God is Jesus is Spirit is Jesus is God. Each Person of the Trinity is His own person, yet one in nature and character.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Here’s a little review from yesterday’s post concerning one of my favorite Bible verses, John 18:5:
5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.)
In Exodus 3:14, God tells Moses this, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” The interesting thing about “God” is that it is “Elohim” in Hebrew, which is plural, i.e. the Trinity. When Jesus used the same name, He was talking about the Trinity, of which He is a member.
Another time when Jesus used this name is John 8:58, “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” Jesus was referring to a time even before Abraham who lived over 400 years before Moses. I think He was referring to before the creation of the world, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world” John 17:24.
Why is His usage of this name so important? Because Jesus was headed to the cross. And, if Jesus, as part of the Trinity, was on the cross, then so were God the Father and God the Spirit. There is no separating them! When we think of Jesus, just remember that God the Father loves us just as much and in the same way as God the Son and God the Spirit. They were showing us how much they love us by dying for us. Then they showed us the way back to them by rising from the dead! One of my other favorite verses is,
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Anything that makes us fear God the Father must come from the great deception of the evil one. Even James had something to say about it,
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
The writer of Hebrews said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). If one is the same, then all three are the same.
Let’s ask the Father to show us what, if anything, makes us fear Him. I have faith that He will reveal it to you just as He did me.
Abba, thank You for revealing to me what causes me to fear You and to let it go. As You reveal more of myself to me, may I be as willing to let go of other things, as well. It’s a process, Lord. My goal is to be just like You. Amen.