Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Feast of the Holy Trinity - Romans 5:1-11

The second article of the faith tells the story of the One not created who was before time began and yet chose to let go of glory and empty himself to be found in human likeness. (Philippians 2:6-7) In the unbroken unity of the Trinity (which is love for the children of creation) Father Son Spirit are equally engaged in the work of redemption even though it would appear that the Son does the heavy lifting. In the person of Jesus the One not created becomes weak to save the weak, becomes sin to save sinners, and surrenders life to defeat death. The image of an angry God now appeased by a human sacrifice, albeit God in human flesh, is not what Paul means by being saved from the wrath of God for God’s love is proved by the life, death and resurrection of Christ and wrath and love cannot coexist. God is the only actor on the stage of salvation. While we were ungodly, while we were weak, while we were sinners, while we were God’s enemies, God died for us, ahead of us, instead of us so that by the life of God the love of God might be poured into our hearts through the Spirit.

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