Trinity In Salvation

Galatians 4:4-6 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

There are many truths presented in our Bibles that I do not understand but nonetheless accept by faith. I understand that God is Sovereign – something the Bible clearly teaches – and also understand that man has free will. The same Bible that says “whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish” (John 3:16) is the Bible that says “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). Man has free will, but God is still in control. I don’t understand how all this works together but it does, and by faith I receive His Word.

The Bible also teaches to “hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4) and “God is one” (Galatians 3:20). Yet the same Scripture presents God as a Trinity. In our text today we see that God sent forth His Son (vs 4). Who is this Son? He is the One of Whom John wrote:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God …. and the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us ..” (John 1:1-2, 14)

Jesus Christ is with God in the beginning – and was was sent of God to redeem us. And God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. God the Father sent His Son to redeem us. The Son sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. I do not understand how God can be One and yet be Three, but I do understand that without the Trinity working together there can be no salvation of the Christian. The Father planned our salvation. The Son secured our salvation. The Holy Spirit empowers our salvation.

When we who are Christ’s say that we are saved do we understand the depth of Love that saved us? The Apostle Peter – overwhelmed by the truth of the Trinity in our salvation – cried out:

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, [5] Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Praise our Father for His abundant mercy. Praise our Jesus Who, dying for us, rose again. Praise the Holy Spirit – the Keeper of our salvation – Who indwells and guarantees our inheritance. The Triune God saves the fallen man. Man – made in God’s image – walked away from God, but the God Who is Three in One pursued us.

1 ONLY The Believer Is A Child Of God.

Galatians 4:6 …. And because ye are sons…

How does one become a Son of God? Sonship is something that a person receives all of grace.

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Salvation is a work that requires ALL OF GOD to secure it for us. It is necessarily a gift of Grace, “not of works lest anyone should boast”. We have absolutely nothing to boast of ourselves in our salvation.

It has been said that salvation is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. We are all saved because someone told us where to find the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ our Lord.

When Nicodemus came to Jesus by night he came as a well known Rabbi expecting to be honored by Jesus. Nicodemus told Jesus

John 3:2 … Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Nicodemus said the same thing to Jesus that the world today says of Jesus. “Rabbi – Teacher – we know that you are a Teacher come from God”. Is Jesus a teacher? He is the Greatest Teacher that has ever lived. But He is much more than a Teacher. The world believes Jesus to be a teacher. But Jesus’ response to the world and to all is today what He said to Nicodemus yesterday …

John 3:3 …. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

You can call Jesus “Teacher” all you want. You can honor Him, quote Him, make pictures of Him and sing songs about Him. But unless you are born again you cannot see – much less enter – the Kingdom of God. There are two things that must happen to every person who expects to go to Heaven.

You must be BORN AGAIN or REGENERATED.
You must be ADOPTED.

Being Born Again brings the Christ believer into the Family of God. “Born Again” means that our nature is changed from that of worldling to that of the Divine. Being “Adopted” means that we are given the rights of His Children.

Now every person is in one sense the offspring of God. We are all born into this world because God gave us life. We are all made in His Image and after His Likeness. But being born physically does not give any human outside of Christ a special privilege with God. The Jews told Jesus:

John 8:39 … Abraham is our father.

but Jesus told them

If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

Being born of the line of Abraham or to parents who were faithful Baptists, Methodists, Pentecostals, or Campbelites does bring us into the Family of God. We are all born flawed, broken, tending toward sin. Recently my wife and I enjoyed a week vacation spoiling our grandchildren in Valdosta, Georgia (thank you, dear Church, for allowing us to do this). At the end of the week we were at my son’s Church called Crosspointe, planning to leave following the morning services. At the end of services we wanted to see our grandchildren so we could kiss them one last time. Little Asher came out of his Sunday School class and kissed us goodbye. But little Micah pitched a perfect fit. Though two years older than his brother he did not want to leave his classroom and his coloring project – not even to say goodbye to the grandparents who will not see him again for 6 months. He looked like he was kissing the executioner when he kissed me – albeit reluctantly. What would make my grandchild – that precious boy – act this way? If he were a child of Abraham he would do the works of Abraham. If he were a child of God he would realize that life is precious and things are not. If he were not just outwardly but INWARDLY of God then his hand would reflect his heart.

And so it is with all, no matter how precious to us. He, like all who are born the offspring of God, are nonetheless corrupt and chained to sin. You must be born again! You must have the regeneration, being …

John 1:13 ….. born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Sonship comes by promise, by faith in God’s Word, by surrender to His Savior. It does not come by roll or by vote, but by the operation of God in response to the heart’s cry for and to Jesus. The Law of God breaks our hearts making us realize that we are lost and undone.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

The Law convicts. The Law tells us that “our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) and that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:3). The Law brings us to our knees, so that on our knees we can see Christ our Savior, our Justifier. Once justified by faith we are adopted – adoption and justification go hand in hand. Blessed be the Triune God Who has promised:

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

We do not have the power to save ourselves, but God gives the power. When we believe The Father says “yes, I will receive him for My Son’s sake”. When we believe the Holy Spirit says “yes, I will go and indwell him for Jesus’ Christ’s sake”.

Faith is the key that unlocks the prison, changing the Criminal into the Child.

We serve Him not out of duty nor out of fear but out of love.

