Jan 08

Baptism and the Gift of the Spirit

The glory of the Triune God is the richest, most important treasure of our Christian faith, and it is also a great mystery: something to ponder, to bask in, so that we may worship the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Spirit and in Truth. Yes, the Trinity is a deep mystery and a rich treasure—but the mystery of the Trinity is no hidden secret. The Father loves the Son by the Holy Spirit; the Son returns the Love of the Father through eternal faithfulness; and the Spirit descends and ascends, eternally uniting and flourishing the relationship of the Father and the Son. By the Spirit the Father claims Jesus Christ as his Beloved Son, for all the world to hear. And all of this is made manifest, is revealed before our sight, as the heavens are torn open and the veil between heaven and earth is pulled back. All of this is revealed at the baptism of Jesus Christ—at his baptism! Continue reading