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January 23, 2022 12:39 am
This is our third episode in our series, WE BELIEVE- studying the 11 doctrines of The Salvation Army. Doctrine #3:
We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
Hi this is breathing welcome to the Salvation Army's words of life. Welcome back the words of life.
I'm Bernie Dakin I'm Cheryl Gail it's great to have you back Cheryl I don't know if the listeners can hear your smile, but it is fun to do these episodes and what's really cool is were getting to share with all of you what it is that the Salvation Army believes working to clear up any misconceptions and that we got a guest in the studio that were going to talk about but were in our third week, and thanks to dance their our Col. retired Portland Oregon sharing some thoughts on that with us this week and this week's doctrine is that we believe that there are three persons in the Godhead, so we talked about wine God. Lastly, great is is there are three persons in the Godhead father the son and the Holy Spirit welcome as we look again Salvation Army doctrines and beliefs were looking at Dr. number three which states we believe that there are three persons in the Godhead. The father the son and the Holy Ghost undivided in that sense and co-equal in power and glory.
The third doctrine of the Salvation Army focuses on one of the greatest miracles plans purposes in the love of God will how do I get that from the doctrine of the Godhead.
First, we don't believe that the Godhead represents equals or refers to other gods.
It only refers to our God.
Remember Dr. number two stated, we believe there is only one God, not three. Second of all, the Godhead is clearly stated in at least 20 verses in the Bible. Number three is clearly demonstrated in the events recorded in the old and New Testament such as the baptism of Christ forth.
This doctrine is essential to an understanding of God as revealed in the Bible. People who study and look at this doctrine get hung up that we don't use the word Trinity. They will say that Trinity is not in the Bible. Well that's true and that's why we use the word Godhead. But remember, there are many other words we use that are also not in the Bible, such as the word Bible are three and one definition attempts to describe one God the father is the creator and governors and sustains number two God the son who redeems and befriends and disciples us and number three God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies councils and empowers in person and work. He is three in personality. Love and intentions.
He is 133 persons of the Trinity and all use that are continually revealing one another to us the New Testament. For example, tells us that the spirit bears witness to Jesus in John 1126 everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.
Jesus Christ reveals the father in Matthew 1125 and 26, it says at that time Jesus prayed this prayer over father, Lord of heaven and earth. Thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever and for revealing them to the childlike yes father it please you to do it this way, we see Jesus there was revealing the father and then Jesus also testifies to the Holy Spirit in John chapter 14 in verse 16 and verse 26 we read and I will ask the father and he will give you another advocate who will not leave you now let me show you there and I Jesus will ask the father God, and he God will give you another advocate Holy Spirit who will never leave you there is an example of the Godhead right there in the book of John, but when the father sends the advocate he will be my representative. That is the Holy Spirit, he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you in John 1411 reminds us just believe that I am in the father and that he is in me. Let's look at God as father we in the Old Testament. Deuteronomy chapter 32 in verse six as is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people.
Isn't he your father who created you, has he not made you and established you Isaiah chapter 63 in verse 16. Surely you are still our father even of Abraham and Jacob would those owners. Lord, you would still be our father, you are a Redeemer from ages past. What about God the father in the New Testament and the teaching from Jesus of God's fatherhood. We see in Matthew 66 but when you pray, go away by yourself shut the door behind you and pray to your father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. God as our father image helps us to understand by using a human example how God acts toward us as a loving father. Jesus reminded us that when we have seen him. We have seen the father. However, we must be careful not to stretch the image of God. Compared to human father too far. God makes himself his person's purposes as father son and Holy Spirit all throughout the Scriptures, and in his savings account with us little good God the son. The second part of the Godhead.
God reveals himself in many ways. In the Bible through relationships with people in Genesis chapter 18 one through three. The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to memory. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance of his 10. During the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby when he saw them, he ran to greet them and welcome them and he bowed low to the ground, my Lord. He said if it pleases you stop here for a while in Exodus chapter 31 through 61 day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law.
He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to the mountain of God.
There the angel appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of the bush. When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look.
God called to him from the middle of the boys and said Moses.
Moses here I am. Moses replied the Lord said, do not come closer, take off your sandals for you are standing on holy ground. I am the God of your father the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God, so we see that God reveals himself through relationships with people he reveals himself the relations with Israel and God reveals himself through critical events like the Exodus from Egypt or the rise and fall of the Hebrew kingdoms and certainly from the Babylonian exile and returned to Jerusalem. God is also involved with this God is distant but he's as close as the spirit.
It's been written that the Holy Spirit is closer than our breath.
We are regenerated and sanctified or set apart by the work of the Holy Spirit within us. God transforms lives by the indwelling of his Holy Spirit or were not really saved at all. And then we see that God saves us, God saved his people in Old Testament days by his grace, his actions in the New Testament God saves his people through the death and resurrection of his son. Romans chapter 5 verses six through 11 when we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because of our Lord Jesus Christ has made us the friends of God and then we see God as the Holy Spirit, which is God's presence in us. Unlike any other religion the world were man is constantly trying to reach up and serve God or get God's attention. What an amazing teaching the word of God tells us that God's presence lives within us, and lives in us through salvation in Christ lives in us, through sanctification were set aside in the Holy Spirit is in filling us in the lives inside of us through that indwelling spirit of God. What a wonderful blessing, yet magnificent miracle and God the Holy Spirit came to us because he was sent by God. He glorifies the living Christ. He points sinners to Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the spirit of Christ, the great promise was Jesus said I will never leave you or forsake you. For I will be in you, and then we see this third part of the Trinity where the Holy Spirit is God.
He is the spirit of God. He shares all the same qualities and attributes of God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. He is one with father and son distinctive, yet the same in essence, wealth undivided. In essence, as stated in the document can be a confusing thoughts.
A difficult word understand we don't often use it essence what really means the very nature or indispensable nature of something the Trinity or Godhead cannot be divided by their qualities or attributes or characteristics who and what they are from each other.
You can't pin them against each other divide them or consider one higher or lower from the others are one more important than the other. This is a challenging biblical principle to learn. I started this doctrine and stated that an amazing teaching of love, care, action, transformational work of the Godhead as God the father Jesus as my Savior and God the Holy Spirit as the presence of God within me was a marvelous marvelous miracle. This is a challenging subject for a lot of people to grasp use your Bible and the word of God to help you and shows us the love of God is depicted in Scripture while here's our pick and choose for this and some people try to say we all just pick God the father and not the son of the Holy Spirit. Other people say now I think I'll just stick with Jesus and not the Holy Spirit of God. If you try to pick one over the other. The entire magnificent teaching from God's word falls apart and so does our entire relationship. Salvation and regeneration as well as the power of God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit publish the Salvation Army's mission doing the most good means helping people with material and spiritual needs become a part of this mission every time you give to the Salvation Army visit Salvation Army USA.org to offer your support and love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-229-9965 right SI PO Box 29972, Atlanta, GA 30359 tell us how we can help share prayer requests or share your testimony. Would love to use your story on the air. You can also subscribe to our show on iTunes podcast store and surely give us a rating search for the Salvation Army's words of life.
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