Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Triune Worship

God so loved the world that He gave His Son.  And God so loved His Son that He gave the world.  And the Son so loved the Father that He gives the kingdoms of the world to the Father at the end of this age.  Love and gift.  Love and giving.  Here is the Triune God, His character, His attributes, His lovingkindness and great mercy.

Worshipping the triune God is at the center of who we are as Christians.  He is God in three persons – there is nothing static about our God.  He is everlasting begetting, He is constant speaking, He is Word and Light and Truth and Song.  He is true Justice and eternal Mercy.

We are taught in Psalm 115 and in other places that we become like the gods we worship.  As we behold the Father in the face of Jesus Christ, Jesus declared by His Word and Spirit, we are becoming like Him – full of love and giving; full of grace and truth; full of mercy and song.

Do not let your formal assent to the doctrine of the Trinity be the end of what it means to be a worshipper of the Triune God.  We have come in a self-conscious adoration of God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Because He is Three-in-One from all eternity, God is a family, God has always been two Beloveds and that Love between the two is a Person as well.  God is Community.  God is love.  Do not worship the Unitarian God who is the ultimate hermit, the ultimate loner.  The dour, harsh, wooden and cold countenance of many who claim to be Trinitarians betrays that they are actually turning to something else – an idol of their own making – and it makes them very difficult to live with because they worship an idol that is difficult to live with.

You are here because you are called and being called to be transformed from one degree of glory to another.  Your face will be transformed eventually and completely into the face of the one you bow down to.  And so come and worship the Father through Jesus in the power of the Spirit.

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