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October 22, 2020 2:00 am
The personality and work of each person of the Trinity can change our worship of God. So how can you relate to the Trinity in a practical way? Skip unpacks that question as he wraps up the message "Two Thirds Is Not Enough."
This teaching is from the series The Biography of God.Links:
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The idea in Jesus name is in Jesus reputation or by his merit in the words you're not standing before God in your name. Audits mean you know me, I'm coming to you in my own name. Don't do that and if you think you said I'm coming you got in Skip's name got a good laugh.
I suggest you don't do that you come in Jesus name. Each member in the Godhead plays a specific role and all those roles impact your life significantly connect with Skip today as he looks closely at the person of the Trinity showing you will be also demonstrate unity and why it matters to you, then stay tuned after the message of Skip and his wife Linda talk about how you can put your faith in action helping share God's love with children around the world that works to naturally naturally and just the genesis of the lower left started in the shower and it was being terrific acts of terrorism around the world and wondering what can I do and that really is something that Jesus wants us to bring salvation. The Holy Spirit pours that into our heart to point others to God. Be sure to stay with us after today's message to the full discussion right now want to tell you about a resource that will help you beautiful picture of God's character in nature so you can draw closer to him. Someone once said that if you want to know about Michelangelo you need to study what he said what he did and what he created.
The same is true if you want to know God, you must devote yourself to his words and actions and what he created.
That is one of the reasons I wrote the book the biography of God. It's available now and I hope you'll join me on this noble demanding and even rewarding journey is how to get your copy of my newest book, the biography of God. Skip's new book is our thanks when you get $35 or more today to help keep this ministry on the air, call 800-922-1888, or give online securely and connectwithskip.com/offer now join Skip to put today's teaching in John chapter 14 father is the source, God the son, Jesus Christ is the subject of Revelation with the Holy Spirit supervisor provides is like Isaiah got a pen one day and thought what are some cool facts I could write about God is one, nor was it God thing will we could limit their this is God right this is 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 all times by the will of man, but holy men spoke as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
All three were involved in network own by the way, when we read the Bible like tomorrow morning or Tuesday morning we open up the Scripture never daily devotions ever come across a Scripture, maybe read it for, but somehow it's new now as I while that means so much to me right now that truth is so important to me that something is unlocked. How does that happen is the Holy Spirit doing that so Holy Spirit for scripting chapter 2 verse 910 says him I is not seen nor has ear heard, nor is it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love him but God has revealed them to us by his Spirit. The Spirit's job to do that. So all three do work and they do it together. No wonder Charles Spurgeon wrote to have a gospel without the Trinity is like having a rope of sand cannot hold together then Satan can overrun it to give me a gospel with the Trinity and the might of hell cannot prevail against it. No man can anymore overthrow that. Then a bubble could split a rock or a feather break and have a mountain that's the first truth that we notice here is that all three do work together. Jesus freely speaks of how these three are involved. The second truth I want to look at is in chapter 16, beginning in verse 23 now Jesus is speaking about how we communicate to God and so I'm calling this. All three deserved worship.
Verse 23 chapter 16 and in that day you will ask me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you whatever you ask the father in my name he will give you until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full. These things I have spoken to you in figurative language. The time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language.
I will tell you plainly about the father and that day you will ask in my name and I do not say that I shall pray the father for you for the father himself loves you because you have loved me because you believe that I came forth from God.
Let me encourage you from this day forward to cultivate a sense of the presence of all three persons, father, son and Holy Spirit in your life.
Here's how you can start doing that whenever you in your reading, come across any reference to either the spirit or the sun or the father. Notice what it says about the notice, the adjectives and what is expressed about them individually as well as together and then pause and worship the Lord in that attribute that you have just discovered, for example, one of Paul's famous Trinitarian doxologies. I guess you could say closing out the book of second Corinthians chapter 13 verse 14 he writes may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. One thing we must avoid.
Is this reductionist tendency to make it the father only or Jesus only are the Holy Spirit only as some like to do.
It's all three.
That's why I work we rightly sing and I love when Nick again had a saying that 17 or 1674 him. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise him all creatures here below. Praise him above, you heavenly host praise father son and Holy Ghost. That's cultivating a sense of his presence. Let's look more specifically at what this text is pointing us to and that is how we pray. Basically what Jesus saying is look you guys. I've been hanging around you for the last few years. I am leaving you can now come directly to the father himself, and when you come to the father come in my name pray in my name. This is very different to these guys in the Old Testament. Nobody prayed in Jesus name. I think you know that they would simply address God is typically Adonai and they would close their prayer by saying the word on main main road to get a man so be it. Right on. I agree. But Jesus says, by the way, this is the third time in this message alone where Jesus says you can come directly to the father I just hate God but father in my name John chapter 14 verse 13, whatever you ask in my name John chapter 15 verse 16 all a part of this sermon, whatever you ask the father in my name he may give it to you and now here again, but we just read isn't that exactly what Jesus taught his disciples to pray is that when you pray, pray like this, our father who art in heaven doesn't mean that we can't pray to Jesus or the Holy Spirit on think if you're a beginner prayer dear Jesus, God would get mad at you. You can't do that, or that if you were even pray to the Holy Spirit because all three persons are the one God, though distinct persons, but I do think it's best to follow Jesus teaching. That's why when I pray I don't say hey God, or Yahweh or Jehovah or God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are calling what Jesus told McCollum's father. That's relational lot more relational than God I can call him father because Jesus told me.
