Friday, January 1, 2016

Directional Commentary 1.2.16

The Trinity 

Let’s look at Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants -- things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.” The word "revelation" means, apocalypse or unveiling. Many feel in error that this is a sealed Book that cannot ever be understood. That could not be farther from the truth. Pray tell me why God would preserve John through all that he went through for him to write a book that no one can understand? That simply does not make any sense!

Instead, it’s an effort on the part of the Devil himself to keep Christians from going to this book for understanding the past, present, and future. The book was written to show us what would come to pass, not to hide it from us. God wants us to understand the Bible, but many times we are too busy making excuses to not study it. Paul said to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 

Note v.2, “who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.” Notice that it says, "to all things that he saw." How did John see all of this? Well, according to verse 10, he saw it all “in the Spirit.” Now this does not mean something crazy and off the wall. It just means that John was in the Spirit when he received this vision. Jesus told us in John 4:24 that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." In other words, if one is to worship God, he must first and foremost do it in the spirit.

Let’s talk about that just for a moment. The Bible teaches in Genesis that when God made man, He made him in His own image. Let’s look at Genesis 1:26 where it says, “Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Did you notice the “Us” and the “Our” in that verse? Who was God talking to?

What is the image of God? Well, God is a Trinity. Some would deny that, but they didn’t get it from the Bible. Actually the Bible says that God is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. All three have different roles but they make up one God. 

Man is also a triune being because we were made in his image. We are Mind (Soul), Body, and Spirit. Another way to look at it is that the Father is to the mind (soul), the Son is to the body, and the Holy Spirit is to the spirit.

The spirit is what separates man from the animal kingdom. Genesis 2:7 says, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” This is only said to be done upon the creation of man. Unlike the animal kingdom, man was given a spirit. This is one reason why the theory of evolution is such an affront to God. To except it is to reject the Biblical account of creation. To reject any part of the Bible puts the Creation on very dangerous ground with his Creator.

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