My Help and my Hope: high above, ever near
Unto Your servant incline now Your ear
Though fleeting this breath You have given to me
Poured out like water, a drop in the sea
Yes brief are my days, but Yours without end
Still my voice You hear; to my cry You attend
What wonderful joy! What marvelous peace!
Your aid shall not fail me, Your grace never cease
O, be my salvation, my ark on the wave
When storms of sin would sink me to the grave
For darkness appears and the clouds hasten night
Fix my eyes firmly on Your dawning light
If not for the Lamb, torn that I be whole
The thorn of the curse would lie cut through my soul
What favor abounds! What riches untold!
Yourself, my possession; Your Word mine to hold
What debt must be settled? What more could You give?
Love’s work is finished; by death now I live
So plant me to grow and then prune me to bear
In Christ abiding, upheld by Your care
To stranger and kin will I testify–
Till all breath is spent and to my gain I die–
That You hear and have regarded my plea
My Help and my Hope You forever shall be
“The Trinity” is a human term that does not appear in Scripture But truths throughout the Bible paint a crystal-clear picture It and “Triune God” are phrases we use to summarize What God has revealed about himself to human ears and eyes The Trinity is present at and responsible for creation Was there at Christ’s baptism and seen in Revelation A very convincing verse is 2 Corinthians 13:14 The Son’s grace, the Father’s love, and the Spirit’s fellowship are seen In Isaiah 44, the Lord says “there’s no other God besides me” It’s also true that the Father, Son, and Spirit share divinity But, the Spirit is not the Father, the Father is not the Son The Son is not the Spirit, yet they are Three in One We don’t serve many, no we serve one God in Three Persons Yes, one Being alone is worthy of all creation’s worship The God we serve is self-sufficient, in eternal community He said, “Let us make man in our image,” all for his glory God the Father, Son, and Spirit didn’t create out of need We contribute nothing to God, he is perfectly complete The Trinity does not change, doesn’t improve or get better Oh, but the Triune God changes us; the Three work together The Father purposed it, the Son, Jesus, purchased salvation The Spirit produces it to make the one once dead a new creation Changed, our thoughts of God rightly regard knowing him as serious But God doesn’t illuminate everything; his ways are still mysterious You can’t explain the Trinity, though some will try it still They’ll point you to the simple apple—the seeds, the flesh, the peel They take one thing with several parts to try and achieve their goal And say, “God is like this apple here; the three parts make the whole” They might even say, “Thinking of the Trinity as water will suffice” “God is like it in its three forms of vapor, liquid, and ice” But God the Trinity does not exist in equal parts divided Coming together as the One True God only when united As for thinking of the Triune God as forms like states of matter Is that liberty or just wrong? I’m afraid that it’s the latter You might be saying, “Hey, these words you’re bringing here are brutal” But explaining the Infinite God with finite things is entirely futile We could try forever to give a metaphor or a simile But none are adequate, so I’ll just say, “God is One in Three” God didn’t reveal more to us because this is how he planned it And at least on this side of heaven we’ll never understand it But doesn’t it make more sense that God’s beyond our comprehension? It’s not an issue to struggle with how Three are One without division And just how the Three could be one God, one being, and one essence Maybe I’ll be able to wrap my mind around when in his presence No matter what, when faith is sight from down on bended knee I’ll worship my great Savior, the Triune God of one and three
In this episode, Ryan shares a spoken word poem called “Imputation” based on Romans 5, and discusses what the Lord’s Day gathering of the Church is and what that means when it comes to canceling services and worship service attendance.
Consider the beauty of the truth known as imputation It’s how God chose to deal with our sin and its devastation In order to comprehend why this doctrine is so great First, we gotta understand those born of man’s original state And for that we go back to the only man never born To Adam, the first man, whom Genesis says God formed From the dust of the ground and breathed into him life Gave him dominion over the earth, even gave him Eve, his wife But there was a serpent in the Garden, there just to cause problems But praise God, in Genesis 3, He tells us how He’s gonna solve them Before that, back to our story, the serpent said, “God should share the glory “Eat this fruit, be absolutely like Him; don’t ignore me” Eve, deceived, reached into the tree and took forbidden fruit to eat it Adam, apparently there the whole time, should have told the serpent, “Beat it!” But no, he stood there silently while his wife Eve took a bite She gave him some, he ate, and instantly they knew things weren’t right So, Adam fell and brought the stain of sin onto all humanity Because he represented us, his sin nature was passed to you and me You might say, “That’s not fair! When Eve shared we weren’t there to deny it” But I say, “Trust me on this, if you were there, you would’ve tried it” In wisdom, by making the first Adam our representative federal head God is justified in the work of the Last Adam to raise His people from the dead Just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin 1 Righteousness comes through one man: Jesus, God’s great gift to men And just like one man’s sin spreads out onto all, thus our sin nature Righteousness is credited, or imputed, onto God’s people through the Savior And it works both ways–our sins were imputed onto Jesus. Hear this: He was made sin, who knew no sin, that we might become His righteousness 2 For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners 3 The many will be made righteous by the obedience of the Life Giver God’s law shows us our sin, but also the grace that abounds all the more 4 So that grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Christ our Lord 5 Now that you’ve heard it, you might be asking, “What’s the modern application?” Here it is: you live for Christ; righteousness is yours through imputation