Season 2, Episode 9
For Thursday, August 13, 2015
“Why the Doctrine of the Trinity is Important”
Welcome to The New You, where we focus on maintaining and accentuating the new that Christ has created in you. I’m Robert Hatfield, and here is today’s scripture:
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it (Psa. 139:5-6).
David declared his unworthiness before his awesome God in the preceding verse. We’ve been considering what we can know about the nature of God and the distinct Persons Who are united in that nature.
Yesterday, we noted that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God. Yet, they are not each other. They are distinct Beings. It all sounds a bit technical, doesn’t it? Well, perhaps. But it is of vital importance to your spiritual health and Bible study.
Here are six reasons why the doctrine of the trinity is so important.
1. It is God’s answer to Who He is and what He is like.
God has revealed Himself to us, and we should be eager to learn all that we can about Him! Don’t you want to know what God is like? The doctrine of the Godhead, or the Trinity, is that answer.
2. It reminds us that God chose to create us.
We are not the result of the Father’s loneliness in heaven. That’s silly! The Bible teaches us that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are eternal. They have always been. So we are the product of God’s choosing to form us. Which leads me to the next point.
3. It reminds us that God loves us.
God chose to create us, and He did so with love. Remember, “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). What an amazing testament to the Father’s deep love for us!
4. It reminds us of the value of inspiration.
I wouldn’t know God were it not for His inspired Word which has been given to me in the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Paul said that he wrote by the power of the Spirit (1 Cor. 2), and Peter said the prophets spoke as they were moved by the Spirit (2 Pet. 1:20-21). Think about how often the Old Testament prophets and leaders spoke the words which they received from God. This is valuable content, the only content that really matters!
5. It forces Biblical balance and strict adherence to Scripture.
There are a lot of misunderstandings about the doctrine of the Trinity. Once I dig into Scripture and see what God has told us about Himself, that forces me to honor those biblical truths as I form other conclusions from my Bible study. That’s important.
6. Nothing is more important than God is!
God is everything. Solomon figured that out through his life experiments in Ecclesiastes, and Job learned that through suffering. Let’s learn from these and other men and women in the Bible and place God first. Nothing is more important than learning about, loving, and serving God.
Let’s wrap it up: It seems appropriate, then, that I remind us of something that we noted a few days ago here on The New You. It is God Himself Whom we are to know, not simply facts about Him or things that He does. We want a relationship with Him. He certainly desires a relationship with us (1 Tim. 2:3-4). So, we study His inspired word, learning more and more about Him to help us grow closer to Him.
Memory Verse: How’s it coming with this week’s verse? Don’t miss the fact that man could not devise something so great as God. God is far greater than we are. Therefore, we should submit to God, love God, and live for God.
Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising (Acts 17:29).
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Join us tomorrow, when we’ll discuss the two most important questions affecting this life and eternity. And guess what: they’re both about God! That’s tomorrow on The New You.