- Religion and Philosophy
The Godhead Revealed
For the past few years, God has been dealing with me about the Trinity and the function of the Godhead. I first began to learn about the Father a few years back, and then I was introduced to the Son, and now God is giving me a more in-depth look into the Holy Spirit. I grew up without much spiritual leadership and just a basic (and I do mean BASIC) knowledge of Christianity. I did attend church off and on (mostly off, I admit) when I was a child but it was more for fun than for learning of any sort. In other words, I loved Sunday School classes but dreaded the actual service and fell asleep almost every sermon.
I did not get serious about the Lord until I was well into my 30's. I am now 56 and having the time of my life getting to know Him. Yes, there are still days when I feel bored or confused or upset or even indifferent during prayer or worship or meditation, but I push on regardless. I know this lack of interest is nothing more than the protesting of my flesh. Well, too bad flesh, I say, we are going to recognize Him as the Lord.
But, then there are days when I cannot seem to get enough of Him and I weep (tears of joy or relief) or laugh or feel like I truly belong with Him and in Him.
When I first began to seek Him, I was introduced to God the Father (not that God the Son or God the Holy Spirit were absent or was there a separation, but the emphasis of my consciousness was centered on God the Father). I remember at the first, how it was hard for me to grasp that God is good all the time. God would point out His goodness and I could see His goodness, but then I would also see something not so good (watching the news or such I might see a molested child or a murdered infant) and I would begin to have my doubts. One day He asked me, "Do you believe I am good?" And I said, "Yes, sometimes I see your goodness, but not always". And He said, "You cannot believe I am good in just some areas .. And you cannot measure my goodness by what is happening in this world because there is an enemy at work, you must decide what you want to believe." So I said, "I want to believe that You are good, all the time". And I made a vow that day that I would believe that God is a good God, all the time, regardless of what happens on this earth. This was the beginning of my becoming more familiar with God the Father and who He is and what He does.
After coming to the decision to believe He is good all the time, I saw the beauty of God and the charismatic ways of God and my need for Him and I was in love with Him, for the first time of my life. I found Him to be completely irrestible. I began to see my need for Him and His wisdom and my own understanding of Him concerning Him and His ways. I had a momentary glimpse of Heaven and how vast the difference is between earth and Heaven, even down to the way we think.
And I also understood that God the Father is like 'the Boss' of the Godhead. He is the One who designs and wills and makes the decisions. (Gen. 1:3)
I next became more familiar with God the Son. He executes the decisions of God the Father. (John 1:3) God the Father wills and God the Son makes it happen. (Matt. 26:39) God the Son is the manifestation of God the Father, in the flesh and on this earth. (John 1:14) God the Son's main interest is restoring to God the Father what belongs to Him and restoring this so that it brings pleasure to God the Father. (John 8:29) There is evidence of this throughout the Bible.
God the Holy Spirit brings to pass whatever God the Father has spoken. (Gen. 1:2 & Ps. 33:6) God the Holy Spirit is the One who created and then strove with man on the earth, from the beginning of creation until this day. (Gen. 6:3) Everything God the Holy Spirit does is for the glorification of God the Son. (John 16:14) God the Father says, "Let there be" and God the Son does it while God the Holy Spirit delivers it. In other words, God the Father wills it .. God the Son makes it .. God the Holy Spirit brings it. God the Holy Spirit can be recognized in us, even by unbelievers. (Gen. 41:38) We can grieve or insult God the Holy Spirit and this can cause God the Father to hide His face from us or refuse to hear us. (However, Jesus is our High Priest and our Intercessor and He will intercede on our behalf when we have insulted or resisted the Holy Spirit.) God the Father desires to love me and know me. God the Son makes possible this desire and God the Holy Spirit teaches me how to love God the Father and please Him. It is impossible for me to know Him or love Him or please Him or even to have a thriving relationship with God the Father, without both God the Son and God the Holy Spirit .. God the Son to restore me to Him and God the Holy Spirit to maintain the restoration and to teach me to praise and worship Him in a worthy manner. God the Son teaches me that I must pray but it is God the Holy Spirit that teaches me how to pray. It is God the Son that teaches me that I must live a Godly life, but it is God the Holy Spirit that teaches me how to live a Godly life. God the Son makes us clean and usable again while God the Holy Spirit brings newness and uses us. (Titus 3:5-7) We must not say to the Holy Spirit, "give me more of You". Instead we must say to Him, "Take more of me, Holy Spirit."