Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trinity's House

“...Christ [Son] is faithful over God's [Father] house as a son. And we are His house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, “They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.” As I swore in my wrath, “They shall not enter my rest.”’” (Hebrews 3:6-11, E.S.V.). The Holy Spirit warns and guides the Father’s household as they continually confess faith in the Son.

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (3:12,13). Church, faithful House of the Father, encourage and exhort each other in the teaching and warning of the Holy Spirit (the Scripture) as you unwaveringly confess and live your hope in the Son.

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“...our Lord Jesus Christ...has knit together the society of His new people by sacraments, very few in number, most easy of observance, and most excellent in meaning; such is baptism consecrated by the name of the Trinity; such is the communion of the body and blood of the Lord...”
Augustine, quoted in John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (4.19.3).

Fellowship’s foundation: one God in three Persons, blessed Trinity.
Fellowship’s binding grace: the cross of Christ.

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