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Summary: Why does the Trinity matter to us? 1. Because God has confirmed the Trinity to us. 2. Because the Trinity reveals God’s character to us. 3. Because the Trinity carries out God’s work in His world.

Why the Trinity Matters

Matthew 3:13-17

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - Jan. 16, 2013

*Does the trinity matter to me? As Bible-believing Christians, as Bible-believing Baptists, we believe that the one true God exists as a trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, -- one God, three persons.

*The Baptist Faith and Message puts it this way: “There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.” (1)

*One God, three persons, that’s what we believe. But some Christians do not believe in the trinity. Many Pentecostals believe that Jesus Christ is the one God, who sometimes manifests Himself as the Father or the Holy Spirit.

*In other words, they would say that God operates in different forms or modes at different times: Sometimes as the Father, sometimes as the Son, and sometimes as the Holy Spirit. (2)

*So if you’ve ever seen the bumper stickers that say “Jesus Only,” that’s not just talking about only using Jesus’ name in baptism. It is stating their belief that Jesus is the Father and Jesus is the Spirit.

*We believe that God exists as a trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, -- one God, three persons. But why does the trinity matter to us?

1. First of all, it matters because God has confirmed the trinity to us.

[1] And though the word “trinity” is never found in the Bible, the existence of the trinity surely is confirmed in God’s Word.

*Verses 16&17 give us a perfect example:

16. Then Jesus, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.

17. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.''

*Here we see God revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God has confirmed the trinity to us, and we have much more evidence from His Word. Nave’s Topical Bible gives over 50 references to help point us to the trinity.

*Scriptures like Luke 1:34-35...

34. Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?''

35. And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

*John 3:34-35 is another example. Here John the Baptist was speaking about Jesus and said:

34. “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.”

*By the way: The next verse says, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

*John 14:15-17 shows us the trinity. There, Jesus said:

15. "If you love Me, keep My commandments.

16. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,

17. even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

*Then in John 15:26, Jesus said: “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

*We have evidence of the trinity many places in God’s Word, and author Dave Hunt helps us understand with this explanation:

*“The Bible presents a God who did not need to create any beings (in order) to experience love, communion and fellowship. This God is complete in Himself, being three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, separate and distinct, -- yet at the same time eternally one God. They loved and communed and fellowshipped with each other, and took counsel together before the universe, angels or man were brought into existence.” (2)

*Because this is so, our English Bibles sometimes show God speaking of Himself with a plural noun. Isaiah “heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for US?” (Isaiah 6:8). Moses recorded the same kind of conversation within the Godhead when God said: “Let Us make man in Our image. . .” (Genesis 1:26)

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