Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Salvation is achieved by the Trinity!

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation ..     (Ephesians 1:17)

Don’t try to define ‘The Trinity’ as an abstract formula.  For the Bible presents the tri-une Lord so naturally that the three Persons of the great Godhead fit easily into everyday praying.  And when it comes to the Gospel offer of eternal salvation, all three Persons are involved:

1. Our salvation rests upon the eternal plan of the Father, the Author
Dig out a Bible, and you will see it in Ephesians 1, verses 3-6.  Our heavenly Father has PLANNED it all!  This is his delight from eternity.

2. Our salvation rests upon the historic work of Christ, the Agent

This is the special function of Jesus – he has DONE it all!  Check your verses!  (‘in him – v.4; ‘through Jesus Christ’ – v. 5;  ‘in the One he loves’ – v. 6;  ‘in him…redemption through his blood’ - v. 7.)  And look further on in the passage – it’s everywhere!

3. Our salvation rests on the internal work of the Spirit, the Animator

What Christ has done FOR believers, the Holy Spirit does IN believers; he has APPLIED it all!  Bible check - ‘Having believed, you were marked in him (Jesus) with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance…’ (v. 13,14).  The ‘seal’ of the Spirit - in the changed and changing life of even the newest believer – is, as the term suggests, God’s mark of genuineness, the stamp of his  ‘ownership’ and the guarantee of our security - for ever!