It is a very hard concept for anyone to imagine how God can be three in one. We may not fully grasp everything God reveals about Himself, but He gives us abilities which, if we are willing, can propel us towards the truth of who he is. The Bible and most other religions tell us there is one God. It is fascinating to begin to understand the existence of the Trinity, a triple dose of divinity.
My study of scripture challenged me intellectually to learn the nature of my savior, Jesus and to discover why he is called the Son of God. I compared verses from each book of the Bible (the Bible contains 66 books in total; 39 in the Old Testament – before Christ, and 27 in the New Testament – after Christ) along with outside research, and all were in agreement concerning the Son of God. Some skeptics say, “Oh well, the Bible is written by 40 different people. How can it be true?” Yes, the bible was written by 40 authors from all walks of life over a period of 1,500 years, in three different languages – Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Yet, it ALWAYS is consistent. The same stories, starting with Adam, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph in the Old Testament, to the times during and after Christ was born, never ever change or contradict themselves. It’s amazing that many of the writers didn’t even knew each other, yet they wrote the same words and proclaimed the same truths. How incredible is that? That is why the miraculous story of Jesus’ birth has never changed over the past 2,000 years.
Why did God sent Jesus to earth? What will His birth, life, death, and resurrection cause us to do? Did God send Jesus to erase the law of Moses? Did He come to condemn us? It is written in the gospels that God sent Jesus to complete the law, to redeem us from sin and to teach us the truth. Jesus taught people about God’s Kingdom, a government in heaven which will ultimately bring peace to all mankind. Oh, how badly we’re in need of that kind of government on earth right now, are we not?!
We can’t see God face to face, but there is plenty of evidence around us, pointing us to the reality that God exists. The beautiful world that surrounds us, the birth of a child, our bodies, and the love we have for each other are the affirmation of God’s love for us.
We all know the drill, how we were conceived and born. Based on biblical evidence and other religious and historical writings – God did something miraculously different over 2,000 years ago. A happening that human minds can’t comprehend, one of the greatest events to occur in the history of the universe – the birth of Christ.
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
Since God is pure light and Holy, we can’t begin to reach to His holiness without a bridge between himself and us. So He sent His Spirit over a young girl about the age of 16, a virgin named Mary (she is called Mariam in other languages).
Because of her purity, God chose Mary to be the mother of the Messiah. She became pregnant by the Spirit, with no physical contact. I can’t imagine how shocked and surprised she must have been when an angel appeared to her and told her the news. I can’t fathom what was going through her mind. But she loved the Lord God with all her heart and obeyed His command. And she gave birth to a son, Jesus, whose name was chosen by God. So if Jesus is born of God’s Spirit, than He is definitely part of God, right?
Here is the story of His birth written in (Matthew 1:18-25) “When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived (procreated) in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.”
Angels announced His birth to some local shepherds. The angels led them to the place that Christ was born. Read (Luke 2:8-12)
Later, in the gospel of Matthew, there is additional evidence that Jesus is the son of God. When Jesus was about 30 years old, he was baptized, After being baptized, Jesus immediately came up from the water; and look! the heavens were opened up, and he saw God’s spirit descending like a dove and coming upon him. Look! Also, a voice from the heavens said: “This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.” (Matthew 3:16-17) Then Jesus began the work that God had sent him to do.
God provided a WAY for us to come close to Him so that we might become the true children of God. Jesus is the WAY for our life. He is the WORD of God. God sent His WORD (His beloved son) to teach us how to live righteously.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Some of us may believe that we’re without sin and think of ourselves as godly people, just like the man who disagreed with my friend on the subject in my previous post, We all fall short of God’s glory on a daily basis – sometimes just by looking or talking to someone with a wrong motive in our hearts or by judging them. We might call this a mistake or an opinion but the Bible calls it sin. It’s written, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
When we acknowledge that Jesus is the “WORD” of God in flesh and born of the Spirit of God, then He (Jesus) must be part of Him (God). No argument! The Spirit of God, the “Holy Spirit” is dwelling in Him. As we believe in Jesus and put our trust in Him, the same spirit that dwells in Him will be dwelling in us. It is now clear to me that the Trinity is three is in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Someone has said it this way: “If try to explain the Trinity, you will lose your mind, but if you deny it you will lose your soul.”
Here’s another explanation using math to explain the Trinity: It would not be 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=3. Here is another simple picture of the concept of “three in one” – An egg has three parts the white, the yolk, and the skin.
How does the Holy Spirit will fit into all this? If Jesus is the bridge between us and God, how does He communicate with us?
God is Triune God. Just as they are one, they also have specific roles.
Charles Stanley explained how each member of the Trinity fulfills His specific role, revealing how the three roles interrelate. He expressed this idea in simple terms: the Father creates a plan, Jesus Christ implements the plan, and the Holy Spirit administers the plan. Let’s look at an even simpler way of understanding the Trinity. Some of us might be identical to someone else, even sounding and behaving like this person, but still we cannot be the same person. We’re all distinctly different. But with God there is no limitation. He is Spirit. Our mind cannot fathom His majestic power.
As God’s spirit dwells in Jesus, He sends the Holy Spirit to whoever believes in Him, guiding them in their ways. And that’s how we hear the Lord speak to us in our hearts.
So now we see what God has done through Jesus’ birth. He did the impossible, something which many may find hard to believe. Maybe because of their upbringing, they haven’t totally grasped God’s love for them. Or perhaps they’ve been following God from a distance and are afraid to come closer.
As I studied, I discovered that not only Christians but followers of other religions also agree that Jesus is the Messiah. If we believe that he is the Messiah, then he is the Word of God in human flesh.
He is co-eternal and has existed forever. That is why he is the one who is coming again.” http:/Christianity.net.au/
John 1:1 says; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
For me, His birth was the one the confirmation that He is who He claims to be.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).
Now here is the question for you. Do you have any questions for God? What are you waiting for? Why don’t you ask Him? In some cultures, they say it a sin to ask God questions – to do so is to doubt His authority. They believe that you must obey Him without any questions. How can you live in obedience when you don’t know how to live a life free from bondage? I am thankful I can ask Him what I don’t know, instead of being a prisoner of darkness, too scared to ask questions. God can handle any of your bold and difficult questions. In fact, He loves hearing from you. He is waiting for you right now. He is listening, talk to Him.