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Is the God of the Bible a Trinity?
Matthew 3:16,17 ‘Jesus, when He was baptized, went up directly out of the water: and, behold, the heavens were opened unto Him, and he (John) saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting on Him: and, behold, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’
The Trinity has long been a subject of controversy, often because the word is not found in the Bible. ‘The Trinity’ is the term used to describe the three distinct persons of the ‘Godhead’. Although each person is distinct and unique, they also share common attributes such as omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. The above verses are direct evidence of the existence of the Trinity. When Jesus, Who was God incarnate, was baptized in the river Jordan, God the Holy Spirit descended upon Him from heaven in the likeness of a dove, and God the Father spoke from heaven commending His Son. Although the mere fact of the existence of a ‘three in one’ God is beyond human comprehension, many verses in the Bible confirm the work and character of each. Some have used the analogy of time when explaining the Trinity. The present, past and future are all distinct and different, yet all three are integral parts of time. In the final chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus commanded the apostles to ‘teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’, in this case specifically naming each member of the Trinity. Also, throughout the Bible all three persons are referred to as God, leaving no doubt as to the deity of each. In future meditations we will look at each person of the Trinity individually, and see the consistency of character and attributes of each.
Who is the God of the Bible?
Exodus 20:2,3 ‘I am the Lord your God…you shall have no other gods except Me.’
To begin our meditations, we’ll take a few days to consider just who is the God that is revealed in the Bible. Many people have a variety of concepts of God, ranging from a harsh judge who just sits somewhere out in the universe waiting for us to sin and then convict and condemn us, to one who is unable to help us even if he wanted to. Some don’t even believe in the existence of God, and if He does exist He couldn’t care less about humanity in light of all the violence and destruction that’s occurred throughout the earth over centuries, and still continues. But the God of the Bible is very different from these descriptions, and not only is He the Creator of the universe and mankind, but He cares deeply about each person, and desires nothing but the best for His creation, both here and hereafter. God created man in His image, but in His wisdom, did not take away man’s freedom to choose between good and evil. Since man decided to choose a path in contradiction to God’s plan and desire, humanity has been paying a severe price for it’s disobedience and rebellion. Although God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (present everywhere), He will not control the will of any individual, since doing so would effectively make every person a robot. Instead, God has clearly revealed His will for mankind through the Bible, and given us the option of choosing obedience and life, or disobedience and death. God wants each of us to choose life, which is found only by acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord. Have you made that decision?
A little byte to meditate upon
Jesus replied, “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:40
Jan 13th, 2016
The Effect Of The Sanctuary
In our bible study,last night, the pastor read psalm 73. The
following verse stuck in my mind.
Psalm 73:17 "Until I went into the Sanctuary of God,
then understood I their end."
This psalm was written by Asaph the seer, or prophet. All Israel
used to sing songs written by him and David.
Martin Luther said of this psalm, "It is a psalm that instructs
us against that great offence and stumbling block concerning which
all prophets have complained, that is, the wicked flourish, they
enjoy prosperity and increase in abundance, while the godly suffer
cold and hunger and are afflicted and spat upon, being despised
Many of us, who are in Christ, think like this today....
You can continue reading the complete meditation,
The Effect Of The Sanctuary, by Hedley Palmer,here