Know Christ, Know God

“He is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of his nature…” -Hebrews 1:3

Too often we forget the triune nature of God. We tend to separate out the Father from the Son from the Holy Spirit in a way that is unbiblical at best. We’re tempted to think that the Son loves us more than the Father, whose wrath the Son came to bear on our behalf. Then, we think that the Spirit is the softer, more easily offended of the three. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The writer of Hebrews tells us in the first chapter that when we look upon Christ, we are seeing the fullness of the Godhead. That means that whatever attributes we see in Christ, these are the same as the Father and the Holy Spirit. Do you see compassion in Christ? That same compassion is in the Father and the Holy Spirit. Do we see righteous anger in Christ? That same righteous anger is in the Father and the Holy Spirit. Do we see a heart of forgiveness in Christ? That same heart of forgiveness is in the Father and the Holy Spirit.

We should not think that Christ is more compassionate and willing to forgive than the Father is. We should not think that the Holy Spirit is easier to approach than either the Father or the Son. All three persons of the Godhead work together for our good. Romans 8:31-35 makes it clear that both the Father and the Son are for us. They are both invested in our good. They are both intent on our salvation and redemption. Just a bit earlier in the same chapter, Pauls tells us that the Spirit is also equally invested in our good to the point that He prays and intercedes for us to pray in accordance with the Father’s will on our behalf (Rom. 8:26).

Do not be tempted to think that God the Father is not eager to welcome you into His family. If Christ has forgiven and welcomed you, you are welcomed into all that God has, and is, for you!

In Christ, we see everything that God is. If you find hope and comfort in Christ, that is the same hope and comfort that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit extend to you. If you find forgiveness and a sense of welcome in the heart of Christ, that is the same forgiveness and welcome that is extended to you by the Father and the Spirit. Do not be tempted to think that God the Father is not eager to welcome you into His family. If Christ has forgiven and welcomed you, you are welcomed into all that God has and is for you!