Matthew 3:13-17 and the Trinity.

Matthew 3:13-17 gives us a great picture of the Trinitarian nature of God. At Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove. God the Father spoke from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (vs. 17). God the Son is baptized by John the Baptist to fulfill all righteousness. All three Persons of the Trinity are present and accounted for!

This passage is the first time in Scripture where we see all three Persons of the Trinity working together. Osborne wrote, “For the first time the Trinity acts together on the pages of Scripture. The Spirit comes on the Son, and the Father affirms him for all who were there. Of course this is not the full doctrinal statement of Chalcedon, but nevertheless it is true here. The Godhead is involved in human affairs, and salvation is triply guaranteed” (Osborne, Matthew, Kindle Location 2527). I appreciate Osborne’s emphasis of the Trinitarian nature of Christ’s ministry and His saving work. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus (God’s Son) was able to obey the will of the Father. As Paul says in Ephesians, salvation is a Trinitarian work. God chose us, Jesus redeemed us, and then Holy Spirit sealed us. 

As Christians, we must learn to value each Person of the Trinity. We must learn to worship each Person of the Trinity. Today, praise God for sending Jesus Christ to die for you, praise Jesus for going to the cross for your sins, and praise the Holy Spirit for pointing you to Christ, convicting you, regenerating you, and sealing you!

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