Thursday, October 2, 2014
THE TRINITY: THE FATHER
This text on the Trinity is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to give you a good foundation regarding the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
In eternity, before time began, the Godhead included the Father, the Word (Jesus, Son), and the Holy Spirit. Three persons, all equal in power and authority, having one will.
Every act accomplished is done in complete unity. Scripture shows the three Persons act in harmonious unity in all the mighty works set forth throughout the universe.
With our finite minds, we cannot comprehend three Persons in One. But, there are a few examples that can help us to understand:
1) H2O, is the chemical symbol for water. In its liquid form it is water; in its gaseous form it is steam; in its solid form, it is ice. All three have the same substance but different functions.
2) A prism looks like just a piece of glass until sunlight shines through it. When light shines through a prism it reveals the three primary colors plus all the resultant colors in the spectrum.
3) An egg. Before an egg can be called an egg, it has to have all three components: the shell, the yolk and the albumen or white of the egg.
Creation – Many, mistakenly believe, that creation is attributed to the Father, but in actuality, it was accomplished by all three Persons of the Trinity.
2) Jesus (Son):
3) Holy Spirit:
Incarnation – Although only the Son was manifest in the flesh, all three Persons partook in the experience. In the gospel of Luke, we see the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary:
In the gospel of John we see Jesus is also called “the Word”.
The Father is the first Person of the Trinity; not because of importance or power (as Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are equal), but because of willing submission and subordination on the part of Jesus. In every area of Jesus' earthly life He was in complete obedience to the Father.
Our Father has a distinct place in our hearts and lives. He lives in us as well as in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Father Himself loves each one of us individually as we are His children.
In the book of Isaiah, we see the prophet praying to the Father:
We see some of the activities of the Father in the gospel of John:
Before Jesus came, we had no personal access to the Father.
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil that blocked the entrance to the Father (where He dwelled between the Cherubim) was torn in two, from top to bottom signifying that God Himself tore the four inch thick veil so we would have access to Him, no longer having to go through priests who sacrificed animals to atone for our sin.
Throughout the gospels you see Jesus in constant communication and prayer to the Father. In the gospel of John 17, the Lord is praying for Himself, for His disciples and for all Believers. In Matthew 6, Jesus teaches the disciples to pray to the Father.
In the gospel of John 14:8, Phillip asks the Lord to show His disciples the Father. Jesus replied in:
Also, many times in the gospel of John, Jesus states that He can do nothing of Himself. One example in John: Jesus says:
We should long to see the glory of God as Moses did in Exodus:
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