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October 20, 2020 2:00 am
The Bible says God is three distinct persons, but how can that be? How can there be unity and diversity? Is this important? Skip gets to the bottom of those questions as he wraps up the message "I Don't Get It! How Can Three Be One?"
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It teaches that the father and the son and the Holy Spirit are all on the same level as God, you can add another name to those three names you can see the father and the son and Holy Spirit and Frank for the father and the son and the Holy Spirit in this denomination. This is an exclusive club, and only the father and the son and the Holy Spirit are part of that same level exclusive. How do you explain the Trinity is several separate individuals work together multiple personalities, containing one of explanations just don't seem quite right to examine, connect with skip-Skip deeper into the mystery of the Trinity at the end of the program Skip his wife like share more helpful insight about the Trinity with try to comprehend someone who is incomprehensible you're trying to go to the Pacific Ocean with your little cup and put in the ocean can't do that so so you can't stop all that God is into our brain summary one set of God were small enough for our brain we wouldn't be big enough for our needs.
Second, thank you, Skip a millennia, be sure to stay with us after today's message to hear the full discussion right now we want to tell you about a resource that explores God's character and nature and shows you what it truly means to be his friend. Thomas Jefferson Martin Luther King Jr. Winston Churchill CS Lewis.
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This process will both lift you up and humble you to get your copy of my newest book, the biography of God skips new book is our thanks when you give $35 or more today to help keep this ministry only air, call 800-922-1888, or give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer in Matthew chapter 20 is beginning to the message with Skip Heitzig was developed in the Bible times and later on in the fourth century it was attacked and because it was attacked in the church articulated a physician in what is called the Nicene Creed but Jehovah witnesses Mormons the way international Unitarians all are anti-Trinity are all anti-Trinitarian. They deny the Trinity. In fact, the Mormons will say that all of Christendom was wrong for 1800 years until they arrived and that they have come to be the gatekeepers of all truth. The Muslims have problems with the Trinity. According to the Muslims. The Trinity is not only illogical but it is the major sin that can be committed is the ultimate infidelity to the Muslim according to their teaching, and I quote infidels are now they who say God is the Messiah, the son of Mary, according to their teaching, God will be merciful or maybe merciful. If he chooses to adulterers and liars, but never to Trinitarian's in the summer off the Koran's five it says whoever shall join other gods with God shut God shall forbid him the garden and his abode shall be the fire, and it continues the Messiah, the son of Mary is but an apostle. Why am I bringing all that up simply to say this, cults are making inroads into historic Christian groups at record speeds today. They'll find the disenfranchised find the people who were burned out, and Churchill knock on your door and be right there in their growing in numbers and Islam is on the world's fastest-growing religions today and no wonder if people can say I've never once heard just one sermon on the Trinity ever preached one veteran Jehovah witness even said I have never before met a Trinitarian who actually seem to believe the doctrine I can only imagine he met a Christian and then another question. Is it okay the Trinity can explain it to me okay will not explain until he released give me scripture about why I should believe it. So it's an interesting statement for someone to say I've never actually met someone who actually believed it was pretty obvious. The natural resists the supernatural. The natural resists the supernatural in any area, were it not for God's gracious revelation in Scripture there be no hope for truth, but that's takes us to our second true statement. While the natural resists the supernatural is also true that the scriptural remedies.
The natural limit explain myself once Scripture becomes the source of truth.
It corrects a natural worldview into a supernatural worldview once it's this book that we appeal to one since this book we look up and everything goes back to what saith Scripture then that correction can take place from the natural into the supernatural and remedies that sought to notice something in verse 18 in the midst of their doubt about the supernatural.
Just an interesting mix.
They worship some doubted. In the midst of all that Jesus shows up to speak to them. Verse 18 Jesus came and spoke to them saying all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth cannot I just suggest that we do this with this Trinity doctrine we go man-hours Trinity than what I do you let God come to you and speak to you through the Scripture. If your doubting and let his word be the final authority. Notice something else. In verse 19 that Jesus gives the marching orders. But in the marching orders includes a statement about the nature of the triune God. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit you know that when you and I go out to preach the gospel, the triune God is a partner with you. You enter into a sacred partnership that all three members of the Trinity are very interested in. It's what they're all about. Now this one verse.
Verse 19 is is pregnant with truth. It teaches that the father and the son and the Holy Spirit are all on the same level as God, you can add another name to those three names you can say the father and the son and the Holy Spirit and Frank or the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. And this denomination. This is an exclusive club, and only the father and the son and the Holy Spirit are a part of that same level exclusive group.
Also this teaches us that the father son and the Holy Spirit all enjoy the unity together that they want to share with us when you go out and I have all authority. Jesus said, in heaven and earth to say this when you go out you preach the gospel and UN people and you make disciples of nations, you baptize them in the name of the Godhead. The father son and the Holy Spirit will what does the Bible say about the Trinity. What a Scripture say well the Scripture calls the father God, the Bible calls Jesus the son of God and the Bible calls the Holy Spirit, God. It's interesting to me that every now and then only the person who will say we know Jesus never claimed to be God and the New Testament never says that he did and I can only think this what Bible do you read it's all over the place.
