The Trinity's Teamwork
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand" (Isa 64:8).
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit make up three distinct aspects of the God-head. Each of these persons form the trinity and contribute to the overall work of God. The trinity reveals God's belief in teamwork. Even God brought a team together to accomplish His purposes. The Leadership Bible gives us further insight into the distinct roles the Trinity plays.
The three Persons of the Godhead are never independent but always work together in concert. Scripture records the work of the divine trinity in the creation cosmos (see Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-17), but this perfect and harmonious interaction was especially evident in how God made it possible for people who were formerly alienated from him to be transformed into his beloved children.
Paul first spoke of the work of the Father in accomplishing our salvation in verses 3-6. The Father chose us before the creation of the world and sent his Son into the world so that through him we could be adopted into his family. Second, the apostle focused on the work of the Son in verses 7-12. Christ's blood sacrifice on our behalf paid the penalty for our sins so that we could enjoy forgiveness and lay hold of God's purpose for our lives. Third, the work of the Holy Spirit, identified in verses 13-14, seals and guarantees our spiritual inheritance. Thus, the Father initiated our salvation, The Son accomplished it and the Holy Spirit made it real in our lives. At the end of each of these three sections the phrase 'to the praise of his glory' appears. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit perform distinct roles, but they work together in perfect harmony and agreement.*
This three-fold team of the trinity is committed to bringing you into full maturity in Jesus Christ. May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit take your feet of clay and build a solid foundation for the praise of His Son.
The Leadership Bible,Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI 1998 p.1378