FATHER-SON-SPIRIT

Although God is Spirit the revelation throughout the Bible is that of Father-Son-Spirit. This is what most would call the Trinity. Since the creation of man we get a hint that there are three aspects of God. In the very first chapter of Genesis we read where God says, “Let us make man in our image.” While there is only one God apparently there is more than one facet to his person.

Coming to the end of a study of 2 Corinthians and I am struck by the very last verse. Paul ends the letter with “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” So here it is a Trinity of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. God we are told is love, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ, and fellowship with God is only made possible by way of his Holy Spirit. For those who say the word Trinity isn’t in the Bible I would say this is a pretty good verse that reveals three aspects of God.

What exactly is the significance of God being a Trinity anyway? Well, God is love so that means love is the source. Jesus is the means of grace therefore he is the course of love. He is the way in which we receive the love of God. Last but not least the Holy Spirit is our way of enjoying fellowship with God. The Spirit imparts the grace of the Lord with the love of God to us. The Father is the creator, the son is the re-generator and the Spirit is the sanctifier.

We see these three in the New Covenant when Jesus instructs us to be baptized. It seems there may be a little more to baptism than first meets the eye. At the end of the gospel of Matthew Jesus told his disciples to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” There has been more than one discussion over how to baptize and what to say, but that isn’t exactly what I wanted to show you today. What I want you to see is that Jesus specifically mentions all three here Father, Son and Spirit. Remember God said, “Let us make man in our image?” When Adam sinned all of humanity lost the image of three in one God. Jesus, being the last Adam, came to restore it. Water baptism of course is an illustration of the true baptism of being baptized into Christ’s death. Thank God it doesn’t end there but we were also raised with him in his resurrection. So when Jesus tells us to be baptized into Father, Son and Spirit he is essentially saying we need to receive all of what God intended for us from the beginning. This true baptism into Christ’s death, burial and resurrection is the way in which we are brought into a union with the Trinity.

We can see the work of the Trinity with a very quick skip through the 1st chapter of Ephesians. In v.4-5 we discover God the Father chose and predestined us in Christ to be holy and blameless. In v.6-12 God the Son redeemed us and made known to us the mystery of his will. In v.13-14 God the Spirit was given to us as a pledge and in him we are sealed. In v.18-23 we discover believers become part of Christ’s body and are the fullness of him who fills all in all.

According to the 2nd chapter of Ephesians we have been raised up with Christ and seated with him in heavenly places. In other words if you have been born again, by way of the Spirit of God, you are now a joint-heir with Christ. We have been joined in a fixed union with the Father-Son-Spirit God. While there are only three in the Godhead we have been brought near. So near in fact if we were any nearer we would be in the Trinity itself. I know that may sound crazy to some, but I am only saying what the Bible is saying. Let me end with something Jesus said himself. After promising the disciples he would send the Spirit he said, “At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” Wow! We as believers are in union with God! My prayer is that we would just simply believe this and agree with God.

Written by Louie

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ISOLATION OR INSULATION

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There are two outlooks in the church about how it is to behave in the world. One is that we are to withdraw from it and basically isolate ourselves. This group says we shouldn’t participate in the world’s entertainments, fashions, politics and etc. This group says we shouldn’t go to the theater, be on the internet, wear the world’s fashions and on and on. They say the bible tells us to come out from among them and be separate. We are not to be unequally yoked to unbelievers; what fellowship does light have with darkness? This group will say we are sanctified, set apart for a purpose we shouldn’t be tangled up in the world’s affairs. This group is too far away from the world to affect it.

The other group says we should use the world’s means to connect with them. This group thinks that we have to be like them in order to attract them to the church. They use their music, their fashions and phrases thinking that it can attract the world to come to church. This group is in danger of being completely absorbed by the culture and becoming of no effect whatsoever for the kingdom of God. I think we have a tendency to go to extremes in the church. There must be some other option.

Jesus prayed to his Father not that he would take us out of the world but that he would keep us from the evil. Once having become a believer in Jesus Christ we are no longer of this world. Jesus prayed that the Father would sanctify us by his word, his word is truth. The answer lies just here, it is that we are to be in the world but not of it. I believe the answer is insulation rather than isolation.

Having been born again we have the Holy Spirit within us to keep us. We are to be separate but I think it is an inward separation. We can’t hide in a cave or monastery if we are to affect the world around us. When it comes to being unequally yoked and not having fellowship with darkness, I think that means we aren’t supposed to be involved to the point that we would have to compromise our beliefs. But we must be in contact with people in the world or else we can’t share the gospel.

Ultimately I think it comes down to this, we must be in the truth and the truth is what insulates us. Without it we would easily be drawn in to the world’s philosophy and way of doing things. We would compromise our witness and like Jesus said, be good for nothing. The good news is that the insulation is a gift. The bible says that once having received the Holy Spirit we are sealed unto the day of redemption. He told us to go into the world and make disciples, therefore as we go into the world we trust him to keep the world out of us.

Written by Louie