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“The great mystery of the Trinity” by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“In the upper room on the night of the Passover, Jesus decided that the great mystery of the Trinity was the teaching His disciples most needed to hear (cf. John 13-17). Why was this truth so important? Because Jesus wanted His disciples, and us, to come to know God, in all the riches and fullness of His being.

He wanted us to know God in His eternal glory and to recognize how great He is; but He also wanted us to see that the God whose being we cannot comprehend is also the God who is a Father who loves us, a Son who came to die for us, a Spirit who brings us into God’s heart and who brings God into our hearts.

On that night in which He was betrayed, Jesus preached the doctrine of the Trinity to His disciples because He knew that in the last analysis, only the people who know their God can stand firm in days of trial.

As you study the biblical teaching on God’s character and work, remember that He is not a distant God, but One whose inner being was revealed by Jesus in the most critical hours of His life on earth.

And pray that this Three Personed God will reveal Himself more fully to you through Scripture, that you may come to know Him — in the knowledge that is eternal life (John 17:3). Search for this knowledge with all your heart.”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 22-23.

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“God is our Father” by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“Unless God is our Father, we are orphans. But God’s own Son has become our Older Brother. He comes through His Spirit, with his Father, to live with us. The Holy Spirit dwells in our lives, making us a suitable dwelling place to receive the Father and the Son!

As a consequence, by the Spirit we learn that we are not abandoned and unloved, but rather that we are loved by the Father, by the Son, and lovingly cared for by the Holy Spirit.”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 21-22.

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“The holiness of God” by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin– radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 92.

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“The monument of God’s wisdom” by Sinclair B. Ferguson

“The Church is the imperfect, visible form of God’s heavenly Kingdom. In it the barriers we have erected in our sin are broken down, because Christ dwells in each member of His Church (cf. Colossians 3:11). The same Christ dwells in you who dwells in me!

How then can we erect barriers between each other? Further, in the Church Jesus Christ is all to all in the fellowship. We all trust Him, we all love Him, we all worship Him, and we all want to serve Him. One common goal dominates everything we do– to please Jesus Christ.

When that happens, everything else is of secondary importance– wealth, background, education, class, race, nationality, all are given a secondary place. Out of the chaos of the differences among men, God weaves a glorious tapestry for His glory, a multi-colored landscape of His wisdom.

This is one of the great joys of belonging to a living Christian church: to be able to look around during church gatherings, and marvel at the way in which God has brought us by different paths to the same Christ– some rich, some poor, some wise, some simple, some with the one accent, some with another, yet all members of the same family.

Not only so, but as we look around, we see some who have suffered, some who have shown great faith, some who have been restored from their backsliding, some who have great gifts, some who have shown us Christ’s love in a special way.

The church, as a living fellowship, is the multi-colored monument that God has erected of His wisdom (cf. Ephesians 3:13). There we can see– if only we will look– how marvellous His wisdom is. We can see in what He has done on the larger canvas of human history that all He does is perfectly wise.

We can see, too, on the smaller canvas of the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ, that He does everything wisely, and works everything together for good for those who love Him and have been called into His purpose (Romans 8:28).”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987), 77-78.

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“In the presence of the Holy One” by Sinclair Ferguson

“The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin– radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.”

–Sinclair B. Ferguson, A Heart For God (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987/2008), 92.

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