Saturday, November 26, 2011

Revisiting Christian Doctrine Part 1 ( Trinity/Godhead)

 I wanted to start a new series. I will continue my series on Leadership from time to time as well but something has been rolling in my heart. I read a book the other day about " Hell". The writer was giving biblical examples as to why Hell is not a real place. The book sparked inside of me the desire to revisit our Basic Christian Doctrines. With so many distorting and teaching wrong doctrine these days; I feel it is important for all believers to embrace at least some apologetic behavior within their belief system.

The word Doctrine comes from the Greek word didache which simply means " teaching." A doctrine is a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative. Jesus taught doctrine to us. The bible teaches God's doctrine to mankind. Now many denominations in the christian faith have written doctrine but many of it is not from the word of God. I desire to focus on the fundamentals of our faith. Why do we believe what we believe? Are all of the doctrines we follow scriptural ? Are the doctrines man-made or God made? What are the God made doctrines and what are the man-made doctrines? What is the truth? Is there absolute truth?

I spend time writing these blogs mostly for my friends in America and other countries who are a part of my relational sphere. Many of you use these blogs for your sermons on Sunday mornings ( as I am told.) I am blessed and honored that you use this material. However, I want to caution you all. Please ,and I say this with true intent, always compare what I teach or say with the Word of God. Let Holy Spirit reveal to you the truth of God's word. I have never said , nor will I ever say, that I am the final authority on God's word. Nonetheless, I do pride myself in digging deep into His word and ensuring that I speak only what is from his heart. With that being said, please feel free to use this series on Doctrine to teach your congregations. Do you know how to take a city forthe kingdom of God? You ARM every believer with the truth and allow them to walk in it.

Trinity/Godhead

Let's start off with the doctrine of the Trinity or as some call it the Triunion. We serve one  God but He exists in three forms. God the Father, God the son, and God the Holy Spirit. For those looking in from the outside of our faith would think we worship three gods. Let me tell you that is not the case. The Christian faith is one of monotheism. We believe in one Living God who is all and all for mankind.

Now here is the truth. The word Trinity is not even mentioned within the word of God. It is a man made word meant to describe a biblical occurrence. We can see all throughout the Bible the trinity as the Godhead or in the form of  Elohim.

Jesus demonstrated the fullness of this triunion of God when He walked the earth.

Colossians 2:8-9  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  (9)  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

We see the Triunion of God working intimately at the baptism of Christ.

Matthew 3:16-17  And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:  (17)  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

We understand that all of Creation points to the triunion of God and all creation is without excuse when it comes to knowing the true and just God.

Romans 1:19-20  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  (20)  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

This Union of the Godhead is considered one of Christianity's biggest mysteries. I consider it a mystery only to those who don't follow the goodness of our God. I see clearly why God is father, son, and Holy Spirit. It is clear to me because my faith is real.

We see the Trinity of the living God at the beginning of our existence.

Genesis 1:26-27  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  (27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Here we see the Name of God as Elohim ( meaning gods in the supreme sense to the Living God.) God turned within himself during creation and collaborated about the creation of mankind. He decided to make mankind different than the living creatures. He would give them a body, soul, and spirit. All human beings would follow the pattern of God's existence. We would be like him. ( Three in one) Walking godlettes upon the face of the planet. We would become God's ultimate demonstration of his Alpha/ Omega power. He who exists outside of space and time would create beings who hold his image. Elohim in the fullness of form. Elohim which is a word that only exists in the Hebraic language.  It is the name which describes the Hashalush HaKadosh. ( the trinity)  We can see Elohim working throughout the scriptures. We truly can see how Jesus, the son of the living God, was also Jesus the creator of  all things within the Elohim entity.


Taken from http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Names_of_G-d/Elohim/elohim.html


God

elohim


Elohim. [The basic form]
God; gods. The plural form of El, meaning “Strong One.” The Name Elohim occurs 2,570 times in the Tanakh. See Isa. 54:5; Jer. 32:27; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 45:18; Deut. 5:23; etc.


The Son of God

Ben Elohim


Ben Elohim. The Son of God (Matt. 16:16; 26:63; Jn. 6:69).

My God
elohai


Elohai. My God.
Elohim with personal pronoun suffix indicating 1st person singular.




The God of my kindness
elohei-chasdi


Elohei Chasdi. God of my Kindness (Ps. 59:17).
From chesed, the covenantal faithfulness (of God). See also Psalm 89:29; 144:2.


The God of gods
elohei-haelohim

Elohei Haelohim. The God of gods (Deut. 10:17; Josh. 22:22; Ps. 136:2).




