Insist that we hold this doctrine of God…

What is it that we Christians affirm when we sing and recite and pray to the true and living God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? One God, yet a Godhead of three; three Persons, yet one God—how did we arrive at this understanding? Is it truly the teaching of Scripture, and must we believe this same truth today? Why did the church insist so early that we hold this doctrine of God? Does it have any impact upon our larger theological understanding? Further, does it matter in terms of our own lives of faith and worship and prayer?

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 235

People must hear the gospel…

This text teaches powerfully, then, that people must hear the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ in order to be saved, and that the Holy Spirit was sent precisely to empower this very proclamation in the name of Jesus, that people in all the nations might be saved. The notion that the Spirit works independently of knowledge of Christ and the gospel is directly refuted by Jesus’ teaching in this text alone.

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 1623

True love is shown precisely in…

True love, then, is “wrapped” in relationships, and whenever those relationships involve some level of authority and submission, the love of the Son for the Father, and of the Father for the Son, instruct us concerning just what love really is. Our sentimental notions of love need to be displaced with the real-life love shown us in this Father-Son relationship. No greater love exists than this love, and so no better model exists by which we may learn, and relearn, how love is rightly expressed. True love, more often than we think, is shown precisely in loving obedience or in loving authority. May we reflect deeply on the love relationship of the Father and the Son and allow this reality to reshape the love relationships of our lives.

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 1418

Three persons of the one Godhead…

There is one and only one God, eternally existing and fully expressed in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead is equally God, each is eternally God, and each is fully God—not three gods but three Persons of the one Godhead. Each Person is equal in essence as each possesses fully the identically same, eternal divine nature, yet each is also an eternal and distinct personal expression of the one undivided divine nature.

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 1427

Christian prayer is prayer to the Father…

Christian prayer, as such, is prayer to the Father, in the name and by the authority of the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 2190

Jesus’ divine nature is…

Jesus’ divine nature is omnipotent, omniscient, and in every way infinite and eternal in the fullness of perfection. Furthermore, Jesus’ divine nature is the identically same divine nature as the divine nature of the Spirit and of the Father.

Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 1216