The Holy Spirit
There is a lot of misunderstanding about the beautiful person of the Holy Spirit. Many cults and false teachings consider Him to be an influence – an ‘IT’ and not a person. They talk of Him as an invisible active force – a kind of energy or a super ‘substance’. But the Holy Spirit is Deity. He is the third Person of the Trinity.
Plan of Salvation
Had Christ been begotten of a human father He could not be the second Person of the Trinity, and the plan of Salvation would have been the biggest farce in history. Had He been begotten of a human father Christ would have been imputed with SIN.
However, there is no tension in the contrasting attributes of the Godhead. There are no contradicting aspects in God’s own moral qualities, for each attribute is perfect, and each quality is eternal. Contradictory demands are united together in the extremity of His understanding. The three-fold cord of the Holy Trinity is as unbreakable as it is eternal.
The incarnation of the second Person of the Trinity, that was purposed in the eternal council chambers of God became a reality so that Christ could declare: Behold, I have come to do your will, O God — in the volume of the book it is written of Me. The heart of God is indeed a heart of love, and the irreversible gift of His only begotten Son to a sinful world, was predetermined so He could die as our kinsman-Redeemer.
for hidden within Christ is a great treasure trove of all-wisdom and all-knowledge. Christ – the third person of the trinity was made man and became God incarnate. Christ was Son of Man Who was born – yet He was the Son of God Who was given. The fullness of deity dwells in Christ – and in Him is all wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:9 All that God is and all that God knows is present in the person of Christ Jesus.
How quickly the awe and wonder of the three Persons of the Trinity, Who demand the deep reverence of bowed worship and hushed prayer - where sinners and saints alike tremble in His glorious presence... how quickly the awe and wonder has been replaced with chattering clamour and musical merriment!!
As fully Man – He was born as Jesus of Nazareth - the carpenter’s ‘Son. He started life as a Seed in the virgin’s womb – begotten of the Father and born. As the God-Man, He is the unique Person of the Trinity – the Christ of God.He is appointed Heir of all things – Judge of all men – Pre-eminent among people.
Trinity of Demands
“Therefore,” ….we are exhorted: therefore let us lay aside every weight, and let us lay aside the sin (of unbelief as demonstrated in earlier chapters) let us lay aside this sin which so easily ensnares us – lack of trust in God and let us run with patient endurance the race that is set before us…” But this trinity of demands has its focus on a person – the Lord Jesus, the Son of Man Let us look to JESUS….
It was here, in the mind of the Father – it was here, in the heart of the Son – it was here, in the breath of the Spirit..it was here, through the interaction and interpersonal expression of divine love… it was here, in goodness, kindness, and person-ness between the persons of the Trinity..
It is because He is holy and perfect. It is because He is perfect God and became perfect Man. It is because He has saved us by the blood of His perfect Son. It is because He dwells in us by His perfect Spirit. It is because He can do the perfect in our imperfect life. It is because He can do the impossible…. and so He demands the impossible of all His children – for things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27
A Study:- Man’s Nature and Destiny
The Christian life is a three-fold experience – three phases, planned by the Trinity. 1) Salvation : 2) Sanctification : 3) Service. FIRST: we come to Christ for salvation.
Son of God
Those who believe in Christ’s equal deity with the Father declare as truth, that the virgin-born babe of Bethlehem, Who lived as the biblical Jesus of Nazareth and died on a cross – was pre-existent in uncreated eternity and became fully human as the infinite God of the universe and Creator of all things – the Son of God and 2nd person of the Holy Trinity.
Eternally Divine Nature
The reason that the eternally divine nature of the second person of the Trinity joined with the fully human nature of the person of Jesus Christ, is so that by His identification with us – we could come into harmony and communion, with the Father.
created in God’s image is a trinity of spirit, soul and body. But since Adam’s fall his progeny are fallen creatures, born into a fallen world, and the only hope for mankind is to be reborn, as a new a creation in Christ.
Trinity in Man
Man’s spirit is dead in trespasses and sins until made a new creation and born again.
It was the Son of God Himself - the very Word of the Almighty Who spoke the plan and purpose of God the Father into being, as the Spirit of God Himself moved over the face of the waters - to form and fashion and fill the empty void - which the Trinity in Unity, called into being.
He is the second Person of the Holy Trinity - clothed in a human body of flesh and blood, and living in close, intimate communion with each of His beloved band of followers.
The authority of Christ's prayer to the Father rests on the authority of His position as Incarnate Deity, and the other Helper Whom the Father would send would be the Spirit of Truth - the third Person of the Holy Trinity - Who would be with them forever, and eventually would permanently indwell each one.
