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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.

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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.


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