Participants: David Asscherick
Series Code: POFCM
Program Code: POFCM000002
00:53 Great is thy faithfulness,
00:59 oh God my Father.
01:04 There is no shadow of
01:09 turning with Thee.
01:17 Thou changest not,
01:22 Thy compassions, they fail not.
01:29 As Thou hast been, Thou forever
01:38 wilt be.
01:45 Great is Thy faithfulness,
01:50 Great is Thy faithfulness.
01:56 Morning by morning,
02:01 new mercies I see.
02:09 All I have needed,
02:14 Thy hand hath provided.
02:23 Great is Thy faithfulness,
02:34 Lord unto me.
02:52 Summer and winter,
02:57 and springtime and harvest.
03:04 Sun, moon, and stars
03:08 in their courses above.
03:14 Join with all nature in
03:20 manifold witness.
03:25 To Thy great faithfulness,
03:30 mercy and love.
03:36 Great is Thy faithfulness,
03:41 Great is Thy faithfulness.
03:46 Morning by morning,
03:51 new mercies I see.
03:57 All I have needed,
04:01 Thy hand hath provided.
04:07 Great is Thy faithfulness,
04:12 Lord unto me.
04:17 Great is Thy faithfulness,
04:22 Great is Thy faithfulness.
04:27 Morning by morning,
04:31 new mercies I see.
04:37 All I have needed,
04:42 Thy hand hath provided.
04:48 Great is Thy faithfulness,
04:53 Great is Thy faithfulness,
04:58 Great is Thy faithfulness,
05:09 Lord unto me.
05:31 Thank you Reggie, thank you Ladye.
05:33 Reggie and Ladye Love Smith.
05:35 A lot of you, I'm sure, and our viewers at home
05:37 have seen them with the Gaithers.
05:39 They travel a lot with the Gaither's
05:41 and done a lot of their homecoming videos.
05:43 And I think the last couple months or so
05:46 Reggie has been singing with the Gaither Vocal Band.
05:50 And so we're very privileged to have them.
05:54 They're brothers and sisters in the Lord
05:56 and it's great to have them here.
05:57 Actually, we did our Pillars CD and we used some other singers
06:03 in the beginning and they've actually come back and
06:05 replaced all of the voices, nearly all of the voices.
06:08 So when you get your new CD's, it's Reggie and Ladye
06:11 so you'll know who to associate the voices with.
06:14 And Reggie's going to be singing again in just a moment.
06:17 The Pillars song is going to be, I Have Fixed My Mind.
06:21 And that is a beautiful song, fantastic song.
06:24 It's the words of William Miller.
06:27 And so these are songs that have a great deal of meaning,
06:32 not just words but a lot of meaning in those words.
06:36 And our speaker tonight is David Asscherick.
06:39 And how many of you know David Asscherick?
06:43 And he is one of the most popular speakers we have
06:48 from the stand point of people just loving David
06:51 and really appreciating the fact that he loves the Lord.
06:54 It's exciting when a young man finds Jesus Christ,
06:58 finds these truths and gets so really filled with them
07:03 and is able to reach out and win as many people
07:07 to the Lord as David has.
07:08 Just like the Lord reached down and caught him and brought him.
07:13 And it's just amazing.
07:15 Just like the apostle Paul, that's right.
07:17 And just like Danny, that's right.
07:20 So it is an exciting thing.
07:24 And David is going to be speaking tonight on the Trinity,
07:28 and so we're looking forward to that.
07:30 We are, again, just so thankful to ask Reggie to come out,
07:33 Reggie Smith.
07:35 And Reggie will be singing in just a moment,
07:38 I Have Fixed My Mind.
07:39 And again, it's been this Pillars project.
07:42 It's music that you're going to be hearing
07:44 for each of the sermons.
07:45 It's incredible music written by David Huntsinger
07:49 and Kris Wilkinson.
07:50 They will be here tomorrow night and they're going to be here
07:52 the rest of the camp meeting.
07:53 So for those of you that haven't met them or those that
07:56 you appreciate their music, we want you to let them know.
07:59 Come on out, Reggie.
08:00 We want you to let them know that you appreciate the music
08:03 and encourage them in what they're doing.
08:05 It's a privilege to have you here, my brother.
08:06 And we're looking forward to, I Have Fixed My Mind.
13:26 Alright, good evening everyone.
13:28 Beautiful music, amen.
13:30 It's just great to be here at the Pillars weekend
13:33 and looking forward to camp meeting, amen.
13:36 Great, alright.
13:37 Let's pray together and then we've got so much to cover that
13:40 we're not going to... no niceties, no small talk.
13:42 Right into the Bible.
13:44 Let's pray together.
13:46 Father in heaven, we want to thank You for this beautiful
13:49 music and, Father, we thank You for the person who sang it.
13:52 We just ask for the filling of Your Spirit in
13:54 our hearts tonight.
13:56 Father, we're looking forward to understanding You better and
13:58 Your Son better and the Spirit better.
14:01 And so tonight as we open Your word, may You open us.
14:04 Father, our time is limited.
14:05 I mean, my mind is just boggled thinking that I have
14:08 42 minutes to try and explain the nature of God.
14:12 Father, we'll be studying the nature of God, Your nature,
14:16 throughout endless eternal ages.
14:19 And so what are we going to do in the next 42 minutes?
14:22 Father, I just pray that Your Spirit will be with me
14:24 and that this will be a potent presentation.
14:27 Not because of the presenter but because of the message preached.
