These Three are One

January 30, 2023

These Three are One

1John 5:7

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

               Unfortunately, this concept of the three person Godhead is a difficult one for some to grasp.    It is not a subject that can be adequately covered in a brief message like this, but let’s take a few minutes to touch on it. 

               First, from this scripture we know that the Word is Christ from what John 1 tells us:  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Here it plainly states and establishes that Christ was the Word who was with God from the beginning.  Not only was He with God, but it says that the Word was God.  Why do we struggle so much with one God, three persons?  The Godhead is separate in distinction and office of administration, but always one in mind and purpose.  The Father has the preeminence of the Godhead and yet would you be a whole if you were a head that had no body?  Or would you be alive if you had no spirit or breath of life in you?  Can you take those elements out of your own body and still be complete and a whole person?  The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are distinct, yet they operate in oneness to complete the person of God. 

               Even from the beginning of the creation of man God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).”  In the very first chapter of the Bible God establishes His plurality in using “Us” and “Our”.  Indeed, He made us in His image in that we also are a tripartite person made up of body, soul and spirit.  All of which make up the whole man and none of which exist without the other in this life.  Time would fail to speak of the many epiphanies of God appearing to men which could easily be seen as Christ in the Old Testament.  When the three Hebrew children were thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel 3, it was one Nebuchadnezzar described as “One like unto the Son of God” that appeared alongside the Hebrews who walked in the furnace without harm. 

               In the fullness of time, God came down to man as God incarnate in Jesus.  This physical man Jesus housed the Christ, the Son of God.  His Father was God and His mother was a virgin untouched by any natural man.  The offspring was Jesus Christ, God clothed in humanity.  Philippians 2:5-11 says,  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  I like what I heard one time that made it so simple and understandable: “Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became the son of man so that the sons of men might become the sons of God.”  Jesus was our prototype, our perfect example of what we are to become as the sons of God.  He showed us that in our natural man we could have communication and fellowship with the Father through our prayer life and our abiding in the Spirit of God.  He taught us by example with a selfless and sinless lifestyle wherein even though He was God, He took the form of a servant even to the death of the cross.  For us to deny the deity of Christ is for us to speak out of an antichrist spirit.  1John 4:1-3 says, ” Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” 

               We have merely scratched the surface of the multitude of scriptures that establishes the deity of Jesus Christ and the truth that He is God.  God the Father makes it so clear that when you reject the Son, you reject the Father.  You cannot have one without the other.   John 5:23, ” That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” And in John 14:6 where, ” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

               If this is an area you struggle with, tune out your mind and tune into the Spirit of God for He will bear witness to the truth.  There are teachings out there that want to rob Jesus Christ of His deity.  We must understand that no matter how good these look outwardly at their core they are antichrist in spirit.  Don’t allow any man to rob you through vain deceit from the truth that is essential to your spiritual life and salvation. “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:21).”




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