Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Saved by the Trinity

One of my favorite parts of The Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan, 1628-1688) is in Book Two, the Fourth Stage, when Prudence catechizes Christiana’s children.

Prudence: And she said, Come, James, canst thou tell me who made thee?
James: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Prudence: Good boy. And canst thou tell who saved thee? 
James: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. 
Prudence: Good boy still. But how doth God the Father save thee? 
James: By His grace. 
Prudence: How doth God the Son save thee? 
James: By His righteousness, death and blood, and life. 
Prudence: And how doth God the Holy Ghost save thee? 
James: By His illumination, by his renovation, and by his preservation.

Prudence: What is supposed by this word, saved? 
Joseph: That man, by sin, has brought himself into a state of captivity and misery. 
Prudence: What is supposed by his being saved by the Trinity? 
Joseph: That sin is so great and mighty a tyrant that none can pull us out of its clutchesbut God; and that God is so good and loving to man, as to pull him indeed out of thismiserable state. 
Prudence: What is God’s design in saving poor men? 
Joseph: The glorifying of His name, of his grace, and justice, etc., and the everlastinghappiness of his creature. 
Prudence: Who are they that will be saved? 
Joseph: They that accept of his salvation.

"Saved by the Trinity..." (the only place in The Pilgrim's Progress, by the way, where Bunyan uses the word "Trinity"). Lord, grant us to grow in salvation by growth in our relational knowledge of You, great three-in-One God, blessed Trinity.

“ have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. For, ‘ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER [Isaiah 40:6-8].’ And this is the word which was preached to you. Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord [Psalm 34:8](1 Peter 1:23-2:3). May the Word, by which are caused to be born again, be our hunger and delight unto an ever-deepening growth in salvation, knowing our Triune God (by Whose Name we are baptized as disciples of the Risen Christ, Matthew 28:18-20) more and more unto eternity.

Know what is supposed by "being saved by the Trinity," Beloved Church.

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