14:31 Father, we want to thank You that You've gotten
14:33 us all here safely, we want to pray for those that are
14:35 still yet coming, and for those that are watching.
14:38 Father, may this be a Spirit filled weekend, a weekend
14:41 in which we can really say that we are standing on the pillars,
14:44 that we are standing on the promises, that our hope is built
14:47 on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
14:51 We want to pray a special prayer for every Pillars presenter
14:54 and for every Pillars listener that, Father, truly we will
14:58 be rooted and grounded in the Word, is our prayer.
15:02 And be with us now as we open Your word,
15:04 may You open us, is our prayer in Jesus' name.
15:07 Let everyone say, amen.
15:11 Well, beloved, our topic...
15:13 Does anyone know what my topic is?
15:16 Ok because I thought, well if you don't know then maybe
15:17 I'll just preach something else.
15:20 Because I'm mildly nervous about this.
15:22 Not nervous to be here in front you because there's
15:25 no need to be nervous when God has called.
15:27 But just the nature of the topic and the breadth of the topic
15:29 we're going to be talking about, the topic that's been assigned
15:32 to me is the Trinity.
15:33 Now, let me just say a couple of things right up front.
15:36 First of all, this will not be..
15:38 Will... What did I say everyone?
15:39 This will not be a point by point apologetic
15:43 for the Trinity.
15:44 In other words, I'm not going to be able to answer
15:46 every objection.
15:47 The nature of God and the nature of Christ have been
15:49 some of the great discussions and the source of some of the
15:52 great heresies in the history of the Christian church
15:55 down through the ages.
15:56 So it will be impossible for us to point by point
15:59 provide an apologetic that would answer every objection
16:02 that you could conceivably come up with.
16:04 However, rather than doing that, what we're going to do
16:07 is we're going to make a positive affirmation
16:09 of the character and nature of God from a Biblical context.
16:13 Can you say amen to that everyone?
16:14 In other words, the sermon is not going to be unnecessarily
16:17 polemical or apologetic or argumentative.
16:20 The purpose will be to present a positive picture.
16:23 What kind of picture?
16:24 A positive picture.
16:25 Now let me just say something very briefly here about
16:27 the word "Trinity".
16:29 You might be wondering why I'm giving all these caveats,
16:31 all of these sort of special pleadings before the
16:35 presentation begins.
16:36 Very simple, I have received dozens and dozens and dozens
16:41 of emails preparatory to this presentation.
16:43 More than any other that I've ever received in the history of
16:45 working with 3ABN.
16:47 And many nice people, many well meaning people,
16:50 and I've had the opportunity to interact with some of them.
16:52 But I have received books, I have received manuscripts,
16:54 I have received emails, I have received concerns,
16:57 I have received copious amounts of spirit of prophecy quotes and
17:00 Biblical quotes to try and persuade me that the idea of
17:04 a Trinity is not Biblical, but is actually rooted in
17:06 paganism and papalism.
17:08 And so I want to thank all of those very kind people that took
17:11 the time to send me books and manuscripts.
17:13 However, I think you're going to be a little bit disappointed
17:17 that even after reading almost all of what was sent me,
17:20 I remain committed to the Biblical picture of God's unity
17:24 and God's plurality.
17:25 Now having said that, let me be crystal clear about something.
17:29 I am confessedly noncommittal about the word "Trinity".
17:33 I am confessedly noncommittal.
17:35 In other words, to me, I could care less about the word.
17:38 That's the word that's been assigned to be, but really
17:40 the topic is, The Nature of God.
17:42 Are we together everyone?
17:43 The word "Trinity", does it or does it not occur in scripture?
17:47 It does not occur in scripture.
17:48 And so the word comes so burdened with theological
17:53 and historical baggage that I'm not married to the word,
17:57 I'm just married to the Biblical teaching.
17:59 Ok, and so sometimes when you use a certain word,
18:02 because language is fluid, over time language takes on
18:05 new meanings and different meanings, and the fluidity of
18:09 language demands that we're always evaluating and
18:12 reevaluating the very best way to communicate the gospel.
18:14 And just to communicate period.
18:16 And so this idea of the Trinity, I'm not committed or I'm not
18:20 for or against the word.
18:21 I'm perfectly ambivalent about the word.
18:23 If you like the word and you're defining it in a Biblical
18:26 context, good for you.
18:27 If you don't like the word, it's a little bit like the person
18:29 who goes to the doctor and says to the doctor,
18:31 "Oh doc, every time I move my shoulder like that,
18:34 oh, that just kills every time I move my shoulder
18:36 just like that. "
18:37 What's the first thing the doctor's going to say?
18:40 Don't do that.
18:41 And so here's a robust piece of advice.
18:43 If you don't like the word "Trinity," don't use it.
18:47 You see, that's just so easy.
18:49 And so we're not going to be spending a lot of time
18:51 trying to defend or go into the historical and theological
18:53 context of the word "Trinity".
18:55 There is so much baggage there, what we're going to do is
18:58 look at the Biblical picture of the plurality and simultaneous
19:02 unity of the nature of God.
19:04 That is a pillar in Christianity.
19:07 Can you say amen to that?
19:08 Ok, now what we're going to be doing is looking at three things
19:11 and if we have a little bit of time we'll have a fourth
19:13 very small thing that we might address just directly to my
19:17 Seventh-day Adventist friends.
19:19 The first one is, the very first thing that we're going to be
19:21 looking at, because this truth about the nature of God
19:23 hinges on three things.
19:25 How many things everyone?
19:27 Three things.
19:28 And the first is the simultaneous plurality
19:31 and unity found in the nature of God.
