Trinity Sunday 27 May 2018 A.D.

Trinity Sunday                   Morning Prayer                               27 May 2018 A.D.

       First Lesson. John 1: 1 - 18                                              Second Lesson  1 Peter 1: 1 - 12
                     
                                         ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast given
                                         unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to                                                          acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of                                                      the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity; We beseech thee                                                                that thou wouldest keep us stedfast in this faith, and evermore d                                                       defend us from all adversities, who livest and reignest, one God,                                                       world without end.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amen.
                                      
 

   Do you know that the word “trinity” is not found anywhere in the Bible ?  The word will be fashioned by the early Church fathers, the scholars who help to codify and put together church doctrine that we have today.
 The doctrine or concept of trinity comes from the Word of God.  We find that throughout scripture there are references to God where the word is in plural.  We find in the second passage of scripture today, three parts of One God are identified.
 We set aside this Sunday in the Church year to point to this aspect of God.  As humans we are very confused and are not able to wrap our mind around this concept; one in three; three in one. In our words we are so limited, our experiences and our senses are so limited that we are some time driven to distraction trying to figure out Trinity.  We have dozens of religious groups who having failed to satisfactorily explained Trinity, come up with new expressions or explanations of the same.   Outright denial, tricky explanations, and direct heresy are the usual results. 

 Our evidence for Trinity comes from many passages in the Word of God.  We see in the St. John 1:1 - 18 passage, that God and Jesus are referred to as creator. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

  That Jesus was with God and was God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  
    This passage is so disturbing, we have a major religious group who just retranslate this passage.  They use a poorly translated version of the Bible, translated by one fellow, to prove that the John 1:1 passage is flawed.   There is only one problem with that.  All true biblical scholars have translated that passage the way you have it in your Bible today.  Thousands of scholars over some 1900 years have translated that passage from the Greek or Aramaic as we read it today.

 It is interesting that this season of the Church year is the longest.  Trinity and the Sundays that follow will be observed all the way until the Sunday just before the first Sunday in Advent, which can occur the last Sunday in November or the first Sunday in December.  We have many passages available from the Word of God over this long season where we can reflect on the concept of Trinity, the meaning of God in our lives, and a general period of spiritual feeding without the hustle and bustle of major activities in the way.   

 Over the years I have been asked “why should we worry about doctrine ?”  Shouldn’t we have as our motto....’no creed but Christ ?’    To which I ask, which Christ ?   I am not trying to be contentious, but that is a legitimate question.  Why?  Because you can ask many people who call themselves Christian who do you think Jesus Christ is ?  And you will get at least a half dozen answers in reply.   If you don’t know or have a true meaning of who Christ said He was, how can you believe in no creed but Christ.  There are some religious groups in our areas who say that Christ is the brother of Lucifer the Angel of Light...in other words Christ is the brother of Satan. Another group says that Christ is the brother of Michael the Archangel, which again puts Christ in the category of being created, not being forever.   If our God is not eternal then that means something else created our God, or as the sociologist like to say, man created God.  When we see how history has treated the Creator, especially in the hands of pagan scholars, you can understand the need for some type of outline of belief for the average Christian.  “If you believe in nothing, you’ll fall for anything.”   It is important to have a strong biblically based belief system.
There is one other lesson we can learn from today’s scripture passage.  Notice verse 12 in 1 Peter 1; . 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. The very last sentence.   Even angels long to look into these things.   
 That means that angels know the past but not the future, unless it has been revealed to them, just like humans.  They want to know what the prophets were writing about, “longing to look into these things”   Which brings us to an interesting point.   Satan is the Angel of Light, he and a third of the angels were thrown out of heaven at one time in prehistory.  As the book of Job describes him, he walks about looking for whom to devour.   So Satan does exist, but here is the most wonderful part about his lack of power.  He knows that he is defeated, he knew that when the stone was rolled away and Christ rose again from the dead.   So Satan is trying his best to befoul and befuddle us “....though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials”  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:   
 But most importantly, Satan does not know the entire future, he is an angel, and so there for must have the future revealed to him just like us.   Many times people have ascribed power to Satan that he does not have, he only knows that he is defeated.  The future must be revealed to him just like us as we see according to the last sentence in verse 12.

As we enter this period of the church year, let us reflect on the many blessings and gifts that God has given us.  Let us dwell on the Word of God , the Bible.  Let us gather together to worship him and praise him at least once a week.  Let us give God the glory.


Let us pray.

We implore Thy blessing on all the parishes and missions of this diocese. Grant to them all things needful for their spiritual welfare. Strengthen and confirm the faithful; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; rouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of Thy truth; bring all to be of one heart and mind within the fold of Thy holy Church, to the honor and glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.                                                                                                                    Amen.


 The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.    Amen

 

   

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