For Sunday, June 3, 2012
One reason for each of this week’s readings being chosen is their shared focus on the Trinity. Christianity is unique among world religions in claiming that God is both one and three. He is one being in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This passage calls out each of these three persons explicitly. The Father is mentioned in relation to God’s children calling out, “Abba, Father” (v. 15). The Son is mentioned in relation to our being “joint heirs with Christ” if we would share both in his sufferings as well as his glory (v. 17). The Holy Spirit is mentioned in relation to our being led by the Spirit (v. 14) and the Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God (v. 16).
Just as we experience 3-way community with our mother and father so does God experience 3-way community with Himself. We are not meant to live only for ourselves but for one another. This is why Paul encourages us in this passage to put to death the deeds of the flesh (read sinful self-absorbtion) so that we will experience the true life of the Spirit which is infused with peace and joy.
Point to Ponder:
What is your fondest memory of time with your Mom and/or Dad? How might that point to the peace and joy of living in the Spirit?