19:34 Ok, the simultaneous plurality and unity.
19:38 What are those two words?
19:39 Plurality and unity found in the nature of God.
19:43 So that's the very first thing.
19:44 The second thing that this whole issue of the nature of God
19:46 turns on is the full eternality and divinity of Jesus Christ.
19:51 In other words, was Jesus actually God in the
19:54 most emphatic sense?
19:56 That's the second thing.
19:57 And the third thing that we're going to be looking at is the
19:59 personhood of the Holy Spirit.
20:01 Is the Holy Spirit simply some kind of a force,
20:05 some kind of an emanation between the Father and the Son?
20:07 Or is the Holy Spirit a person in the same sense
20:12 that the Father and the Son are a person?
20:15 And so we'll be looking at the personhood of the Holy Spirit.
20:16 It's a tall order to accomplish in the time
20:19 that we have allotted.
20:20 So let's begin, let's get right into scripture and go to our
20:22 first point which is the simultaneous plurality
20:25 and unity found in the nature of God.
20:28 The simultaneous plurality and unity found
20:30 in the nature of God.
20:31 Inarguably, or possibly arguably, the most profound
20:35 single phrase in all of scripture may well be
20:37 1 John 4:8, 16.
20:42 In both of those verses, we find John saying something
20:45 absolutely radical.
20:47 He says, "God is... "
20:49 What is the word everyone?
20:51 Love. "God is love. "
20:54 Now, what is meant by this?
20:57 I believe that John is making a profound statement
21:00 not just about God's character.
21:03 Most of us would be very persuaded and very confident
21:06 in the fact that God has a loving character.
21:08 Can you say amen to that?
21:10 I believe, however, that John is making a far more profound
21:13 statement than merely saying, "God is loving. "
21:16 He is saying, "God is... " What was the word?
21:18 "... love. "
21:19 Now let's just talk about this from a Biblical perspective.
21:21 First of all, you would agree with me no doubt
21:23 that the word "love" is a very abused word in this day and age.
21:26 Are we together everyone?
21:27 And we were just talking for a moment there about the
21:29 fluidity of language.
21:30 The reality is, is that a word that comes to mean so much
21:33 eventually comes to mean almost nothing.
21:35 Right? Because we love spaghetti and we love our
21:38 Chihuahua's and we love fishing and we love...
21:40 I don't love Chihuahua's, by the way.
21:42 In fact, I can't even stand them.
21:43 No offense to Chihuahua owners.
21:45 But we love our dogs and we love spaghetti
21:47 and we love our wife and we love God.
21:49 And so this has become such a broad meaning, such a
21:52 boundless word that it almost means nothing.
21:55 Ok, so from a Biblical context, what does that word mean,
22:00 "God is love"?
22:02 This is not merely a commentary about God's character as loving,
22:05 it is also, I believe, a profound commentary about
22:07 the nature of God.
22:09 That is to say, what God is in His Godness,
22:13 what makes God God.
22:15 Well, what would you...
22:16 If I ask you, what is the love chapter?
22:18 I say, what's the love chapter in scripture, what would
22:20 you say to me?
22:21 1 Corinthians chapter 13, very good.
22:23 And in the context of 1 Corinthians 13,
22:25 we don't have time to go there because we're going to be moving
22:27 very rapidly, verse 5, the apostle Paul says something
22:30 very interesting about love.
22:31 He's giving all of these qualities of love.
22:33 He says that love is not proud, love does not boast,
22:35 love never fails.
22:37 And then he says something very interesting in verse 5.
22:39 He said, "love seeks not its own. "
22:42 Just a single little phrase, "love seeks not its own. "
22:46 Now let me ask you a question.
22:47 A very simple question, a very logical question.
22:49 If love is not seeking its own desires, its own hopes,
22:54 its own ambitions, and its own benefits,
22:56 then what would it be seeking?
22:59 It would be seeking the desires, the benefits, the ambitions,
23:02 the good of others.
23:03 And so Paul says, "love is not seeking its own. "
23:07 Some translations, "love is not selfish. "
23:09 I would paraphrase it this way, "love is not self-centered. "
23:12 And so then it is the opposite of that; love is other centered.
23:16 Are we together everyone?
23:18 Love is other centered.
23:20 Love is the principle of putting others first.
23:24 In fact, why don't we say that together,
23:25 love is the principle of putting others first.
23:27 Say it with me.
23:28 Love is the principle of putting others first.
23:33 Jesus said it this way in John chapter 15 and verse 13,
23:35 "Greater love has no man than this, that a man would
23:38 lay down his life for his friends. "
23:42 So this idea that love is other centered, it is not
23:44 inwardly focused, it is not introspective.
23:46 It is other centered.
23:48 Love puts others first.
23:49 And that's what Paul means when he says that,
23:50 "love seeks not its own. "
23:53 But wait a minute.
23:54 John says that God is...
23:56 What's our word everyone?
23:57 God is love.
24:00 John is making a very profound statement here,
24:02 not only about the character of God but about the nature of God.
24:05 He says, God in His very, the essence of what makes God God,
24:10 it not merely loving, but love.
24:14 It would be perfectly grammatically appropriate
24:16 for you or me to say, if we were perhaps looking across the room
24:20 and we say a mother cuddling and cradling and cooing
24:23 her little baby, you might say or I might say
24:25 that mother is a loving mother.
24:27 Would that be an appropriate thing to say in that context?
24:30 Ok, and you all at times are loving people.
24:35 Is that true, yes or no?
24:36 And so, all of us at times are loving people.
