Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Engulfed in God

. . . To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
-- 1 Peter 1:1-2

The Trinity is at work in our salvation; all hands are on deck. (As Fred Sanders has written, "Trinity and gospel have the same shape" and "The gospel is the Trinity.")

From the fountain of God's foreknowledge to the quickening of the Spirit and his mediation of the atoning work of Christ, we receive grace upon grace -- multiplied, ever-fresh, abundant. And the Spirit and the Son continue interceding for us, the hands of the Father continue welcoming us.

[T]he work of salvation is one in which all three act together, the Father purposing redemption, the Son securing it, and the Spirit applying it.
-- J.I. Packer

What a great salvation this is! Through the work of Christ, we receive the fullness of God for the fullness of life despite the fullness of sin for the fullness of time. The Godhead works in concert so that we might be engulfed in God.

The Christian life is a matter of "being taken up into the life of the Trinity."
-- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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