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December 23, 2021 7:00 am
What makes Christian different from all other things. Listen to Adrian Rogers, the doctrine of the Trinity is great Christian distinct is what makes our faith different from all the other. This law does not believe in the Trinity, Mormonism does not believe in the Trinity, Jehovah's Witnesses and others will come to your doorstep did not believe in the Trinity the Jewish people in general do not believe in the Trinity but I assure you what we call the Old Testament that Jesus is God and I'm sure you from the Bible. The Bible teaches about the holy word.
As we just heard from pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers, the doctrine of the Trinity is what makes our faith different from all other faiths. Many who don't believe in Jesus will call him rated moral teacher, but when you look closely at his teachings find it.
He left no room for interpretation. Jesus Christ was the second person of the Trinity, God the son. If you have your Bible turn to the gospel of Luke chapter 1 will look at verse 35 as Adrian Rogers tells us more about Jesus Christ, the son of God, and God the son were talking today about the fact that Jesus Christ, the son of God is also God the son, what were you talking to you about today is the holy Trinity. Now we familiar with Mary and her birth of Jesus Christ and I want you to see that in the very Scripture that describes his or her the holy Trinity is seen look, if you will, in Luke chapter 1 and verse 35 the angel answered and said under her. The holy ghost shall come upon the not angel is talking Mary the holy ghost shall come upon the that's the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost and the holy Trinity and the power of the highest shall overshadow the that is God the father therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of the shall be called the son of God there that one verse yet father-son and Holy Spirit, that brings this question. Who was this baby who was Jesus Christ. There's one right answer. There are many wrong answers. Let me give you some the wrong answers that may sound so good. For example, some say that Jesus Christ was a great man, H. G. Wells, noted historian Road outlines the history said this matter fact, the listed the 10 greatest men of all history and Jesus Christ was number one on his list. Jesus Christ doesn't belong on anybody's list is absolutely unique you talk to Peter the Great, Alexander the great Charlemagne the right. But Jesus is Jesus, the one and only other say well he was a great moral teacher is a brilliant Englishman CS Lewis said this about those who simply want to call Jesus Christ a great moral teacher. I want to listen to this and listen carefully. These are rich words. Here's what Ciesla said I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people say about him. I'm ready to accept Jesus Christ as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things that Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic on the level of a man who says he is a poached egg or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the son of God, or else a madman or something worse.
You can shut him up for fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon are you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let none of us come away with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He is not left that open to us. They do what he said listen either. He is a lunatic or demon are he is God, but you cannot just simply call him a great moral teacher now and insulin is called a prophet, a messenger of God in the Koran of Islam teaches, and I quote Jesus was only a messenger of Allah. Although these more than a messenger of Allah, but some say well he was the new agers suite of Jesus is some mistake medium some cosmic Christ. Some channel that enables us to get in contact with interspace and outer space and there are demon spirits who call themselves Jesus but not the Jesus of the Bible who is Jesus. Now I want to make some notes going to be thinking about anything else because what I'm talking about is so basic that if you miss you miss all of Christianity is Jesus Christ's now the doctrine of the Trinity listen to me is the great Christian distinct is what makes our faith different from all of the other papers.
Islam does not believe in the Trinity. Unitarianism does not believe in the Trinity. Mormonism does not believe in the Trinity. We Jehovah's Witnesses and others who accompany your doorstep did not believe in the Trinity the Jewish people in general do not believe in the Trinity.
That's a stumbling block to them, but I assure you, in the Jewish scriptures in the Old Testament when we get to it. What we call the Old Testament.
They don't call it the Old Testament is there Bible they don't like that there's something new and better this come along, but I'm sure you what we call the Old Testament. There the Hebrew Scriptures that Jesus is God and I'm initially from the Bible what the Bible teaches about the holy Trinity fiber get into the basic three points of the message.