24:39 We might see that mother and say she's a loving mother,
24:41 but would we say that mother is love?
24:46 No, no, no, no.
24:47 Because what we're saying is we're looking at her actions
24:49 and we're saying "loving" is an adjective that
24:51 describes her actions.
24:53 But John doesn't make this modest claim.
24:55 John doesn't make this very modest claim
24:57 that God acts loving at times.
25:01 What John says is, "God," and then he gives us a grammatical
25:04 theological equivalence here.
25:05 "God is," not loving, an adjective describing behaviors,
25:10 "God is love", a noun describing nature and essence.
25:17 He says, God in His very fiber, in His very fabric,
25:19 in the Godness that makes God God, there's this idea,
25:23 this principle of love.
25:25 Of what everyone?
25:27 But we just learned from scripture that love is the
25:29 principle of putting others first.
25:32 Now just work with me here.
25:34 If love is the principle of putting others first,
25:36 and God is love, then by definition what must you have
25:42 in order to have love?
25:44 Yea, there must be an object, you must have others.
25:48 If love is the principle of putting others first,
25:50 then by definition you would have to have others,
25:53 you would have to have an object upon which to bestow your love.
25:56 If God was rigidly singular in the most emphatic sense of
26:01 singularity, if God was alone...
26:03 And we'll deal with that in just a moment,
26:04 this idea that God is one.
26:06 If God was alone in the most emphatic sense,
26:09 in the Islamic sense, in the Unitarian sense,
26:12 in the Jehovah's Witness sense, this God who is alone in His
26:16 aloneness could become loving the moment He created an object
26:22 upon which to bestow His love.
26:24 But God is eternal, God is infinite.
26:27 God existed for ages and ages, the Bible says from
26:30 everlasting to everlasting.
26:31 God existed from everlasting before there ever was
26:33 a created being.
26:35 Before there ever was a David, before there ever was a you,
26:38 before there ever was a Lucifer.
26:39 Before there was ever another moral sentient being,
26:41 God was there.
26:43 Can you say amen?
26:44 But here's the question.
26:45 How can a God who is rigidly singular be in His nature love
26:51 if love is the principle of putting others first?
26:56 Now this God, this rigidly singular God, could become,
27:00 listen very carefully to the language, this God could
27:02 become loving once He created an object upon which to
27:07 bestow His love, but you could not say that this God is love
27:11 in His essence.
27:14 Because there's just one.
27:15 And love is the principle of putting...
27:17 What is it?
27:18 ...others first.
27:19 Are there others here upon which to bestow love?
27:22 There are?
27:24 No, no, no, no. God is alone, He's by Himself.
27:27 The rigidly singular God of the Unitarians
27:29 and the rigidly singular God of the Muslims and other
27:32 monotheistic faith traditions, they could have a God that
27:36 could become loving, but this is not what John says.
27:40 John does not say, "God became loving,"
27:43 or even "God is loving. "
27:44 This is far too modest a claim.
27:46 You could say that about any of us.
27:48 David is loving. Molly is loving.
27:51 John is loving. Mark is loving.
27:54 No, no, no, no, no.
27:55 John says, "God is love. "
28:00 But wait a minute.
28:01 Love is the principle of putting others first, and in order to
28:03 have love you must have others.
28:07 So what then does this tell us about the nature of God?
28:10 That this picture of God is not a Biblically consistent
28:15 and coherent picture.
28:16 It's not a picture that is compatible with the
28:18 notion of God as love.
28:20 This God could become loving, but in His rigid singularity
28:25 how pray tell could He be love if love Biblically defined is
28:29 the principle of putting others first.
28:33 Are we together everyone?
28:35 So already we're beginning to see, we're beginning to see
28:38 a hint, this is not proof positive but it's a hint.
28:42 It's a... What word did I say everyone?
28:44 It is a hint that there is a plurality within the
28:48 very nature of God.
28:49 You see beloved, God is presented in scripture
28:52 as a unity of three co-eternal persons;
28:55 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
28:58 And so before there ever is a Lucifer, before there ever
29:01 is a David, before there ever is a John,
29:03 here is God in His simultaneous plurality and unity, and the
29:08 heart of the Father can go out to the Son and the Spirit.
29:12 And the heart of the Son can go out to the Father
29:14 and the Spirit.
29:15 And the heart of the Spirit can go out to the
29:17 Father and the Son.
29:18 And so John can say about this God who is simultaneously
29:23 unified and plural, he can say God in His very nature, God in
29:27 His very essence, God in the Godness that makes Him God is,
29:32 not merely loving, an adjective describing a behavior,
29:35 God is love.
29:39 Are we together everyone?
29:41 Now, open your Bibles very, very, very, very quickly to the
29:43 book of Ephesians, Ephesians chapter 5.
29:46 And here we're going to sort of buttress our definition
29:49 of love as others centeredness.
29:51 Ephesians chapter 5, notice with me in verse 1.
29:53 Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 1.
29:56 Ephesians chapter 5 and verse 1, the Bible says,
29:59 "Therefore be imitators of God as... " what?
30:01 "... dear children. "
30:02 We all know that children like to imitate their parents, right?
30:05 If you met my little boys, Landon and Jabel, 7 and 8,
30:08 if you met them and you said, "What do you enjoy doing?"
30:10 they would say, "We enjoy fishing, we enjoy backpacking,
30:13 we enjoy surfing. "
30:14 Well, why do they enjoy fishing, backpacking,
30:15 surfing, and rock climbing?
30:17 Why? Just hazard a guess.
30:19 Because their dad does, that's exactly right.
