There is a connected Oneness in the Trinity – God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These Divine Someones work together in perfect harmony to fulfill the Father’s eternal plan of a family with whom He could fellowship throughout all eternity. From the beginning of time, His unfolding plan was set in motion and is still in operation today.
One of the choicest truths we can embrace for redemptive living is knowledge with understanding of how each of these three Divine Someones relates with us, and in turn, how we may relate with them.
While our focus will be on the Person of the Holy Spirit, understanding His integral relationship to the Trinity is essential. After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to His Father, Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 and has never left. He faithfully remains, doing the work the Father sent Him to do. The spirit of Christ, who came in bodily form, now resides in our midst and the hearts of believers in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Yet before He was sent –
It is a word many believers, including me, come to associate with Christ. The grown-up version of asking Jesus to come live in one’s heart. Accompanied by –
- confession and repentance as a sinner, by faith believing that Jesus is the righteous Savior of the world (John 3:16)
- acknowledgement that He, the sinless Son of God, died on the cross to pay the required penalty for the world’s and your own sin – the Just One personally taking your place as the atoning sacrifice
- acceptance of His gift of salvation from that which should have been your due sentence of death
- thankfulness that His precious blood was shed so your spirit could be re-born to everlasting life
- affirmation of His resurrection and ascension’s reunion with his Father, and all believers one day
- recognition that you have been judicially made righteous and transferred from the kingdom of darkness to God’s Kingdom of Light, given new life as a spiritual newborn babe in Christ
- and personal invitation to Him to come live in – indwell – your spiritual heart
If this is your personal profession of salvation through Christ’s sacrifice, you made a decision to receive this mystery of Christ in you. You encountered God’s extended grace, through a faith not your own. It was a spiritual and legal transaction not based on anything you did, proved, or groveled over. It was and is a gift.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works,
so that no one may boast.
God the Father and Jesus the Son
Two of the Trinity with which we can most identify as being a Person are these two. It helped when Jesus (who had a real body and lived on this earth we inhabit) replied in the Gospels, “Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father.”1 Dear Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples, played the patsy for us and said what many have likely thought: “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus told him and us – see me, see Him. By faith we believe in God Who, though invisible to us, has lavishly shown Himself to us in all He made.
To believe that God exists and that He has a holy Son, Jesus Christ, in Whom we may choose to believe for redemption from sin and death and for salvation to eternal life, is Christianity 101 and the beauty of the Gospel message. However, in a Trinity, there are three.
The Person of the Holy Spirit
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Friends, Holy Spirit is the ever-present Person with whom we are daily privileged as believers. It is Holy Spirit who desires to accomplish in and through us the outworking of what God prepared beforehand for us to walk in. That is, the blueprint of God’s workmanship of each of us – unique and diverse in the birthright gifts He imparted. Full of potential, made in the image of the Triune God, imprinted with His glorious DNA.
To see God, ourselves, and others through the Person of the Holy Spirit as He works out the Father’s eternal plan, is to set ourselves toward embracing our design for redemptive living.
We have much to explore. With great anticipation I look forward to sharing with you the richness of one of my Divine Someones – precious Holy Spirit. He is the Third Person of the Trinity, with all the attributes of personhood we have. There awaits fresh awakening and renewed hope as Holy Spirit comes alive to you. If He already has, you are richly blessed indeed. And there is always more to the journey with Him!
This is the plop of a mere drop of water in the bucket, while there is a river of water flowing with life. Welcome to all who are thirsty.
1 John 14:8-10
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