Monday, August 31, 2009

The HOLY TRINITY!

What is the Holy Trinity? Who is in the Holy Trinity? These are questions which need some attention as we Christians navigate through our daily lives.

I have thought, for a long time now, that God created the earth and man, Jesus Christ died for our sins and through Jesus we can continue to seek out God. The Holy Spirit was a deity who occassionaly was brought up during discussions about Christianity or mentioned in the same context with speaking in tongues. I never realized the inportance and relevance of the Holy Spirit and how much influence He really does have. He is our Advocate just as Jesus was our Advocate during his short period here on earth before his death. Jesus was created by God like man and as a man. He was raised by human parents and in a human atmoshpere. He was always perfect but, Jesus still had to go through experiences much like us and had much of the same feelings as us. He had a purpose though. This was a very important and necessary purpose. He was to redeem mankind from our sinful nature by acting as our Advocate and dying for us on the Cross! He accomplished much in his lifetime and even more in his death. However, Jesus was raised from the dead and soon after, recieved up to Heaven to be with his real Father, God.

God created this earth and everything in it to include man. He gave man a chance to make a choice and man made the wrong choice, sin! God then created an atonement for our sin, a blood sacrifice known as the Son of Man or Jesus Christ. He made it this way because of His first commandments to us known as the Ten Commandments. These were given to us to follow by His faithful servant, Moses. During this time, it was customary to offer God sacrifices of blood ie. clean and perfect animals of God's choice. *Note It is here that we see the direct correlation of blood sacrifice. Jesus was a human, but a perfect human, the only perfect human. He committed no sins and therefore was accepted by his true Father, God, as a sacrifice to atone for our sins. He didn't even die for his own actions or deeds, no, instead, he died for mankind. This explains what role Jesus Christ plays in our salvation. Now, we will shift into second gear.............................................

This is where it becomes very interesting, rather fascinating indeed! However, until recently, I didn't give what I am about to say much thought. I didn't because I was brought up to think differently and taught the same. I was brought up believing that Jesus was in our hearts and in us. How can this be if he was recieved up into Heaven (Acsention) after his brief death and coming back to life? And who was supposed to act on our behalf as our new Advocate?

Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit gives "eternal life!" John 6:63 "The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." Thats huge. Why, because it changes that way most believers think about the purpose of each of the three in the Holy Trinity. Yes, thats right! There are three deity's that make our salvation possible; 1) God the Father and creator of the earth, man, and Jesus Christ, 2) the Son of Man or Jesus Christ, who made our salvation possible by dying for our sins (or becoming an atonement for our sins), 3) and the Holy Spirit, who now guides and influences us in our earthly walk towards the ultimate goal of Salvation!

We must understand that mankind was not the first being to fall short of the mark and commit sin. Satan, or The Deciever, fell long before we walked this earth. He became jealous of God and God's omnipresence, and wanted it for himself. This is why Satan and his angels, or the demons, are constantly attempting to decieve us and cause us to stray from God by sinning! Even though Satan has already lost the battle (Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the Cross), he will continue to try and make us sin or lose sight of our goal which is righteousness through adhering to God and His rules. We can still give in to sin by listening to Satan or following our own temptations and will to do wrong. This leads to eternal death if we do not correct (get forgiveness) our mistakes and if we refuse to continue to sin. God has a plan and until His plan has come to full circle, we must continue to live free of sin or we face sure death.

Now, after Jesus' action of atonement, God took Jesus back to Him to sit by His throne in heaven, but God decided to leave us another guide or "Advocate" to influence and guide us into eternal salvation with Him. This shows God's love for us. How much He truely loves and cares for us is made so clear by His divine nature. The "Advocate" God put here on earth for us after taking back His Son is known as the Holy Spirit. He is our current Intercessor and assists us in getting into the New Kingdom. The Holy Spirit will influence and guide us if we acknowledge him and his role in our lives as Christians.