And when I'm done with my prayer. I don't say and I pray this in the name of the Holy Spirit or in Yahweh's name or any your name but I say father I order my prayer always close in Jesus name a time instructed and I believe that the prayer that God directs is the prayer that God expects. And I think that's the prayer that God will bless as well. What does that mean to pray in Jesus name mate with some people think it means. Some people think it's their magic ticket you can ask God for whatever suits your own fancy. As long as you tack on the end of it. In Jesus name especially be emphasized in Jesus name like to do a television that's going to really go over God's and all yeah okay you got it. Now I will give David yada that mean that nor is in Jesus name assigned that were done now praying okay. Over and out. In Jesus name I'm stopping now. This is at a later needs way more than that. The idea in Jesus name is in Jesus reputation or by his merit. In other words, you're not standing before God in your name, God, it's me. You know me, I'm coming to you in my own name. Don't do that and if you think you can send coming you got in Skip's name, unless you want to get got a good laugh. I suggest you don't do that you come in Jesus name this you can eat only have access to God as your father because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, his merit, his reputation that if if if you want to have a conversation with like the prime minister of England in your Sam coming to you in my name or my buddy Frank.
You will get her audience. But if you could show by documentation that you come in the name of the president of the United States or the ambassador to England or some office and some representative who has a name in the government, chances are you could get an audience in Jesus name that you may have noticed something in what we just read when Jesus tells his disciples about prayer. He mentions the father. He mentions himself the son.
There is no mention of the Holy Spirit.
Why is it was the Holy Spirit.
How come he's not involved in my communication to God.
Well, here's why Jesus described the Holy Spirit in chapter 16 verse 13 and 14. He says when the spirit of truth, has come, he will not speak of himself or his own authority. He will glorify me he's in a point people to me. He's the silent witness not making anything about himself appointing all the attention Jesus said the reason glorify me so here's Jesus the son pointing you to God the father is your father now you have the Holy Spirit glorifying the sun and making it all about the son does not mean the Holy Spirit however is not involved when we pray, in fact, let me just say definitively. The Holy Spirit is the most effective part of our prayer to God. In Jesus name.
You know that the Holy Spirit is the most effective part of my communication to the father in Jesus name. Listen to this taxes Romans chapter 8 verse 26. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we ought to pray for you found that to be true. I pray a lot with the right answer out of ear exactly what I should be praying for so the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we are to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express how Jimmy might think I've no idea what that means what you wanted two things. It's either the Holy Spirit's groans to the father some kind of inner Trinitarian communication so that when you pray the Holy Spirit kicks in the praise directly to the father. According to the will of the father. Here's an example.
I pray Lord I need a new computer Holy Spirit says father cancel that out.
He did need a new computer.
All he really needs is to get a fixed whatever that's a little crass earthy example but it could mean that is the Holy Spirit's interceding the father on my behalf for it could mean when I groan, or I cry my supplications could refer to one of those two.
In fact, one Bible translation. The new English Bible renders it this way through our inarticulate groans. The Holy Spirit is pleading that could be a reference to first Corinthians 14 beautiful gift of the Holy Spirit.
The gift of tongues or by bypassing the intellect were able to speak directly to the father from the heart to his heart, so all three do work all three deserves worship and there involved in our communication of praise and worship and prayer. And finally, all three demonstrate oneness, please go to chapter 17 John 17 right now is returning your noticing that the words are still red, but this is a different chapter. Chapter 17 Jesus is not addressing his disciples like he was in the previous four chapters, he hears addressing his father. This is the Lord's prayer. The real Lord's prayer, the Lord is praying to his father. Look at verse 20.
I do not pray for these alone. That is, his disciples at the time, but also for those who will believe in me through their word is that I were on Jesus prayer list.
He's praying about us that they notice this may all be one, as you father are in me and I in you, that they also may be one in us, the world may believe that you sent me, and the glory which you gave me. I have given them that they may be one, just as we are one IN them, you and me, that they may be made perfect in one.
The world may know that you have sent me, and of love them as you have love me maybe read that before and you think I don't quite get all that you and me and them and us, and what is that all about, and I want to clarify the triune God father son and Holy Spirit and their love for each other and how they get along together is a template for the way you and I are to relate to one another.