Only One Person of the Trinity was born into the human race as a Man, so that He could live a perfect life and die a sacrificial death, and in so doing pay the price for the sin of the world.
When liberal thinkers and Christian cults refuse to acknowledge the deity of the Lord Jesus... Who as the second Person of the Trinity is fully GOD, yet fully MAN, they destroy the one truth that can save their soul - a truth that cannot be compromised, for only a holy GOD is pure enough to pay the price for sin and break its deathly power.
The trio of patience, kindness, and goodness are predominantly attributes, that are displayed in gracious conduct towards other people, while the trinity of faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are hidden facets, deep within, that God alone can truly discern.
The monotheistic doctrine that the Lord God was One Lord was exclusive to Israel... however, the doctrine of the Trinity which teaches that there is One God in three Persons is not contradictory - but rather complementary to this important, monotheistic teaching - for when the whole council of God is examined, the doctrine of the Trinity is beautifully embraced in both Old and New Testaments.
He is unique and there is no other God beside Him, but the unmistakable doctrine of the Trinity has its stamp of authority throughout the entire Word of God and the 'Shema' which the Lord Jesus referenced to the young Jewish ruler, only serves to endorse the monotheistic doctrine of the Triune Godhead - for the Lord our God is ONE Lord - unique from all the false gods of the pagan nations for He is the One Creator and the only wise Saviour Who is One in unity, One in purpose, One in thought, and word and deed.
It is through the unity of the Trinity that we are presented with the many precious promises of our salvation, our sanctification, our glorification and an eternal heritage, that is kept for us in heaven.
They were equally aware of His claims to be God incarnate – the Word made flesh – the Son of the Father – the 2nd Person of the eternal Trinity... but like the people of today, they preferred to speculate on the false assumptions that flooded their depraved imaginations, as do the people of today.
The second Member of the Trinity is the eternal Son of God, Who was born into the human race as Jesus - the perfect Man, Who alone had the authority and the credentials to become the only acceptable sacrifice for the sin of the whole world.
The second Member of the Trinity is the eternal Son of God, Who is One with the Father, and He was born into the human race as Jesus.
By confessing of the Lord is ONE with the plural word: “ELOHIM', the nation of Israel has for many centuries unwittingly delivered a shaded confession to the unity of the Trinity - the oneness of the Godhead - the uniqueness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit - the tri-unity of the YHWH:- Creator of heaven and earth - Who alone is to be worshipped and glorified for ever and ever, ame
Just as God the Father and God the Son work together in unbroken harmony and perfect love, to fulfil their unique functions within the Tri-unity of the Godhead, so also God the Holy Spirit... the third Person of the Trinity, works the work of God in flawless synergy with Father and Son, as each fulfil their respective roles and co-authored responsibilities.
This wonderful Person about Whom Christ was speaking is none other than the third Person of the Trinity – Who is in all things equal with the Father and the Son and together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified forever.
The mutual love within the Trinity is incomprehensible to mere human beings, and yet for three very significant hours of deep darkness, Christ was separated from the Father He loved so dearly, and the Spirit, Who had been the ever-present Lover of His soul, throughout His earthly life.
His love stretches from eternity past, where the interactive, mutual love of each member of the Trinity united to formulate God's amazing plan of redemption - and it stretches on into the eternal ages to come, for God's love is everlasting and remains forever.
He takes up permanent residence within the body of each believer as a down-payment of God's rich and eternal promises - and these three members of the eternal, holy Trinity bear record in heaven that: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son
Each Person of the Trinity:- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bear record in heaven, of the truth of God's Word, which is the will and testimony concerning the incarnate Son of God.
He is the unique God-Man - being the only Member of the Trinity Who became a Man - being the only Member of the human race Who was in the beginning with God - and for love of you and me Christ Jesus became sin, so that all who believe on Him would not perish but be clothed in His righteousness and made joint-heirs with Himself - so that in the ages to come we might show forth the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
They were united in a blessed trinity of endless communion and sweetest fellowship.
No one has seen God at any time, except the one and only begotten Son of the Father - and that eternal third Person of the Trinity was the unique member of the Godhead, Who was chosen in eternity past, to come to earth as a human being, and in every way to live and move and have His being like as we are, yet without sin, so that He would become the unique and only sacrifice for sin.
Being the third member of the Trinity, the Son of God has been with the Father from all eternity, and His incarnation at Bethlehem was that historic point, when the Son of God was dressed in mortal flesh and became the Son of Man - the Word made flesh - the incarnate God.