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Summary: "God in three persons, .blessed Trinity,". The first Anglican Article of Religion states: "There is but one living and true God. There are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

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For Those not familiar with an Anglican Service there are four Scriptures b=read before the Message. This day they were Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15.

You may have heard the story ....about a little girl in Sunday school ....who was drawing a picture.... using all of her crayons.

Her teacher asked her ... what she was drawing.

"I'm drawing a picture of God," the little girl responded.

"But nobody knows what God looks like," her teacher said.

To which the little girl replied, "They will when I'm finished." (Pause)

There is some sense in what that little girl was doing.

To draw a picture of God, ....to know what God looks like, ....to know what God is all about ....is what one hopes and expects is behind this place ....we call Church.

This is Trinity Sunday, .....the Sunday after Pentecost, .....a day that the Christian Church historically ....has celebrated ......one of its central beliefs........that of .....a triune God.

As the glorious Hymn states : "God in three persons, .... blessed Trinity,".

The very first Anglican Article of Religion states: "There is but one living and true God.... The maker and preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead .....there are three persons,........ of one substance,

power and eternity; ......Father, Son and Holy Spirit."

The Trinity: God is three persons....Each person is divine ..... Yet there is only one God.

Normally.....when we use the word person, .....we understand it to mean.... physical individuals .....who exist as separate beings.... That is as separate entities.

But in God ......there are not three entities, .....there are not three beings.

God is a..... (Slow) trinity of persons .....consisting of one substance .... of one essence. Yet God is numerically ......one.

And, within the single divine essence .... There are three individual subsistence's (sub-sis-ten-ce's) ....that we call persons.

And each of the three persons .....is completely divine in nature ...yet each person..... is not alone the totality .....of the Godhead.

Each of the three persons .......are distinct from the others. (Pause)

Now....The specific word "trinity" is not found in the Scriptures.

But this does not mean .....that the concept.... is not taught there.

In fact ....the word "bible" is not found in the Scriptures either.... yet we use it.

Likewise, the words "om-nis-cience," which means "all knowing," ....."om-nip-o-tence," which means "all powerful," ...... and "omni-presence," ....which means "present everywhere," .... Also are not found in the Scriptures.

Yet we use these words to describe .....the attributes of God.

So, to say .... as some cults do....that the Trinity is not true .....because the word "Trinity" is not in the Scriptures ..... is an absolute ......invalid argument. (Pause)

And some dismiss the divinity of the Son ....and the Holy Spirit .....because there is.... a subordinate order .... in the Scriptures.

Is there subordination of the persons in the Trinity?

In the Scriptures, .....there is a subordination within the Trinity in regard to order .... but not .....in regard to...... substance.


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Greg Nance

commented on Aug 25, 2013

Thank-you for this helpful lesson. God's triune nature will ever present us with vast depths to explore!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Aug 25, 2013

Greg Thank-you for your kind words. Indeed his triune nature is ever with us. Blessings In Christ. Jeff

Alexier Mayes

commented on May 17, 2016

This is a great sermon...and the pauses help to put the points across without confusing people...really excellent

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on May 17, 2016

Thank-you for taking a moment to leave a message. Thank-you for your kind words. The Trinity is one of the core values of those who call themselves followers of the Christ. Blessings Always. Jeff

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