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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Written by: Andries
Sunday, May 20, 2018 11:38:40 PM  RssIcon

Trinity Sunday is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
 
Our confession of the Holy Trinity is not about asking a mathematical question about how 3 can be one and one can be 3. Because it is a divine mystery.
 
The Holy Trinity has been revealed to show us the essence of the character of God! Once we are aware of this mystery, it should bring us to worship, to being in awe of our God and to heartfelt reverence!
At the centre of God’s character is that he is a relational God. The essence of God is that he, from all eternity, exists as God in the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
 
The Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God – the one and only true, eternal God.
 
The Holy Trinity, meaning in essence God-in-relationship, desires us to share in the Lord’s inner peace, harmony and fellowship.
The Father created us for this purpose
and the Son came to recreate for us this harmony, by giving his life to take away the sin that stands between us and God.
The Holy Spirit was sent to live in us to grant us faith and power in order to have a relationship with the Father through our relationship with the Son.
 
Amazing love! We are invited into the holiest place, into the peace, harmony and love of God-in-relationship - and as such share in the divine glory of his joy and gladness.
 
The Apostle Paul said: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who consoles us in all our affliction, for just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so our consolation is abundant through Christ, sealed in our hearts through the power and constant presence of the Holy Spirit" (2 Corinthians 1:3–5, 21–22).
 
John Calvin said: "Christ is not only the pledge of our adoption, but God also gives us the Holy Spirit as a witness to this adoption, through whom we may freely cry aloud, 'Abba, Father.' Whenever we are distressed, remember to ask for the presence of the Spirit who will enable us to pray boldly" (Calvin’s Institutes, III.20.37).
 
The language of our prayers, hymns, songs and sermons shapes our faith as surely as it reflects our faith. We must pray and sing to the "one Triune God, the Holy One of Israel, the eternal God of the covenant, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom alone we worship and serve through the graceful work of the Holy Spirit."
This is bible language and therefore should be church language. Our God is worthy of such sound worship and praise.
 
A contemporary liturgical Creed for Trinity Sunday.
 
I believe in the one and only almighty God:
the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
 
I believe in God the Father,
Creator and Sustainer of all things;
 
And in God the Son,
Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord,
who suffered and died for our sins,
rose from the dead,
and is exalted in heaven
for the sake of our eternal victory;
 
And in God, the Holy Spirit,
who assembles the Church,
makes us one body in Christ,
convicts us of both sin and forgiveness,
and works eternal life in us.   AMEN.
 
Let’s remember to adore our Father with all our heart, soul and strength.
Let’s ask from our Father which art in heaven, everything we need.
Let’s always pray in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s beg for the guidance and inspiration of the Spirit to be able to follow and love Jesus who always will show us the Father, bringing us home to his throne of grace.
Let’s worship and serve the only one, true, triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

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