the more difficult aspects of Christianity to understand is the Triune nature of God. One God exists in three persons, or essences: God the Father (Yahweh), God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. But does the Bible teach the doctrine or is it a late invention of the church? Some claim, “Well, the Bible never mentions the word ‘Trinity.’” True, but the Bible never mentions the word “Bible” either. One of the clearest examples of God’s triune nature is found in the baptism of Jesus. Jesus is baptized, the Father speaks from heaven, and the Spirit descends on Jesus like a dove.
In this message, we will see that each person of the Triune Godhead plays a role in the believer’s salvation. Join us as we continue our series titled “Mere Christianity: Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Religion” in the message “The Roles of the Triune Godhead” coming from Matthew 3:13-17 and Ephesians 1:11-14.
- God the Father: The SOURCE (Matthew 3:17 and Ephesians 1:11).
A. The Father is the DIVINE Source.
B. The Father is the SAVING Source.
2. God the Son: The SAVIOR (Matthew 3:13-15 and Ephesians 1:12).
A. The Son is the DIVINE Savior
B. The Son is the ACCOMPLISHING Savior (He accomplished the work for our salvation).
3. God the Holy Spirit: The SUPPLIER (Matthew 3:16 and Ephesians 1:13-14).
A. The Spirit is a DIVINE Supplier.
B. The Spirit is an APPLYING Supplier.
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He set me apart before I was born, and called me by his grace.(Galatians 1:15)
Ponder the conversion of Paul, the sovereignty of Christ, and what Paul’s sins have to do with your salvation.
Paul said that God “set me apart before I was born,” and then, years later, on the Damascus road, “called me by his grace” (Galatians 1:15). This means that between Paul’s birth and his call on the Damascus road he was an already-chosen, but not-yet-called, instrument of God (Acts 9:15; 22:14).
This means that Paul was beating and imprisoning and murdering Christians as a God-chosen, soon-to-be-made-Christian missionary.
“As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’” (Acts 22:6–7)
There was no denying or escaping it. God had chosen him for this before he was born. And now he would take him. The word of Christ was sovereign. There was no negotiating.
“Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do.” (Acts 22:10)
Damascus was not Paul’s final, free will yielding to Christ after decades of futile divine effort to save him. No. God had a time for choosing him (before he was born) and a time for calling him (on the Damascus road). God called, and the call produced the yielding.
Therefore, the sins that God permitted between Paul’s birth and his calling were part of the plan, since God could have called him sooner.
Do we have any idea what the plan for those sins might have been? Yes, we do. They were permitted for you and me — for all who fear that they might have sinned themselves out of grace. Here’s the way Paul relates his sins to your hope:
Formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. . . . But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. (1 Timothy 1:13, 16)
Oh, how sweet are the designs of God in the sovereign salvation of hardened, hopeless sinners!
The day The Shack sold its hundred thousandth copy, it became likely there would be a movie adaption. The day it sold its millionth, it became practically guaranteed. And, sure enough, it comes to theaters March 3, starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw.
For some time, I have been considering whether I should see and review it. I am quite sure that watching and reviewing The Shack would prove to be a wise business decision. I could get to an early screening, write up a review, and see a nice bump in my site’s traffic. Pageviews are the currency of the Internet and as a blogger I am supposed to base my decisions on what will maximize them. Even better, watching and reviewing The Shack could be genuinely helpful to others. That is especially true if the movie proves to be as deeply flawed as the book. A review might serve to equip people to watch it with discernment or even to avoid watching it altogether.
However, I am far more sure that watching and reviewing The Shack would be an unwise and even sinful spiritual decision. For that reason I will not be seeing or reviewing The Shack. Let me explain why.