The Treasure of the Trinity – Part 2 of 5
Welcome marathoners in and for Christ. (1 Corinthians 9:24; Hebrews 12:1; 2 Timothy 4:7) Exhausted, depleted from running the Godly, good, and being-a-blessing-to-others race? Welcome. Sit. Relax. Let’s feast.
Feast of the Heart exists to help bring about Christ-centered “reformation, revival, and constructive revolution” (Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City) so that God will be glorified and people blessed.
Reformation… we seek to abide by and serve up the true truth, pure doctrine of the Bible
Revival… we seek to model biblical Christians living in word and deed
Constructive Revolution… we seek to spread the true gospel right where God has planted us with urgency, compassion, and radical self-abandonment
Give Glory to God… All Three in One!
Growing up in the Roman Catholic church I became conversant with the Latin Mass. A familiar “hymn” or ascription to praise of The Trinity was, Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.” (The Doxology ‘Gloria Patri’)
The problem with my familiarity at the time was that it was a “rote familiarly” said with a heart hardened to and hiding from God. Like much of my early life in a religious institution, I memorized and mouthed many things that I was not only ignorant of their true meaning, but the true meaning was masked in many ways, and after a while my “familiarity” did what having to repeatedly do anything devoid of a deeper meaning, mission, or seeing its fruit does: it bred contempt in me.
It wasn’t until after my conversion… and even several years after that… when the Holy Spirit directed me to the existence and supreme worth of the God of Three-in-One!
Please fully enjoy and aim to employ our feast of the heart for today concerning The Trinity:
God’s Sovereignty in Salvation and the Unity of the Trinity
“Divine sovereignty in salvation involves each of the three persons of the Godhead—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three work in perfect unity to rescue the same undeserving sinners. Within the Trinity, there is one saving purpose, one saving plan, and one saving enterprise. Those whom the Father chooses are precisely those whom the Son redeems and those whom the Spirit regenerates. The persons of the Godhead act as one Savior. The Trinity is not fractured in its saving activity. It is not divided in its direction and intent, as if each person of the Godhead seeks to save a different group of sinners. Instead, each member of the Trinity purposes and irresistibly proceeds to save one and the same people—God’s chosen people.” (Steve Lawson, God’s Sovereignty in Salvation and the Unity of the Trinity
Should not each breath and heartbeat mercifully given us by God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be mindfully, intentionally lifted up in praise of each one of the persons of The Trinity? Is not the One and Only True God of All… in three persons… worthy of our knowledge, friendship, and increasing fervor? Would not the Holy Spirit, Who points to the Son, Who in turn points to the Father be pleased and flourished by our all-encompassing awe of All Three Persons?
May it be so; and see you fine marathoners in and for Christ next week to chow down on Part 3 of 5 “The Treasure of the Trinity”,