30:21 And chances are in those formative years, your children
30:25 liked what you liked.
30:26 And so Paul uses a very profound and very simple self evident
30:29 analogy, and that is children like to be like their parents.
30:32 And so he says, "Be imitators of God as dear children. "
30:34 And what's the first thing that comes to Paul's mind?
30:36 What's the very first thing that comes to Paul's mind when
30:39 he exhorts us to be like God?
30:40 "Be imitators of God as dear children. "
30:42 Now look at verse 2, "And walk in love,
30:47 walk in love as Christ also has loved us... "
30:50 Now watch this.
30:51 "... and," what's the next phrase there?
30:54 "... gave Himself. "
30:56 "Walk in love as Christ also has loved us... "
30:59 And then for Paul, this is an equivalence.
31:03 "He loved us and... " What's the phrase?
31:06 "... gave Himself. " Loved us and gave Himself.
31:09 Look at Ephesians chapter 5 verse 25.
31:13 Verse 25, "Husbands, love your wives as Christ also
31:18 loved the church and gave Himself. "
31:22 For Paul, these are equivalences.
31:25 To love is to give yourself.
31:27 I just had the privilege of performing a wedding on Sunday.
31:29 In fact, I had the privilege of marrying off the person that
31:32 introduced me to Jesus Christ.
31:34 Can you say amen?
31:35 Very profound, very wonderful.
31:37 It was just awesome to be there.
31:38 And as I was speaking to Josh and Shelly, I said,
31:40 "Josh, it's so easy to say, 'I love you. '"
31:43 Because as we've already said, love is such an abused term,
31:46 it's such a broad term, it's such a liquid term.
31:48 We love our dogs, we love pizza, we love whatever.
31:51 But what if instead of saying, "I love you," we said,
31:54 "I give myself for you. "
31:57 Which is easier to say, "I love you" or "I give myself for you?"
32:01 Yea, I love you.
32:02 It's so easy, it just flows off the tongue.
32:03 I love you, man.
32:04 I love you, sister. I love you.
32:06 What do we mean? It could mean anything.
32:10 When I was a little boy growing up, they had this cartoon
32:12 called, The Smurfs.
32:13 And the Smurfs were these little blue people that always ran
32:15 around and they'd be like, "Hey, how are you feeling today?"
32:18 And they'd say, "Oh, I'm feeling very smurfy. "
32:19 And they'd say, "Oh, where are you going?"
32:20 "I'm going down to the smurf. "
32:22 "To do what?" "I'm smurfing. "
32:23 And so the word smurf could be a noun, it could be an adjective.
32:25 You never quite knew what the thing meant.
32:27 It meant nothing, and therefore it meant everything and nothing.
32:31 And so to the word love.
32:32 Love is such a broad, love is such a liquid term that
32:35 what exactly does it mean?
32:37 But for Paul, for Paul, "Husbands, love your wives
32:40 as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself. "
32:43 "He gave Himself," for Paul there is an equivalence here.
32:46 To love is to give yourself.
32:50 Galatians chapter 2 verse 20, turn there in your scriptures
32:52 very quickly in your Bible.
32:53 By the way, a marvelous sermon by Pastor Knott.
32:55 Can you say amen to that?
32:57 So appreciated the fidelity there, so appreciated
33:00 the spirit there.
33:01 Praise God.
33:02 Galatians chapter 2 verse 20, "I have been
33:03 crucified with Christ," you know this.
33:05 "It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
33:07 And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith
33:09 in the Son of God, who... "
33:12 Look at the last phrase, look at the qualifying phrase.
33:14 "... who loved me and gave Himself. "
33:19 This phrase comes up over and over and over again
33:22 in the writings of Paul.
33:23 "He gave Himself. "
33:24 In fact, you want to look in Galatians chapter 1 verse 4.
33:26 He gave Himself, He gave Himself,
33:28 He gave Himself, He gave Himself.
33:30 He gave Himself.
33:32 For Paul, to love is to give yourself unreservedly
33:37 for somebody else.
33:38 Does that make sense?
33:40 Therefore, love is others centered.
33:42 But we ask our question.
33:43 How can a God who is rigidly singular be centered in others?
33:49 This God could become loving once He had an object upon
33:52 which to bestow His love.
33:54 But the God of scripture is a kind of...
34:00 Turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis chapter 1.
34:03 Genesis chapter 1.
34:04 Our first point is the simultaneous plurality and
34:07 unity of God's nature.
34:09 Go with me to Genesis chapter 1.
34:11 And while we're going there, let me just as you a question.
34:13 What is the number one verse in all the Bible that people know,
34:16 like the number one verse?
34:18 John 3:16.
34:20 Now just watch this. Watch this.
34:22 Jesus speaking to Nicodemus, "For God so loved the world,"
34:26 and what's the very next thing, "... that He gave. "
34:28 Love gives.
34:30 He gave Himself, He gave Himself.
34:32 "Love seeks not its own. "
34:33 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man would
34:35 lay down his life for his friends. "
34:36 Love is the principle of putting others first.
34:37 But if there are not others, then there is not love.
34:40 But John says, "God is love. "
34:44 And when we come to Genesis chapter 1 verse 26, we find the
34:46 outworking of this triune love.
34:48 Genesis chapter 1 and verse 26, "Then God said,
34:51 'Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness.
34:57 Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
34:59 over the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all
35:01 the earth and over every creeping thing that
35:02 creeps on the earth. '
35:03 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God
35:05 He created him. "
35:06 Watch this, "Male and female He created them.
