Blogging Through the Trinity (part 3)

I started this morning out with a good cup of coffee, which was a very good thing because of the weightiness of what Dr. Ware brought to us today.  With each passing day I grow to have a greater and great appreciation for the gravity and seriousness of the doctrine of the Trinity.  This is not an easy doctrine!  It is fraught with peril on every side, so great care is needed when we begin to unfold what the Scripture teaches about the triune nature of God.

The topic for most of the day was the Son’s relationship to the Holy Spirit.  The Old Testament consistently speaks of a day when God will make a new covenant with His people and that covenant will be inaugurated by the coming of the Messiah (Jesus) as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 44:1-5 – But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus says the Lord who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you, ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen. ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants; And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.’ “This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; And that one will call on the name of Jacob; And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord,’ And will name Israel’s name with honor.”

One of the most profound implications of the Son’s relationship to the Spirit is found in the incarnation of Christ.  As you read through the gospel accounts it becomes increasingly clear that one of the outstanding characteristics of Jesus is the fact that He relied so heavily upon the Spirit (Luke 4:1-2).  The reason for this seems to be that in the incarnation Jesus set aside the use of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:6-8) and so He lived His life in the same way that you and I live our lives.  He did not call upon His divine attributes to get Him out of sticky situations (like finding out who touched Him in a crowded street), but rather lived His life in complete and utter dependence on the Spirit.  This quality of Christ’s dependence on the Spirit is what qualifies Him as our great example.  Jesus lived the same life that I live (save that He never sinned), a life completely dependent on the Spirit.  This serves as a tremendous source of hope on two fronts 1) No matter how difficult the path that I may walk down, Jesus has already gone before me.  There is no place in this life so dark that Christ has not already gone there.  2) I need to live my life in dependence upon the Spirit.  In other words, there should be an increasing sensitivity to the Holy Spirit in my Christian life, because that’s how Jesus lived as my great example.

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January 07 2010 08:00 am | Trinity

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