I was listening to a question and answer period on a Christian ministries website yesterday. The person was asking about the Trinity. She didn’t understand it and was wanting to understand the concept of how the bible tells us there is only one God but that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are separate but yet make up only one God.
As I look back over the time (many years ago) that I pondered how they could be three distinct Beings and yet only are One God, I remembered being confused too. There are a couple of things that helped me to understand and I’d like to share them with you.
First, I think that I discounted the fact that God is Spirit. John 4:24 says, God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. (NIV) Because we humans are physical beings and we see, touch , smell and have to live in the physical world, it becomes easy to forget that God is a spirit. I know I do. I forget that and have to continually remind myself of that. So, when I slip back into the thinking that God is a fleshly being in a physical heaven I have to bring my mind back to the concept that God is a spirit. That is how He can be in all things and all people at once. He doesn’t have the physical limitations that we have. In fact, Jesus tells us that He is the Light of the World. Light is not a physical or tangible thing. Many feel that Jesus was stating that He is truth. That when Jesus said He is the Light He meant that He lights us up inwardly with His nature of being the Truth and knowing truth.
As an analogy I look at the clouds. I see them form together and break apart. I see them shift and change. Are there really three clouds that I am looking at because in a few minutes there may be one or there may be none or there may be 8? When I say that God is spirit and that God is triune (three in one) He/They don’t have the limitations of physicality that permanently keep them as separate beings as we are here on earth. We are confined into one body and the closest we come to being two-in-one is when a woman is pregnant. Here again, we can see that the full term baby is connected to the mother through the umbilical cord but that it is about to be born and become separate from his/her mother.
It is interesting that Jesus said to Nicodemus (John 3:1-5) that he must be born again. Nicodemus’ response was to ask, “How is that possible? How do I go back into my mother’s womb?” Jesus said this to him to give Nicodemus a picture of something of the spiritual realm. A truth about being in the spirit as God is spirit. In the spiritual realm it is possible for two to be completely one. They can be so completely one that there is no line of differentiating the two. There is no color variation, no difference of opinion, no difference in intelligence, no difference according to gender, race, heritage and since there is no body there is no difference between personality, blood type, etc. The two or three can merge together to become completely one with no traces of distinction and yet can separate and reunite again. Just like the clouds.
This was God’s original intended state of being for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They were covered by God’s glory. They were clothed with God’s radiant, perfect presence and because of that Adam and Eve didn’t see their physical differences. The war between the sexes hadn’t happened yet.
Also, when Jesus was transfigured. Mark 9:2 tells us, “ Six days after this, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them and became resplendent with divine brightness.” His disciples were seeing Jesus transfigure back into the originally intended state of being. This was the way Adam and Eve were pre-fall.
This all shows us that there are at least three different states of being and we only have experienced one of them, unless we are born again. When we are born again we are born of the spirit. We can’t see it but the glory of God clothes our inner spirit-man with His splendor and radiance. When we are born again and we are clothed with God’s glory it is like in Genesis 1:1 He said, “In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.” When He said this it became the model that was used by Jesus when each of us becomes born again. Before we were born again we were formless and had a void. We needed God to shape us and mold us. When we are born again the Spirit of God hovers and broods over us as if we were “the face of the chaotic, unformed waters”. This is when God begins to mold us and make us to have a spirit man created within us just as Adam was created. In essence, we have an Adam-like spirit man placed within us. It is naive and only a child but God tends to us, nurtures us, causing us to grow into spiritual adulthood.
God never intended for us to be in a permanent state of chaos but that is where we are without the activating power of Jesus and the indwelling Holy Spirit. We come to places of accepting anything that comes along that shows any hint of helping us without looking at the consequences of our choices. We have the feeling that if we don’t take this chance at making our lives better then we won’t ever get a better chance again. We have the, “as good as it gets” feeling. But, God wants us to know that we don’t have to settle for chaos, chance or picking the least objectionable thing. We don’t have to settle for drugs, alcohol and a life of multiple divorces. We don’t have to join new social media websites or try new dangerous diets. God has got a better way to re-create us. His solution was to send His Son, Jesus and to ask us to be born again. And being born again, at its core, is to become one with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We become part of that triune God (just like the merging clouds).
I hope I have helped you see something about the Judeo-Christian God of the bible that you haven’t seen before. I hope that I’ve inspired you to look further into the teachings of Jesus and the bible for yourself. And I hope that you will tune in again for more from THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN.
Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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