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THE HOLY TRINITY
Isaiah 6:1-8 | Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17 | John 3:1-17
I have three things to say to you today: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Why? Because, today is Holy Trinity Sunday. It is the only Sunday of the Church year which we dedicate to a doctrine of the Church, The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity. It is the day in which we celebrate the Triune God, three in one and one in three, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Well, we actually celebrate the Triune God everyday, but today in particular. We worship the Triune God, we don’t worship the Trinity (many people haven’t figured that out yet, and it confuses them). The Trinity is only the doctrine, the teaching, which describes the Triune God, and the relationship between the three members of the Godhead. It is also the purpose for the writing of the different Christian Creeds, to define how God is revealed to us, and how the Father relates to the Son, to the Holy Spirit, etc. And the creeds tend to define these things in terms of function, or the work of the different Persons of the Trinity. Traditionally, this is the day when we say the Athanasian Creed. But, they left it out of the new hymnal. So, we will be saying the Nicene Creed instead. Since, it is the one to be said on Festival Day. But, what are we going to be talking about? Namely, the following:
Father, Creator: Genesis speaks of God’s creation of everything. The words of Isaiah today tell us that “the whole earth is full of his glory.” Creation and the Creator is, and must be the foundation of our faith. The God who created us… How did God create? The answer is by the power of His Word. That is all that the text says. God said it, and it happened (similar to John 1). That is all that the Bible describes. Next, it does not say that God stopped creating. Those that say that creation occurred in six days, haven’t figured out that one either. God rested on the seventh day, and went right back creating on the eighth. Continuing to create, and sustaining that which has already been created. He creates us anew everyday (in baptism) and the rest of creation. And it is very good.
Luther’s Small Catechism – Explanation of Article 1 of the Apostles’ Creed:
“I believe that God has created me and all that exists. He has given me and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers. He provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day. God also protects me in time of danger and guards me from every evil. All this he does out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it. Therefore I surely ought to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.”
God creates humanity with a special purpose. We are created in God’s image. Therefore, somehow, God’s image is reflected in us! Of all of the creatures in the creation, we are special because of that. And, God gives to humanity instructions, “to be fruitful and multiply, to have dominion over the earth.” We are created to be stewards of the earth. We are to help sustain creation.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Redeemer. This is where we Lutherans put our emphasis. Look to the creeds, this is why they were written. They all describe: The Virgin birth, also creation, Christ is a “new creation” that is what Paul is talking about in Romans today. Then, there is Jesus’ ministry, his teaching and healing; Jesus’ passion – suffering and death, for our sakes and the sins of the world; His Resurrection by the glory of the Father, which destroys the power of sin and death, and rises victorious over them, and in that we have our hope, and our faith. Christ’s Ascension; Christ returns to his place in heaven with the Father, and the right hand of God, which again implies work in creation.
As Luther writes in the Small Catechism Explanation of Article 2 of the Apostles’ Creed:
“I believe that Jesus Christ – true God, Son of the Father from eternity, and true man, born of the Virgin Mary – is my Lord. At great cost he has saved and redeemed me, a lost and condemned person. He has freed me from sin, death, and the power of the devil – not with silver of gold, but with his holy and precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. All this he has done that I may be his own, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.”
And third, The Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. This face, or aspect, of God is the hardest to get a hold of. The Spirit is the active agent, if you will, of creation. The creeds describe her work. The Holy catholic Church; the Holy Spirit holds the Church together in proclamation and faith. The communion of saints; in the Latin of the Apostles’ Creed (its original language), this clause can also be translated to mean the sharing of holy things, all holy things, and the believers. I like that translation better than the usual one. The forgiveness of sins; It is the Spirit which gives that power, in Christ’s name. The resurrection of the body; the Spirit performs the actual resurrection, we say by the glory of the Father, but it is the Spirit’s act (active agent of creation again – but this time aimed at the end of time, not the beginning). And life everlasting to all who believe.
Luther’s Small Catechism Explanation of 3rd Article of the Apostles’ Creed:
“I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or effort believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith. In the same way he calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it united with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church day after day he fully forgives my sins and the sins of all believers. On the last day he will raise me and all the dead and give me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.”
The Trinity – the Triune God, all facets. That is who we worship; today, in particular, and with special emphasis, but really, always and eternally. To God, three in one and one in three, be all of the glory! This too, is most certainly true!