35:09 Then God blessed them and said to them,
35:12 'Be fruitful and multiply. '"
35:16 God said, "Let Us," that's the plural pronoun,
35:19 "make man in Our," plural possessive pronoun, "image. "
35:22 "Let them," plural pronoun, "have dominion. "
35:26 Where did all of these plural pronouns come from?
35:28 "Let Us... " "Make Our... "
35:30 "Let them... "
35:32 The reason for the plural pronoun is that there is a
35:34 little thing that happens here in the Hebrew that's not
35:36 perfectly clear in the English.
35:37 In the English, "God" is in the singular.
35:40 "God said... "
35:41 In the Hebrew, the word "God" here is "Elohim"
35:44 and it is a plural, it is a plural picture of God.
35:48 It's literally like "Gods".
35:51 No wonder the pronoun, of course a pronoun always has to
35:53 agree with the antecedent noun.
35:54 And so you have a plural noun, masculine plural, Elohim,
35:59 "God said," Elohim, "let Us. "
36:02 "Us," plural pronoun agrees with the plural antecedent noun.
36:06 "Let Us make man in Our... " What's the word there everyone?
36:09 "Let Us make man in Our image according to Our likeness.
36:15 Let them have over the fish of the sea. "
36:17 God is presented here in a very opening passage of scripture,
36:20 Genesis chapter 1, as a kind of plurality.
36:24 As a kind of... What everyone?
36:26 And follow this, see if you can follow this.
36:28 Only a "them" could represent an "Us" and an "Our".
36:33 Only a "them"; a he or a she, singular masculine and
36:38 singular feminine, cannot represent an "Us" and an "Our".
36:41 This is a plural that is represented best
36:44 apparently by a plural.
36:46 Now I have here in my hand a mirror and I'm just going to ask
36:49 Nadia to come out very quickly for a very simple illustration.
36:52 Come on out Nadia.
36:53 She was nervous about this but she's going to do great.
36:55 Ok, so just take a look in that mirror.
36:57 Nadia is holding the mirror and here's
37:00 something very interesting.
37:01 If I stand right here and I look in the mirror,
37:04 what do you think I see?
37:07 What do I see in the mirror?
37:10 Ah, ok several of you said her.
37:11 No, I don't see her in the mirror.
37:12 What I see is her image.
37:14 Now watch this, something very simple here.
37:17 Whatever I see here in the image, while this is not Nadia.
37:21 I think we can all agree this is not Nadia.
37:24 Ok, can you imagine?
37:25 But what I see here is a reflection or an image of Nadia.
37:31 Does that make sense?
37:32 So whatever I see here corresponds here.
37:34 Right? In other words, it would be really weird if I was looking
37:37 in the mirror here and I see what looks like a nice
37:39 pretty young girl and then I look over here and it's
37:41 an average looking man.
37:44 I'd say, "How does that work?"
37:46 Something's wrong here because what I see in the mirror,
37:49 the image, is absolutely tell-tale of what the
37:53 real article is.
37:54 Does that make sense? Thank you so much, Nadia.
37:56 So what God says is, "Let Us make man in Our image. "
37:59 So what is the mirror that we see God in?
38:02 The mirror, beloved, is a man and a woman.
38:06 And the very first thing that God says to a "them"
38:08 is, make another.
38:09 A family.
38:11 God makes a family in His image.
38:16 God makes a... What, everyone?
38:18 God makes a family in His image.
38:21 Why, pray tell?
38:23 Well I'd like to suggest to you today, because God in His
38:25 very nature, God in His very essence, God in the Godness
38:29 that makes Him God, is a family.
38:34 God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
38:38 So when God says, "Let Us make man in Our image,"
38:42 people will see this thing and they will know what we are like.
38:46 He doesn't make only a male, neither does He make
38:48 only a female.
38:49 He makes a man, He makes a woman.
38:51 And the very first thing He says to them is, make another.
38:53 Make a family.
38:55 The family is in the image of God.
38:59 It is not just men who are in the image of God.
39:01 Neither is it just the ladies that are in the image of God.
39:05 It's the family unit that is in the image of God
39:08 And why, pray tell?
39:09 Because in the family unit, the heart of the husband goes out
39:13 to the children and the wife.
39:15 In the family unit, the children's heart goes out
39:17 to father and mother.
39:18 In the family unit, the heart of the mother goes out to the
39:20 son's or daughter's and to the man.
39:23 In the family unit, you have a picture of the other
39:26 centeredness that is rooted in the nature of God.
39:31 Now it's very interesting, something very
39:33 interesting happens.
39:34 When we come to the rest of the Bible outside of Genesis,
39:41 in other words, only in Genesis is the word "image"
39:44 used positively.
39:45 Isn't this great for them to have this image for me out here?
39:48 Only in Genesis is the word "image" used positively.
39:51 In the rest of the Bible, "image" is used negatively.
39:54 This particular word is tzelem; tzelem, the Hebrew word.
39:58 "Let Us make man in Our image," tzelem.
40:01 It's positive in Genesis 1, positive in Genesis 5,
40:04 positive in Genesis 9.
40:06 But the rest of the Bible, Number and Ezekiel,
40:08 it's negative.
40:09 "You have your images. " "You have your images. "
40:11 "You have your images. "
40:12 And everyone of us in the room knows God hates idolatry.
40:15 Are we together everyone?
40:17 But the question is, why?
40:19 Why does God hate idolatry so much?
40:21 Well, there are a variety of reasons.
40:23 First of all, it's folly.
40:24 And we can just think very quickly about Dagon, right?
