January 26th, 2019
As we grow in understanding in our walk with the Lord, we find that we are allowed greater and greater understanding where there once were questions. We don’t necessarily get the full picture because that simply isn’t what we are afforded to from this vantage point in the flesh. But with the Holy Spirit here within us and if we are willing to listen to His guidance; He will teach us ‘All things’. This comes straight from the Lord Jesus himself.
“I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”
John 14:25-26 (CSB)
The purpose in bringing this to your attention is that as a young believer I was fairly certain that it was a white-haired, full bearded God the Father that created the trees, us and everything we have come to know.
Then later I ran into the first chapter of the Gospel of John and that told me that it was through Jesus the son who is referred to as The Word, that not only was everything made but His power actually holds it all together. Revelation, I thought!
Finally, I realized in the creation account found in Genesis chapter one the Holy Spirits involvement in the creation event as well.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (CSB)
As well as Job comments:
His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent.
Job 26:13 (NLT)
It was when I realized that while Jesus had a leading role in the creation event, God the Father and the Holy Spirit were not taking a nap. There are scripture references that credit portions of the creation event to all three, and at the same time often refers to all three members of the Trinity as one entity.
Here is where we get hung up in a tender confusion trap laid out by some unscrupulous fiend.
Perhaps the most notable military tactic is to divide and concur. We tend to make a big deal out of identifying which persona of the Trinity is doing some specific thing when in actuality their unified existence is entirely predicated on their ability to function as one.
“My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 10:27-30 (CSB)
“I and the Father are one.” It just doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Let’s not get confused about this mystery, just accept in faith that we serve a living God who is literally three in one. When you give honor and glory to one element of the Trinity you give glory and honor to all. Having a conversation with the Holy Spirit inside of us conveys the content of that conversation in the heavens to the Father, and our pleadings are felt in the heart of The Son.
Yes, celebrate their individual attributes but know that when you’re dealing with one, you’re dealing with all. There is no distance between the three as there is only one God and he is the first and the last, his own reference point.
There are many names which refer to God recorded in scripture one count I was looking over noted twenty-one different names and variations to names for the Lord God. YAHWAH is considered to be the only proper name associated with God and in most of our English translations is written as LORD in all capitals.
When Moses had his direct encounter with the LORD before a bush that was burning and never consumed, Moses asked God who God was. For the longest time, God’s response to Moses left me a bit bewildered because I didn’t understand why God would brush off Moses like that if he was trying to relate instructions to Moses.
But that thinking comes from our perspective. When we ask someone who they are, they will relate to us perhaps their parents as a reference point, they might identify themselves as working for a particular business or cause, but there is always something that is used as a reference point to identify an individual apart from any other individual. We identify as Christians, believers, disciples, and followers of Jesus, every one of these descriptions identifies us based on the core of our faith.
Then Moses asked God, “If I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what should I tell them?”
God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”
Exodus 3:13-14 (CSB)
Was God blowing sand in Mosses ear, for asking a question that God thought was pure folly?
No, God wasn’t disregarding the question Moses asked of him. In fact, God’s answer was probably the best possible answer that Moses could understand.
God told him to tell them I AM sent you.
God has always been and always will be, there simply isn’t any reference point to identify God by, God just IS, God just WAS, and God just WILL BE!
We tend to get so hung up on focusing on the separate parts of the Trinity that we fail to understand that despite their separate roles and the things that they do and are, they are one God who is LORD. We should never lose sight of that.
Jesus played a major role in the creation event, but the Father was integral as was the Spirit.
When Moses stood before the burning bush, we see that the voice identified himself as I AM and was, in fact, the LORD, but the Son and the Spirit were not standing by idle.
And if you want to understand better how the sacrifice of Jesus was so impactful to him you only have to go as far as to understand that for the first and only time ever Jesus was separated from the Father.
The very central definition of hell is eternal separation from God. Jesus chose to do that for us so that we would never be apart from him. He underwent alienation from God the Father so that he might purchase our redemption by accepting our guilt and punishment.
The Glorious thing about the crucifixion is that Jesus triumphed over sin and death. In our terms it was only three days in the grave but understand Jesus is God, he didn’t stop being God when His Father turned his face away. Those three days were an eternity for Jesus as he took the punishment for every sin of every person who was or will be upon himself, paid the debt, and purchased our redemption.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:7-8 (CSB)
That’s why His grace is unbounded. He covered it all. We just have to surrender and accept that grace to be made whole and begin a life that never ends as our spirit joins with His.
Yes, there is three in one, but don’t forget the oneness of them all, because it was that sacrifice that separated them for a time that paved the path of salvation by faith for us.
How great is our God? He is LORD of all! And he created, so we might be all in Him and He in us.
In His Grace,