The God who is near
elohei-mikkarov

Elohei Mikkarov.
God who is near (Jer. 23:23).
This Title for God acknowledges His immanence within all.


The God who is far
el-yeshurun

Elohei Merachok.
God who is far (Jer. 23:23).
This Title for God acknowledges His transcendence above all.


The God of Justice
elohei-mishpat

Elohei Mishpat.
God of Justice (Isa. 30:18).

The God of Hosts
elohei-tseva'ot


Elohei Tseva’ot.
God of hosts or God of armies (2 Sam. 5:10).


The Eternal God
elohei-kedem


Elohei Kedem.
God of the beginning; Eternal God (Deut. 33:27).


The Living God

elohim-chaiyim

Elohim Chayim.
The Living God (Deut. 5:26; Jos. 3:10; 1 Sam. 17:26, 36; 2 Ki. 19:4, 16; Ps. 42:2; 84:2; Isa. 37:4, 17; Jer. 10:10; 23:36; Dan. 6:20, 26; Hos. 1:10; Matt. 16:16; 26:63; Jn. 6:69; Acts 14:15; Rom. 9:26; 2 Co. 3:3; 6:16; 1 Tim. 3:15; 4:10; 6:17; Heb. 3:12; 9:14; 10:31; 12:22; Rev. 7:2).

The Godhead is a significant presence throughout the Bible. Jesus came to our planet to simply put a face to the eternal existence of Elohim!!!! When we look upon him; we look upon the living God. No longer did God have to hide in a cloud or catch a wind from drifting smoke. Jesus embodied Elohim for all of mankind to see and know. Elohim stepped out of his non linear existence and walked into our linear existence so we may know Him once again. The Trinity or Godhead is one of our fundamental doctrines. If you wish to take this doctrine out; you cease to follow the true and living God. We don't fully understand this unity because of our finite thinking. We only grasp what we desire to grasp but the truth still remains. We need the Godhead in its present form. We need the father for he holds the key to all things. We need the son because he is the bridge for mankind, and we need Holy Spirit for he is the power to all believers seeking to follow the Living God. We need Elohim in all of His abundant forms.

We can separate them into three forms but we must keep them as the one and true God.I had a vision of this truth many years ago. I saw the throne room of God shining brightly and in glorious splendor. I saw the silouette of the living God sitting on this massive throne. There was glory smoke all around the throne. Jesus sat in and next to the father and Holy Spirit engulfed the throne. Holy Spirit was beaming from the throne onto planet earth. His light covered the whole earth and I could sense his loving involvement for us. Jesus would stand beside, inside, and in the middle of the living God. It was a sight to behold. I was humbled and baffled by the Unity of Godhead. They truly thought as one and moved as one but expressed purpose in different realms. I was seeing the beauty of the Godhead at work. I was brought from my existence into the existence of  Elohim. I know for some this sounds crazy or maybe unbelievable.( I don't deny my craziness but I am crazy for Him.) God chooses to show many of his people these things. John, the apostle of Jesus, was able to write the whole book of Revelation outside of his linear state. He saw the transition of the world in God's non-linear realm. How could this be? God( Elohim) is the Alpha and Omega at the same time. He is the first and the last at the same time.  He is the beginning and the ending at the same time. When John saw the course of future events it was only the future to him. It was the present for the Lord.  Our Christian faith needs the Trinity or the Godhead.  Each role plays a significant part within our lives.

Let me close this blog with a Mystery that can only be revealed to the reader by Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:3-6  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.  (4)  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  (5)  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  (6)  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

When the Spirit of God is within us we live the character of Christ. That is why we can love people beyond our ability to love. That is why we can demonstrate grace and mercy to those who despitefully use us or curse us.  Holy Spirit is the revealer of Jesus to the people who desire to truly know him. He brings functionality to the gifts within us. Jesus gives the gifts to us and the Living God directs the whole operation.  This one little passage describes so much about the Godhead or trinity if you're willing to see it. What is the mystery, you might ask? This Godhead exists within every person who believes and lives the commands of God. This Godhead is transplanted within us through the power of Holy Spirit. We are given the ability, through Jesus Christ, to hold within us the Alpha and Omega and the beginning and the end.  We have HIS fullness living in us and through us! Why can we not overcome sin then? Why can we not walk in his freedom? Why can we not live beyond our linear existence and see through the eyes of King? The Godhead is left untapped within us. We have cautioned ourselves to simply know the Lord but to never cross fully over to His promises for us. Why not? I ask myself this same question. Why do I allow myself to fall into a similar sin when I have the fullness of the Godhead living inside of me? There is an answer to this question. One which consists of another doctrine we christians believe in. I will leave that topic for another blog entry.

Blessings loved ones,

Johnny




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