2 The Child Of God Is OPENLY A Child Of God.

Galatians 4:4-6 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. [6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

When God did His Work in Christ for us He was not secretive nor furtive. God sent His Son. The Angels went to the Shepherds at night, saying:

Luke 2:11 …For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Anna and Simeon waited in the Temple for the Promised Savior – and knew Him as soon as they saw Him. John the Baptist saw Christ coming and shouted for joy “Behold, the Lamb of God Who taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). As He rode into Jerusalem the children sang songs and the people cast palm leaves in front of Him. Tell them to be quiet, Jesus – they are disturbing in their praise! Jesus said:

Luke 19:40 …. I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Jesus was not quiet as He came on His mission. He did not fly under the radar, but loudly and often proclaimed Himself the Son of God. If you are born again then you are not ashamed of Him. If you are saved by Christ the Son then you are a son. God sees Christ in you, and the world should see Christ in you.

Galatians 3:27-29 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. [28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. [29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

You belong to Jesus. You are of the Redeemed, not of the world. You were not redeemed with silver or gold, but with the precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot or blemish (1 Peter 1:18). You are redeemed from the Law because the Spirit is now your Law. You are redeemed from every curse and every limitation of man because of Christ. Peter before the Cross ran and hid from a young maiden, cursing God, hiding his pitiful faith. But after the Cross Peter stands boldly preaching on the Day of Pentecost. He has risen! We are His. We are sons because the Son died for us and rose again.

Hebrews 13:5-6 … He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. [6] So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

The world like the Pharisee says “be quiet of your faith. Tolerance means to be inclusive. All may go to Heaven. Say nothing – do not speak up”. But Christ has said “Go and tell. Tell them about me. Go into all the world, not as secret agents but as ambassadors.”

Romans 13:12-14 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. [13] Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. [14] But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

The children of the King were always distinctively dressed. They did not wear the shabby clothing of the peasants, but wore royal garb. We are to be distinctively different, light in the midst of darkness. We complain of the world and of how dark it is … but are we being light or just going along to get along? We are …

Philippians 3:3 …. the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Our confidence is in God, our praise is in God. God is our Portion Like the Levite of the Old Testament who was given no land, the Levite was given God, for God is my portion. Praise be unto Him:

Lamentations 3:22-25 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. [23] They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. [24] The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. [25] The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

King David said:

Psalms 16:5 The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

and the Father said to Abraham …

Genesis 15:1 … Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

When I entered High School I was timid and quit because I knew few people. All my life I was a quiet, timid person. Then one day I met the Lord. I now have the best Friend a person can have. He – the Triune God – has promised to be my Shield and my Reward – and He has promised you the same. He is our Portion. He is our Inheritance. Why should we fear the world that God has created. He is in control.

1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; …. [23] And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

The world will not love you no more than it loved Christ. “If you were of the world, the world would love his own, but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). Too many Christians have compromised the Family in order to be pleasing to the world. This is a waste of time. The world will always hate the Child of God just as the darkness hates the light. Be the light anyway.

Live out loud for Jesus. When I was lost I lived out loud for Satan. Now that I am saved I will live out loud for the Savior.

3 The Child Of God Is FOREVER In The Presence Of God.

No parent would abandon his or her child, and God will never abandon us. The Scripture says:

Galatians 4:6 …. because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

When God sees genuine pitiful faith (and it is pitiful, for we are very weak) He sends forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts. Notice that the Spirit comes into the heart, not into the mind. I have known preachers and Churches that had great Bible knowledge and fantastic book learning but none of the Spirit of God. God sent the Spirit to indwell our hearts, our emotions, to control our passions. What was God’s charge to Laodicea?

Revelation 3:15-16 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. [16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

The Holy Spirit came to Jesus as a descending Dove, and comes to our hearts as the Heavenly Dove. He brings with Him love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). We are guided by His Spirit to KNOW His Word, and are empowered by His Spirit to DO His Word.

The Indwelling Spirit is always seen outwardly. Where God is in the midst of His people there is order, there is Family, there is Light. The Holy Spirit dwells eternally in the hearts of God’s Children. The Spirit comes chiefly to the affections, dwelling in our hearts, for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness (Romans 10:8-10). The Bible says:

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

How you live outwardly is always determined by what or Who is in your hearts. If God is in your heart, if the Triune Being resides in you, the you know the right and the wrong. If not, you do not. Judas Iscariot looked like a great Christ follower, but He was not. He was AROUND Jesus but the Spirit of Christ was not in his heart. In time his evil showed forth, and in the end he hanged himself, and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out (Acts 1:18). The heart not indwelt by the Spirit will eventually do the most foolish of things. But where God is He sends forth the Spirt of His Son, crying ABBA, Father. We cry ABBA, Father (Romans 8:15) because God has made us so.

There are times in life when the trials of this world – like the waves of the sea – fall upon me. There are times when I seem to almost drown in my own tears. But I praise God for those times, for when hurt and aching my Triune God is closer to me then than ever on the mountaintop. The trial that drives you to your knees is a blessing if, in it’s midst, you kneel and say:

ABBA, Father

ABBA is an Aramaic or Jewish word which means “Daddy”. The word “Father” is the Greek Pater which means “Daddy”. Whether Jew or Gentile, whether bond or free, whether male or female, God is equally your Father and you His Child if you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You are in God’s Keeping. You are in God’s Care.

And He is always there.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

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A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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