God could not be called “Father” before Christ.
Jesus is an exact reflection of the Father—they are completely one.
God pulls the believer to himself by the Spirit.
-the closer the Lord pulls me to himself, the more apparent I become of the worldly things in me, of the sin that resides in me.
-beat up and broken people should be here—that’s who Jesus came for, and that’s who the Spirit pulls.
-Isaiah 6: the closer he got to God, the more he realized his own frailty.
How do we accurately and correctly define God in three persons? So far we’ve tried to unpack the triune God—and even in my best studying, I haven’t even done it justice. We’ve barely even scratched the surface because He’s too majestic. He’s just too big and mighty for us to be able to cover it all.
We can spend our entire lives trying to grasp that concept, and we might never get beyond the surface. But should we stop trying? By no means! We should search out the unsearchable God.
The joy comes in the pursuit. The joy comes in wrestling with the Mighty God. God wants us to pursue him, even when he seems confusing and foreign to us.
Man has been wrestling with the idea of God being one God in three persons for a long time. It’s not a new thing. So, let’s unpack it a little:
After 15 years of pursuing God in my own life, and just when I begin to think that I have a grasp on it all, I see something new and say, “Yep, never saw that one before.” We’re always learning and discovering.
God is concrete and resolute
Genesis 1:1—in the beginning, God.
-Even if I can’t understand everything that is going on, God is still God. He always has been and always will be. That’s gotta be concrete for us.
We can question his “how”, and we can question his process, but we can never question who he is. He is who he is, and he has always been and always will be God.
So why is the trinity confusing?
John 1:1—“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”
Why is God sometimes confusing? Because of sin.
-Because at the very core of sin, it separates. Sin separates.
-The idea of God and the trinity is sweet communion and perfect harmony. This is hard for us to grasp because of sin, and because of separation, and because there is separation we do not have that perfect communion as the Trinity has.
There is nothing else in the world that actually resembles God except God himself.
Christians and non-Christians alike see the trinity and do two things:
They take it and break it up. They see God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit—but they see them as separates. They begin to separate the Trinity in their minds because of sin.
-This causes people to choose a portion of God to worship, and not worship God in his fullness and entirety.
-They try to make sense in their own minds of God instead of just worshipping him for who he is.
-They begin to marginalize the gospel and minimize it.
2. They make God one.
-They say God is just God the Father, and that there is no distinction in his being.
-If we make God the Father and God the Son one and make no distinction, then we minimize the gospel. We minimize that sacrifice and the weight of what that cost.
-If we just say that God is one, then we kick out the Spirit—we disregard his role.
–Accept the fact that God is.
Do we bear the name of being a child of God proudly? Do we know what when people puff us up and build us up that there is none greater than God? Do we take it as a great honor and privilege that we are called children of God Most High?
-Even though I don’t understand everything about God, he is still God.
-The Israelites put their trust in a God they never saw and in a land they would never see—and we might not see God, but we know that we will. We ought to put our trust in him, because we’ve been given the right to be called sons and daughters.
-God is still God.
-When your identity changes, and you know that you are secure in your identity as being God’s child, your worship begins to change. That is how evangelism starts.
-Do we act like it’s a right to know God, to be his child? Are we wearing it proudly?
-I have the right to approach God at any time of day because of Christ, because he paid the penalty and died for my sins on the cross. Do I live in proud remembrance of that? Or am I hiding it from the watching world? It is a right and a privilege—embrace it.