November 14, 2018 | by: 0 Comments|
Brothers & Sisters,
Did you realize that to be a Christian is to be Trinitarian? To know Jesus is to have access to the Father and be indwelt by the Spirit. We can’t separate Jesus from his Father and the Spirit he sends. This is how Michael Reeves puts it:
To honor Jesus is to honor the triune God. For if we are to speak of Jesus, we must speak of him as the Son of God, as the Word who makes his Father known; we must speak of him as the Christ (“the anointed one”), the one anointed with the Holy Spirit. In other words, in speaking of Jesus, we cannot but speak of the Trinity. For he is the one who makes known the triune God. The trinity, then, is not some complex add-on to Jesus, a higher-level matter for those ready to go beyond simple trust in him: in thinking about the Trinity we are pressing in to know Jesus better. [Michael Reeves, Rejoicing in Christ (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015), 23.]
So what does this mean for us? It means that we can’t call ourselves simple followers of Jesus and dismiss apparently challenging theology. Our God won’t let us compartmentalize him like that. He won’t let us say, “I can’t/won’t wade into those deep theological waters.” No, he calls us deeper in. He calls us deeper in because he wants us to have a deeper knowledge of him, love for him, and delight in him. Love Jesus and you love the Father he reveals and his Spirit who seals.
Warmly in Christ,
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