1 Corinthians 2:12 (KJV) 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Awesome! God has given us His Holy Spirit; it’s through Him that we get to understand wonderful truths that otherwise would have been impossible for us to comprehend. We’ve received bountiful blessings from God; the best of which is Himself: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a wonderful mystery we pray the world receives as well. Imagine having in us the fullness of the Godhead.
Is there anything more wonderful than that? It baffles reason and imagination. How can finite contain the infinite? How can the Holy Spirit be in me wholly and be in every other true genuine follower all at the same time? It’s incalculable and impossible in terms of human reasoning, but nothing is impossible with God. He is imminent and transcendent; He is a part of history and beyond history; He is fully in us, but way bigger than us.
We live in Him and persevere in Him—even through the most alluring temptations, hardest trials, and most horrible persecutions; there’s no sense turning back. He’s the highest cause and reason for living. Is there anyone in heaven greater than Him? Is there anyone on earth we can compare with Him? In Him, we have everything we need. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has imagined the beautiful life we enjoy now and the glorious life we will enjoy in eternity—in the presence of Him Who loves us most and the source of all wisdom and knowledge—even the out of this world kind.
John 1:1 (KJV) 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
One of humanity’s greatest struggles is knowing God. Praise God, He Who is the one true God wants to reveal Himself to us. He doesn’t want us struggling in that area. And speaking of revealing Himself, this passage is one of His greatest revelations. Before time began, our Lord Jesus already existed. He existed together with God and is Himself God. This may sound difficult for our minds to comprehend, but it really isn’t.
This isn’t a play of words to confuse us; confusing us is farthest from His mind. He’s drawing us closer to Him; He wants us to draw closer to Him; He wants to be near us. He took the most loving step to prove this: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Through our Lord Jesus, we meet God face-to-face.
The endless debate about Jesus being divine isn’t supposed to be… Whatever our stand regarding this is, we at least have to admit that there are direct statements about the divinity or “Godhood” of Jesus. There is a direct statement about the “Godhead.” The problem arises in understanding how Two can be One. There really isn’t a problem with that when we understand that even human makeup reflects this. We have an immaterial part; we have a material part. Common understanding of God’s Word shows that when our earthly tent (body) gives up, we (our spirits) is present with the Lord. There, we see how one can be two and two can be one.
I praise God that our Lord Jesus gave us more than enough “glimpse” of God—enough for us to have a saving knowledge of Him; enough for us to love Him; enough for us to walk worshipfully and faithfully before Him.
John 14:9 (KJV) 9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
Because of His amazing love and intense desire to have a loving relationship with us, our great God revealed Himself in the best and most personal way so far; He did this by sending His beloved Son—our precious Lord Jesus. Through our dear Jesus, God—His wonderful being, His astonishing ways, and His awesome power is now understood inestimably more. Yes, there were and are other ways God reveals Himself. We who genuinely seek for truth, we see that incontrovertible proofs of God’s reality abound; they’re all around us.
The greatest and the clearest of all these undeniable evidences is our Lord Jesus. He is the exact and perfect representation of our Father—so close that seeing Jesus is seeing the Father. Of course, here lies many of the reasonable questions and dangerous misunderstandings, confusions, and even doubts and disbeliefs. But I humbly caution: our lack of understanding about the truth isn’t the same as non-existence of truth. And my earnest encouragement: our trivial differences ought to not trump our much needed love for each other.
Remember: it’s by our clear and unpretentious love for each other as His children that we are known by the unbelieving world as our Lord Jesus’ true disciples, not necessarily because of our uniformity in understanding all the great truths about our infinite God. Here’s my humble understanding about the relationship of our heavenly Father and His dear Son—our Lord Jesus. The Father and the Son are two different entities: the Father doesn’t transform into the Son; the Son doesn’t transform into the Father. The Father is a spirit, and the Son is the fullness of the Godhead bodily—that is, the Father lives in Him. The Father is in the Son, the Son is in the Father. Clearly, they’re two different entities, but it’s no problem seeing them as one.
Allow me just to echo and express a joyful and reverent praise: “Holy, Holy, Holy, LORD God Almighty—God in three ‘Persons’—blessed Trinity.”