Summary: With man’s rebellion, God faced two problems, 1) How could a Holy God draw near to a sinful humanity and 2) How could He draw sinful humanity to Him
The Three-Fold Blessing of the Trinity in the Redemption Process - 1
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When Man sinned God faced two problems
• Diagram - Two circles and barrier of sin
• Man had sinned and created a barrier between himself and a Holy God
• A barrier mankind had no way of eliminating
• How could a God who is holy approach a sinful mankind?
• How could God draw sinful mankind to Himself?
The solution to these two problems is breathtaking in its audacity and is testimony to the great love God has for us
• Normally when we speak of God’s saving work, our focus is on Christ’s saving work and that is only right as He played the major role, but I hope to show you today that all three persons of the Godhead played their part in God’s saving work
Start with God the Father’s role in the Redemption Process
• Mark 12:29 (KJV) And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
• Jesus is quoting from Deut 6:4 confirming God is “One”
• John 14:8-11 (NKJV) 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
• So as we go through this process even though each person in the Godhead has His particular role, be aware that the other two persons are also involved in the process because God is “One”
So back to problem number One – How could a Holy God draw near to a sinful mankind?
• God the Father could not approach us in His role as leader of the Godhead, He had to remain separate from sin
• What was the solution? The Father decided to send God the Son for the mission of God drawing near to man
• John 3:16 (NKJV)16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
• Diagram - Incarnation Arrow and Son
• Earlier I spoke about the unspeakable love God has for mankind
• Here is the sacrifice God was willing to make so He could draw near to us and in the process draw us near to Him
• Most of us parents would willingly give our own lives to spare our family from harm, I’m sure Abraham would have willingly have sacrificed himself if that were an option
• This is that great event in salvation history the Christian world calls the “Incarnation”
• The incarnation is the doctrine that the eternal second person of the Trinity became a human being and “assumed flesh” in Jesus of Nazareth (John 1:14 The Word became flesh)
• The Son added humanity to His Divinity
• The early NT church wrestled with two major issues for the first 400 years – The concept of the “Trinity”, and the concept of “Christology”
• Christology is trying to understand the nature of Jesus Christ – both human and divine
• Finally after substantial debate and even bloodshed, The Council of Chalcedon settled in 451 that the Lord Jesus Christ is “truly God and truly man, consubstantial with the Father in all things, as to his divinity, yet in His humanity like unto us in all things, sin excepted.” He is thus known “in two natures, without confusion, without conversion, without severance and without division, the distinction of natures being in no wise abolished by their union, but the peculiarities of each nature being maintained, and both concurring in one person and subsistence.”
• Had to be fully God in order to forgive (Only God can forgive sins) and die for the sins of all humanity (We can only die for our own sins)
• Had to be fully man in order to represent mankind on the cross
• Diagram - Three circles – Jesus adding humanity to divinity
• So this event called the Incarnation is the way God chose to draw near to mankind