Pat’s Chat

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March winds definitely showed up in February, and April showers, as I said last week, showed up as watery snow in March.  May is supposed to be the flowers.  (“April showers bring May flowers.”  As a kid the joke was to ask, “What do May flowers bring?”  “Pilgrims, of course!”  Ha Ha Ha!  The riddles and funny jokes of childhood remain with us for life, it seems.  We older seniors may forget people’s names, but we remember words to many, many songs and jokes.) So maybe April will bring us more flowers, and May will just surprise us.

I have a beautiful assortment of early crocuses, one group of which bloomed out in a beautiful, round, picture-perfect spray of a lilac-colored bouquet.  The spring flowers are so bright and refreshing, after winter and snow.  I love spring and fall best of all seasons.

Last week I wrote about the first of the 28 doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, that the Bible is the word of God, written by folks inspired by God, but in their own words.  This week we will learn about the second doctrine, The Trinity.  I find this easy to believe but not easy to explain.

“There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three coeternal Persons.  God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present.  He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God, who is love, is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4; Isa. 6:8; Matt. 28:19; John 3:16 2 Cor. 1:21, 22; 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2.)” (

Since long before Creation, God knew that creating beings with power of choice meant that someone would choose to go his own way instead of obeying the directions of his Creator, so arrangements were made that the Son part of the Godhead would become a human being; sacrifice his own life to pay the penalty for all transgressions of the law (sin) in one fell swoop. (See I John 3:4)  The penalty or wages of sin is death, so he died for all, for each of us. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ who died in my place (I John 3:4) and not only died (paid the penalty) but he lived a perfectly righteous life, which becomes MY righteousness.  When I am judged, only HIS perfect life will be considered, not my own bundle of unchristlike behaviors.  When I ask, he forgives my sin and cleanses me from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).

Of course, they were together in creation, for Genesis states that God created the heaven and the earth and that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water. (Genesis 1:1-3) and then verse 26 reports that God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness. . . .”  (Note it say “our” image, plural.)  Verse 27 continues, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”  All three members of the Godhead were active in creation.

When Jesus insisted that John the Baptist baptize him, John didn’t feel worthy to do that.  He believed that Jesus was God.  Jesus insisted that John baptize him so that he would be fulfilling all the righteousness expected of any other human being.  When he was brought up out of the water of the Jordan River, the voice of God, the Father, was heard saying, “This is my beloved Son.”  The Holy Spirit appeared in the form of a Dove.  All three of them together!  (See Matthew 3:13-17). 

Just as an aside from this about the Trinity, I John 3:4 states that the “GIFT” of God is eternal life.  There is no way to EARN eternal life.  It is a gift and we only have to accept it.  We are told that we are rewarded for our works, but our works cannot earn us eternal life.  Salvation is a GIFT of God.  You can do good works from now until Jesus comes back and it will not earn you salvation.  Only through the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice can we be assured of salvation and eternal life and when we accept it we become children of God and heirs of the kingdom.  Talk to Him, Read His Word, Get acquainted with Him and His great love for you.


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