The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith comments on the doctrine of the Trinity in this way, “It is the foundation of all our communion with God and comfortable dependence on Him.”
What does this mean? The word “communion” itself denotes the idea of a peaceful relationship or communication between mankind and their creator. Comfortable dependence I think comments upon the security that accompanies a relationship with the God who “brings into existence the things that are not.”
In studying the New Testament it does not take long to stumble across Trinitarian teaching. Actually, it’s in the Old Testament too, but for the sake of this post we’re dwelling in the NT. The Trinity is virtually on every page of the New Testament. This past Sunday, in our worship service we landed in Romans 5 to demonstrate the distinction between the Father, the Son, and the Spirit in the context of their work in redemption history. Romans 5:1-5 states, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.“
The theology of the New Testament is clear. The three persons of the Godhead, each play distinct roles in salvation. Let’s look at Galatians 4:1-7 for another example.
“I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
The Father promises salvation to all those who believe. He sends the Son, who dies on the cross in the place of sinners, absorbing the wrath of God and accomplishing that redemption. All those who believe and are saved, have been given the Spirit of God to live and move in his power rather than the sinful flesh.
Paul just doesn’t seem to be able to disassociate his doctrine of the Trinity from his doctrine of salvation. It’s fundamental!
This is what’s at stake when it comes to the Biblical teaching on the Trinity. Heaven and Hell. To proclaim a false representation of God, to promote a message which ignores or perverts this doctrine is to have no foundation for redemption. The nature of the Triune God is essential in understanding how we are saved at all!
I leave you with Ephesians 1 to wrestle with. God bless!
“3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it to the praise of his glory.