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October 21, 2020 2:00 am
If you want to embrace all that God has for you, you have to understand the work and roles of all three persons of the Trinity. In the message "Two Thirds Is Not Enough," Skip shares how all three work in your life.
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True that the more we learn about God in his majesty and his attributes in his grandeur and we taste that relationship we say how I want to know him more, want to learn more and experience more and then we come to the teaching of the Trinity and if the omnipotence of God and omniscient God and omnipresence of God isn't enough to drown us out in our own intellect.
Now we come to the Trinity and we stopped short right is likely unscalable mountain.
The unattainable truth. How can 3B1. Oswald Chambers said the spirit is the first power we practically experience the last column come to understand and to the Holy Spirit today and connect with Skip Skip explains how all three persons of the Trinity artwork in your life. First we want to share about where you can hear even more uplifting teachings with Skip cats connect with skip. I think on the hillside channel on Saturdays at 4:30 PM Mountain or watch it on TV and on Sundays at 5:30 AM Eastern. Don't miss your chance to dive deeper into God's work.
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Thank you. Now John chapter 14 dive into the teaching with Skip off they write up about my game this morning is to make you dissatisfied. I will explain that statement whatever level you have right now with the Lord is my prayer that you'll never say that's enough. I don't need anymore don't need to get any more spiritual any holier than I am, what I have is sufficient. I pray that you'll crave more more that we learn about him. Lloyd John Ogilvie, who was one time the chaplain for the United States Senate wrote, sadly, many Christians settle for two thirds of God, God the father's way up there somewhere aloof and apart from their daily lives. Christ is out there somewhere between them and the father. The Holy Spirit is some kind of vague source or impersonal power that they hear about, but do not know intimately so I pray that you'll have sanctified discontentment holy kind of discontentment what AW toes are called the pursuit of God on if you've ever read that little book the pursuit of God is a classic that changed my life and I took a copy off the shelf this week and was thumbing through it in the first couple paragraphs as toes or describes these kind of people that have that pursuit of God.
He said these are lives that are marked by a growing hunger after God himself will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the fountain of living waters so here we are. We tasted we have drunk when were here to say it's good it's wonderful. But I want more. I want to go further I want to go deeper. Even Paul the apostle had that very same desire after 30 years of walking with Christ. Paul said not that I have already attained, or am already perfected, but I press on. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Going forward, healthy, holy dissatisfaction RT Thomas Edison once said show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I'll show you a failure.
So is it true that the more we learn about God and his majesty and his attributes and his grandeur and we taste of that relationship. We say while I want to know him more. I want to learn more and experience more and then we come to the teaching of the Trinity. And if the omnipotence of God and omniscience of God and omnipresence of God isn't enough to drown us out in our own intellect. Now we come to the Trinity and we stopped short right it's likely unscalable mountain. It's the unattainable truth. How can three B1 known I was a boy going to church. I didn't hear father-son Holy Spirit I heard father, son, and holy ghost so the impression that made on this little mind wasn't a good one KII would always watch Casper the friendly ghost every Saturday. So when I'm hearing father son and Holy Ghost is like a little girl was with her family. They were from India and they came to visit friends in California on the West Coast and the host family brought the little 11-year-old girl to church one Sunday and after church. They so how'd you like it. She said how come the West Coast is not included as a part of me. She said you know, in the name of the father and the son and the holding East Coast. I didn't get much better than that for me when I was growing up now. Last week we mentioned that some folks to try to get their minds around the doctrine of the three in one. The triune God will take illustrations like the egg with the yoke and the white and the shell as a symbol of the Trinity or water existing in three different states. Though stoping water.
Whether it's in liquid form RI solid form or in vapor still water H2O and all of those are fine but they certainly don't do justice to it and sort of diminish the majesty of God, the ancient peoples used to have a diagram that I want to show you that I found this week for the Trinity and they would teach their people, their children, or congregation. Using this notice. Your three circles and a triangle father on top Holy Spirit on the bottom left in the sun on the bottom right and noticed the lines and arrows on the outer part saying the father is not the son. The son is not the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not the father. These are separate beings but notice they all point to the center circle. The father is God the son is God the Holy Spirit is God. I think that's was helpful. Not that they completely grasp it either but I think it's helpful this morning more than explaining the Trinity to you are trying to get you to understand it. It's my hope that you will enjoy him. I want you to enjoy the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Dare I even say explore the relationship with the father and with the sun and with the Holy Spirit.
