29th July 2018

The Trinity Revealed 

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims…, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace be multiplied.”
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NKJV)

A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s church. As the service began, the choir began to sing an old hymn. It was a paraphrase of Martin Luther’s theological work, and it went like this:

When Jesus went to Jordan’s stream his Father’s will obeying,
And was baptised by John, there came a voice from heaven saying:
“This is my dear beloved Son upon whom rests my favour.”
And till God’s will is fully done he will not bend or waver, for he is Christ the Saviour.
The Holy Spirit then was shown, a dove on him descending;
The Triune God is thus made known in Christ as love unending.

Sometimes we forget that the word “trinity” isn’t in the Bible. But the actual Trinity is all over the place—especially when we read the account of Christ’s baptism! Luke writes, “As he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased’” (Luke 3:21-22 NIV).

In that moment all three persons of the Trinity are revealed at once. God the Father is ‘heard’ through the opening of heaven and by the sound of a voice. The Holy Spirit descends to Christ in a form like a dove. And Christ is firmly planted in the waters of the Jordan River.

What I enjoy about this account is that it illustrates our access to the whole Triune God. We, like the others who were there that day, are baptised into Christ because of his incarnation and atonement. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are comforted and counselled. That same Spirit, with Christ as our brother/advocate, invites us back into communion with our heavenly Father, who says to us, through his Son: “You are my child, whom I love. With you I am well pleased.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing yourself in three persona, or aspects. Three ways of better seeing your might, majesty and your condescension towards us, so that we can better understand something of how you deal with us, regard us and love us. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph Tkach


About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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