Q&A: The Holy Trinity in Salvation

The Holy Trinity in Salvation

Which persons of the Trinity are involved in our salvation?

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If you can understand how the Holy Trinity works in achieving our salvation, it will, even those who are skeptical of the Trinity, put them at ease. First, we hear throughout Jesus' missions talking about obedience to the Father. And you see the Lord Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane crying, "Father let your will be done, not my will." So, we can see that in our salvation we have the Father actually sending the Son, the Father actually giving the Son over to die on the cross for our sins. But linked to that we have the Son obeying the will of the Father, we have the Son dying on the cross for our sins. And we get that picture again on the cross when the Son cries, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani" — "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" — when the Son experienced the full wrath of God, when the Son has the sins of the world on him. So, you see there again the Father is involved in our salvation, the Son is involved in our salvation. But you also have the Holy Spirit involved in our salvation, because unless the Holy Spirit works in changing our hearts, in actually bringing us to faith to the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot really come to believe in him. Therefore, we have all three persons of the Trinity involved in our salvation.

Answer by Dr. Vuyani Sindo

Dr. Vuyani Sindo is a lecturer at George Whitefield College in Capetown, South Africa.