I readily admit that I am not a bible scholar. That is one of my shortcomings. I have not indulged myself deep enough into the study of God’s Word. Since its canonization, the Word of God has come into consistent challenge regarding its authenticity. We can quote scriptures like 2 Timothy 3:16-17 that attest that the Word of God was inspired by God. That is that God directed the writers on exactly what to say. We point to the fact that the bible talks about what we think are dinosaurs. We can point to the undisputable proof of the overwhelming 100% accuracy of Biblical prophecy. Literally, the Bible has thousands of fulfilled prophecies including those about the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. One example from Old Testament Messianic prophecies that Jesus fulfills is in Isaiah 53.
The Trinity is another divisive truth about God. If people do not reject God all together, many have difficulty comprehending that God is monotheistic yet is pluralistic in function. That is the doctrine of the Trinity. Questions are asked about how could there be three persons, God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit, but one God called the Godhead. How can this be? Like everything else in Christendom, you believe it by faith. Romans 1:17 says, “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””
We see The Godhead In The Gospel throughout the scriptures. Again, there are a multiplicity of scriptures that demonstrate, announce and confirm the Trinity. Today, however, I will point to two in the text that I have been writing from over the past few weeks – 1 Peter 1.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus,Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. (v1-2)
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. (v10-12)
In the first two verses, Peter clearly outlines the existence and work of The Godhead In The Gospel. I am not sure if you see it, so I will point it out. How do we see God the Father in the Gospel? The elect, those who are saved, were chosen God. How do we see Jesus in the Gospel? Jesus is the standard to which we are called to live that is the obedience. It is Jesus’ blood that those who have been chosen are purified from their sins. Similarly to the lambs blood on the door frames in Exodus 12, it is the blood of Jesus that saves us from death – the spiritual separation of man from God. How do we see the Holy Spirit in the Gospel? It is the Holy Spirit who sanctifies us. Sanctify is to consecrate which means to God. Of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel, Jesus spells it out plainly for us in John. Now, we see Peter giving assent to Christ’s prophecy about the Holy Spirit.
Did you see the evidence of the Godhead in verses 10-12? I will not go on and on about The Godhead In The Gospel. It is true. It is there and the evidence supports it. The question is will you believe it. You don’t have to believe it, but if you deny The Godhead In The Gospel, John tells us what you can expect. He says, “18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.”
I thank God that The Godhead In The Gospel. Of the gospel, I will stand on what Paul said “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”” In faith, I trust that there is one God but works His redemptive plan through three persons: God The Father, God The Son and God The Holy Spirit. What do you have faith in? What do you trust? Will the blood of Jesus cover you when God sends the destroyer for the last time? Make a the right choice. Your place in eternity depends on it.