TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (3)

Love, Saviour & the Spirit…..and these three are one (1John 5:7).

            What does the baptismal creed instruct? “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” [Matthew 28:19]. The Greek text actually says, “…into the name of……” Baptism is a dedication of the baptised to the service of the Deity and never to any creature. These Three share eternity of Divine nature, simply because this consecration is eternally to the One receiving the dedication: God, in Three Persons. The concluding grace benediction of every Christian service includes Them in 2Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” This is the benediction which proves the doctrine of Divine Trinity in unity, according to JFB COMMENTARY.

   Seated behind the katapetasma

            In the Palestinian days of His earthly sojourn, and in fact, centuries before then, Jehovah God was seated in the holiest compartment of the temple, covered by the second veil, called katapetasma (kat-ap-et’-as-mah). God, the Father, needed not come down. Seated in Majestic Divinity, receiving worship was the Holy Spirit. Why? Because the Trinity constitutes one God. We understand from Scripture that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit, both of God the Father and of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is, therefore, not left out in the profundity of John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.” Put ‘I’ and ‘are’ together and an invocation of ‘I AM,’ the covenant name of JEHOVAH has been established. The verb ‘are,’ esmen (es-men’), is the plural of eimi (i-mee’): ‘to be, to exist;’ which God used in ‘I AM.’

                The personal ‘my’ is in italics, hence, not in the original script. Remove ‘my’ and it comes in its forceful: “I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE.” The last word, ‘one’ is heis (hice), a neuter ‘one’ implying one in all things: essence, power, majesty, knowledge.’ The conjunction ‘and’ is kai (kahee): ‘also, even, indeed, but; a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force.’ Together with the Holy Spirit, the Trinity is One God, having a community of all the attributes of Deity. The Trinity share in the glory of salvation. Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” attests to it. They do not stop working for the saved souls. “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” [Ephesians 2:18].      

The Trinity shares Divine attributions

                They are co-eternal:

                Psalm 41:13, singing the eternal nature of the Father, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen;” is a psalm of David. Moses, the great prophet of God, wrote of the Father’s eternal attribute in Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”  Jesus told Apostle John in Revelation 1:8 of His Being: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

                Prophet Isaiah corroborates in the 41st chapter the 4th verse of his prophetic utterance, “Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.” Is it not elucidative that both the Father and the Lord Jesus are “the first, and with the last?” The Holy Spirit is eternal as Paul teaches in Hebrews 9:14, “…who through the eternal Spirit….” The questions I would like to ask those who think and teach a non-intelligent Holy Spirit are: Did God have to create His own Spirit –having none in the beginning? How can a lifeless Spirit teach (John 14:26), receive worship (seated in the holy of the holies of the Temple) and punish (Acts 5:4-11)? God must be exanimate to need a Spirit for Himself.                 

(…to be continued…)

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TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (2)

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.

(Continued from the first part…)

            In the Godhead of the Divinity, are three distinctive Persons. No scriptural tenability suffers a fourth Member. For two good reasons Jehovah must assume plurality. Of a cardinal importance in HIS plurality is the incongruity of having intelligent entities of creationism experiencing pluralism before being noticed in the Creator. “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” [Colossians 1:18]. It is of a very scriptural convenience to ascribe Christ’s nature to the Father’s. “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them;” asseverates Jesus in John 17:10. How can God the Father enter into a community of ownership with another when Scripture does asseverates, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” [Isa 42:8]?

 Inseparable Trinity

                The LORD God knew that He would create many angelic beings. If ten angels should say to three angels, “We love you,” the numerical strength of the ‘we’ or that of ‘you’ is more than a solitary angel. Even on the sixth day of Adamic formation it was a couple, more than one, which had always experienced the fellowship with an Entity called the LORD God every cool of the evening. Of cruciality of noteworthiness is the facticity that God’s created intelligent beings would have to use the plurality of ‘we,’ ‘us,’ ‘you,’ ‘they’ and ‘them’ experientially before God, thereby making God to learn of this reality from the lives of His created ones. This would not make His Almighty sense!

The grace of the Jesus Christ, the love of God, the communion of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

            God should be able to point at two of Himself and also make an address as Plural Being. Christ, holding hands and side by side with another One, let us say, the Holy Spirit, will say, “You sit on the throne and We will go down to the earth,” and each of the ‘We’ is God Eternal. Christ points at the Father and the Holy Spirit and says, “They are My Fellows.” While the chief reason is of the Divinity, the second reason concerns human predicament of the soulish man.

