The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. (Samuel Chadwick)
It’s PRAYER-O-RAMA 2019 here on GUWG. Yesterday, we discussed the WHY of prayer. Today, we’ll focus on the WHO.
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People ask variations of the following question fairly frequently:
Could you please explain the Trinity in a way that doesn’t make my head hurt?
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Here’s our first question:
Could you explain the Trinity in a way that doesn’t make my head hurt?
The word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible. It’s simply a way of explaining an almighty God to us not-so-large-brained humans.
There is only one God. But He exists eternally as three separate people: Father, Son and Spirit.
The Father starts the creation and redemption process. The Son redeems creation. The Spirit is our advisor here on earth and sanctifies believers.
So, in one sense God is one and in another He’s three. He’s one essence and three persons. The three are so close in relationship that they form a unified one.
How does this apply to us?
The Trinity is a beautiful picture of what relationships should look like. Over and over, the Bible urges us to live in love and unity “in” God. In fact, Christianity is basically one giant love-fest with love binding believers together in one body with the triune God as the head.
We’re counting down the top ten most popular Bible verses of all time. Here’s Verse #2, the very first words in John’s gospel:
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
Many of God’s biggest mysteries are packed into this beautiful little verse. Let’s unpack ’em a bit.
What — or who — is “the Word”? “The Word” is a translation of the Greek term logos. It had big-time meaning for both Jews and non-Jews.
To Jews, the Word signified a personal, divine communication from God to His people. To non-Jews, the Word was the impersonal “divine reason” that ruled the universe. John chose a term he knew would resonate with both audiences.
John used it here to refer to God’s ultimate living word: Jesus Christ.
What’s the rest of the verse mean? A very smart Bible scholar named Merrill Tenney says it speaks of Jesus’ preexistence, distinctiveness and deity. In other words, Jesus (1) was there in the beginning, (2) is a separate and distinct person from the Father and yet (3) is fully God himself.
LISTEN TO THE WORD
For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them. Matthew 18:20
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
When I look back over my life, most of the stupid stuff I did happened when I was alone. God knows that we’re weakest when we’re by ourselves — that’s why he designed other human beings.
Consider the Trinity for a moment. It’s a beautiful picture of how relationships are supposed to be. Father, Son and Holy Spirit — three people who live in such tight, loving community that they’re truly one.
It’s a love party. God loves to hang out with us. And God loves it when we hang out with others. Our relationships should reflect the love and unity that’s in the Trinity.
Here’s a dumb but relatively meaningful example from my own life. A few years ago, I would have wasted the next half hour watching SportsCenter by myself. Instead, I’m getting together with a group of guys to help comfort a friend whose brother just passed away. God will be there with us.