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"name of the Father and of the Son and of Holy Spirit
Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Michael Covey

We were created for a relationship with God inside of community. We reflected on that truth in baptism. We see community within God himself, too.

It is quite shocking to get to this point in the gospel of Matthew and he writes, “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This is the first time in his gospel account that we see the trinity referenced all in one place. Jesus had talked about his relationship to the Father in 11:27. Jesus’ relationship with the Holy Spirit in 12:28. Now all three members are linked together and Jesus is in the middle. The human leader of these disciples now tells them that He is the rightful object of their worship. If the disciples had missed it before, they can not miss it now. Jesus is equal with God the Father and Holy Spirit.

This passage is one of many where we see the trinity. The trinity is not a “biblical” word, meaning that the word itself never appears in the Scriptures. But its meaning and definition appear regularly. The trinity is one of the core beliefs of Christianity. What it means to be a Christian is to believe in the trinity.

I understand the trinity is incredibly difficult to grasp. There is nothing else like it in the universe. Any illustration we use to try and explain it falls short. The most basic definition of the trinity is that God is one in being/essence and three in persons.

One of the excellent things about the trinity is it shows the relational aspect of God. Community is at the core of who God is, and God has perfect community within himself. The beauty of this is that God does not need anything. He exists perfectly as he is. And yet he wants you. He invites you into a relationship with him. He invites you to be his disciple and both love him and be loved by him.

It is good news that the perfect, transcendent, triune God wants you to be in a relationship with him. He wants to love you, bless you, comfort you, and change you to be more like him. As you become more like him you receive his perfect joy, hope, peace, and love. It is God’s delight to give his disciples these blessings.

Who God is, is good news!

In Christ,
Pastor Michael Covey
“to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12

 


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