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Summary: One of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity in a rather obscure text.

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INTRODUCTION

Out text is Song of Solomon 1:11 "We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver."

1. THE TRINITY

"We..."

The doctrine of a triune God is clearly set forth in the New Testament but it is also found in the Old. Genesis 1:26 "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." Genesis 11:6 "And the LORD said...Go to, let us go down..." Isaiah 6:3 "Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts..."

When teaching this doctrine to children we sometimes use the illustration of water. Water comes in 3 forms - ice, liquid, steam - but they are all water.

Beware of the Jehovah’s Witness movement which denies the Trinity.

2. THE ACTIVITY

"We will make thee..."

Here is the promise of God to a repentant sinner. He will make them a new creature in Christ Jesus. Salvation is entirely God’s work. Man has no part in it. Ephesians 2:10 - "...we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." The power of God made the universe and this same power is necessary to turn a sinner into a saint.

3. THE PRODUCTIVITY

"...borders of gold with studs of silver."

The word "borders" literally means ornaments. Ornaments are beautiful to look at. God has given his people many ’ornaments’ - love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

According to the dictionary, a stud is a "nail with a large head, put into the surface of something as a protection." God’s people are protected by the shed blood of the Man who was nailed to Golgotha’s middle cross.

Be Thou my Shield and Hiding Place,

That, sheltered near Thy side,

I may my fierce accuser face,

And tell him Thou hast died!


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