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Incarnation, Atonement, and Trinity

Updated: May 11, 2020





Phil Keaggy: The Maker of the Universe (Words by F. W. Pitt)

“The Maker of the universe,

As Man for man was made a curse.

The claims of Law which He had made,

Unto the uttermost He paid.

His holy fingers made the bough,

Which grew the thorns that crowned His brow.

The nails that pierced His hands were mined

In secret places He designed.

He made the forest whence there sprung

The tree on which His body hung.

He died upon a cross of wood,

Yet made the hill on which it stood.

The sky that darkened o’er His head,

By Him above the earth was spread.

The sun that hid from Him it’s face

By His decree was poised in space.

The spear which spilled His precious blood

Was tempered in the fires of God.

The grave in which His form was laid

Was hewn in rocks His hands had made.

The throne on which He now appears

Was His from everlasting years.

But a new glory crowns His brow

And every knee to Him shall bow.

The Maker of the Universe”

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I love this song!  It captures the truths of the incarnation, the Deity of Christ, His humility and love and willingness to suffer for us.  The incarnation and suffering of the eternal Son of God points to the Trinity, “trinitas in unitas”, “three in one”, as Tertullian wrote.  ( Against Praxeas, chapter 3. )

James White has written, “I love the Trinity! . . . upon reflection, we discover that the Trinity is the highest revelation God has made of Himself to His people. It is the capstone, the summit, the brightest star in the firmament of divine truths.  . .  God revealed this truth about Himself most clearly, and most irrefutably, in the incarnation itself, when Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took on human flesh and walked among us.”  (The Forgotten Trinity, pp. 13-14)

I agree; I love the song, because I love the Trinity, and I love the incarnation and atonement, and how these truths point us to the God of the Bible, that Christians know; the only God.  These truths are beautiful because Truth is beautiful.  God is beautiful because He is true.  I love God because He first loved me!  ( I John 4:10; 19)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” ( John 1:1)

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,”  (Colossians 2:9)

“. . . Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. “For although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

“God, . . .

in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

. . .

And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,

         “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

. . .

But of the Son He says,

         “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER,

         AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.”

(Hebrews 1:1, 3, 6, 8.)

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  ( John 1:1-5) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the one and only Son, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:14)

In dealing with evangelism with Muslims, one must be prepared in the deep truths of the doctrines of the Deity of Christ, the incarnation, and the Trinity.

Some good books on the doctrine of the Trinity: