The Trinity: “let us save man.”

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;  and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 16-17

J.C. Ryle with a great insight found at Grace Gems:

We are told of the presence of all three people of the blessed Trinity.

  1. God the Son, manifest in the flesh, is baptized.
  2. God the Spirit descends like a dove, and lights upon Him.
  3. God the Father speaks from heaven with a voice.

In a word we have the manifested presence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Surely we may regard this as a public announcement, that the work of Christ was the result of the eternal counsels of all the Three.

It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, “let us make man.”

It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, “let us save man.”


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