The Special Care of the Father, Son, and Spirit In Salvation

Peter refers to Christians as those who are chosen “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood” (1 Pet. 1:1-2). All three persons of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Spirit – are engaged in our salvation, a salvation planned before we were even created.

Reflecting on this verse, Thomas Goodwin wonders about the “special care” that each person of the Trinity would express at the moment of creation. As they say, “let us make man,” what would they say about their plan for those whom they were now going to create?

“I will choose him to life,” says the Father, “but he will fall, and so fall short of what my love designed to him.”

“But I will redeem him,” says the Son, “out of that lost estate. But yet being fallen he will refuse that grace, and the offers of it, and despise it.”

“Therefore I will sanctify him,” said the Holy [Spirit], “and overcome his unrighteousness, and cause him to accept it.”

And having this counsel and resolution about him, they still said, however, ‘Let us make him,’ and thereupon fell to making him, and have since done all this for him.

Salvation is a great work.

Thomas Goodwin, The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 7, p. 540.

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