Jesus accepted the worship of Thomas, who after the resurrection saw him and said my Lord and my God and Jesus did can't see that Thomas that's wrong.
No, don't do that, don't go there. He accepted it he received it or the time when Jesus saw the paralytic there was brought before him through the roofing, he claimed to be as God to forgive sins, he said, son, be of good cheer, your sins are for. Given and the leaders of the time were right when they thought nobody can forgive sins except God is the whole point he was exercising his authority or the time in John chapter 8 when Jesus made this statement before Abraham was, I am. I existed before Abraham ever was or in John chapter 10 when even his enemies knew who he was claiming to be a took up stones to calamine. Jesus said that many works.
What were concerning me for so not for a good work, but because you being a mere man they said are always making yourself out to be God, then the Bible declares that the Holy Spirit is God most famous of these taxes.
Acts chapter 5. Remember the story of Ananias and Sapphire and Peter surrogates interfacing says why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit for you have not lied to man you have lied to God equating the Holy Spirit with God. That's what the Bible says, but you still say I will get it. How can 3B1. How can there be unity. And yet diversity seems illogical that makes sense because in reading the Old Testament you observe something Israel was fiercely monotheistic saying there's one God in contrast to the polytheistic cultures around and you remember that great anthem affairs in Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse four called the Shema should not be said, I have Adonai, God, Adonai and Okino hero, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
He is God, one God, one so what we do with that is one of when it says he is God or one doesn't mean one with a isolation of one or stark singularity of one. It can mean one in the unity how I know this will member the first wedding that was performed I guess by God. Adam and Eve. I was reminded of this yesterday went to a wedding of of a I'd say a kid now as a man, but I watched them grow up and I was reminded of this passage work.
God said Adam and Eve. For this reason a man will leave his father or mother be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.
God, they become one. What is that mean that mean they morph into one human being. No, it is odd, however, that the older couples get. Sometimes this is sometimes even look like each other is a phenomenon I've noticed, and sometimes I'll even buy pets that look like them and asked me to explain that it's another ministry, but when it says they become one flesh. It doesn't mean that they lose their individuality or their personhood.
They become one unit one family, one couple one in spirit until the word is used often notices God is one, it can still include the Trinity three and one. This one unit is another example, the tabernacle, God spoke to Moses in Exodus 26 and he said you shall make 50 clasps of gold and you shall couple the curtains of the tabernacle together with clasps so that it may be one tabernacle X God one unit 50 clasps lots of curtains and alter a labor all these different articles that are in there, but it's 11.
Also Israel was called to be one people, even though there was a multiplicity of them. So there is multiplicity in unity when it says one God, now the Trinity I believe is hinted at throughout the Bible, even in the Old Testament, even the very first verse of the Bible.
Listen to it in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The word is Elohim.
It's masculine plural. In fact, literally you could read in a very literal wooden way in the beginning God's created the heavens and the earth, Elohim, and if you read down a little bit in verse 26 and 27 it says then God said, Elohim said let us make man in our image, and so in the image of God he created them. It's an interesting mix of pronouns is God speaking to let us make man in our image when speaking to angels if that's the answer is wrong no angel ever held God in creation.
We learn from the New Testament that God created the heavens and the earth and it was Jesus who was given the authority and through his agency. The worlds were created. This is the Godhead speaking the Trinity speaking let us make man in our image we see this again in the prophets Isaiah chapter 6. Also, I heard the voice of the Lord saying and recovered this last week whom shall I send, and who will go for us and then Isaiah predicted the coming Messiah, and was a child is born a son is given, this child that will be born set Isaiah will be called the everlasting father, the mighty God, the Prince of peace. And now we have this go in the name of the father son and Holy Spirit.
We have the benediction of Paul in second Corinthians 13. He writes may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all uses that formula of the triune God in the benediction little wish that hope that prayer, you know, I grew up with the Bible in my home was there. We never read inventor open your Bible, you first have to go home probably break the spine, we didn't really read it that much.
All the truths were in their but we just never saw them as we never read them. Facsimile one said if all who profess to be Christians ever decided to read their Bibles at the same time we would experience the worst dust storm in history.
Sad isn't it so the natural resist the supernatural but it's the scriptural that redirects or corrects or remedies the natural that's what the Bible teaches not only that, not only does the Bible teach that. But Bible teachers throughout history have taught what the Bible teaches that's historical I just quickly want to address that at first Melanie disabled as I bring this to a close. By the way, so thank you for listening so carefully that any were covering a lot of ground and pushing it all into a little time. I appreciate, but this whole notion that it wasn't until the fourth century, the church started believing the Trinity is just nonsense historically go back to 96 A.D. when Clement of Rome formulated an oath using all three members of the Trinity.