            His kerygma, when it finds its rejuvenation into the porosity of selected hearts, will no doubt engender a soteriological stance in them, ergo, needing His saving grace. It must require a sinlessness of nature to salvage creatures fallen into the quagmire of inquiry. An angel cannot do it. An angelic soteriologic emancipation lays a foundation for angelic worship: quite an egregious anomaly of scripture!

  HE IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA

                The LORD God will remain eternally spotless spiritually. He alone, therefore, must show His unprecedented loving kindness. He cannot, as the eternally seated One on the throne (Eternal Judge), come down to save mankind. The invisibility of the Holy Spirit would not attempt it. This leaves the seen One among the Three: the Second Member, Jesus Christ. HE is the Jehovah of legality. There is no way, according to the Scripture of theology, that any man would ever be jurisprudentially redeemed into God’s eternal loving arms, as far as adjudication is concerned, if He were just One Entity. Another reason why Christ must wear the toga of corporeality is that if One of the Members does not, of necessity, assume the representative capacity of Sonship, none can ever enter the filial relationship of “Abba Father” with the Creator. That in all things He might have the preeminence. Amen.

            Trinitarian proofs abound.

            The very first sentence of the entire Bible proves the veracity of the doctrine of Trinity. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” [Genesis 1:1]. Four being the number of creation: for on day 4 God created the lights -of illumination of Him-, the fourth word is ‘God.’ ‘Elôhı̂ym (el-o-heem’) is the Hebrew for ‘God,’ meaning ‘God, judge or strong one, in the plural.’ In the second verse “…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters;” introduces the Third Member of the Godhead. A diligent perusal of the scriptures will reveal the ‘light’ of verse three to be the true Light of John 1:3, ‘made flesh’ in John 1:14 because He, in the heavenly assizes, had carried out the emptying of Himself in the great kenoo or kenosis of Philippians 2:7. So, when one reads the biblical account of “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” (Genesis 1:26), it is too obvious that He could not have addressed angels, for scriptural obviousness, and that the Ones He addressed were Christ and the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (1)

                This is the verity of the Godhead.

                Eternally seated on the throne is One.

                Through the macrocosmic truism of creationism, in the corporeality of the Godhead, of Himself, traverses One.

                Filling to the brim, the entire universe and creation, and to an overflowing is, yet of HIM, the Third One.

                Who among the Three-like-One and the One-like-Three is greater or the greatest?                          

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TRINITY (Mythical Or A Reality ?) Part Two

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The party was coming to an end so we had to discontinue our discussion. The following day at work Kudirat said she checked and found that the Quoranic verses were true. She would like to hear about how the Trinity solves the sin question. We have an hour break so, we chose to use it to understand the mysterious conundrum of the Trinity which I call ‘the three like one, one like three.’ A conundrum worth demystifying. All eyes and ears were turned to me so I continued.

“If God was going to create gregarious beings then He must need be the first to experience and to enjoy gregariousness. If He did not ensure this then the scripture will be deceitful in asserting ‘His preeminent state in all things’. For this number one reason, I believe, that God exists eternally a Triune distinct Personages in one God. Jehovah did this to engender the theological relationship theory of I-It, I-Thou and We-You. The ‘I-It’ is a subject-object relationship the Persons experienced with non-gender substances before intelligent beings came into being. I-Thou was first experienced by God such that when any of the Father, Christ or the Holy Spirit would have said, “You” it was to the eternal Christ, the ageless Holy Spirit or the Ancient of Days. God must experience plurality first as each One of them had on several occasions addressed the Other Two with a plural, “You,” experiencing sociality. Long before creationism, in the eternity past, had the Godhead, of three distinct Persons, practised gregariousness. This fact debunks the fatal defect of Unitarian views of Islam, Judaism and Jehovah’s Witnesses that there is only one person in the Godhead.

