Under New Management.

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Living a Holy Lifestyle

Under New Management. Have you seen the sign before? Based on the sign, we can assume one big, overlying thing: changes are coming. And, too often, change is uncomfortable. So the big question is this: how do you respond to the change?

Romans 6:12-23 shows a contrast between sin and righteousness; between unrighteousness and holiness. As the book of Romans teaches us, man lived a lifestyle of unrighteousness (Rom. 1), but just as one man’s (Adam’s) trespass brought death into the world, much more would one man’s obedience bring righteousness to the world (Rom. 5:15).

Now what? Well, chapter 6 says that if we have died to sin, we no longer live in it because we have been united with Christ in death and raised to walk a new life in Him. Our lives are now under new management.

How do we respond to that change? Do we accept the change, giving our lives over to Him, or do we continue to live our lives for ourselves, living lives of unrighteousness and of personal desires?

Rom. 6:12-14 says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

2 Corinthians 5:20 says that we are ambassadors of Christ. If we are representatives of Him, we are to act as He would. As instruments of righteousness, we are to live as ones whose lives have been saved. Let’s think in physical terms: if you were ever in a life or death situation, and somebody provided the way of escape, saving your life, how would you act? We would act by being eternally grateful to the person who did the saving.

Romans 6:19 says, “Just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” When Christ sanctifies us, He makes us holy. God alone is holy, but He makes us instruments of His, holy instruments of His will. As Christ died to give us grace, we receive the grace that gives us life, and that life is a life of holiness and of being connected to Christ.

The last four verses of Romans 6 are great motivation. The first two verses refer to our past lives of sin “For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We have been purchased by God’s grace, made free from sin to become slaves of God. So, what must we do? Live as workers for God, producing good fruits. Romans 12:1 says, “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Paul tells us to live lifestyles of devotion to God. Let Christ, not sin, reign in your life. If God alone is holy, God must dwell in our lives for us to be holy and to live a holy lifestyle; a life devoted to God, a life that is SET ASIDE for God.

So, let’s live lives set aside, holy and sanctified, for Him!

 

 

 

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History of the four minute mile

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I Think I Can

For many years people believed that it was impossible to run the mile in less than four minutes. However, a man named Roger Banister changed all of that. He broke the four minute mile in 1954 with a time of 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds.

Something very interesting began happening after this historic event. It was not long before dozens of athletes broke the four minute mark!

What happened? Why was this four minute “barrier” suddenly so very breakable? What happened is that after Banister accomplished this feat, athletes knew it could be done!

The apostle Paul says in Romans 8:28: “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” That does not mean that you and I are capable of running a sub-four minute mile!

What it does mean is that each of us is capable of doing what the Lord expects us to do. Christ provides us with the strength (and everything else we need) to accomplish His will. Unlike many other pursuits, success is guaranteed if we want it and believe we can achieve it!

Consider this… Can each of us do things to help lead souls to Jesus? If we do not think we can, we are nearly defeated before we start. In fact, if we do not think we can, we likely will not even try. The Lord has told us to bear fruit and win souls, so we know it is possible. Believing we can is half of the battle.

The same could be said concerning other expectations that God has for us. Anything He wills us to do, we can do it through His provided strength.

Daren Schroeder

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Matthew 24

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Parable of the Fig tree

Do you know what a fig tree is? Well to those people who don’t know, it’s a tree that tells you when summer is near, no not “speak” tell, but “show” tell. It’s not like the tree is going to say, “Hey, kids it’s summer!” It actually sprouts leaves and its branches become tender when it is summer. Do you know the parable of the fig tree? Well, if you don’t, then follow along; it’s a great story.

Consider Daniel’s words in Daniel 9:27: “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

I know that’s not the real parable but it kind of foreshadows the parable. Basically Daniel had a vision of the destruction of someplace. Now, consider Jesus’ words in Luke 21:20: “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near.”

Now we know that Jerusalem is going to be destroyed. NOW turn to Matthew 24. We start in verses 2 and 3 where it says: “And He said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down.” As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Jesus is saying that the temple in Jerusalem is going to be destroyed and that temple is like the heart of Jerusalem. Jesus is on the Mount of Olives and His disciples came to him asking when it was going to be destroyed and how do they get prepared.

In verses 15-20 Jesus says, “‘Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. “Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath.”