He said as God lives and as the Lord Jesus Christ lives and as the Holy Spirit lives. It's 96 A.D. 107 A.D. Ignatius use the formula father son and Holy Spirit in the second century Hermann us spoke of God existing as one God in three distinct personalities second century, Justin Martyr defended veneration and worship given to all three members father son and Holy Spirit. Then in the second century Ireland Naess, one of the greatest theologians ever of church history who fought against the Gnostics and articulated the Trinity said God the father. The word Jesus Christ our Lord, who was made among us men visible and tangible. The Holy Spirit who, at the end of the age was poured out in a new way. And then at the end of the second century beginning of the third century was a guy named Turk Julian who first coined the term Trina tossed in Latin or Trinity.
Although some believe the word goes all the way back to 180 A.D. the guy by the name of Theophilus of Antioch, not the Theophilus in the Bible, but another church leader, so it has long-standing roots fact if you have new King James version. Perhaps not the most recent addition but one a few years older than my Bible right up front used to be right on the spines.
There's a symbol. I know it's too far away for you to see, but it's a little three cornered symbol that they explain in my version that is called the trike. We try in the tri-creature is an ancient symbol of the Trinity that they use for the new King James version. It's three interwoven arcs distinct yet inseparable that always historically symbolize the triune God so so to deny the Trinity is to deny the revelation found in both the old and the New Testament and to deny the Trinity is to take the arrogant position that everybody throughout church history is been wrong, except you and your group. All of that aside, all of that aside, when asked this question, how does the Trinity matter to me on a daily basis. We will what is the practical big deal. I understand this is all fine to discuss the theological concept, but when I go to work tomorrow and I live during the week. How can I relate to the Trinity. Personally, how could I enjoy the presence of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit could the Trinity make a difference in my prayer life could the Trinity become a model for me being successful in interpersonal relationships and the answer to that is yes yes yes and that's what we will show you next week when we continue this. So stay tuned. I just want to lay the foundation before we show you the real application of this in our personal lives as believers. But tonight tonight and with an encouragement. I know there's tension when it comes to the Trinity. I know we enter the discussion the man okay because I really try to understand this and we leave the disclosure. I don't get it. Happens every time so there's this tension lacked the tension remain. There's a mystery to God. We don't get it will never get it, anybody says I got it don't trust them.
It's like a suspension bridges suspension bridge stands by tension moving into different directions leap the pole opposite each other try to remove that tension and that bridge will collapse allow this important truth of one God three persons have all of the tension that it has so that you and I never lose the mystery of it. There's a girl who failed her anatomy test little schoolgirl.
She took the test she failed to is only one in class. By the way, who fail the test and I read you her answer. You'll understand why is what she said on her text. The human body is composed of three parts. The brain EM the Borax instead of the thorax and the abominable cavity instead of the abdominal cavity.
The premium she continues contains the brain.
The Borax contains the lungs. The liver and living things. The abominable cavity contains the bowels of which there are five a EIO you and I just tell you that I don't feel a whole lot different when it comes to the subject of God.
I feel that no matter how much I read and study and compare Scripture scriptwriters get a tiny little shade of understanding.
This is a marble that we wonder where is it explain it. It's a mystery we see through a glass darkly. One day we will see face to face.
Until then, we worship, father, son, Holy Spirit, next week will discover how that makes a personal that skintight message for the series. The biography of Skip as they share insight about the Trinity, the Trinity is one of the most difficult thing in Christianity to understand that today you mentioned that we should leave them free of God, and maybe the 20 find you think it's important to do that and are there other things we can leave to the mystery of God, dear. Sure, you know, first of all we have to leave it to the mystery of God. We really have no other choice because you try to comprehend someone who is incomprehensible you're trying to go to the Pacific Ocean with your little cup and and put in the ocean. You can do that so so you can't stuff all that God is into our brain. Somebody one set of God were small enough for our brain. You wouldn't be big enough for our needs. Second, so I look at it that that ministry fuels majesty that the fact that God is unfathomable or totally unknowable that that makes him more attractive to me. I because it makes him that it makes my life a relationship with him. A journey that I won't fully satisfy toys in face-to-face but I can be discovering new things about them and I love that that ongoing relationship but yeah there are others besides that one not just the Trinity, but what about predestination and human choice. What about God judging people and sending them to hell versus taking them to heaven. All those things are are deep and profound and have eternal consequence.
But but tough roster to graph escape in millennia when some people think that not only think about Islam and forgiveness.
Also remember he is holy desire to help believers grow in holiness and help you draw closer to the Lord by sharing Bible teachings. This message is coming to you when you call hundred 90 800-9624.com/donate.com/donate. Thank you. Come back again tomorrow explains how all three versions of the Trinity Skip presentation of connection communications through