It's not to me important that you understand how the Trinity works as much as what he what they the one God mean in our daily lives. So I've asked you to turn with me to John chapter 14 what I want to do is give you three and only three years, many more principles with three because of time. Three great truths about the triune God. Three great truths about the triune God. All of these truths matter on a daily basis. First of all, that all three do work all three work together and it work to do and it's distinct, but in concert with each other. So I taken out a John chapter 14 beginning in verse 10. How many of you have read letter Bibles this morning gave you notice that everything is in red right in chapter 1415 1617.
That means Jesus is doing all or most all of the talking. This is the longest recorded sermon.
Jesus ever preached in the New Testament. It's to his 12 disciples.
It's in the upper room is the night before his arrest, and then his crucifixion to look with me in John 14 beginning in verse 10 Jesus speaking do you not believe that I am in the father and the father in me the words that I speak to you. I do not speak on my own authority at the father, who dwells in me does the works. Believe me that I am in the father and the father in me or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do he will do also and greater works than these he will do, because I go to my father and whatever you ask in my name that I will do the father may be glorified in the son.
If you ask anything in my name I will do it if you love me, keep my commandments and I will pray the father and he will give you another helper, that he may abide with you forever. The spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you.
There's one noticeable thing straight about this whole message that Jesus gives in the upper room as he goes through it.
14, 15, 16, all of it. He freely speaks of the father and the son himself and the Holy Spirit has three distinct persons working in harmony together. He assigns personality to the many speaks of the Holy Spirit. For instance, it doesn't say when when it comes when that impersonal force shows up. He gives a personal pronoun he him his he does that with all three members of the Trinity many speaks of. We so he speaks of three individuals who are doing work all working in concert together is a question, do you really think that these disciples fully understood at this moment that the one being of God was shared by three coequal, coeternal persons no they grew up Jewish. They knew there was one God.
They were hammered that in their hearts and minds is one God whole concept of three and one in the concept of Jesus being God that they came to that conclusion. All of this was new to them.
It was difficult to them and if it was difficult to them and certainly difficult to us. However, the same guys wrote it down as such they recorded what Jesus said and they came to believe in this three and one but like we said last week, we can never expect to take infinite God and have him comprehended by our finite minds because it just seems to not make sense now. I was reading something that I wanted to share with you this morning I was reading something this week in a little thin book by JI Packer called evangelism and the sovereignty of God and has a beautiful illustration of how to truths can seem to be contradictory but they're not there both true and he pulled out this word called an antinomy. And if you've heard of the work.
Antinomy ANTINOMY it's a an actual word in the dictionary and antinomy is an apparent contradiction. A seeming contradiction that is not a contradiction at all, is the dictionary definition antinomy is a contradiction between conclusions which seem equally logical, reasonable or necessary.
I like to call a truce held in tension.
It's an apparent contradiction. A seeming contradiction of two undeniable truths he gives an example in that little book he says take the realm of physics and physics.
There are a few different antinomies.
One is light light and he says there's evidence that light consists of waves but also there is evidence that light is made up of particles, but it is not readily apparent how life can exist both as wave and as particle but it does that, he says, is an antinomy there's evidence that both are true. So it is in the realm of biblical truth you have apparent contradictions but the conclusions are equally true and valid. Having said that the Trinity is way more than a theological truth to be grasped or or looked at by a scientific analogy. It's something that I believe is personal and it's very practical and here Jesus speaks about the father in the spirit in the sun all doing work. Let's go back and see a couple examples of that first of all creation was the Bible say Genesis 11 in the beginning God Elohim created the heavens and the earth.
