For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him
Text: Is. 6:1-8; Rom. 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
Today is Trinity Sunday, a day we affirm and celebrate the Triune God. Our revelations of God always comes from Him and He is the One who reveals Himself as the Holy Trinity, One God who is three persons, yet still only one God. Throughout the Scriptures reference is made to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equal is stature to the other. Each is fully divine, that is fully God, and each one is a fully distinct person. We should not confuse the Father with the Son or the Son with the Spirit. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Spirit. Just because the doctrine of the Trinity is difficult to understand does not mean we should ignore it. The story is told of a theologian struggling to understand the doctrine of the Trinity as he went for a walk on the beach. Suddenly he noticed a little boy filling a hole he had made in the sand with seawater he was fetching with a seashell. He asked the boy what he was doing and his reply was ‘putting the ocean into the hole’. The theologian immediately realised he had been doing the same thing trying to understand the Trinity instead of believing the truth of God’s Word. The Trinity is a revelation from God and how can those who have experienced His glory doubt His words. Your purpose in life is to experience the glory of God in your life and believe in Him.
The majesty and glory of God is evident all around us. It is revealed in His creation and in the Old Testament it was visibly revealed to Moses in the burning bush and on Mount Sinai. The glory of God was present in the Holy of Holies and on special occasions as at the dedication of the Temple by Solomon. Isaiah and other Old Testament prophets and saints witnessed the glory and majesty of God. In the New Testament Christ manifested the glory of God and today believers are to manifest His glory. You cannot witness the glory of God and not His holiness. The glory of God and the holiness of God are two sides of the same coin. When Isaiah saw the glory and holiness of God he realised how wretched he and the people around him were. How can a sinful person come before a Holy God? It is only possible because God is love. John 3:16-17 declares “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”. Love met the need of Isaiah and love meets our need today.
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The Word of God is about God’s relationship of love with man created in His own image and likeness. God is Spirit and man could only relate to Him in Spirit and in truth. Sin led to spiritual death and separation from God. Only God who is life and has life can give life to the spiritually dead and this He made possible through the new birth. God is love and He loves us with an exceedingly great love. He has gone to great lengths to deal with sin in our lives by making it possible to be born again. We must be born again.