40:27 The fish god of the Philistines.
40:29 And they brought the ark of the covenant into Dagon's room
40:31 and the next day they walked in and Dagon was flat on his nose.
40:35 "Oh," they said, "what happened to Dagon?"
40:37 And so, look at the irony.
40:39 They lift up Dagon and then they bow down to worship him.
40:44 "Oh great Dagon, the one who is unable to lift thyself.
40:48 We give you praise, we give you honor.
40:52 Remain standing. "
40:53 Ok then, the next day, the very next day they come in and
40:57 what happened to Dagon?
41:00 Dagon's flat on his nose again.
41:01 And God's like, "Ok, we missed it on the first time.
41:04 Let's try it again. "
41:05 So they come in, "Oh no, something has
41:06 happened to Dagon. "
41:07 And so they lift up Dagon and they say,
41:10 "Ok, he's upright, he's standing.
41:12 "Oh great Dagon, the one who is not able to lift thyself up.
41:15 We made you out of a piece of wood. "
41:16 In fact, God in the book of Isaiah says be very careful
41:19 when you make an idol out of a piece of wood because you
41:21 go into the trees, you go into the forests, you cut down a
41:24 piece of wood, you cut it in half.
41:26 With half of it you bake food and with the other half
41:28 you make an idol.
41:29 And I always say, be sure that you made an idol out of the
41:32 right half and you cook the right half.
41:35 Right? And so why is God so against images?
41:38 Because it's an insult to God.
41:40 But more, it's an insult to man.
41:42 Let me say something radical here.
41:44 God is not against images.
41:47 We just read it.
41:49 "Let Us make man in Our image. "
41:52 The reason that God is against idolatry is not because
41:55 He's against images.
41:56 Listen very carefully.
41:57 It's because God has already imaged Himself
42:01 in the family unit.
42:03 God has already imaged Himself in the family unit.
42:05 And so He says, "No, No. You've got to be kidding.
42:07 Come on, no way. "
42:10 God has already imaged Himself in the family unit.
42:12 "Let Us make man in Our image. "
42:15 A family made to represent a family.
42:20 Are we together everyone?
42:21 Now there are so many other passages that we could go to.
42:24 In Genesis chapter 3, look very quickly with me there,
42:26 Genesis chapter 3 verse 22.
42:28 "Then the Lord God said, 'Behold, the man has become
42:32 like one of... '" what does it say?
42:33 "... Us. "
42:35 "The man has become like one of Us. "
42:36 Go to Genesis chapter 11.
42:38 Here we find the building of the tower of Babel.
42:41 Genesis chapter 11 beginning in verse 1.
42:43 "Now the whole earth had one language and one speech.
42:45 Now it came to pass as they journeyed from the east,
42:47 that they found a plain in the land of Shinar
42:49 and they dwelt there.
42:50 Then they said to one another... "
42:51 And there's a play on words, a marvelous poetic
42:53 play on words here.
42:54 Watch what Moses does.
42:55 "'Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly. '
42:57 And they had brick for stone and they had asphalt for mortar.
42:59 And they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city and
43:02 a tower whose top is in the heavens.
43:04 Come, let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered
43:06 abroad over the face of the whole earth. '
43:08 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower
43:10 which the sons of man had built.
43:11 And the Lord said, 'Indeed the people are one, and they
43:14 all have one language, and this is what they begin to do.
43:16 Now nothing that they propose to do will
43:18 be withheld from them. '"
43:19 Look at what God says, "Come let Us
43:21 go down there and confuse their language. "
43:24 God says, "Come let... " What?
43:26 "Come let Us. "
43:27 See, there's a play, there's a poetic play on words here.
43:29 The people say, "Come let us. " "Come let us. " "Come let us. "
43:32 And then Moses has God saying, "Come let Us go down and
43:36 confuse their language. "
43:37 God is presented in the book of Genesis repeatedly as a plural.
43:40 Well the reason is because "Elohim" is plural.
43:44 But it gets even more amazing.
43:45 Go back to verse 6.
43:46 This is a stunner, it's just a wonderful little serendipitous,
43:50 of course it could be inspired, but it might just be a
43:52 serendipitous little happening here that further
43:54 buttresses our point.
43:55 Look at verse 6.
43:57 "And the Lord said, 'Indeed the people are... '"
44:00 What does your Bible say?
44:01 Very interesting.
44:02 "People," singular or plural?
44:05 Ok, there are many people there. Singular or plural?
44:08 "One," singular or plural?
44:12 Look at this.
44:13 Moses wrote the book of Genesis.
44:15 Moses, as a Hebrew, does not see an inherent contradiction
44:20 in the plurality of the people and the oneness of the people.
44:24 "Look, the people are one. "
44:27 In other words, the plural is singular.
44:30 Now it's very interesting here.
44:31 "The people are one," shows us that in the Hebrew mind
44:35 there is no absolute contradiction between plurality
44:38 and unity as long as we define our terms.
44:42 Now here's a very interesting thing.
44:43 When it says, "the people are one,"
44:44 it's the Hebrew word "echadh".
44:47 Echadh, "the people are one. "
44:49 The people are echadh.
44:51 Very interesting.
44:52 In Genesis chapter 2, it says that "a man will leave his
44:54 father and mother and cling to his wife
44:57 and they two," twain, "shall be," echadh, "one. "
45:03 So already in Genesis we've been introduced to this idea
45:05 that a "two" can be a "one" as long as we define our terms.
45:09 Are we together everyone?
