The Christ from the Father

Jesus said, “I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true… I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me” (John 7:28-29).

The grand narrative (or big story) of the Bible is bigger than most people realize. Additionally, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is fundamentally a Trinitarian Gospel. That is, God the Father sent God the Son to be the one through whom the work of redemption is accomplished, and God the Holy Spirit applies this work to the hearts and lives of those who enjoy the benefits of spiritual life in the triune God.

All of this was and is played out in real time and over the course of human history, but this story began even before time itself. While the Gospel (and the triune God from whom this good news comes) is timeless, we are not. We live only a short while, and then we enter an endless existence – where we will finally see with eyes wide open what we only see now through dim light in this upside-down world.

The Christ from the Father makes His appeal to all who will hear and obey it: “Come to me, for I am life and truth.” Without delay, repentance and faith (turning from sin and trusting in Christ) are the right response, because one day the offer will no longer be available to sinful rebels like us.

May God grant us faith and repentance this very moment, and may we give proper attention to the gracious gift God offers us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Life from the Triune God

“God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:3-4).

Christianity is unique among all the world’s religions. Many features contribute to its remarkability, but one major distinctive of Christianity is the basic nature and function of God. Only in biblical Christianity is God both transcendent and personal, other and relatable, holy and approachable. The biblical God is triune (three in one); He is Father, Son, and Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is God, and yet there is no confusion nor separation of these distinct persons.

This unique feature of Christianity is not academic or theoretical only. The plan, work, and application of salvation itself is an expression of the triune God of holy Scripture. God the Father sent His Son to scandalously beloved sinners, God the Son lived and died and rose again for those sinners, and God the Spirit brings life to those dead sinners and indwells them forever.

The life God gives is effective, it is eternal, and it is assuring like no other. Christians can rest in the life God gives, for He has planned and performed everything with divine precision and loving care.

May this God – the triune and purposefully loving God – grant us grace to worship and adore Him with the life He brought to unworthy sinners like us.