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The Trinities.

The Trinities.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
FREDERICK D. POWER, D. D.

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered
unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for bur sins according to the scriptures ; and that he was buried ;
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." —
I. Cor. XV. 1-4.
FREDERICK D. POWER, D. D.

"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered
unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for bur sins according to the scriptures ; and that he was buried ;
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." —
I. Cor. XV. 1-4.

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THE TRIITIES.FREDERICK D. POWER, D. D."Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which Ipreached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein yestand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what Ipreached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I deliveredunto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ diedfor bur sins according to the scriptures ; and that he was buried ;and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." — I. Cor. XV. 1-4.It is by no means a fanciful thought that the mainfacts and teachings of Scripture are presented to us underthe form of trinities — groups consisting of three import-ant constituents. We do not wonder at this interestingfact when our experience with, everything outside of theBible brings us constantly into contact with triune divis-ions of things. In the world of nature we have the threekingdoms, animal, vegetable and mineral. In matter wehave existence under three forms, solid, liquid and gase-ous. In our own being we have body, soul and spirit. Inthe heavens we have sun, moon and stars ; and in theearth, air, land and sea.In approaching the revelation of God in His word weare prepared to notice the same exhibition of three inone, and even the most sublime and essential elements of Christianity developed and exhibited in a succession of trinities.^1. Whether the word '' trinity " be Scriptural or not,and we discard the expression "The Trinity " because of its unscripturalness, it still expresses the thought of thispeculiar division as seen in the three distinct persons inthe unity of the Godhead. Of this one fact we are sure,the sacred Oracles teach that the one living and true Godis in some inexplicable manner triune, for He is spoken of as one in some respects and as three in others. Address-ing Himself in the creation, God said : " Let us make manin our image, after our likeness." Our Lord declared:SERMOS AD ADDRESSES. 3
 
"If any man love me, he will keep my commandments,and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him,and make our abode with him." Sending forth his dis-ciples. He commanded: "Go ye therefore and teacn allnations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, andof the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Of Christ, Johndeclares: "In the bee^inning was the Word, and theWord was with God, and the Word was God." Of theHoly Spirit, Peter affirms in his rebuke of Ananias:"Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the HolyGhost? Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."The apostolic benediction proclaimed: "The grace of ourLord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communionof the Holy Spirit be with you all." "There are threethat bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and theHoly Spirit, and these three are one."Here is a mystery, the stupendous mystery of theChristian religion, the ineffable mystery of three personsin one God. We can not define it. Every human attemptat definition involves it in deeper mystery. The arith-metic of heaven is beyond us. Yet this is no more mys-terious and inexplicable than the trinity of our ownnature, body, soul and spirit ; and no man has ever shownthat it involved a contradiction or in any way conflictedwith the testimony of our senses or with demonstratedtruth ; and we must accept it by the power of a simplefaith, or rush into tritheism on the one hand or Unitarian-ism on the other.2. Going still further into the examination of thisarrangement of trinities, we take the divine Person men-tioned in our text, Christ, the second Person of the God-head. At once there comes before us the trinity of officesfilled by our Lord — prophet, priest and king. Man couldnot be saved unless in one divine Person all three of theseshould be combined. Christ could not be the Christ if God were not all three of these dignities and gloriesunited in His single person.Prophet He was, typified by all the illustrious person-ages of the Hebrew race, the Oracle, the Teacher, theSpokesman for God who should make known the fullness4 TWETIETH CETURY
 
of revelation, and that to all mankind. "God, who atsundry times and in divers manners spake in times pastunto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last daysspoken unto us by his Son. " Priest He was, the only andall-sufficient Priest of the Christian Church. one othercan stand between man and his God. one other can ex-ercise sacerdotal functions except in the sense that allChristians are kings and priests unto God. *A priest isHe, foreshadowed faintly by the servants of the Jewishsanctuary ; yet more beautifully adorned than the familyof Aaron in all the splendid robes of the temple, moreglorious in communications than the mysteriously glow-ing Urim and Thummim on the high priest's ephod beforethe mercy-seat, more potent in intercession than all thepriesthood under the law, seeing that He offered Himself on the altar, and opened up a new and living way into thevery Holy of holies by His own blood of atonement."This one, because he continueth forever, hath an uq-changeable priesthood, wherefore he is able to save untothe uttermost them that come unto the Father by him.""Such an high priest became us, holy, harmless, unde-filed, separate from sinners, and made higher than theheavens, who needeth not daily, as those high priests, tooffer up sacrifice first for his own sins and then for thepeople's, for this he did once when he offered up himself. "King He was, ho Christos, the Christ, the Anointed of God."I have set my Kingupon my holy hill of Zion. " "Blessedand only potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords. "All-glorious, all-powerful, all-governing, He reigns overHis people and over all the earth. "God hath highly ex-alted him and given him a name that is above every name,that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things underthe earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus isthe Christ, unto the glory of God the Father."Thus the Christ is invested with a triune power. Inone Being these three offices meet in their perfection, andwe accept Him in all His glory, personal and official.3. Then the doctrine of Christ, the facts which consti-tute the gospel, are unfolded to us in a trinity. ThreeSERMOS AD ADDRESSES. 5

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