That's what this means in short, why is it that Christian community Christian Fellowship Christian friendship Christian forgiveness ought to flow and be enjoyed because it exists between the father and the son and implied here. Also the Holy Spirit in fact it could be said the very purpose God created people was for this reason, see in the very beginning and for eternity past, there was a family set up, father, son and Holy Spirit.
They loved and enjoyed and were enriched by that fellowship but God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
At some point God decided to make us to expand upon what was already enjoyed between the Trinity. That's why we were made to follow him and enjoy that so notice Jesus praying for relational unity between us as people to emulate the same kind of relational unity that exists in the Trinity. To me this is all important. This is ultimately important, ultimately practical is what tells me the ultimate basis for Christian community, and other terms tossed everywhere these days. Community the ultimate basis and foundation of Christian community is not humanity.
Well, it's because we needed because were alike ultimate basis for community is not humanity, it's Trinity it's Trinity in a very practical terms, is what it means. The ultimate reason for families to stay together and look at each other, eyeball to eyeball and say I love you. I forgive you all stay with you will keep our family together isn't because of some legal agreement or some kind of document enforced by the state or by the church. It's because of Trinitarian love. I you and you and me and us and them that they may be one as we are one with Jesus praying stick it to the church.
Church splits are sinful and wrong, not just because it hurts church members, but because it violates the unity of the body of Christ, which in turns violates the unity between the father the son the whole reason we should love each other, forgive each other be kind to each other. Men relationships with each other is because of the Trinity. Now that takes relationships to the ultimate level does not ultimate level, the highest level because it exists between the Godhead.
That's why Jesus said this is the way the world is going to know that you sent me is where the world is ever gonna believe anything they ever say about me is because there like this. They do this with each other about our man who visited his friend in a mental institution. I was friend wasn't in the mammoth visions when the guards guarding the patient's of the mental institution, the hospital and this visitor noticed that his friend, the guard oversaw and guarded 100 patients alone, so his friend and observing the said aren't you ever scared that there can alike get their heads together and attack you and escape and is friend put his arms behind his head very relaxed feet up on the desk set list. The whole reason they're here is because of their inability to get their heads together and work cooperatively together very very suggestive. What I'm saying. You see, to try to represent God the father Jesus Christ to the world without unity is insanity. They'll see right through it. The world sees Christians fighting each other, telling them about Jesus and attune us off like luck I can get this on a soap opera.
I don't need to come to church. This is ultimate in relationship they enjoy unity. Thus, we should as well.
Well me close by saying this one thing we must all guard against is resisting the work of the triune God in our lives. It could be that right now. This morning there.
Some are being convicted by the Holy Spirit to have a relationship with Christ and make him Lord and Savior could be that God the father sent God the son to die on the cross to pay for your sins and God the Holy Spirit is been telling you for a long time. I want you. I've chosen you you need me come to my son. Pray for forgiveness and you been resisting that notice that the reason God is doing that in your life's because he wants you part of that circle. Part of that expansion with the father son and Spirit enjoyed in eternity past you and I enjoy with him with them.
What I thought what a lovely address of Skip Heitzigs message from his series, the biography of God. Now your script and when you as they talk about how you could put your faith in action coping share God's love with children around the world. We've been studying the Trinity and one thing we have seen is how all three persons work together in our salvation. The linear you have ministry partners that you work together with on the field to take God's loving gift of salvation to kids all around the world is a great ministry. We love the highlighted we love updates is called reload love. Give our listeners an update and that God works supernaturally, naturally and just the genesis of reload left started in the shower and it was with seeing the horrific acts of terrorism around the world and wondering what can I do and that really is something that Jesus wants us to bring salvation. The Holy Spirit pours that into our heart to point others to God said there is network. I find it astounding that we can raise awareness and funding for reload, love, and it was the simple idea. Melting spent bullet casings and apps cycling them into beautiful brass pieces of jewelry like bracelets and necklaces and pendants and art jewelry acts as a symbol of God's redeeming love that you can take something that was meant for harm and turn it into something for guide and do this, we can provide trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs, playgrounds and all of these pointing these kids did Jesus say you can partner with us by purchasing a piece of jewelry or make it donation today at reload. Love.com and 100% of the profits from this jewelry goes to have kids impacted by terror and how to say I love how you got this vision you are in the shower. You saw what was happening on television, you immediately got involved you take these big steps of faith and then you watch God blessed and at what started out as just a hard cry has become this international ministry with partners and you've raised a considerable amount of money to help these kids around the world. So once again it's reload love.Thanksgiving line you enjoy getting to know so if and when you answer this conversation now to help keep these teachings coming your way connect more listeners like you that that's where music can you please.com/donate.connect this.com/donate or call 800-9200 92 thank you tomorrow. Skip looks at the problem with this issue. So Skip presentation of connection communications changing through