Three in unison

421 three in oneThree in unison where the Bible mentions "God" does not mean a single being in the sense of an "old man with a long, white beard" called God. In the Bible, one recognizes God who created us as a unity of three distinct or "different" persons, namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The father is not the son, and the son is not the father. The Holy Spirit is not the father or the son. They have different personalities, but the same motives, intentions, and same love, and have the same entity and being (1Mo 1, 26, Mt28, 19, Lk 3,21-22). The three gods are so close and so familiar that when we know a person of God, we also know the other persons. That is why Jesus reveals that God is One, and that is what we should have in mind when we say that there is only one God (Mk 12,29). To think that the three persons of God are anything less than one would be to betray the unity and intimacy of God! God is love and that means that God is a being with close relationships (1Joh 4,16). Because of this truth about God, God is sometimes called "the Trinity" or the "Triune God". Trinity and Triune both mean "three in unity". When we pronounce the word "God," we always talk about three different people in unity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Mt 3,16-17; 28,19). It's similar to how we understand the terms "family" and "team." A "team" or a "family" with different but equal persons. This does NOT mean that there are three gods because God is only one God, but three different persons in the ONE Being of God (1Kor 12,4-6; 2Kor 13, 14).

Adoption

God, the Trinity, enjoys such a perfect relationship with each other that they made the decision not to keep that relationship to themselves. She is just too good for that! The triune God wanted to include others in his relationship of love, so that others would enjoy this life in abundance forever, as a free gift. The triune God's intention to share his joyful life with others was the reason for all creation, and especially for the creation of humanity (Ps 8, Heb 2,5-8!). This is what the New Testament means by the words "adopt" or "adoption" (Gal 4,4-7, Eph 1,3-6, Rom 8,15-17.23). The Triune God intended to include all of creation in every aspect of God's life! Adoption is God's first and only reason for everything created! Just imagine God's good news as Plan "A", where "A" stands for "adoption"!

incarnation

Because God, the Trinity, existed before there was anything we call Creation, God first had to bring creation into being to adopt it. But the question arose: "How could creation and humanity be involved in the relationship of the triune God unless the triune God Himself brought the creation into this relationship?" Finally, if one is not God, one can not depend on any Become a god! Something created CAN NOT become something uncreated. In some way, the triune God would have to become a creature and remain a creature (while remaining God at the same time) if God wants to bring us into his relationship and stay there permanently. Here comes the incarnation of Jesus, the God-man, into play. God, the Son became man - meaning that it is not at all our own effort to bring ourselves into a relationship with God. The Triune God has included in his grace all the creation in Jesus, the Son of God, in his relationship. The only way to bring creation into the relationship of the triune God was to make God humble Himself in Jesus and receive the creation within himself through a voluntary and willing act. This triune God's act of freely involving us in their relationship through Jesus is called "grace" (Eph 1,2; 2,4-7; 2Pt 3,18). The triune God's plan to become human for our adoption meant that Jesus would have come to us even if we had never sinned! The three gods created us to adopt us! God did not create us to deliver us from sin, though God has indeed saved us from sin. Jesus Christ is NOT "Plan B" or an afterthought of God. It is not just a patch to plaster our sin problem. The breathtaking truth is that Jesus was God's first and ONLY thought to bring us into a relationship with God. Jesus is the fulfillment of "Plan A" that was set in motion before the creation of the world (Eph 1,5-6, Offb 13,8). Jesus came to involve us in the relationship of the triune God, as God had planned from the beginning, and nothing, not even our sin, could prevent this plan! We were all saved in Jesus (1T in 4,9-10) because God was intent on fulfilling his plan of adoption! The Triune God defined this plan of our adoption in Jesus before we were created, and we are ALREADY God's adopted children (Gal 4,4-7, Eph 1,3-6, Rom 8,15-17.23).

Secret and instruction

This triune God's plan to adopt all creation through Jesus into a relationship was once a mystery that no one knew (Kol 1, 24-29). But after Jesus ascended to heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit of Truth to reveal to us this absorption and inclusion in God's life (Joh 16, 5-15). Through the teaching of the Holy Spirit, which has now been poured out on all humanity (Acts 2,17), and through the believers who believe and greet that truth (Eph 1,11-14), this mystery is made known throughout the world (Kol 1,3- 6)! If this truth is kept secret, we can not accept it and not experience its freedom. Instead, we believe in lies and experience all sorts of negative relationship issues (Rom 3, 9-20, Rom 5,12-19!). Only when we learn the truth about ourselves in Jesus, we begin to realize how sinful it was not to see Jesus properly in his union with all people around the world (Joh 14,20, 1Kor 5,14-16, Eph 4,6!) , God wants everyone to know who he really is and who we are in him (1Tim 2,1-8)! This is the good news of His grace in Jesus (Acts 20, 24).

Summary

Faced with this theology centered on the person of Jesus, it is not our job to "save" people. We want to help them recognize who Jesus is and who they are already in him - God's adopted children! In essence, we want them to know that they already belong to God in Jesus and this will encourage them to believe that they are doing right and being saved!

by Tim Brassell


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