All Praise to the Holy Trinity for all Eternity
These are the readings for Holy Trinity Sunday.
God’s Word for This Week
The mystery of the Trinity, of the Most High being eternally three and indivisibly one, is meant both to dumbfound us and to comfort us.
First Lesson – Numbers 6:22-27
How is the Holy Trinity evident in the blessing Aaron was to put on God’s people? (See 6:24-26.)
The Trinity is evident to eyes of faith in this way: The blessing is three-fold, in three lines, yet each line starts with “the LORD.” This hints that there are three persons, yet only one LORD.
How does the LORD describe his blessing? (See 6:27.)
The LORD describes his blessing as putting his name on his people.
What does this mean? (See 6:27.)
To put one’s name on someone or something generally means to show that it belongs to you. So when the LORD blesses us he—the Holy One—promises that he owns us sinners. We belong to him in the most personal, merciful way.
Traditional Second Lesson – Romans 5:1-5
How do we have peace with God? (See 5:1)
We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for us. The war is over, not because of anything we have done, but because God has declared peace.
In what two things do we rejoice, because of Jesus? (See 5:2.)
We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God, and we rejoice in our sufferings.
Why doesn’t hope disappoint us? (See 5:5.)
Hope does not disappoint us because God the Father has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Supplemental Second Lesson – 1 John 5:5-12
Who is the only one who overcomes the world?
The only one that overcomes the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Who is the only one who has eternal life?
The only one who has eternal life (not just will have it… has it) is the person who has the Son. That person trusts in Jesus and his merits. He or she does not trust in himself or herself to be good enough for God.
How can anyone really believe in something as difficult to understand as the Trinity? (See 5:9.)
We believe in something no one can understand—the Trinity—because God has testified about it himself. God says it; that settles it.
Gospel – John 16:12-15
What things did Jesus promise the Spirit would do when he would come?
Jesus promised that when the Spirit would come a) he would guide the disciples into all truth, b) he would tell the things to come, and c) he would bring glory to Jesus by taking what belonged to him and making it known to the disciples.
The Spirit’s goal isn’t to bring attention to himself. What is his goal?
The goal of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Jesus by bringing us to faith in Jesus and strengthening that faith.