Who is God?
A NEW VIEW OF THE TRINITY
Who do You Believe in? Whom Should we Worship? Who is God?
Jehovah's Witnesses (amongst other religious groups) are very quick to point out
that the word Trinity does not appear in the Bible. And the point, or impression
Christian scholar named Tertillian
Tertillian (a Christian scholar and author writing in the 3rd Century A.D.) is credited
with coining the phrase: -
The Nature of Christ
Questions arose concerning the nature of Christ: Who Was the Creator? What was the Holy Spirit? How did they work together? The point is that just belonging to a sacred group was not enough. People began to ask questions. Many things happened as a result of questions along these lines. Some people were put to death as heretics because their doctrinal point of view was different to that of the set teachings of the church.
The early Christian church set herself up as the only authority on doctrinal issues
The point is that there were religious scholars studying the Bible; in part to teach
the masses the Word of God and people began to ask questions concerning the nature
of God. The concept of a tri-
Protestant Church Split Away
When the Protestant Church split away from the Catholic Church there was a lot of
emotion and feelings of ill-
Some Things Did Not Change
Still, when the Protestant Church split away, some things did not change. The fundamental
teachings of the Catholic Church were carried over into the Protestant Churches,
and have pretty much remained today. Catholic interpretation of the Trinity as being
New Doctrine Emerged
A whole new doctrine or teaching emerged. That Jesus, through the blood shed on the
If you are a little confused don't worry. The teachings concerning the nature of God has confused people since the birth of human consciousness. Unfortunately this confusion has led many people into a frustration and sadness about their religion....People just want their God to be near, so they can feel His presence....
People want the Lord to be there for them when they are in need. They want Him near
when things are going well, to share in the wonder and beauty of a special moment:
We Begin To Read The Word For Ourselves
This affectional approach works fine until we begin to read the Word for ourselves
and bump up against terms like God, Lord, Creator, Messiah, Holy Spirit, Father,
Son. At some point we do need to wrestle with these terms and try to figure them
out. Let's face it, if we want to be near God -
Personally, I like the term Trinity. It sort of has a comforting and melodious feeling.
If you look in the Bible, you will find places where Jesus and the Father appear
to be two totally separate people: -
Other places indicate that Jesus and the Father are one: -
And Jesus said to Him, "have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know Me
Philip? He that has seen Me has seen the Father. Why do you say then show us the
Father. (John 14: 8-
Confusion enters, because a father and a son are spoken of as two, yet one. However, what people in the Christian Church have not done is substitute ideas for words. Some folks do not feel like they can do this, because it is messing with the Word of God. But ask yourself one question, if God was standing here, what would He want? Would He want you to stay confused, or would He want you to understand? I believe He would want you to understand His Word so that you could live by it, and grow spiritually.
For this reason, I suggest the idea of substitution. Instead of reading Father and
Son, and just moving on, substitute the Word Love for Father & God. Some people have
said to me: "But Pastor that is not Christian-
A Few Readings From Scripture
Ephesians 2: 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for His Great Love with which he loved us.
Zephania 3: 17 The Lord your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over you singing.
2 Corinthians 13: 11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of Love and peace shall be with you.
1 John 4: 7-
In this was shown the love of God toward us, because God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Surely implicit in these passages is the idea that God is Love. Is it wrong that we substitute the idea of LOVE for GOD and FATHER in our private reading? Substitute also truth or the Word for the term Son, Christ or Jesus.
More readings From Scripture
John 1: 1-
John 14: 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me.
Surely Jesus is both described and called the truth. Can we then not do the same?
The Holy Spirit
Substitute use, or activity, for the term Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit acts or operates. Uses, or charity, are performed. Jesus in talking with His disciples about a time after He has died: said:
John 14: 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.
John 15: 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, he will testify of me:
John 16: 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will lead you into all truth:
Notice how many things the Comforter or the Holy Spirit will do. The many uses or deeds of charity.
To recap then: Father = Divine Love; Jesus = Divine Truth ; and Holy Spirit = Divine Use.
Substituting these terms into Scripture we discover (I believe) great insights into the Word of God, discovering< who our Lord and God is. In the scripture already quoted above:
No one comes to the Father but by me......(John 14: 6).
No one comes to the Divine Love but by means of Divine Truth......No one can approach God apart from His Word (For Jesus is the Word made flesh) Think about this and see if you don't rediscover who the Lord is? The one God of heaven and earth:
"I am the Lord your God...You shall have no other gods before me...you shall not
bow down to them nor serve them...for I your God am a jealous God....(Exod. 20: 1-
If this be the voice of Jehovah....how can we worship Jesus as our personal Saviour?
"You shall not tempt the Lord your God!" (Matt. 4: 7)
If this is the voice of Jesus (speaking to the devil who is tempting Him) and he is here calling Himself Lord, who is God, how are we expected to worship Jehovah?
Are they not one and the same? Isn't it time we re-
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