Let me just remind you that Jehovah God is just that he is God, let me say also that Jesus Christ Bethlehem's baby was and is God and himself claim to be. This is the reason that that Ciesla said you just can't pick at them and calling a great moral teacher. Now put in your notes if you making notes Exodus chapter 3 in verse 14 Moses is going to leave the children of Israel out of Egypt. And so you want some credentials and he says now look, I just can't go to Pharaoh and say let my people go, shall I say, sent me and there in Exodus chapter 3 verse 14 Jehovah God speaks to Moses and here's what the Scripture says and God said to Moses, I am that I am. That is, you could tell Pharaoh that I am century. This was his name. I am that I am, that's the most sacred name for God. What does it mean I am that I am not. I was not I will be. Not that I had a beginning or I will ever have an in the I am the great I am the self existent God.
I am that I sacred name for deity in the Old Testament. Now when we come to the New Testament in the New Testament in John chapter 8, the Pharisees were picking at Jesus and trying to discredit Jesus warning Jesus to give his credentials. They were boasting that he said we have Abraham for our father. What that was, was a sneer saying we don't even know who your father is. We know that your marriage was not consummated. When your child was born. It was a an indication that Jesus was born out of wedlock. It was a sneer. We have Abraham for father. Here's how Jesus answered them in John eight in verse 56 your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad the lives of the Jews him him thou art not yet 50 years old and is now seen Abraham Jesus out of them, verily, verily, now whenever Jesus is very rarely. That means Tony enemies truly truly a man amen. Listen, listen, verily, verily, I say to you, I listen this before Abraham was, I and listen.
Don't miss before Abraham was, I am not. I got here before Abraham did and that was a time when I was not I am the great God. Exodus chapter 3 I am the I am guilty that I present this, they picked up stones to stoning because to them.
That was blasphemy Jehovah God is God. Jesus Christ is God and the Holy Spirit is God in the fifth chapter of acts. There were two people in church and I sense a pirate who pretended make an offering to God that was less than they said it was, and actually they were playing church. They were lying in church. Peter by divine revelation knew that Ananias and Sophia were telling a lie. And this is what he says and accept the fiber Street. But Peter said Ananias, why has Satan filled my heart. What's this the lie under the Holy Ghost. Now Jehovah's Witness friends tells that the Holy Ghost is just some emanation from God the father although he's a person who can be lied to. He can be grieved, and I ask Satan filled your heart to lie on to the Holy Ghost. Now listen to me very carefully now. Go on down to verse four act, fibrous, poor listen to it, thou has not lied and the men, but on the God the Holy Ghost is go Jehovah God is God Jesus the son is God and there is a Trinity.
The father is God the son is God.
The spirit is God. Sometimes we have people to say it what you mean about alternatives to what is God the father and then there's Jesus and the Holy Spirit. While they might just say there's God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit know there's God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit to listen very carefully. We sing at Sunday morning to probably pay no attention to holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty God in three persons, blessed Trinity.
Now we go to look at and in the Bible really see the Trinity in both the old and the New Testament memory going to come back and understand why we say that the son of God, is God the son. First of all. Point number one I want you to see the sublime mystery of the Trinity, the sublime mystery_the word mystery. The only way that you can know about the holy Trinity is by divine revelation, did that sink and if they did say amen only by divine revelation you will ever understand the holy Trinity by human investigation, not by logic, not by philosophy, not by science, not by mathematics. The only way that you can know about the holy Trinity is what God says in this book that God says it in the Bible you believe it because of divine revelation don't get the idea that you discover the holy Trinity, John Wesley found in Methodism a great man of God. Talked about this, they said, how can a worm understand the man how can a man understand God.
Now when we say that there is a divine Trinity, one God in three persons. Some people say will that's contradictory to logic that sounds like you worshiping three God's no there a lot of things that you don't understand about the one God did you understand the God that never had a beginning. Did you think of anything else and never had a beginning. Did you think of a God that is everywhere at the same time. If you think about those things are absolutely contradictory to logic and let yet they are true. God never had a beginning and God is everywhere. That's not logical, but it certainly true is that why some questions about the Trinity. Brenda five. Your child can ask questions about anything that no one can answer. It doesn't matter that you can understand. You understand infinity of course you know you understand eternity.
Of course you know the doctrine of the Trinity.
Risers are falls on divine revelation. I don't get in arguments about it, just accept what the Bible says that that some people try to prove or disprove the Trinity with illustrations you can prove that the holy Trinity with illustrations.
