If you are visiting with us today, and you are born again, you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you are welcome to partake with us, your brothers and sisters in Christ, in the Lord’s Supper.
I am reading from Ephesians 1:3-14. As I read this passage, I want you to listen out for the part each member of the triune God plays in Salvation.
Spiritual Blessings (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,
12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Communion is about remembering the death of Christ, that his body was broken for us and that his blood was shed for our sin.
However, We often don’t think of the work of the whole trinity in our salvation.
If I was to summarise at a most basic level you could say that:
- The Father chose us before creation
- The Son redeemed us through his blood
- The Spirit seals us and preserves us, in Christ, until he returns
Our Salvation is a trinitarian work. Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
Often we frame our salvation as a decision that we make… ‘I chose Christ’ or I gave my heart to Christ’, and this is certainly true. To name just one example of many in the scriptures, the Apostle John calls us earnestly to believe in the name of Jesus (John 20:31).
But the reality is this, that if the Father didn’t first choose you before creation,
and the Son didn’t first become a sin offering in your place
(while you were still a sinner, he died for you)
and if the Holy Spirit didn’t bring conviction when you heard the Good News, you would never have repented and put your faith in Christ. That is the humbling reality of salvation. We cannot boost Ephesians 2:9.
You are saved by the Grace of God alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone … and all this is to the Glory of God alone.
Triune God – Brian Doerksen