“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Galatians 1:3-4)
Reading about Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins, might give us the impression that saving humans is only Jesus’ work. But today’s text makes us clear that God the Father is involved as well: Jesus’ salvation work is “according to the will of our God and Father”. The same is proclaimed by Jesus: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone
who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life” (John 6:40). And God the Holy Spirit is involved too — “He saved us … by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
Reading various Bible texts thus shows us that all three Persons of the trinity are involved in the salvation of humans. They have different “roles”, but the same goal. They are a unity, both in their Being and in their work. Therefore, Bible writers can state in one verse that we are saved by God the Father, and in another verse that our salvation is the work of
Jesus Christ. Both are true.
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