The second reason takes a soteriological stance. God has to be more than one to satisfy the legality that binds salvation. God as the Judge cannot be the Advocate to the created when he eventually falls. God alone can perform the vicarious death, hence, the Eternal Son. God, as a Judge (without a deputy), is eternally in heaven on the throne. How does He prove His power, His ubiquity and His divine acceptance of earthly worship? The Holy Spirit fills all, He is the all-powerful power Endower and is the One who is seated in the holy of holies in the great Jerusalem Temple as the Jewish Jehovah. Is there a fourth that you know of? I think not! You can only be saved from your sinful nature by the finished work of God (not of the Judge (the Father) but the Christ: called ‘Son’ in His representative capacity of Divinity). Spiritual empowerment and sealing to prove the genuineness of salvation is provided by the Holy Spirit so that when you appear before the thrice holy Eternal God His judgment of Ezekiel 18:4, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die,” will not fall on you. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33.

Many are the scriptures that corroborate the Trinitarian conceptual stand, each of which gives not Personages more or less than three. Matthew 3:13-17 records the baptism of Jesus. Baptism is testamentary of sin exoneration which identifies one with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Which of the sins is Jesus guilty of? None! This baptism is meant to identify the Lord with mankind He came to exonerate: for water is a scriptural symbolism of the human race. In verse sixteen we see John, not inclined to suffer Him for the ritual, knowing the Personage standing before him. Two heavenly Entities amalgamated to confirm the act, two being the number of testimony and of witness, proving that Christ is the only visibility of the Godhead. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” Matthew 28:19. ‘Teach’: mathēteuō (math-ayt-yoo’-o) {which comes from mathētēs (math-ay-tes) ‘a learner’} means, intransitively, ‘to become a pupil’; transitively, ‘to disciple, that is, enroll as scholar.’ ‘Name’ is onoma (on’-om-ah) ‘a “name” (literally or figuratively), (authority, character)’, which comes from ginōskō ‘knowledge;’ which compares with oninēmi (on-in’-ay-mee) ‘to gratify, that is, (middle voice) to derive pleasure or advantage from.’ This ‘name’ (note its singularity – encapsulating the three) is a title (the knowledge of which is as gratifying as it is advantageous) which is shared by the Trinity. ‘Son’ an interesting huios (hwee-os), the highest form of sonship, culturally, speaks of a one whose representative capacity of his father is a legality.

2Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” This is the benediction shared by Christians in a Church service which involves the Trinity. God will not share His glory (Isaiah 42:8) so why would Jesus and the Holy Spirit share a worshipful rite with the Father? Ah! You see, They share the common Deity.

Jesus told them, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me” 1Corinthians 11:25. This communion takes us back to Exodus 12:14 when God told them, “And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever;” a proof that Jehovah and Jesus are the same. I believe it would not be difficult to see who God meant in His reference to ‘us’, found in Genesis 1:26. They could never be angels as is erroneously believed. Angels are not participatory to creationism or else we will be paying obeisance to them in worshipful subjection, having created us.

In the book of Revelation 5:13, obeisance is given to God on the throne and to the Lamb. “Where is the ‘Third’?” you may ask. HE is very much there: “…and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;” Revelation 4:5. When a person gets born again he receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Acts 1:4-5, 2:1-4, which Jesus authored, John 3:14 and John 1:29; having been ordained by the Father, John3:16. Amen!

Jesus promised to visit whoever opens his heart to Him when He knocks, Revelation 3:20. Jesus promised to come with the Father, John 14:23, (not forgetting the already divine indwelling). Trinity! We pray to the Father (Luke 11:2), in the name of Jesus (John 14:13) and in the energy of the Holy Spirit, Romans 8:26. Trinity! The only reason why we desire heaven is because of the Father, seated in the divinity of the rainbow administration of HIS Royal Majesty (John 16:28 & Revelation 4:3); and the only thing which gets us there is ‘the walk’ with Him, patterned after the footsteps of Jesus, the most enigmatic Personage to tread upon the surface of this terra firma (Matthew 9:9), under the divine tutelage and in dwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26), and it is in this verse we come to the acknowledgement of the uniqueness of a classic working in unison of the Trinity! Amen! At the Incarnation, there is the Son, given by the Father (Isaiah 9:6; John 3:16) and the indefatigable, overshadowing power of the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35), working in a mysterious unison to perfect the salvation of mankind. You can be a glorious recipient of the celestial gift of God today. How? It is by getting born again. You will have to pray this prayer as if it is your last prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

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