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Three in One

Understanding the doctrine of the Trinity is difficult for most people. There are even some who think those who believe in the Trinity believe in three different gods, making them polytheistic in their belief instead of monotheistic; “poly” meaning “many,” “mono meaning “one.” But understanding the Three in One of the Godhead brings clarity to the Scriptures and a greater love for Who God is.

Within the Trinity there is God the Father who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, God the Son who became the Sacrifice for sin, and God the Holy Spirit who indwells each believer who comes to faith. All are the One True God manifested in three different ways. An earthly way to describe the Trinity, although woefully inadequate in its description, is how one person can be a father, brother and son all at the same time, or how one person can be a mother, daughter, and sister all at the same time. The person is not three distinct, individual people but one person relating to others in three different ways. That is the way the Triune God is, Three in One, although God relates wholly as Father, Son and Spirit at the same time.

According to Scripture, on creation morn God the Father (Genesis 1:1), God the Son (John 1:1-10), and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2) were all present when it was said “Let there be light.” When man was formed out of the dust of the ground God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness,” referring to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:26). On Calvary’s cross God the Father (Luke 23:46), God the Son (I Peter 2:21-24), and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17) were all present. At salvation God the Father (Romans 5:8), God the Son (Romans 6:23) and God the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) are all present as One.

Before going to the cross Jesus tried to explain the Three in One to the disciples in John 14, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?… Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me.” In John 16 Jesus continued, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come… He shall not speak of Himself… He shall glorify Me.”  To believe in the One True God, you must believe in the Trinity. For without believing in any One of the Three in One, you cannot have a belief in God. They are All One; All part of the Godhead.

Three in One;

The Triune God.

The Trinity.

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Marks of a True Christian

Everyone struggles at least once in their lifetime with the assurance of their salvation. The Apostle John gives us distinguishable marks of a true believer in I John 4 that settle the questions that plague our eternal security. A true Child of God:

  1. Confesses Christ as Savior – 

Every spirit that confesses Christ is come in the flesh is of God” – v. 2

“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.” – v. 15

Not only believes with the MIND about who Jesus is but believes in the HEART. Romans 10:9, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

  1. Loves God’s Word –

“He that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us.” v. 6

A true believer has a love for God’s Word and desires to read it, hungering and thirsting after it, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead them unto all Truth as they do (John 16:13). A true believer also hungers for the preaching of God’s Word, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).

  1. Loves One Another –

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God.” v. 7

“If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.” v. 12

Those who are true believers love others, especially fellow believers, with a special love that is of God. They view those who have trusted Christ as Savior as their brothers and sisters in Christ. They become part of a family, God’s Family, and take their responsibilities toward one another as God would desire them to do.

  1. Has the Holy Spirit –

“Hereby we know that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” v. 13

A true Christian not only desires to read God’s Word but understands what he is reading by the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word is not just words on a page but is the living Word of God… quick, powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of their soul and spirit, and is a discerner of their thoughts and intents of their hearts (Hebrews 4:12).

A true believer also reflects the Fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Notice in Galatians 5:22 it says “FRUIT” singular, not “fruits” plural. A true Child of God does not have just one or two attributes of the Spirit, or three or four; a true believer has ALL the attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit. If any part of the fruit is lacking one must examine themselves to truly know if they are in the faith. Eternity hinges on it.

 

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

II Corinthians 13:5

Fulfilling the Law

It is universally known it is impossible to keep the Ten Commandments. Everyone tries to keep as many as they can but no one is able to keep them all. But Paul tells us in Romans 8:4, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” In other words, those who have trusted Christ as Savior have His Spirit dwelling within them making it able for them to fulfill all the Law.

Those who have become His children through the blood of Christ are adamant about having no other gods before Him; they do not bow down and worship graven images; they do not take the Lord’s name in vain; they joyfully worship on the Lord’s Day; they honor their parents; they do not murder; they do not commit adultery; they do not steal; they do not lie; they do not covet what others have, all doable by the power of the Spirit living within them. He is able to help us keep the whole Law. There are times we slip up because we still live in a fallen world but our hope, desire and discipline is to walk worthy of our calling (Colossians 1:10).

Those who live in the flesh and continue in their sin, rejecting the free offer of salvation that cost God His only Son, battle daily to live a moral life without God’s provision of the Holy Spirit to lead them and guide them, and give them the power they need to overcome their sinful behavior. They try to do as best they can to become better people but they know how futile it has become. The answer to their dilemma is just a prayer away, “Call upon the Name of the Lord and you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-13). He is waiting for any who know of their need of the Savior to take a moment and open the door of their heart to allow His Spirit to enter and give them His power to fulfill all the Law and walk worthy of their calling.

To God Be the Glory!

Reading Through the Bible in a Year

How many times have we resolved at the first of each New Year to read through the Bible in its entirety by the end of the year and always seem to come up short? Untold numbers of books, brochures and even Bibles have been produced over the years to aid us in following a specified plan of Bible reading in order to accomplish our God-given desire to bring us to the last chapter of Revelation at the close of the year in December.

For a few weeks we are able to keep pace but then life gets busier and we find ourselves lagging behind because of missing days or chapters of the predetermined Bible reading plan. By February we rush to catch up only to find it impossible because we still cannot get on track. Eventually guilt sets in as springtime blooms and by Easter we feel like a failure with thoughts of abandoning daily Bible reading altogether.

A better, less stressful way to read through God’s Word is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide your reading. It may take a year, it may take longer, for as you read from day-to-day you may read one chapter and find so much to meditate on, whereas other days you may read several chapters as you become engrossed with what you are reading and don’t want to stop.

We are told in Scripture to read God’s Word, meditate on it day and night, and hide its words in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. The most important thing is to be reading God’s Word. We are promised the Holy Spirit will guide us unto all Truth (John 16:13). Let the Holy Spirit guide your Bible reading this year, not man, for man is fallible and not up to the task!

You Must Be Born Again

A ruler of the Jews came to Jesus by night in John chapter three and was told by the Savior, “You must be born again.” Nicodemus had experienced the first birth by being born into this sinful world through a physical birth. But Jesus told him he needed a second birth in order to see the Kingdom of God, a spiritual birth. A spiritual birth marks the beginning of having a spiritual life, of being introduced to the light of the Gospel, of living life with purpose, of God revealing Himself, the moment of being adopted into God’s family.

Jesus continued speaking to Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Have you been born again as Jesus commanded Nicodemus? Before you can begin building your faith you must have a faith to build on, the faith Jesus spoke of to Nicodemus. It is not a faith of works but of His mercy through the power of His Spirit (Titus 3:5). While trying to understand, Jesus referred Nicodemus to the wind and how it blows, not knowing from where it comes or where it goes, telling him, “…so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”

If you are reading this you have been born, but have you been born again? Have you been born of the Spirit? Have you become a new creation in Christ? Have you trusted Him for your eternity? Jesus said, “You must be born again.” Just as Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, come to Him where you are and tell Him, “I need to be born again by the Spirit of God.”