The Work of the Triune God

Ken Samples

READ : 1 Corinthians 8:5-6

There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came. (v. 6, NIV)

A member of my Sunday school class asked a question after hearing my talk on the doctrine of the Trinity: Which specific person in the Godhead created the world? The answer, according to Scripture, is that each person of the Trinity was involved in the work of creation. While God the Father initiated creation, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit served as divine co-agents in creating the world (see John 1:3, Gen. 1:2). Thus it is most accurate to say that the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is the Creator.

A sound theological principle in thinking about the Trinity is to recognize that when one member of the Godhead is at work, then in some way all three members are active. However, we can also recognize one member of the Trinity as the primary agent in performing a given work. For example, the Father is the primary agent in creation, the Son plays this role in redemption, and the Holy Spirit is the primary agent in the work of regeneration. Evangelical theologian Millard Erickson provides a succinct way of thinking about how the three divine persons worked together in creation: “While the creation is from the Father, it is through the Son and by the Holy Spirit.”

PRAYER

The heavens declare the glory of the triune God.