The Neglected Trinity (5)

The Trinity is not one doctrine among others, but gives distinctive shape to Christian faith and practice. . . . The Father, the Son, and the Spirit stride across the chapters of redemptive history toward the goal whose origin lies in an eternal pact between them. We worship, pray, confess, and sing our laments and praises to the Father, in the Son, by the Spirit. . . . We are adopted as children, not of a unipersonal God, but of the Father, as coheirs with His Son as mediator, united to the Son and His ecclesial body by the Spirit.

Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples103

Our Self-Giving God

The Liturgy of the Church as well as the inmost prayer of the heart are the gifts of the Spirit to us. The triune God lives in an eternal self-giving of love between the three divine persons. By that self-giving love the world is made and is redeemed. Through the work of the Spirit in our worship we are caught up into that creative and recreative self-giving. In the Spirit and through the Son, the Father gives Himself to us: by the same Spirit and through the same Son we give ourselves on behalf of the world to the Father, so that what the Trinity made in love may be made new, and that we may have part in that renewal.

The Forgotten Trinity: The Report of the B.C.C. [British Council of Churches] Study Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine Today, vol. 2, p. 7

The Centrality of the Gospel (3)

When people call for “deeds, not creeds,” asking, “What Would Jesus Do?” without much interest in the query, “What has Jesus done?” identifying themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” they are asking for the law without the gospel.

—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 40

The Centrality of the Gospel

The gospel is not something you can just tack on to another worldview. On the contrary, it makes you rethink everything from the ground up, from the center out. Only when we start with the gospel—the most controversial point of the Christian faith—are we ready to talk about who God is and how we know Him.

—Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples, 20

In Christ

By Him fury is made gentle, wrath appeased, darkness turned into light, fear reassured, despisal despised, debt cancelled, labour lightened, sadness made merry, misfortune made fortunate, difficulty easy, disorder ordered, division united, ignominy ennobled, rebellion subjected, intimidation intimidated, ambush uncovered, assaults assailed, force forced back, combat combated, war warred against, vengeance avenged, torment tormented, damnation damned, the abyss sunk into the abyss, hell transfixed, death dead, mortality made immortal. In short, mercy has swallowed up all misery, and goodness all misfortune. For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle against us, and the sting of death to pierce us, are turned for us into exercises which we can turn to our profit.

—John Calvin, “Preface to Olivétan’s New Testament”