If you are a Midwestern reader, or in Colorado where I have many cousins, you might be tired of hearing about the 'sun hat and flip-flop' weather here in the San Diego area. So, I won't say much accept that we have blankets of purple flowers everywhere! I just love how our Lord shows off like this every spring. Only He can take barren, lifeless foliage and bring new life. And, only He can take our unsatisfying life, our fears and worries, and give new hope and new life to all who come to believe in Him. Take heart, spring is on its way!
There is no place where a life 'out of control' is more evident than in our jails and prisons. Feelings of no self-worth, fear, powerless over circumstances abound. But don't we all struggle with 'being human' in an imperfect, confusing world? I think I've mentioned several times throughout the last year of blogging that I am part of a jail ministry. I've probably shared the Lord with over a thousand female inmates during the past 10 years. The ones who come sincerely want to change their lives; we help them find a way. I've seen 24 women during the past couple of weeks and one asked me a question about the 'TRINITY'. Don't we have just one God? She wanted to know.
This past Christmas I noticed so many decorative signs that simply said - BELIEVE. I wondered, believe in what? Believe in who? Just wondered.....did any of you? As Christians we want to know WHO and WHAT! This is why my focus is always on the Bible, because this is where we discover the answers to 'who and what'.
I probably don't say this often enough.....God is able to make Himself known to everyone, everywhere - you don't need to have a Bible, you don't need to be able to read - God is not limited in any way. He gathers His sheep.....read Ezekiel 34: 11 - "I myself will search for my sheep and look after them". I think of John 10 as the 'sheep chapter', a good description of Jesus as our Lord and Shepherd. Not one of His sheep will be lost because they had limitations.
THE TRINITY as defined by Webster's New World Dictionary -
1. The condition of being three or threefold.
2. Set of three persons or things that form a unit.
3. The union of three divine persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) in one Godhead.
I recently ran across an article I'd written for our church newspaper in July 2005 about the 'Mystery of the Trinity'. I started out by writing that when my husband and I became Christians and started to study the Bible, we looked all over for the word 'Trinity'. It wasn't there! Something so fundamental to our Christian faith.....how could that be? I soon discovered that man has come up with terms that describe and reflect Biblical concepts and truths so that our human mind can grasp what Scripture teaches.
How can you have three in one? Well, think of water - H2O - this is the formula for water, two atoms of hydrogen, one atom of oxygen. We experience drinking a glass of water, holding ice cubes in our hand, and seeing steam from a kettle rising into the air - all three have exactly the same chemical make-up, but they can appear in different forms. Or, think of yourself as a person who is - a son/daughter, a husband/wife, and a father/mother - each roll is very different, but you are only ONE person.
I know I have some readers who are math oriented people so you could think of the Godhead as 1 x 1 x 1 which equals ONE! I barely passed high school algebra so I defer to the math lovers on this. When God wants to teach you a truth, He'll find a way to do it.
IMPORTANT - All three persons of the Trinity have the same attributes - they are eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and immutable - but each person has a different function.
THE FATHER- 'In the beginning God', Genesis 1:1 - pretty awesome words! It all began with Him. His Spirit hovered over the the waters, Gen 1:2. God is spirit. He spoke our world into existence....'and let there be'. God gave us 'The Law' and He is the Judge - James 4:12. God does what He has planned, He is sovereign - Psalms 115:3. The Bible paints a total picture of this sovereignty from Genesis to Revelation. He is the One we run to - "Abba Father" - Romans 8:15. And best of all, He loves us and provided a way to live with Him eternally.
JESUS - Jesus is God in the flesh - "He became man and dwelt among us" - John 1:14. Jesus was with God in the beginning and through Him all things were made - John 1: 2-3. He paid the penalty for our sins, John 3:16, He carries our burdens, Matthew 11:28, and supplies our faith, Hebrews 12:2. Only those who believe in Him will go to heaven, Acts 4:12.
HOLY SPIRIT - comes to live in us when we receive salvation, Acts 2:38. He is the 'deposit' who guarantees our inheritance - eternal life, until Jesus comes to redeem us. He gives us the power to live the Christian life and it is He who produces the fruit in a believer's life - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control - Galatians 5: 22 - 23.
I'd like to summarize this piece by referring you to Ephesians 1: 3-14. I could write it all out, but I know you'd be so blessed if you got out a Bible and looked it up for yourself, that I'm going to resist the temptation to do that. You won't believe all the information in these few incredible verses!!
I am in awe of You Lord! My human mind can't totally grasp all you are and who you are. I thank you for your love letter to us, the Bible, so we can be fed the 'bread of life' every time we open it.
Since Valentines Day will soon be upon us, next blog I'll share what the Bible says about LOVE.
Bobbe Van Hise
- Over the past few years my blog has been visited by people from all over the world. Very few know me, or of me, they simply are looking information concerning the Bible and discover my blog. After many years of intense study and teaching, I've come to believe we are vulnerable to misguided and incorrect teaching if we don't understand for ourselves the teaching of God's Word. My 'hot buttons' are - grace, sovereignty, exhortations and sanctification. If you understand these basic principles of Scripture, and apply them to daily life, you will understand what it means to have peace, joy and absolute security in any circumstance.