God–The Holy Trinity–”created the heavens and the earth,” and “behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:1, 31). However, Adam and Eve fell into sin and plunged God’s good creation into decay and death (Gen 3). To rescue the beloved Creation the Son of God would be “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” to be “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). As Jesus “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:33), He also raises up all the baptized and pours out the Spirit upon them through the preaching of His Gospel. He sends out His apostles–and the Church founded on their teaching (Eph 2:20)–to “make disciples of all nations” by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and “teaching them to observe all that [He has] commanded” (Matt. 28:19–20). Through such baptizing and teaching, Gospel and Sacraments, God — The Holy Trinity–recreates us in His image and likeness, and behold, it is “very good.” (Gen. 1:31)