Ministry Perspective

I was reminded of one of the sacred secrets of scripture a few days ago from Genesis 1. It is one of the enduring mysteries in the word of God that truly requires faith to accept. I speak of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Triune God, three persons in one.

While the word 'trinity' is not found in scripture, the reality of God existing as three in one is seen throughout the Word of God beginning in the beginning, Genesis 1:1.

The Word of God says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." The use of the word God in Hebrew is the word Elohim. What is interesting is that the noun used is in plural format. Therefore, we understand that God was present in plural form, three persons when everything began.

The verb that follows in that verse, 'created' is used in the singular format. Through the usage of both noun and verb, we see the Triune God working as One in creation.

I realize that is difficult for many to accept or even wrap their minds around. But that is why God is God and we are not. If everything about His person, power and provision for His creation were understandable, then He would be little more than those He made in His own image. His ways are indeed far above our ways and His thoughts far above our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33). Therefore, we can have confidence that He is well in control of all that He has made (Colossians 1:17).

Though impossible to fully explain or completely understand, the following illustration may help shine some light on this sacred subject. When you think about it, God has provided many examples of His nature for us in the world that He made.

When H2O molecules are at the proper ambient state and pressure, you get the liquid form of water we need for life. While odorless for the most part and tasteless, water contains no calories nor organic nutrients. Yet, God has so designed water to be essential to sustain life. In fact, no human being can long survive without this basic necessity.

Think about this. Water, as we see it, know it, and use can be visualized and used in three different ways.

The first being, frozen or in solid form. When exposed to temperatures below 32 Fahrenheit for any length of time, water freezes. Over time in such an environment, it will become rock hard. Water is then seen and can be used as a solid. In frozen form, the water still contains all the same qualities, only its use is different. It is difficult to wash your hands with cubes or blocks of ice. It is virtually impossible to wash your car or your clothes with water in its solid form. As human beings, we are not equipped to swallow ice in the large chunks. Water, when frozen to ground surfaces can become dangerous, if not deadly.

Water in its liquid form is more suitable for the practical things of everyday life on earth. In its liquid form, we clean clothes and properly hydrate our bodies. We clean surfaces that are contaminated with dirt or unsightly residue. Without water, life soon grows difficult and will cease, eventually.

The third form of water is steam or vapor. As water is heated, water begins to vaporize. We see it as steam. Steam has its own productive usage. With steam we are better able to remove wrinkles or set creases in clothing. Steam will better penetrate the grime of certain deep-seated residue that aids its removal. Steam is used for shaping and conforming, as well. Example being, when directly applied to the surface, a hat becomes softer and more pliable. If the steam is removed or redirected, the hat begins to 'set' to the shape when the steam was last applied.

Without over-spiritualizing this, as water can be seen in three different ways and applied for different purposes, the same is true of God.

In the Old Testament, Jehovah God is seen as Holy and often hard, unapproachable by men in their natural state of sinfulness. In the New Testament, God is seen as becoming a man. Jesus literally identified with those He created and the practical ways of living life on earth. Although His life was pure and perfect, Jesus, as God in flesh gave us examples in life and for life as the Word of God (John 1::1). He preserved those examples in the Word of God (The Bible) for His followers to apply and live accordingly. Jesus, as God in flesh gave us practical ways to fulfill the divine purpose of Father God with purity of soul.

As the Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell in the soul of a believing sinner upon repentance of sin and regeneration of life (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19).The Holy Spirit becomes the form of God that helps soften the hard-heart and then shapes the soft-hearted soul to the image the Master Designer intended from the beginning (Romans 8:29).

In the Bible and in life, God is seen as Three working in perfect harmony of One in everything He made. And He created everything and re-created everyone who has been born again through faith (Genesis 1:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Therefore, believers can be confident in Christ that God will finish what He began in the beginning (Philippians 1:6). After all, the final chapter of His story has already been written. He declares the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). He was there, as One in Three-part harmony when it began, and He will remain forever.

We do not see nor can we understand all there is about God, at least here. But hereafter, well that is an eternally different matter altogether!

I trust you will 'live' to see and enjoy the day when all who believe see Jesus face to face, as He is (1 John 3:2).

If not absolutely certain of that now, you can be by surrendering your will to His and placing faith in the finished work of the Godhead that made you, knows you and loves you still!

"According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: may grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. " 1 Peter 1:2

Everything we see, even what we do not see is His work working together in perfect harmony completing what He, as Triune God began before there was a beginning! Trust Him!

God is for us and well able to meet all our needs, (whatever form) according to His riches in Christ Jesus! Philippians 4:19

Be encouraged!

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36