primary roles The Trinity, Part 2within the trinity In this article we will look at the primary roles each of God’s three distinct divine personalities play in relation to the world. One way to explain the basics of this in a few words is to attribute • creation primarily to the Father; • redemption—mankind’s salvation— primarily to the Son; • and sanctification—renewal, and becoming a new creature—primarily to the Holy Spirit. This doesn’t mean that this is the only role each holds, nor that the other Persons don’t also play a part in the other roles. But these can be looked on as the primary roles of each Person of the Trinity.
For example,in creation wesee the Fatherspeaking the“Let therebe…” com-mands for thecreation of theuniverse, but wesee the Son car-rying out thesecommands, asthe Word thatproceeds fromthe Father, asexpressed inJohn 1:3 andother verses. • All things were made • For us there is one whom are all • In these last days He through Him, and God, the Father, from things and through [the Father] has spoken without Him was not whom are all things whom we exist (1 to us by His Son, whom any thing made that and for whom we Corinthians 8:6 He appointed heir of all was made (John 1:3 exist, and one Lord, ESV). things, through whom ESV). Jesus Christ, through also He created the world (Hebrews 1:2 ESV).
We also see that the Holy Spiritwas present and played a role increation as well.• The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2 ESV).
Another example is inregard to our salva-tion, redemption, anda Christian’s work forGod. God the Fathersends the Son, andthe Son obeys thewill of the Fatherby dying for human-kind—something theSon specifically does,not the Father or theHoly Spirit. Once theSon returns to heavenafter the resurrection,He and the Fathersend the Holy Spiritto strengthen ourspiritual lives and giveus power and gifts forChristian service. • You will receive • To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the power when the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Holy Spirit has Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the come upon you, working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to an- and you will be other various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by My witnesses one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:7–11 (Acts 1:8 ESV). ESV).