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Recognizing the Triune God

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April 1, 2009|11:32 am

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unbleminshed to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God. —Hebrews 9:14

A person cannot be a Christian and deny that the living God has revealed Himself to our sinful race as the sovereign Father, the eternal Son and the faithful Spirit. Yet some professing Christians are so selfishly intrigued by their own expressions of "following Jesus" that they seem unaware that their lives are daily dependent on the promised ministration of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For such as these—and actually for all of us in the Christian faith—the writer of the letter to the Hebrews has set forth a compelling and revealing truth: "Christ . . . Through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God" (Hebrews 9:14).

How do we effectively teach this to our "babes in Christ" who are prone to say, "I like what I know about Jesus. Surely it is not necessary for me to go beyond that." Our best answer, of course, is a simple statement of Christian doctrine: The Bible makes it plain that the redemption of our lost race was effected on our behalf by the eternal Trinity—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

We cannot overestimate the full significance of that statement in terms of our redemption and God's atoning work.

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Prayer I worship You, O God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Thought Recognition that all members of the Trinity were closely involved in the provision of our redemption is acknowledged in the words attributed to Ignace Franz: "Holy Father, Holy Son, Holy Spirit—Three we name Thee; though in essence only one, undivided God we claim Thee, and adoring bend the knee while we sing our praise to Thee."

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