Galatians 3:1-4:20


For the first few hundred years after the apostolic age, Christians constantly grappled with the doctrines about Jesus' incarnation and the Holy Trinity. Generations of believers were simply following the example of the first Christian leaders in seeing the practical importance of these teachings. The incarnation is the ground of our salvation, and the Trinity provides the logic of our redemption. This is made clear in Galatians 4:4-6 where Paul teaches, “when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” The incarnation, meaning that God the Son became humans, ensures that all those born of woman, who have failed to keep God's law can be rescued by a human representative that perfectly obeyed God in everything. Without God becoming man, we couldn't enjoy fellowship with God through adoption. Jesus' life, the incarnation, is the means of our salvation. The logic, or the necessary aspects of our salvation all necessitate the three infinite persons that are equally God. The Father sends, while the Son Redeems, and the Spirit makes us children that call out to God the Father as father because we are made children in the family of God. Doctrines like these are not merely theoretical discussion pieces for seminary classrooms, but are essential truths to help us know our place in the world, not to mention the character of the Lord over all creation. More than simply being important, these doctrines make concrete the truth that “God is love”. For God's love is best demonstrated in that Christ came and gave up His life (John 15:13). We experience God's love through participation forever in the love God enjoys as Father, Son, and Spirit. Let us then magnify, that is pay closer attention to, these beautiful truths. Doctrine should be a beautiful word.