That’s actually sad because you might have to leave your baby behind and losing a child is heartbreaking. In verse 20, we understand the Sabbath, or Saturday, would be when they close the gates so if it’s on a Sabbath, you’re trapped.

Now to the two final verses, verse 32 and 33, the Parable of the Fig Tree: “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”

What He means by “He is there, right at the door,” is that they will see signs to know when it is time to start running!

Later, in the year 70 AD, Jerusalem is destroyed and no one is in sight. Everyone is dead, except for the followers of Jesus because they listened to Jesus. If we don’t listen to Jesus and the Bible, we can go to the place of torment. What I’m trying to say is if you’re prepared for judgment day and you listen to Jesus you can be in paradise, but if you don’t you can end up in torment.

Kenny Hickmott

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A River Runs Through It

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A River Runs Through It

Our family recently watched the movie with the above name: A River Runs Through It. It was directed by Robert Redford and starred Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skeritt. It originally came out in 1992.

Skerritt plays a minister in the Presbyterian Church with Sheffer and Pitt playing his two sons. The church has a role that runs through the movie but it is the river, more specifically fly-fishing, that draws the characters together from beginning to end. The story is told from the perspective of Sheffer’s character, the older brother, Norman. It begins with a septuagenarian Norman fly-fishing and the story ends with the same scene.

The setting is rural Montana, in a small town. The boys grow up together, periodically rebelling against their father. Eventually Norman leaves town and goes 3,000 miles away to college at Dartmouth. He becomes the more “straight-laced” brother. Pitt’s character, Paul, stays home, goes to school, and becomes a journalist. Paul is also the more rebellious, giving himself to alcoholism and gambling.

Through the years, when Norman comes home for example, the two brothers find themselves at the river, fly-fishing.

Eventually, Paul’s behavior catches up to him and he is killed. Mother and Father also give in to the ravages of time and pass away. Norman even has to bury his own wife, Jessie. Through it all, the river runs through it. After the movie, I asked the girls what the point of the movie was and what the river had to do with it.

Jewell recalled a quote (she is, after all, our literary genius) by the septuagenarian, fly-fishing alone: “I knew just as surely, just as clearly, that life is not a work of art, and that the moment could not last.”

I also recalled a statement Norman makes at the end: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” The movie picks up in the middle of the Maclean family’s life and the movie ends in the middle of the Maclean family’s life (albeit the second generation). No neat little bows are tied. Life changes. Generations come and go but the river runs through it all, constant.

So, it made me think. We may not have a river that runs through our family’s but we have One more constant and certainly more dependable than a river. God runs through our generations, from one to the next. God is the “God of generations.”

The word “generation” is used 212 in the Bible. God is the Savior of my great-grandparents and my grandmother and my dad and me and my daughters. At least five generations; four on Rachel’s side. Will he be the God of the sixth generation?

The psalmist writes: “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they may declare in Zion the name of the Lord, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the Lord” (Psalm 102:18-22).

Teach your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the ways of God so He can be the God of the next generation.

–Paul Holland

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Elders being “Apt to teach”

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1) Not all teachers are equal in their skills. Not all teaching is at the level or quality we might prefer.
2) There is a sense in which we all at one time or another “teach” someone.

QUALITY OF “APT TO TEACH” – ELDERS – 1 TIM. 3:2.
i) “Apt to teach” could be applied to public teaching in a congregation.
ii) “Apt to teach” is a somewhat general statement and we are not given an exact definition for it.

2) Other verses which may help us define “apt to teach.”
3) Mk. 4:1 – Jesus began to teach “by the sea.”
4) Does “apt to teach” simply mean “inside the church building”?
5) Teaching may occur in different places and involve multiple subjects.
i) Jesus taught “many things” (Mk. 6:34).
ii) Not every elder is going to be qualified to teach the same number of subjects.
6) In the field of medicine there are different types of doctors.
7) Elders are going to vary in their teachings skills and abilities, just as every other Christian will.
8) Younger elders may know less and be less skilled teachers than older elders.
9) Lk. 11:1 – some of the Lord’s disciples asking for some “teaching.”
i) This verse says, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
ii) What if someone – this week – came up to us – and said, “teach us to pray”
10) “Apt to teach” means were try to be prepared for questions.
11) As America becomes more and more secularized, we need Christians who are “apt to teach.”
i) Lk. 13:26 – Here Jesus spoke about “teaching in the streets.”
ii) It takes some courage to go out into a public street and start publicly talking about Christ.
12) Acts 4:18 – “not speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
13) One of the most basic parts of the Christian life for every child of God is teaching.
14) The Great Commission given by Jesus is all about teaching.
i) Acts 5:42 says God’s people (elders are not specifically in view in this verse) …
ii) “Ceased not to teach and to reach Jesus as the Christ.”
15) When Paul wrote to Timothy he spoke about teaching “in season” and “out of season.”
16) If we choose to “cease not to teach Christ,” part of our teaching will be outside this building.
17) As we teach we need to teach the truth.
18) Paul spoke to Timothy about those who teach a “different doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:3) and said they were wrong.
19) We teach in as many ways and as many places as possible so others will have a “knowledge of the truth (2 Tim. 2:25).

