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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Your Triune God loves you!

Look Deeper by Rev. Jacob Hanneman

Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:14-17)

I want to make a disclaimer to all of you before we continue. What I’m about to talk about today will not make sense. What I am going to proclaim to you is so far past our understanding we will never be able to wrap our minds around it. But, what I am going to talk about, IS absolutely important and absolutely vital for you and me to know in regard to our salvation. 

The Bible reveals to us that we have only one God, but it also tells us that our one God is three distinct persons. How is that possible? How can God be one and at the same time three?  The concept of “three-yet-one” just doesn’t fit well into our brains, and no matter how much we think about it we will never figure out how this all works.

We just can’t comprehend this teaching, but, this is who our God is. Listen to the words of the Athanasian Creed: “We worship one God in three persons and three persons in one God, without mixing the persons or dividing the divine being. For each person — the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit — is distinct, but the deity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory and coeternal in majesty.” Wow!

Finally, we can’t explain how our God is “three-yet-one,” and because no one can logically explain how this is possible, many people are led to doubt the certainty of this teaching. Your God understands this and so He wants you and me to be assured that we can be confident that He is telling us the truth and that we can find peace in knowing who he is. How does he do this? He shows us through his Word. 

How does the Father show you that he loves you? He invites his children to go to him in prayer.  We can talk to our dear Father because we are His children. When troubles and joys come into our lives we can go to our Father in heaven. We can share with Him our thoughts, excitements, and worries, and He promises to hear and to answer us, as we talk with Him, with our best interest in mind. 

How does the Son show you his love? God the Son showed His love to us in the clearest way by saving us from sin, death, and the devil. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection connected us to Himself in such a way that we are in fact co-heirs with Him. Jesus Christ is your brother. He is your relative who will receive an equal share in the inheritance of heaven. 

Now, Jesus is ascended on high sitting at the Father’s right hand ruling all things for your good. He knows how to make all things work for your good because He knows firsthand what you are going through. He knows what it is like to be in your shoes, and that means He knows how to bring you through every situation. 

How about the Holy Spirit? How does He show His love for us? The Spirit shows His love to you by telling you about the love your God has for you. You have a place in heaven because God declares to you in His word that you are going to heaven. You can be certain that your God isn’t lying to you because He has never lied to you before, so, why would He start now? 

There is someone who you can count on all the days of your life: your “three-yet-one” God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who listens you, who rules all things for you, and who testifies to you, so that you can be assured that you are His DEAR CHILD! What love our Triune God has lavished on us that we should be called children of God. 

 Happy that my Triune God shows me his love, just as he does for you!

Jacob Hanneman is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Terry.

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