Psalm of the Day: Psalm 31
Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 19:16-29
Scripture Reading: Luke 3:21-22
We see, in these verses, a remarkable proof of the doctrine of the Trinity. We have all the Three Persons of the Godhead spoken of, as co-operating and acting at one time. God the Son begins the mighty work of His earthly ministry, by being baptized. God the Father solemnly accredits Him as the appointed Mediator, by a voice from Heaven. God the Holy Spirit descends "in a bodily shape like a dove" upon our Lord, and by so doing declares that this is He to whom "the Father gives the Spirit without measure." (John 3:34.)
There is something deeply instructive, and deeply comforting in this revelation of the blessed Trinity, at this particular season of our Lord's earthly ministry. It shows us how mighty and powerful is the agency that is employed in the great business of our redemption. It is the common work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
All Three Persons in the Godhead are equally concerned in the deliverance of our souls from Hell. The thought should cheer us when we are disturbed and cast down. The thought should hearten and encourage us when weary of the conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil. The enemies of our souls are mighty but the Friends of our souls are mightier still. The whole power of the triune Jehovah is engaged upon our side! "A three-fold cord is not easily broken." (Ecclesiastes 4:12.)
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, thank you that God and me make the majority. If God is for me, no one or thing can be against me.
Action Plan: How do these truths change the way I live and the decisions I make?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.