The Gospel: Rooted in a Person
Last night we continued our teaching series on being fluent in the gospel. Specifically, we looked at how each person of the Trinity has a distinct work in the gospel.
Before we get to the diverse gospel contributions of the members of the Godhead, let’s remind ourselves about some of the benefits of being fluent in the gospel.
When I am fluent in the gospel I know who makes the gospel such good news.
When I am fluent in the gospel I can think rightly about my own sin.
When I am fluent in the gospel I can regularly communicate it to myself.
When I am fluent in the gospel I can confidently communicate it to others who need Jesus.
When I am fluent in the gospel I can quickly dispense with false gospels on campus or in our world.
As we took a survey of the scriptures last night we were given a glimpse at the scope of what God did/does to redeem sinful people.
God the father had/has a plan. From early on in the Old Testament we see God’s plan of redemption in motion. We see too that when the time was just right, God sent his son.
“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons." Galatians 4:5
God the Son, in faithfulness to the will of God the father, carries out a number of actions accomplishing redemption. To list just a few things, Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), and He redeemed those under the law (Galatians 4:5). Jesus brought us near to the Father through his blood (Ephesians 2:13). Jesus was also the mediator between God the Father and man (1 Timothy 2:5). This all just scratches the surface of Jesus’s work.
What about God the Spirit? On two different occasions, at two different time, to two different audiences, Paul brings attention to the Holy Spirit’s work of guaranteeing our inheritance, or what is yet to come (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 & Ephesians 1:13-14). The Spirit also works to sanctify us, this is process of becoming more like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Again, the list could go on, but hopefully you get the picture.
The unity and diversity in the Trinity plays itself out in the gospel. The encouragement is to become more fluent. As we seek to know the gospel inside and out, upside and down, backwards and forwards, may we worship the Godhead for they way He/They make redemption possible for sinful people like us.