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The Trinity of God
7/10/2013

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV)

One of the most important truths we should know about God is He is three distinct persons in one entity.  God’s nature is Triune, or three in one.  The Holy Bible clearly teaches there is only one true God, and He is revealed or manifested in three distinct persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Each person is independent of each other, but never do they act independently.  Although the word, “Trinity” doesn’t exist in the Scriptures, we have many scriptures describing its makeup. 

In the very first Scripture of The Old Testament we are told, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).  The Hebrew word used here in Genesis 1:1 for God is Elohim, which means, “more than two.’  We see this same plurality being used a few verses later in Genesis 1:26.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)

And in the New Testament we see Jesus being baptized by John and in this set of Scriptures we can see great evidence for the trinity of God. We see the Holy Spirit descending like a dove upon Jesus, while the Father speaks from above.

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 (NKJV)

And again in the same book of Matthew we see Jesus’ great commission given to His disciples—they are to go out and to make more disciples and to baptize them in the name of (1) The Father, (2) The Son, and (3) The Holy Spirit—three distinct entities but still one God.  Notice, Jesus didn’t say to baptize them in the “names” but just the “name.”

In Paul’s final salutation to the Corinthian church we see another verse displaying the trinity of the Godhead perfectly.  Paul writes, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen” (2 Cor. 13:14).  And within this verse we see great insight into each one’s attribute.  Let us take a look at these three distinct attributes that make up our God.  They are:

·      Grace: It is the grace of Christ that banishes self-assertiveness and self-seeking,

·      Love: It is the love of God that puts jealousy and anger to flight,

·      Fellowship: It is the fellowship created by the Holy Spirit that leaves no room for fighting and division.

It is through the grace shown by Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 8:9) in living and dying for humankind that God demonstrates his love (Ro 5:8) and the Holy Spirit creates fellowship (Eph 4:3). This order also reflects Christian experience.

STUDY QUESTION:  What can we derive with regard to God from these scriptures above?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see Jesus’ grace, God’s love, and the Holy Spirit’s spirit of fellowship in your life?

APPLICATION: Let’s seek to be an imitator of God, and we will have all three of these attributes.

Father, thank You for Your grace, love, and mercy upon our lives.  Help us to foster these attributes and to share them in abundance.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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