Romans 5:1-5 "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us."
Today is Trinity Sunday. Today many people donít believe in God. Of those who do believe in God, many do not believe in the Trinity. Of those who do believe in the Trinity, many do not understand what it means. Yet the presence of the Trinity is clear throughout out the scriptures.
Our first hint comes already in Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ... and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.
Often we speak of the work of creation as the work of God the Father. The creed encourages us to think this way. It is a learning tool, and it is helpful to remember that the Father creates, The Son redeems [he saves us from what our sins have earned], and the Holy Spirit sanctifies [that is makes us holy]. Yet they are not 3 gods, even though there are 3 functions, and 3 persons, there is only 1 GOD. How do we know this? Well, at Creation the Father is there, and also the Son, and also the Holy Spirit. Our Old Testament Lesson today speaks of how God the Holy Spirit was present with God at CreationProverbs 8:30 then I was beside him, like a master workman; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always,
Christ, the Son of God was also present at creation, for so we read in the Gospel of John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him,
What does this point to? Scriptures testify that God made all things; that the Holy Spirit was the master workman who delights in creation; and that all things were made through the Word. And here we see 1 GOD in three persons, working together to make something that was very good.
But by Adam, sin came into the world. And because of sin the world was subjected to futility, suffering and death. Because of sin, the ground was cursed, and instead of plants good for food, it brought forth thorns and thistles, and it became a full time job for us to fight the effects of sin. And for all our science and technology, we are still fighting weeds, and if we canít even defeat the weeds, how can we free ourselves from sin, death and the devil?
So again God acts to save and restore his creation, and that is the rest of the story, it is what we read in the Bible. How God, in the fullness of time sent his Son to be our Savior. And while we would talk about the work of Salvation as the work of Jesus Christ, well again the 1 GOD in 3 persons is at work. From his conception, where we read: Luke 1:35 And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 1 God in 3 persons working together for our salvation.
At the Baptism of Jesus we read Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."
At the Ascension of Jesus we read: Luke 24:49 "And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high"
And at Pentecost we read: Acts 2:2-4 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
God did all this, Father Son and Holy Spirit, 3 persons, yet 1 God, working together to restore what we had lost, to make new that which we had broken, so that we might in the fullness of time, enjoy the restored creation that God has prepared for us. That we might have peace with the Father through the Son who has redeemed us, and the Spirit who has sanctified us. Thus we glorify God.