20) To one degree or another we can all teach and are supposed to teach. Are we trying to fulfill this responsibility?

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According to the word of the Lord

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Doubts about God

For the last three months, on Fridays, we have considered the challenge of doubt. We often wrestle with our thoughts often. The biblical authors, especially in psalms, struggled with doubt. We see it regularly in psalms, such as in Psalm 13:1: “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” Doubt is nothing new to the 21st century.

When you and I have doubts about God, it frequently boils down to doubts about His faithfulness and/or doubts about His love. Will God keep His promises? In 1 Kings 13:1-10, God sends a prophet to rebuke Jeroboam for his lack of loyalty to the Law of Moses. At that time, the prophet predicted that a man by the name of Josiah would desecrate the altar that Jeroboam had set up to offer incense to false gods.

If you fast forward to 2 Kings 23:15-16, you see the fulfillment of this promise. The key point, though, is that 350 years have passed since that first prophecy about Josiah was made! Three hundred, fifty years! God does not forget His promises. In fact, the phrase “according to the word of the Lord” is a strong theme that runs through 1 & 2 Kings, appearing 25 times.

God is, indeed, faithful to His promises. According to 2 Peter 3:9, 1,000 years can pass by and God will not forget His promises. God has promised to save us. He has promised to bless us. He has promised to provide for us. God is faithful.

What about the love of God? Sometimes bad things happen to us or we suspect bad things will happen to us and we doubt the love of God. Consider, first, the writing of Paul in 1 Timothy 1:12-17. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven when we sincerely repent of that sin. Paul is an example to those who believe that the grace of God is deep and wide. A murderer, a blasphemer, a violent aggressor, a persecutor of Christians – forgiven. Sanctified. Justified. Wiped clean. If Paul can be saved by the love of God, anyone can be saved by the love of God.

Meditate on the writing of John in 1 John 4:7-14. God is, by nature, love. We tend to love others based on their response to us. If they do not give us the time of day, we forget them and move on. We, humans, tend to be self-centered. Even Christians sometimes believe that God can’t love us as we are because He can’t get anything out of us. “What can I give to God?” we wonder. “I’m not doing as much as I should be doing!” we chastise ourselves.

But within each of us is the image of God – the spirit for which Christ died to redeem. It may be polluted by our selfishness and our sinfulness but Christ will remove that. Christ wants to take away that which separates us from the love of God.

When we reflect on the sacrifice of Christ each week during the Lord’s Supper, we ought to be reminded that – Yes! – God is faithful to His promises and – Yes! – God loves even me.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

Paul Holland

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Please turn with me to Matt. 25:31-46

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Tyler is one of our teenagers who attended the Future Minister’s Training Camp. Here is his lesson he developed from that training…

The Parable of the Judgment – Matthew 25:31-46

If you would, please turn with me to Matt. 25:31-46. So let me set the scene for this passage. Back in chapter 24 we see Jesus is at the Mount of Olives and he is talking to his disciples. He has just talked to them about the signs of His return against Jerusalem (24:1-14), the perilous times that were coming (24:15-28), He has talked to them about His glorious return (24:29-31). He has also talked on the parable of the fig tree (24:32-40) and at the end of chapter 24 he again gives us a warning to be ready for his second coming (24:42-51). So starting into chapter 25, we see Jesus talk about the parable of the ten virgins, as well as the parable of the talents (25:1-29). Now all of this leads up to what I’m talking about, and that is the parable of “The Judgement.”

So let’s read verses 31-33. ““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.”

So right here, Jesus sets the scene of how the judgment will begin. First, what is this judgment that Jesus is talking about? In the best way to put it, it’s the end of time and the coming of Christ, we see that back in chapter 24. Second, who’s present at judgment? It’s mankind, right here in verse 32, it’s says “all nations will be gathered before Him.”

