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Three Persons of the Godhead

Three Persons of the Godhead

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St. Matthew hi. i6, 17.

And Jesus y when He was baptized, went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and
He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
upon Him, And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying. This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,
St. Matthew hi. i6, 17.

And Jesus y when He was baptized, went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and
He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting
upon Him, And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying. This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,

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THREE PERSOS OF THE GODHEADREV. HERY WOODWARD, A.M.St. Matthew hi. i6, 17.And Jesus y when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, andHe saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lightingupon Him, And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying. This is mybeloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," What/' says Thomas k Kempis, " is a man the betterfor entering into the sublime mysteries of the Trinity, if he want that meekness and humility without which hemust displease the Trinity ? " If moreover we would yieldthat service to the Triune God which alone is acceptablein His sight, we must present to Him the freewill offer-ing of the heart. But we cannot love in obedience toa mere command. The affections will not move at ourcall, or at the call of duty, unless there be an attractive-ness in the channels in which we would have them flow,unless the objects to which we would point the heart besuch as the heart is formed to love. It is then oneevidence of the Divine original of the Scriptures, thatthey are everywhere true to this great law of natureThey demand no service which it is impossible for us toyield. If the love of God be insisted on as the first andgreat commandment, the sum of all duty, the substanceof all blessedness, God is set forth in such characters of SERMO XXXVIII. 473benignity and condescension, of moral excellence andperfection, as to render it impossible for the mind whichrealises to itself the truth of that revelation, to resist the
 
attractions of His goodness.Of this we have a striking instance in the passagebefore us. This portion of Scripture has been appointedby the Church for Trinity Sunday, because it presentsthe Three Persons of the Godhead so distinctly to ourview. Let us then devote a few moments to meditateon this important theme : let tis turn aside and see thisgreat sight. But before we do so I would just observe,that this fundamental doctrine, though immeasurablybeyond all finite comprehension, is not a mystery justpointed at in Scripture to impress the mind with slavishawe, and to render the thick darkness in which God is,visible to our eyes. o : the revelation of a plurality of Divine Persons is but a further development of thegreat truth that God is love. Every light which Scrip-ture throws upon the Supreme Object, is but a discoveryof new mines and treasures of essential goodness. Theunity of God presents to the mind, it is true, an exhaust-less field of glory. But the prospect is but a vagueexpanse. It is like the face of nature seen in that earlydawn which reveals the wide extent, but not the distinc-tive features, of the landscape. But in a little time thedawn will ripen into day, the light of this world willbegin as a giant to run his course ; a new creation willappear, and that which, like the primaeval chaos, waswithout form and void, will separate and divide ; thewhole vast surface will be broken up into endless di-versity, verdant fields, and peaceful homes and villagespires, valleys standing thick with corn, and the cattleupon a thousand hills. And so it is with the light of 474 SERMO XXXVIII.Scripture truth. It brings out the character of God.That great unbounded Object, which to the eye of naturewas but one monotony of brightness — ^vast, vag^e, andincomprehensible — now becomes legible and distinct,
 
reveals its features, and opens out its treasures. Thus,while "in the power of the Divine Majesty we worshipthe Unity," we ** acknowledge in the glory of the eternalTrinity" all those endearing characters which renderGod familiar to the heart ; which bind us by a threefoldcord to that everlasting covenant, in which peace, andpardon, and salvation, and happiness, and heaven aresecured to us for ever.How amiable then is this exhibition of the BlessedTrinity ! The colours of this bright picture are takenfrom whatever is most tender and gentle, as well asmost pure and undefiled, in nature. In describingobjects spiritual, celestial, and divine, the Scripturesmust speak after the manner of men. They must setbefore us the invisible things of God by the analogies of things that are seen ; by their counterparts in nature ;by the reflections of Divine realities in the mirror of thisearth ; by the shadows which the substances above castupon the surface of this lower world. Thus the BlessedTrinity, in the passage before us, is pictured forth byemblems and figurative representations. Let us considerfor a few moments what these emblems are, and let usderive from them new motives to wonder^ love^ and praise.And Jesus when He was baptized went up straightwayout of the water. That He who knew no sin — that Hewho, to use the language of a pilgrim once standing onthe banks of Jordan, "was purer than the water itself';that He who was God over ally blessed for ever — ^that Heshould have submitted to the baptism of repentance andSERMO XXXVIII. 47$remission, is but a part of, and is only in full keepingwith, that infinite abasement to which the King of Glory-came down, for our sakes, from the throne of the Majestyon high. But in what character did the Second Person

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