Why because it only one God says only one God is not even compare them to. I can compare this pulpit to another pulpit. I can compare that man to another man. I can compare this church.
The church, but is only one God put down this verse Isaiah chapter 40 verse 18, to whom then will you liken God hard or what likeness will you compare to him.
You can say God is like anything God is not like anything there is nothing that you can compare God with now we see reflections of the Trinity and all they got is made. For example, everything that God is greatest time in space time is past present future. That's a Trinity. The past is not the present presence of the future and the future is not passed all three are distinguishable. All three are inseparable and you can have one without the other best time space height within that height is not with with is not that that does not like all distinguishable but all are inseparable. They all exist together. You can have one without the man man's body soul and spirit sitting in your chair's body soul and spirit get you one person what we see are reflections of the Trinity, but not illustrations of the Trinity. Brandon God says that nothing, nothing that you can compare me with so don't come around. It was saying. Well it does make sense to me. Frankly, I'm glad it doesn't make sense for you are to me.
We don't want a God that we can understand. Isaiah 55 verses eight and nine system. My thoughts are not your thoughts, either your ways my ways that the Lord was the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts about your thoughts he ought to give us comfort that we don't understand the Trinity. That means that God is bigger and greater than we are. But I said that the Muslims except to some degree the Old Testament Jews except the Old Testament Jehovah's Witnesses another say that except the Old Testament busters look at the Old Testament four-minute and see if God is reflected there. For example, is just open the Bible and will find that holy Trinity on the portals of the Bible. The first chapter and the first verse you'll find the holy Trinity Genesis 11 in the beginning God created the heavens and their let the word for God. There is the Hebrew word Elohim. It is with this these letters I him if we put it in English, Elohim, that's the plural ending. For example, one angel is a cherub more than that, a cherub being not actually literally what you have is a plural subject with a single number and literally it says in the beginning Elohim God plural created singular the heavens and their you find the same thing in the creation of man put down. Genesis chapter 1 verse 26 and God Elohim plural God little you could translate and God's said, let us not let me but let us make man in our image God is he speaking to peacemaking with himself, God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit is making man in his image to see the Trinity reflected in creation. You see, the Trinity reflected in the great commandment. Did you know the Bible has a great commandment in the Bible has a great commission. The great commandment is found in the Old Testament is called the Shema of our Jewish friends. This is the key verse our Jewish friends. They love it is used to open the liturgy in Orthodox synagogue's hey good to think this verse every morning and while he ought him well. We all is a beautiful verse listen to it. Deuteronomy chapter 6 verses four and five here oh Israel, the Lord our Lord is one Lord, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might. That is a great verse, is it not as I do say we can believe in.
Three God support you don't believe in three God I don't believe in three God I believe in one God would not listen to this verse and look at it carefully was. This is a prime proof text to the Jews as to the unity and oneness of God, and they correctly believe that the word Lord hero, Israel, the Lord, our Lord, the Lord our God is one Lord. The word Lord is the word Yahweh our Jehovah that's singular Jehovah singular, the Lord our God's our God. Remember that Elohim, that's plural, the Lord our God's is one God Jehovah singular our Elohim plural is one Jehovah Jehovah singular our Elohim plural is one Jehovah now I want to think about the word one that's in this verse to spell it at Chuck ECHAD a check and what it literally means is one as a unit one is a you and I want to give you some verses Genesis chapter 2 verse 24 therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother and cleave unto his wife and they too shall be one flesh, but to hear what they call one ballot you be willing Genesis 11.
Six and the Lord said, behold, the people is one of the people plural, all people around about the Tower of Babel.
He says they are one hears the same word that is used over here in the book of Deuteronomy that says God is one now in numbers chapter 13 verse 23 in the middle of that verse one cluster of grapes. So here's a bunch of cluster of grapes. Many grapes in the Bible calls 1% to 13 verse 17 talking about an army and then the middle that verses is one company by company of soldiers that what it is is a unit and plurality first Chronicles 17 verse 21, and what one nation and the earth is like thy people Israel. One nation all nation's call one ballast go back to this verse of Scripture here in Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse four. Listen to it here oh Israel, Jehovah, our God is one, is the same word that means a plurality in a unity.
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