Devotional – Luke 3

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

“I love the Trinity.” That’s how Dr. James White opens his book The Forgotten Trinity. It sounds strange doesn’t it? In fact, White asks the same question. Very few of us truly understand the nature of God’s revelation to us about himself. We freely accept the deity of the Father, and we believe in the deity of Jesus, but when it comes to the Holy Spirit we become a little more squishy; then there’s the whole concept of the Trinity that puts it all together. But our lack of understanding does not come from a lack of intellectual capacity to understand the Trinity, it comes from our lack of study in the Scriptures. The Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – are everywhere found in the Scriptures and we should make ourselves more aware of this teaching because the Trinity is God’s highest revelation of himself and to say that you love God means you desire to know everything about him.  Why? Because the deeper we study the Scriptures on subjects like the Trinity we gain a more vibrant, living, vital faith for this life. That may sound strange to some, but it’s true. Some will say, “I don’t want to know about God, I just want to know him,” which sounds wonderful and pious, but how can we know God unless we know. Put that same thinking in this way, “I don’t want to know about my wife, I just want to know her,” and you begin to understand the absurdity. I can’t know my wife with any depth unless I know about her – her favorite flowers, her favorite food, her favorite activity, her longings, her desires, her fears – all this knowledge about her lets me grow to know her. The same is true for God. He has revealed to us who he is, what he’s like, what he’s doing in this world and all of that is found nowhere else but the Bible, so when we read the Bible we learn about him and therefore we become to know him and love him for how he has revealed himself, not what we have imagined in our own hearts and minds. So take the time to consider the Trinity. Learn about God as he has been revealed and you too will come to the point where you will say: “I love the Trinity.”

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