Trinity Worksheet #6: The Father’s Work in Salvation

Whenever the one true God is at work, each Person of the Trinity is at work. This very fact magnifies God’s omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and loving intimacy. In the work of salvation (how God saves a sinner), the Father, Son, and Spirit work in unison, while performing distinct tasks. Here we will explore the Scriptures that speak of the Father’s work in salvation.  


1) The Father sent His Son:

John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.’

1 John 4:14 ‘We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.’

Why?

John 3:17 ‘For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.’


2) The Father imputed our sin to His Son

Rom 8:3 ‘For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh…’

2 Cor 5:21 ‘He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.’


3) The Father punished His Son as a substitute for our sins

Is 53:4-5 ‘Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.’

Is 53:10 ‘But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.’


4) The Father raised His Son from the dead

Acts 2:32 ‘This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.’

Acts 3:15 ‘…but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.’

Rom 6:4 ‘Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.’

Eph 1:19-20 ‘…and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might, which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…’


5) The Father exalted His Son to His right hand

Eph 1:20 (directly above)

Phil 2:9-11 ‘For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

Acts 5:30-31 ‘The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.’


6) The Father calls all humans to repentance and belief

Acts 17:30-31 ‘Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.’

1 John 3:23 ‘This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.’


[NOTE: References and categories of thought have been borrowed liberally from Paul Washer’s Knowing the Living God, Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and Robert Raymond’s A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith. These blog entries are merely “worksheets,” hopefully enabling the reader to peruse a multitude of relevant texts at once. Little original thought is added by Sam Caldwell, no credit is due to these blog entries, and no plagiarism at all is intended.]

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