Summary: The Trinity 10 - The Trinity in the NT
The Trinity 10 - The Trinity in the NT
In the introduction to his book “A Call to Spiritual Reformation” D.A. Carson writes that following; “The one thing we most urgently need in Western Christendom is a deeper knowledge of God. We need to know God better. When it comes to knowing God, we are a culture of the spiritually stunted. So much of our religion is packaged to address our felt needs–and these are almost uniformly anchored in our pursuit of our own happiness and fulfillment. God simply becomes the Great Being who, potentially at least, meets our needs and fulfills our aspirations. We think rather little of what he is like, what he expects of us, what he seeks in us. We are not captured by His holiness and His love; His thoughts and words capture too little of our imagination, too little of our discourse, too few of our priorities. In the biblical view of things, a deeper knowledge of God brings with it massive improvement in the other areas mentioned: purity, integrity, evangelistic effectiveness, better study of Scripture, improved private and corporate worship, and much more. But if we seek these things without passionately desiring a deeper knowledge of God, we are selfishly running after God's blessings without running after Him.”
I find that statement to be very true. I do believe that a major problem in the western church today is that we lack a deep knowledge of God. A knowledge by which we strive to understand who and what God is.
The Christianity of our culture is indeed man-centered. Flip on the TV and listen to the vast majority of preachers, the majority of what they feed people is about the pursuit of our own needs, our own happiness. We think little of what God wants, for that might involve sacrifice which might interfere with that pursuit of happiness.
I believe that Carson hits the nail squarely on the head when he says, “In the biblical view of things, a deeper knowledge of God brings with it massive improvement in the other areas mentioned: purity, integrity, evangelistic effectiveness, better study of the Scriptures, improved private and corporate worship, and much more.”
I know that is true not only because the Bible tells me it is, but because I have personally experienced that in my own life, my own walk with God.
That is also one of the reasons I began this series of sermons on the Trinity. Because through a better understanding of the triune nature of God, we get a deeper knowledge of God, and that will indeed bring us closer to God thus bring about as Carson states, a “massive improvement in the other areas” of our spiritual walk.
Last week we spent some time looking at some passages in the OT that are what I called shadows of the Trinity. As was stated, the triune nature of God is not revealed in the OT, but we see shadows of it, shadows that become clearer under the light that is Jesus Christ.
This week as we continue into our study of the Trinity, we will be talking a look a several Trinitarian passages that we find in the NT. Passage that I believe, when looked at honestly, show the Trinity.