So let’s move on to verses 34-40. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

In this part of the passage, Christ gives us an introduction to how we need to live our life before judgment. As Christians we need to be ready to help those less than us such as: those who are sick, those who are poor, those who are in prison, or even those who just need a glass of water. Now, what does he say our reward is? The kingdom of heaven.

Now let’s read 41-46. “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Here we see what happens to those who choose to disobey God and live for themselves and no one else.

I want to look at one more Scripture as I close out my lesson. Turn with me to Matt. 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

This helps me get my main point across, that we need to help and serve others and not ourselves. Let’s choose what God says over what we think. Thank you.

Tyler Atkins

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Sermon outline on Zaccheus

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Faith, Finances, and a Fresh Start – Luke 19:1-10

Just a few days before the crucifixion, we see a beautiful example of the forgiving grace of God through the actions of Jesus in dealing with Zaccheus.

ZACCHEUS WAS SELFISH – vs 2-4:
He was the “chief tax collector,” a term not used elsewhere. The Roman taxation system involved the auctioning of the privilege to tax to the highest bidder,
He was also very rich. The danger of riches is that we trust in them. Riches lead to luxury which leads to self-indulgence which leads to spiritual indifference.

ZACCHEUS MET JESUS – vs 5-6:
Jesus came to the place and looked up. “Zaccheus” – Jesus knew him! Jesus has an “uncanny” ability to know the secrets of others. But, Jesus also insists that following Him cannot be done anonymously! You must encounter Jesus!
To Zaccheus’s credit, he “received Him gladly.” Zaccheus was interested in this kingdom of God that Jesus preached and he would gladly receive it. He is no longer the outcast he was!

ZACCHEUS BECOMES SELFLESS – vss 7-8:
The people grumble in vs 7. They are upset!
1. To accept the hospitality of a man who was dishonestly rich was to fellowship his evil deeds, in their minds! But, Jesus teaches us that association does not always mean fellowship.
2. Social exclusion was the common people’s only means of showing their disapproval.
But, Jesus’ approach to Zaccheus makes him change in a way that the social exclusion did not. Leo Tolstoy said, “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody things of changing himself.”
Prior to encountering Jesus, Zaccheus lived to make money. Now, he will live to share it. It’s just like what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 – old things have passed away. New things have come.
Contact with Jesus opened Zaccheus’s heart and opened his hand. The Pharisees, who had murmured against Jesus eating with Zaccheus, only gave 1/10. Zaccheus out gives them tremendously!
Contact with Jesus has more than transformed Zaccheus It has turned his world upside down! Despite his former way of life, salvation is available also to Zaccheus. He gets a new, fresh start. Jesus can do wondrous things with the worst of people. He can turn a man who scoffs into a man who prays.

–Paul Holland

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The origin of life

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Still a Great Mystery

The August 8, 2015 edition of The Economist began a series on scientific mysteries that are still unsolved. The Economist is a London-based business magazine. What scientific mysteries have to do with economics, I do not know. Anyway, the author is beginning a short series of six articles on unsolved scientific mysteries.

He begins, of all places, with the origin of life itself. Theoretically, it is easy to explain life coming from nothing. “Filling in the biological parts of the equation is much harder. Science has but a single example – that of life on Earth – to extrapolate from. But if researchers can work out how life gets going, they will acquire an idea of how likely or unlikely that process is, and what sorts of conditions might be needed for it to happen” (quotations come from the website edition).

First, the author discusses the chemistry of the primordial soup and spends a paragraph describing the famous Miller-Urey experiment, which “has since fallen from favour.” It fell from favor a very long time ago. It is nice in theory, impossible in reality.

“With no fossils left over from the earliest era of life, such theories are ultimately arguments about plausibility.” Then the author writes of “proto-cells.” Without getting into details, these hardly constitute either life or the building blocks of life.

To briefly summarize the first half of the author’s article, finding the origin of life in chemistry has proven fruitless.

So, where else do we look? “Elsewhere.” The author gives a hint at why he chose to begin his series with the origin of life. Fifty years ago (last week), James Lovelock from Great Britain, first proposed the idea that perhaps life began somewhere else.

It is incredible that the author of a well-respected world-wide magazine would report, with seriousness, that some “researchers continue to hope Martian life” will “turn up.” Really? And believing in a Supreme Being is supposed to be irrational? He goes on: “[I]t is hard to see how the idea of reclusive Martian bugs could ever be comprehensively refuted.” Seriously?

