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Knowing that Our Triune God is Faithful

To be faithful is to be trusted. It is to have the character and the commitment to do what one say they would do. Since God is truth, He also commits to finish what He said He will do. This is nowhere clearer than in the Triune God at work in history to bring about what he says.

  • Jesus says “Don’t you know that I could ask my Father and He would immediately send twelve legions of angels? How then would Scripture be fulfilled if my mission happened some other way?” (Matt 26:53-54)
  • Men decided not to bother breaking the bones of Jesus’ corpse so that Scripture would be fulfilled “Not one of His bones will be broken” without them knowing it (John 19:36)

The Father makes the plans (Eph 1:3-4), the Spirit is breathed out in conveying those plans (2 Peter 1:21), and the Word brings about exactly what the Triune God wanted to happen (Is 55:11). That means that when God makes promises, those commitments are from His very being: He follows through exactly as he commits to do! God is always unchangingly faithful.

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Knowing that Our Triune God is Just

One of the earliest questions in the bible is if the Judge of the Earth is just? This is in the context of bad things possibly about to happen to good people. The answer is repeated throughout all of Scripture. God, in all three persons, is just.

  • God is impartial (Acts 10:34) and not unjust (Heb 6:10) never showing favoritism (Col 3:25)
  • The Son is just (righteous) giving himself for the unjust (1 Pet 3:18)
  • The Holy Spirit convicts the world of judgment (John 16:8, 11)

Christ wonderfully points out the extent of God’s justice. The Father is just in that he renders the authority to judge men to a man: the Son who came as a man! (John 5:22). Therefore, says the Holy Spirit through Paul, no one can bring a charge against God’s people because God is the one who declares who is just. And no one can condemn Christ’s people because Christ is the one who justly intercedes for his people.

This gives us hope that God will rightly deal with all the injustices of the past. Praise the Lord: God is just!

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Knowing that Our Triune God is Patient

Love is patient (1 Cor 13:4). We also know that God is love. God, therefore, won’t immediately jump to anger in the face of rebellion. But God goes wants us to know the connection: He is patient.

  • The Lord is slow to anger (Exodus 34:6) and abundant in love (Num 14:18)
  • God wants to forgive (Jeremiah 9:17) which is why he is slow in anger (Ps 86:16)
  • The Holy Spirit’s fruit includes patience (Gal 5:22)
  • The Lord doesn’t want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9) so He takes his time with judgment.
  • God has great patience (Rom 2:4) enduring rebellion from sinners (Rom 9:22)
  • Paul, said that Christ Jesus saved Paul to display his perfect patience (1 Tim 1:15-16)

We should be so thankful! It is only because of His great patience, in all three divine persons, that we haven’t been wiped out and condemned! It is only because of this long-suffering love that God hasn’t poured out His wrath on us! It is because of His great patience, that the Lord Jesus waits before returning in judgment! Praise the Lord for his compassion and mercy: God is patient with us!

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Knowing that Our Triune God is Peace

Peace is order, tranquility, secure rest, and a friendly relationship free of hostility and full of harmony. That’s wonderful. The Bible describes God as the God of peace (1 Thes 5:23; Heb 13:20). That is not to say that He is a God OVER peace but that He himself IS the definitive model and ultimate reality of peace.

  • God declares peace by the death of Jesus and justification by faith (Rom 5:1; 1 John 4:10)
  • The Father, Son and Holy Spirit together multiply peace in His people (1 Pet 1:2; 2 Pet 1:2)

These passages point to His peace, but Scripture is also explicit on the benefits of this amazing peace.

  • We can cast all our cares on Him (1 Pet 5:7)
  • We don’t need to worry but rather put it all in God’s hands (1 Pet 5:7)
  • We can bask in his secure love (Rom 8:38-39)

All of this reminds us that when we lean on God, we truly revel in a peace that passes all possible understanding (Phil 4:7)

When peace like a river, attendeth my way.

When sorrows like sea billows roll.

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say

It is well, it is well with my soul.