In the beginning, God the Father created the heavens and the earth by His Word while the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:1-2), and the three Persons of the one God spoke about creating humankind (Genesis 1:26, plural and singular).
Later, one of those humans, the prophet Isaiah, saw a vision of heavenly worship in which the heavenly creatures called each of the three Persons of the one Lord “holy,” and unholy Isaiah would have been lost, if his guilt had not been taken away and his sin atoned for (Isaiah 6:1-7).
And, when the fullness of time had come, the Father both sent forth His Son to be born of a woman in order to redeem us by His death on the cross and sent His Spirit into our hearts in order for us to cry out to Him as “Father” (Galatians 4:4-6), and that Son later spoke both about the Father’s love for the fallen world that sent Him, the Son, to save it and about the Spirit’s giving birth to believers by means of water (John 3:1-18).
Indeed, one of the ways that disciples are made is by baptizing in the one name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-20), and the Apostles’ Creed that confesses that Unity in substance and Trinity in person has long been associated with Holy Baptism, though not all who claim to be baptized disciples confess the Apostles’ or the other ecumenical Creeds (the Nicene and Athanasian), or even the Creeds’ Trinitarian content and their Trinitarian terminology.
Among those who do not confess the Triune God — and so among those who usually also reject the divinity of Jesus and so then also effectively reject His saving them — are those who officially are Unitarians, but people need not have that denomination’s name to be those who reject God’s revelation of Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as do those who, for example, speak of even the Triune God in gender-neutral or feminine terms, including some who call themselves Lutheran.
The three Blessed Persons of the one Holy Trinity create, redeem and sanctify those who repent and believe, who also, as a result of the mercy shown to them, give glory to Them, not only on tomorrow’s Feast of the Holy Trinity but also every day and for eternity.
The Rev. Dr. Jayson S. Galler is Pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.pilgrimlc.org.