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We Are One In The Spirit

Welcome to Church today as we consider the nature of the Holy Trinity.
The word Trinity is not found in the New Testament, though the idea of the three-fold nature of God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – being one and the same as coequals was important to the early Church.
Creeds that enshrined this belief were developed to be recited at baptism when new members joined the body of believers. We also recite the Nicene Creed within our Second Order Holy Communion liturgy each week.
These three aspects or persons of God exist in a unity, though each has a different role within the Godhead.
In the Holy Trinity we see God the Father (Creator) who so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus (Redeemer) to die for all so that sins may be forgiven and that we may have eternal life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Sanctifier).
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost as the moment when God’s Spirit was experienced in a special way to empower and enable the disciples – and us – to do God’s work in the world in the absence of the Son who has returned to be with the Father.
The gifts of the Spirit – available to all believers – work towards forming an image of the Son in us – which in turn becomes our personal and corporate expression of the Father’s love for the world he created.
Just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one, we are also called to “put things in order,….agree with one another, live in peace” in the spirit of Christian unity (2Cor13: 11b).
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” (2Cor13: 13)