How do we separate the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? We DON’T! They are ONE and we are in them!
15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous [righteous living is done in partnership with Jesus], but terror to evildoers [“Payday someday;” the consequences of sin come due eventually].
Let’s review yesterday’s post:
- Jesus was face-to-face with the Father BEFORE creation.
- Jesus was the Agent of creation.
- Jesus is the radiance of the Father’s glory, the exact representation of His being.
We are beginning to see that Jesus is more than just a Prophet. Now, we come to Jesus’ own words about His relationship with the Father.
30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:30
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9
21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:21
The phrase, “that they also may be in us,” is a GREAT BIG CLUE as to the nature of Christ’s mission. Could it be that when Christ died on the cross for us that we all became one with and in the Trinity? If so, then repentance is more about “changing the way we think” (the actual definition) rather than being sorry for our sins.
Back to the Trinity:
Our best verses for the basis of the Trinity is found sprinkled throughout Jesus’ last words to His disciples in the upper room:
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, John 14:16
23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26
10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. John 15:10
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. John 15:26
7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:13-15
23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23
Whew! I wasn’t kidding, was I? Jesus talks about the Father, Himself, and the Spirit interchangeably. It is this fellowship into which we are invited. Wow! The love, joy and peace that emanate from this Trinity is what we feel when we are in close communion with Them. Even though they are individual in the sense that we perceive them as individuals, we should never separate them in our minds, for they are One (that’s a brain-stretcher!).
As we enter into fellowship, praise, and feasting (at our church), may we worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Three-In-One. Tomorrow, we look at 1 John 4 and see how John described the Trinity.
Abba, I address You, my heavenly Father, understanding that my fellowship with Jesus through His Spirit who lives in me is with You, also. May I get “caught up” in Your love, joy and peace as I change the way I think to include me in You, in the Trinity. I can’t begin to describe the safety and comfort I feel in knowing that I can never be separated from You, and that You include me in Your intimate fellowship. Wow! For this revelation I worship You. Amen.