That's the introductory statement but throughout the rest of the Bible. We understand that father son and Holy Spirit all took an active part. It was a father who planned and thought of and decreed creation. I like to think of the father as the sovereign architect of creation. But God the son, Jesus Christ, or he's the builder he's the builder once the architect one is the builder listen carefully to first Corinthians chapter 8 verse six. There is only one God, the father of whom are all things and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things of him but it's through Jesus and John would agree with that member. What we read a few weeks back in the first chapter of the Gospel of John concerning Jesus Christ. The word blog us all things were made through him and without him nothing was made that has been made, Paul affirms that Colossians chapter 1 verse 16 all things were created by Jesus Christ, and for him. So the father is the architect the sun is the builder I look at the Holy Spirit as the project manager is the one that ensured the security of it all. As it was being carried out because the second verse of the first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1, two, says, in the spirit of God was hovering over the waters brooding is the word it's a term used in Deuteronomy about a mother eagle brooding over and ensuring the safety of her young in the next that's creation.
They all work together. Fast-forward now to the incarnation Bethlehem when Jesus came into the world know we know that God is spirit right got a spirit.
Jesus even declared God is spirit, which means God has no physical outward form, but the word became flesh so in Christ sent by the father, God stepped into our world and hung out here for 33 years. That's the incarnation John chapter 1 verse 18 no one has ever seen God, but God the one and only, who is at the father's side, has made him known. So the father sent the son went and you might say, the Holy Spirit lent his power and his presence to that whole event is with the angel told Joseph and he was freaked out that his fiancée Mary was pregnant and the angel came and said fear not, for that which is conceived in her is of the holy spirit in you. Remember the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan would happen. The heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, and a voice came from heaven.
This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.
All three active in the incarnation now fast-forward to another event in your life, your salvation or my salvation. Note salvation is a whole lot more than just I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior. I remember the day or the night when I did this is way more than you.
It happened way before you and I were even around the Bible says God the father shows you before the foundation of the world chose you. So the father shows you the son Jesus Christ came to the earth and redeemed you and it was the Holy Spirit who drew you to Christ and what you come to Jesus Christ sanctifies you with putting in a fishing analogy. Not that I know anything about fishing. I'm really not a good fisherman. My dad was, though, let's use it in biblical terms.
Fishers of men. God the father sent Jesus Christ his son fishing the Holy Spirit baited the hook. Lord you to Christ Jesus caught you, and once he caught you.
It's the Holy Spirit who cleans you and every fish. Jesus catches he claims there is Holy Spirit that sanctification first Peter chapter 1 verse two God the father knew you and shows you long ago and his spirit is made you holy. As a result you've obeyed him you have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Fact you could have come to Jesus Christ and accepted Christ unless it was the Holy Spirit who grabbed a hold of you was with you made you feel empty that you feel like you needed Christ and he says that in John chapter 16 verses seven through 11 he speaks here about the Holy Spirit. He says when the Holy Spirit has come, he will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment of sin, because they believe not on me. That's his job. Holy Spirit points you, Jesus receiving a Savior, Jesus point you to God as your father in heaven. Stick 1/4 example and that is revelation Revelation scriptural truth. What is a come from all three are involved in this work is the introductory statement. Second Timothy 316 all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, or better translation. All Scripture is God breathed, one Greek word for our new stylus God breathed, but we understand that God is the source, God the father is the source of revelation God the son. Jesus is the subject of revelation from Genesis all the way through all 66 books always pointing to Jesus Christ recommend a great conversation that our Lord had with the religious leaders of his day and they said will Moses this and Moses that we believe Moses we trust Moses and Jesus today. If you believed Moses, you would believe me. Because Moses wrote about me is the subject of Jesus said that after his resurrection member. The day he was walking with those two disciples on the road to Emmaus and says beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning him selflessly. Chapter 24 he is the subject. So father is the source, God the son, Jesus Christ is the subject of revelation was the Holy Spirit is the supervisor is the supervisor is like Isaiah took out a pen one day and thought what what are some cool thoughts. I could write about God is one, nor was it God saying or Israel.
You could hear music parties earlier. This is God right this exactly and he took dictation not at all. But the Holy Spirit enabled these men to their own personalities and styles of writing to write down exactly what God wanted to have written I get that from second Peter chapter 1 for prophecy did not come in old times by the will of men but holy men spoke as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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