Thursday, December 29, 2011
the triple-braided cord
The Word for today:
2 Corinthians 3:1-4:6
mark this: 2 Corinthians 3:18
We are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
If you want to know what love looks like, the inter-relationships of the Trinity is (are? our grammar fails us) love's truest and most beautiful picture.
If you want to know what salvation looks like, the inter-workings of the Trinity are (is? our grammar fails us) salvation's truest and most beautiful picture.
Love will never fail, nor will your ongoing salvation, because the relationships and works of the Trinity will not unravel:
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
2 Corinthians shows us that our salvation is in the past, present and future:
God, who raises the dead, delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. (2 Corinthians 1:9-10/KJV)
Our salvation was planned by the Father, purchased by the Son, and progresses (at this moment) under the direction of the Holy Spirit:
We are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
This progression is clearly depicted in the Old Testament. When God heard the helpless cries of the people in bondage, compassion stirred his heart, which moved his hand to save them. (Exodus 3:7-8)
He directed that the blood of a lamb be placed on the doorframes. When he saw the blood, the death angel passed over. (Exodus 12:3-7, 13)
Having saved them from sin, he led them, by a pillar of cloud and fire, all the way through the wilderness to the Promised Land. (Exodus 13:21)
The Trinity has conspired to save you! Salvation did not stop at the door in Egypt or at the cross on Calvary Hill.
You may be in the wilderness now, but just hold on to the triple-braided cord and He will pull you through.