I have to admit this chapter surprised me. Like many I thought it would be “justification by faith alone, by Christ alone”. But this truth is deeper than that even.
Now don’t misunderstand me, this is a VERY important truth of the church to understand that justification is by faith alone, through Christ alone. It is, churches have fallen for not understanding the fundamental nature of this truth.
By the basis of the Christian Faith is this… the triune God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Consider who God is: Truth, Creator, Sustainer, and Sovereign Lord. This Lord God who is always the initiator of relationship and beingness.
And then we have God the Son. Perfect servant of the Lord God, showing us who God is, doing what God does, never acting independently, always working in conjunction with the Lord God and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, working always with the Lord God and God the Son. Strengthening Jesus in his work on our behalf, working within as we live out our faith.
Throughout the whole of the bible we see the Triune nature of the Godhood. From Genesis 1 through to the book of Revelations. This eternal fellowship is what sustains the heart and soul of the believer.
And yet this question is begged. How often we pay attention to this pivotal truth of the church? How often do we pay attention to how the Triune God shapes our lives as believers? From how he forms the church visible and invisible, how he moulds our hearts and calls us his own?
This question is asked “What time do you give to pondering the revealed glory of our Triune, Saviour God? What honour do we ascribe, in our personal and corporate worship as the church, to the Persons, beings and actings of our Triune God?” (p21)
For something that is so deep, so pivotal to the Christian faith, do we really spend any time thinking of what this all means? I fear too often we don’t. We don’t strive to understand it as much as we should you know?