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A Biblical Fact
Theme of the Week: Doctrine: Why It Matters
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: We will no longer be like children, tossed around here and there upon ocean waves, picked up by every gust of religious teaching spoken by liars or swindlers or deceivers. (Ephesians 4:14, The Voice)

Dig Deeper: Ephesians 4:11-15

All through the New Testament, explicitly in some places and implicitly everywhere else, the Trinity is in evidence. There is no technical discussion or definition of Trinitarianism as such, but this doctrine of the work of the triune God is as truly there as stirred sugar is in coffee or tea. God is the he who is they. How this is so is a mystery. But that it is so is a biblical fact. And we cannot set forth the gospel biblically without direct reference to this teamwork of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, hereby confronting those we address with the triunity of God.

When the [Book of Common Prayer] litany leads us to ask God to deliver us "from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism," we need to realize that false doctrine regularly starts with twisting the revealed truth about the Three-in-One. This has been the story on the grand scale in the liberal Protestant camp over the past two centuries, in which a basically Unitarian view of God has generally been taken for granted. Within this theological frame Jesus Christ is reduced to a God-filled man, the Holy Spirit is reduced to a God-sent energy in the world, and the apostolic gospel is simply not there.

—J. I. Packer in Taking God Seriously

My Response: Why is the Trinity an important doctrine for Christians to believe? If I am not sure, I'll discuss this question with my pastor or my small group.

Thought to Apply: God the Father is a deep root, the Son is the shoot that breaks forth into the world, and the Spirit is that which spreads beauty and fragrance.—Tertullian (early church father)

Adapted from Taking God Seriously by J. I. Packer (Crossway, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Author of Truth, open my eyes to the truths that come to life in your Word and in your true gospel; may I never stop seeking to learn, understand, and apply them better.

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