Theme of the Week: Doctrine: Why It Matters
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Humans give life to their children. Yet only God's Spirit can change you into a child of God. (John 3:6, CEV)
Dig Deeper: John 3:1-17
The means whereby God the Father made and now saves each believer turns out to be the ministry of two further divine persons within the divine unity. First and fundamental is the mediatorial ministry of the Son (1 Tim. 2:5). Second and complementing the Son's work is the animating ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life (Key Bible Verse), as the Nicene Creed calls him.
In the second century, Bishop Irenaeus pictured the Son and the Spirit as God's two hands; it was a happy illustration. What we must grasp is that the one tri-personal God, our God, operates as a team, all three persons within the divine unity working together in full conjunction with each other to carry through a single, huge, mind-blowing plan: namely, to establish a multibillion strong community of redeemed human beings, each one an enormously complex entity in creational terms, within a fully reconstructed cosmos, with Jesus Christ the mediator at its center for all eternity. To say "Wow!" or something equivalent at this point is the appropriate reaction, for it is far beyond us to conceive or imagine this glorious transformation of our more or less disordered selves, living in our more or less disordered world, which is all we know at present.
—J. I. Packer in Taking God Seriously
My Response: How has my spiritual journey been impacted by each person of the Trinity?
Thought to Apply: It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, "Let us make man" (Gen. 1:26). It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the gospel [story] seemed to say, "Let us save man" (Matt. 3:16-17).—J. C. Ryle (first Anglican bishop of Liverpool)
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.
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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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