We can see by studying the Book of Acts how much of a role the Holy Spirit played, plays, and will play in man's salvation! Listed are some passages which directly mention the Holy Spirit and his role in believer's lives. John 6:63, 12:23, 13:31, 14:15-31, 15:26-27, 16:7-10,11-15, Acts 1:1-2,5,8, 2:4,33,38, 4:24,31, 5:3,32, 7:55, 8:29,39, 9:17........ You have to actually read the Bible to see what God says. You cannot miss the awesome and fascinating stories and examples of how wonderful and glorious God really is if you study His Word. You will see that God has a plan and its in that plan that He tells us the steps we need to take in order to secure our place in Heaven. These steps are very easy to follow and understand IF you can understand each of the three and their roles in the Trinity. But, it's just as easy to miss these steps so reader beware! It requires patience and prayer to be able to understand God's intentions and directions which He lists in His Word. You cannot just flip through the Bible in a day and expect to understand its content and the meaning of that content. You must give the Word much effort and meditate on it daily to realize what it says. It takes knowledge of God, not man, to unlock the scripture's meaning. This knowledge is possible only with time and lots and lots of study. We will never be able to acomlpish absolute knowledge and wisdom and therefore, we should not even try! Satan did and was cast out of Heaven! We simply need to pursue God's meaning and direction in our lives. We are able to do this by reading His Word, obeying His instructions, and forming an intimate relationship with Him.

Because God is untouchable and we cannot physically see Him (only a few situations where a human did see God), He gives us the Holy Spirit to influence and guide us. God gives us His instructions, The Word, then provides us our Advocate (Holy Spirit) to guide us in adhering to or obeying His instructions. Jesus Christ was our Advocate during his short time here on earth and gave us the ability to obtain salvation by offering himself as a blood sacrifice for our sins. He will come back again to get us and take us back to Heaven with him to be with God. It is because of his next appearance that we should be focused on living our lives as God has instructed us to while we are still here on earth. If we do, than we can be sure that we will be going to live an eternal life with God when Jesus Christ returns.

If Jesus Christ is going to return, then that means that he is not here now, and this further supports the fact that someone is, the Holy Spirit. Without an Advocate here with us, we would surely be doomed. God knew this and this is why He left us the Holy Spirit! God has never and will never abandon His children!


John 14:15-31 "If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth! The world cannot recive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because you because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans---I will come to you. Soon, the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And becuase they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them."

Notice that Jesus says IF. This should not leave any doubt about the importance of following and obeying God's instructions or commandments!

This explains everything pertaining to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thats it! Pretty Simple~It has to be. Because there are so many people who will not or do not understand if it wasn't so simple. Humans (Christians also) have this inate tendency to complicate rather simple things into major things. It is this tendency that causes so much discontent and unrest with and among Christians. We can't just do what The Word says, but instead, we always seem to want to become fanatics or idealists and manipulate everything into a mistruth or untruth. We take God's Word and integrate our own bias and opinions into it to the point of actually changing what it says. Then, we begin to believe, through repetition of teaching these changes, what we think is the Truth........but it really is not. Be carfeul that when you read God's Word, you cleanse yourself of any subjectivity or sin, or what you read will not be fruitful, but instead, it will be confused and have no real meaning. This is why God states that before we approach Him with requests or prayer to first forgive anyone who we have an issue with.

Romans 5:3-5 "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develope endurance. And endurance developes strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love."

You see, if something is not true, especially with God's intended message, than it does not matter who preaches or teaches it, it will be wrong. To teach God's Word in a manner different from what He has commanded or directed (Holy Spirit), is to sin! Luke 17:1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting!" That is a very loud statement! We must realize the importance and relevance of sending out the wrong message of God! Jesus plainly stated the result of sending out the wrong message. We (Christians) should all have the maturity to understand God's true meaning of sending His Son and the Holy Spirit! We cannot continue to live in denial. If we do not start understanding God's Word and what He really intends us to understand versus what we think he intends for us, we are facing sure eternal death.

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