According to NASA, the average time it takes to travel from Mars to Earth is 1.6 years (260 days), in high tech space craft! How did “Martian bugs” get from Mars to Earth by themselves!? The author just stated “liquid water is essential for every known form of life.” How did these Martian bugs live for 1.6 years without liquid water? Is he so blinded by evolutionary theory that he can’t listen to himself talk and reason? I think we just refuted comprehensively, with less than a grammar school logic, the “idea of reclusive Martian bugs.”

The author spends a little more time on the possibility of life in other solar systems but that is pure speculation and is better fit for Highlights magazine than a serious publication.

He concludes: “Conclusive proof, though – as opposed to highly suggestive evidence from atmospheres – will be hard to come by. The only definitive demonstration of life’s existence would be to see it in the flesh (as might happen with microbial Martians) or, if it is intelligent, to detect any deliberate communications…” (emph. mine). Well, The Economist just made our argument for us, didn’t it? The original source of life on earth has made Himself known in the flesh and He has given us deliberate communications.

Thank you, The Economist!

–Paul Holland

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What is the Godhead?

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Three in One – Matthew 28:18-20

Most of us are somewhat familiar with Greek mythology. Let me use Greek mythology as a contrast to the God of the Bible. The principal Greek gods were the Olympians, residing on Mount Olympus, under the eye of Zeus. Then, you have Pan, Nymphs, Naiads, Dryads, Nereids, Satyrs, and Erinyes.
Greek gods had physical but ideal bodies. They can be wounded, if only under special circumstances. Greek gods were immortal, but only by the use of nectar and ambrosia, which rejuvenated their blood.
Greek gods have a genealogy, different interests, a unique area of expertise, and their own personality. They are also limited to certain aspects of life. That’s why you have Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Ares, the god of war, Hades, the ruler of the underworld, Athena, the goddess of wisdom and courage.
That is how man develops his image of “god.” And, obviously, man’s gods reflect man’s nature.

But the God of nature is not like that. Additionally, the Bible reveals that there are, in fact, three persons that share in that divine, unique, absolute nature. We can define “person” as a being with: intellect, will, and feelings. The Bible reveals that each person in the Godhead has the attributes of deity and aspects of personality.

THE FATHER IS GOD:
There is God the Father – John 6:27. “God the Father” is found 18 times in the New Testament. For there to be a “Father” in the Godhead, there must also be, at least, a “Son” in the Godhead…

THE SON IS GOD:
The inspired New Testament writers called Jesus God in various passages: John 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Titus 2:13; John 1:18; 2 Peter 1:1.

THE SPIRIT IS GOD:
There is God the Holy Spirit – Acts 5:3-4. He has attributes of deity: Rom. 8:2; John 16:13; Rom. 15:30; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 9:14; Psa. 139:7; 1 Cor. 2:11.

Baptism is in the name of the Godhead – Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Paul gives a benediction in the name of the Godhead in 2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

WHY IS THE TEACHING OF THE GODHEAD IMPORTANT?
1. It could be that our own triune nature reflects, to a degree, God’s triune nature. Man is composed of soul, spirit, and body: 1 Thess. 5:23. The analogy breaks down since we know that our body can be and will be separated from our soul and spirit. But clearly there is a unity there that defies scientific explanation.
2. Of course, if we want to know Truth, then we need to understand the tri-une nature of God because that is what Truth teaches.
3. The Godhead shows us that submission does not mean inferiority. In the “chain of command,” we have: Father – Son – Holy Spirit (John 8:29; 15:26). One is submissive to the other when it comes to their roles, but their natures are all the same. In the same way, men are not superior to women nor are women superior to men. In Christ, we are equal and are one – Galatians 3:28. But we do have different roles – men are to be the leaders in the church and in the home and women have a supporting role. Different roles clearly do not mean inferiority nor superiority.
4. The unity of all believers, all Christians, flows out of the unity of God’s essence – Eph. 4:3-6. If we will work, each of us, at being more like Christ, then we’ll have unity with each other. God is called the “God of peace” five times in the New Testament. That peace is the type of peace that exists within the Godhead. We can experience that peace if we are united with Christ.

The Godhead is working to save you from your sins. Love the Father. Hear the Spirit. Accept the Son.

–Paul Holland

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