The Trinity in Salvation
1. THE FATHER planned salvation (Rom. 8:28-31).
He sent His Son (1 John 4:9-10).
He gave His Son (John 3:16; Rom.8:32).
2. THE SON did the actual WORK of salvation (John 17:4;19:30).
He is the Great Savior (Titus 2:13-14).
He died to provide salvation (1 Tim. 2:6).
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT convicts the world (1 Jn 16:8) and gives new life to them that believe(2 Cor. 3:6).
He gives the redeemed a NEW BIRTH (John 3:5; Tit. 3:5).
He beautifies the sinner and places him IN CHRIST (2 Cor. 5:17), and provides him with the glorious garments of redemption, sanctification and justification (1 Cor. 6:11, and see 1 Cor. 1:30).
O long and dark the stairs I trod
With trembling feet to find my God
Gaining a foothold bit by bit;
Then slipping back and losing it.
Never progressing; striving still
With weakening grasp and faltering will,
Bleeding to climb to God while He
Serenely smiled, unnoting me.
Then came a certain time when I
Loosened my hold and fell thereby;
Down to the lowest step, my fall,
As if I had not climbed at all.
Now when I lay despairing there,
Listen.....a footfall.... on the stair....
On that same stair where I ... afraid,
Faltered and fell and lay dismayed,
And lo, when hope had ceased to be,
My God came down the stairs... to me.
adapted from a middletown church article (not the poem)