The Trinity…it’s a doctrine that evangelical churches hold to deeply, but can you answer this question:
Where is the word “Trinity” found in the Bible?
The answer to this question might actually shock you…the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible! Well, if that is the case, why do we hold to the doctrine of the Trinity? It’s because the concept of the Trinity is found everywhere in the Bible! Today, see if you can list places in the Bible where the concept of the Trinity is found.
Our text today from 1 John 4:13-14 specifically mentions all three persons of the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. And what the Bible teaches us is that all three persons are involved in our salvation. (Ephesians 1:3-14 is also helpful in providing understanding to the work of all three persons of the Trinity in salvation.)
Today, as we study the work of the three persons of the Trinity, look for the Three S’s (Sends, Saves, Secures) to describe the work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Father SENDS – Just as the Apostle John teaches us today that the “Father has sent his Son” in 1 John 4:14, we are reminded of John’s gospel narrative of Jesus when he wrote in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” Yes the Father gave us his greatest treasure when he sent us his Son.
The Son SAVES – Jesus came into this world to do a lot of things: Heal the sick, calm the waves, and feed the hungry. But his greatest mission was to save his people from their sins. As Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
The Spirit SECURES – Just as the ancient kings used wax to seal and secure their letters, the Holy Spirit is our seal of redemption. The Holy Spirit’s presence in the believer is God’s mark of abiding in Christ. In fact, in the Westminster Confession of Faith 18.2, it reminds us that the assurance of our salvation comes from “the testimony of the Spirit of adoption witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God, which Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.”
Adam Mumpower, Senior Pastor