READ : John 14:22-27
… the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name …(v. 26, NIV)
A powerful scriptural witness to the Trinity is the listing of the three persons together (Father or God; Son or Christ or Lord; Holy Spirit or Spirit) which frequently occurs in the New Testament. The persons are especially linked together in the work of redeeming humanity (Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18). While this three-fold pattern is especially apparent in the Pauline writings, it appears in other parts of the New Testament as well. Consider the following two passages:
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect … chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood. (1 Peter 1:1-2)
As soon as Jesus was baptized … heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)
Perhaps the most wonderful statement about the saving work of the Father, Son, and Spirit occurs in the Gospel of John. In the Upper Room Jesus promised, “If anyone loves me … we will come to him and make our home with him.”
Thank you, triune God, for the promise of your abiding presence.