The Holy Triune God Works Together for Us
These are the readings for Holy Trinity.
God’s Word for This Week
On this Sunday we celebrate the mystery of God being three-in-one, a mystery he reveals both for his glory and on our behalf. Isaiah rightly trembled at God’s holiness. But to Nicodemus, Jesus reveals something even more profound about the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to die in our place; whoever trusts in the Son, by the new birth the Spirit gives, has life with the Trinity forever.
FIRST LESSON – Isaiah 6:1-8
What did Isaiah have the unique privilege of seeing?
Isaiah saw God in his heavenly temple. Magnificent angels were singing the holiness of the Almighty God, in whose presence Isaiah had been brought. (Do you see God’s utter superiority as even holy angels cover their faces and feet before him? And do you hear a hint of God being three-in-one, as the angels sing, “Holy, holy, holy” to the One who rules all the angel armies?)
What was his initial reaction?
Isaiah was petrified in the presence of the holy God. The LORD’s holiness made Isaiah’s sinfulness stand out even more (like dirt on a pure white shirt). Isaiah felt unworthy and feared God would condemn him in court.
How did Isaiah receive a call into prophetic service to God?
God called and purified Isaiah by having an angel touch a coal from the sacrifice altar to Isaiah’s lips. The LORD removed the guilt of Isaiah’s sin by the sacrifice of the holy Messiah whom Isaiah would describe in amazing accuracy.
SECOND LESSON – Romans 8:14-17
What relationship does the Holy Spirit create between God and us?
We used to be God’s enemies, but those whom the Holy Spirit leads to trust in Jesus begin to see another side of God. He is our Father; we are his adopted sons.
What practical changes does the Spirit create in us when he makes us sons of God through faith in Christ?
Because the Father has adopted us, the Spirit shows us that we can come confidently before the holy, mighty God. Not only can we feel fearless, even comfortable (though still reverent) in his presence, but we can see ourselves as people sharing our brother Jesus’ eternal inheritance.
GOSPEL – John 3:1-17
What did Jesus tell Nicodemus was the only way “to see the kingdom of God”?
The only way for Nicodemus to see God’s kingdom was to be born again of water and the Spirit. Evidently, Nicodemus had refused to go down to the Jordan River and be baptized by John. Today too, without rebirth, even smart, religious people who respect Christ do not have God ruling in their sinful hearts. Without rebirth no one is spiritual.
What is this “new birth” all about?
Just as no one decides to be born the first time, new birth is a gift from God, not a human decision. New birth involves trusting in what God has done to save us by sending his Son to live and die for us. It gives us eternal life.