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The Holy Trinity in Salvation

With man’s fail­ure to ful­fill him­self in his cre­at­ed unique­ness, God under­takes the spe­cial action of sal­va­tion. The Father sends forth His Son (Word) and His Spir­it in yet anoth­er mis­sion. The Word and the Spir­it come to the Old Tes­ta­ment saints to make known the Father. The Word, as it were, incar­nates him­self in the Law (in Hebrew called the “words”) which is inspired by the Spir­it. The Spir­it inspires the prophets to pro­claim the Word of God. Thus, the Law and the Prophets are rev­e­la­tions of God in His Word and His Spir­it. They are par­tial rev­e­la­tions, “shad­ows” (as the New Tes­ta­ment calls them), pre­fig­ur­ing the total rev­e­la­tion of the “full­ness of time” and prepar­ing its coming. 

When the time is ful­filled and the world is made ready, the Word and the Spir­it come once more—no longer by their mere action and pow­er, but now in their own per­sons, dwelling per­son­al­ly in the world. 

The Word becomes flesh. The only-begot­ten Son is born as a man, Jesus of Nazareth. And the Spir­it who is in him is giv­en to all men to make them also sons of the Father in an eter­nal devel­op­ment of attain­ing His per­fec­tion by grow­ing for­ev­er “to the mea­sure of the stature of the full­ness of Christ” (Eph 4:13).

Thus, in the New Tes­ta­ment we have the full epiphany of God, the full man­i­fes­ta­tion of the Holy Trin­i­ty: the Father through the Son in the Spir­it to us; and we in the Spir­it through the Son to the Father.