4 But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
Titus 3:4-7, Holman Christian Standard Bible
How we perceive the Trinity will affect the way we live the Christian life.
Far from being an abstract theological concept, the doctrine of the Trinity is surprisingly practical. Without all three members of Trinity working together in unity, the gospel and the message of salvation wouldn’t make sense.
The Gospel is inherently Trinitarian.
Each person of The Trinity is equal but each person serves a distinct function. The Father loves us and gave His Son to us. The Son loves us and gave Himself for us. The Spirit loves us and gave Himself to live in us. We can see that God is highly relational—and by incorporating us into this glorious family of the Trinity, we can enjoy intimate fellowship and relationship with Him.
It is by belonging to this family of the Trinity that we learn how to live and serve as sons and daughters of God. This amazing privilege of sonship and adoption frees us from religious performance and self efforts. When you take the posture of a beloved child of God, everything you do in His name is done through the fullness of the life of the Trinity living in and through you.
If your reason for reading the Bible, serving and praying is because you want to fulfill an obligation as a Christian, you won’t enjoy doing them in the long run. You may even suffer from ministry burnout and unhappiness. This is because you are putting routines before your relationship with God. However, if you rest your relationship above what you do for Him, you will discover and experience the powerful workings of God’s grace to will and act accordingly.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is one important thing I learn about the working of the Trinity in my life?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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