God in three Persons for His world
In creation, the Father spoke. The Son is the Word going forth. All things came into being through Him (John 1:3). The Spirit, moving over the surface of the waters (Gen 1:2), brings forth being and life.
In anticipating redemption (the new creation), the Father purposed salvation in counsel with the Son and the Spirit (Heb 9:14, 13:20, Col 1:18-20).
The Father is presented as the One purposing and sending. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). He sends His Son.
The Son obeyed and accomplished redemption. The Son comes into the world acknowledging, “A body you have prepared for Me; . . . Behold, I have come . . . to do Your will, O God” (Heb 10:5-7). The Father commands. The Son obeys.
The Father provides and prepares the body which the Son receives. The Holy Spirit comes upon Mary, overshadowing her with the power of the Most High and the Son is conceived (Luke 1:35).
The Son lives as a man in communion with and obedience to the Father. The Father anoints Him with the Holy Spirit for ministry and the Son becomes the sacrifice that atones for the sins of the world.
Jesus’ redeeming work is vindicated by the Spirit (1 Tim 3:16) and the Father raises Him up from death and exalts Him at His right hand (Eph 1:20-21).
Receiving the promised Holy Spirit from the Father, the Son pours Him out in the lives of believers (Acts 2:33). The Spirit imparts the Son’s life and authority to them, giving them new birth as the Father’s own sons and daughters (John 3:5-8) and indwelling them with the life, authority, and power of the Son, Whose corporate body they are (Eph 1:18-20, 22-23).
“For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father Who speaks in you” (Matt 10:20).
(Spotlight 12, Lesson 3 in Doctrine 101: Learning about God)