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Why do Christians believe in the Trinity? Is this idea really taught in Scripture, or is it a man-made idea that arose at a much later time? Does it even make sense? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts will explore the mysterious nature of God’s self-revelation, namely that he is one in essence, and three in person.
“‘Father, God, I just thank you for your love and dying on the cross to save us and for coming again one day.’ I’ve heard a lot of prayers like this one by Christians who affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity. But here’s an instance, not just of doctrine shaping doxology, but the other way around. Our prayers both said and sung shape our beliefs. So what’s wrong with that prayer? Well, it assumes that God is one person. It confuses the Son in that instance, but we also often confuse the Holy Spirit with the Father. It fails to follow the grain of the biblical drama in which all good gifts come from the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit.
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“The Father gave his Son, but it’s the Son who gave his life for us, and it’s the Holy Spirit who indwells us. The three persons are engaged in every work together but differently according to the unique characteristics of each person. Whether in the work of creation, providence or redemption, the Father is always the source. The Son is always the mediator and the Spirit is always the one at work within the world and within us to bring that work to completion. What do you mean when you say God? Do you think and pray and worship in a Trinitarian way? And what difference does it make...
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