45:11 Now many well meaning non-Trinitarians or Unitarians
45:15 will go to Deuteronomy chapter 6.
45:16 Go there with me very quickly, Deuteronomy chapter 6.
45:19 In Deuteronomy chapter 6, if you were to ask a Jew,
45:22 "What is the most holy, the number one passage in scripture?
45:29 What is the passage that sort of sums up Jewishness,
45:32 that sums up Old Testament?"
45:34 And it would be Deuteronomy chapter 6, almost certainly,
45:37 and we would go to...
45:41 Deuteronomy, let's see here.
45:42 Deuteronomy chapter 6 and it would be verse 4.
45:47 Deuteronomy chapter 6 verse 4.
45:48 The Hebrews call this text the Shema, the Name.
45:51 Look at what it says.
45:52 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is... " What?
45:59 "The Lord is one. "
46:00 And they'll say, "See, you're silly trinity.
46:02 It's a holdover from Catholicism, they got it
46:04 from the pagans.
46:05 The Bible says, 'God it one. '
46:06 And if you're going to believe what scripture says,
46:07 you're going to believe that God is one.
46:08 He doesn't need a Son.
46:10 He had a Son, it was the literal Son of God.
46:11 The Spirit's just the force emanating between.
46:13 You are denying the most sacred scripture in the Old Testament
46:15 that God is one. "
46:17 But wait a minute.
46:18 God; Elohim. The word is Elohim.
46:21 It's plural, it's the same plural that we just translated
46:22 "Us" as the pronoun in Genesis chapter 1.
46:27 God is one.
46:29 But wait a minute, "the people were one," echadh.
46:32 "And the two flesh shall be one," echadh.
46:34 In the Jewish mind, there is not absolute inherent
46:37 contradiction between a plurality and a singularity
46:40 as long as we define our terms within the context
46:43 of which we are speaking.
46:44 Are we together everyone?
46:47 And so the first point that we want to make is simple,
46:49 and I think very profound.
46:50 A family represents a family.
46:54 God makes a family unit, a loving family unit.
46:57 Love is the principle of putting others first.
46:59 How can you have love in a vacuum? You can't.
47:00 The heart of the Father going out to the Son and the Spirit.
47:03 The heart of the Spirit going out to the Son and the Father.
47:05 And the heart of the Son going out to the Father
47:07 and the Spirit.
47:08 You have this oneness, you have this family.
47:10 No wonder then, when we come to Genesis chapter 1
47:13 we find God saying, "Let Us make man in Our image. "
47:19 "Let them... "
47:22 Only a "them" can adequately represent an "Us" and an "Our".
47:25 And so we find in scripture this affirmation of the simultaneous
47:29 plurality and unity of the nature of God.
47:31 Are we together everyone?
47:32 Ok, let me go to our second point which is
47:34 the absolute deity and eternality of Jesus.
47:38 Now this is a point that doesn't require a lot of affirmation
47:41 for most of us because most of us are persuaded, as scripture
47:44 plainly communicates, that Jesus is fully God
47:48 in the most emphatic sense.
47:50 Let's just pick up this "one + one = one" motif.
47:53 In John chapter 10 verse 30, you might want to turn there.
47:56 In John chapter 10 verse 30, Jesus says,
47:59 "I and My Father are... " Does anyone know?
48:03 ...one. "
48:04 Now just do the math here.
48:07 "I," that's one, that's an individual,
48:09 "and My Father are one. "
48:14 One plus one is one.
48:17 This is very much what we find in the Old Testament.
48:19 "The people are one. " "The two are one. "
48:23 Elohim, plural, is one.
48:25 "I," one, "and My Father," two, "are one. "
48:30 "I and My Father are one. "
48:32 There is a oneness.
48:33 Why? Because they're members of the same family.
48:35 Same goals, same desires, same aspirations, same character,
48:38 same eternality.
48:41 Let's go to John chapter 1.
48:42 That's a passage well known to most of us.
48:44 "In the beginning was the Word. "
48:46 There's one figure, there's one agent.
48:48 "And the Word was with God. "
48:50 Right? If I'm with my wife, that's another agent.
48:53 So, "In the Beginning was the Word, the Word was with God,
48:55 and the Word was God. "
48:57 One plus one equals one.
49:00 Now some people say, "Oh yeah, yeah.
49:02 But that's not the best translation,
49:03 that's not the best translation. "
49:04 Well let me tell you something.
49:05 I'll let you in on a little secret.
49:06 I don't know any Hebrew and I don't know any Greek.
49:09 Ok, or just enough to get me into big trouble is what I know.
49:11 I say what James Dobson says, "I know a little Hebrew,
49:15 and he owns a meat market on 67th and Union.
49:17 And I know a little Greek, and he owns a Laundromat
49:20 over on 37th street. "
49:21 So, I don't know Hebrew or Greek.
49:23 But what I do have is access to lots of different
49:25 Bible translations.
49:26 And people that translate these things do know Greek.
49:29 And so, according to the KJV, NKJV, NIV, TNIV, Weymouth,
49:33 Phillips, ESV, NASB, ASV, HCSB, Amplified, NLT, CEV,
49:37 NCV, Wile T, Darby, and every other translation that I
49:42 was able to locate, this is the best way to
49:44 translate this passage.
49:45 Are you with me?
49:46 "In the beginning was the Word," one.
49:49 "And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. "
49:55 We find this over and over again in the gospel of John,
49:57 in the writings of Paul, and in other places,
49:59 that Christ in the most emphatic sense is declared to be God.
50:04 Jesus had said to the skeptical Jews,
50:06 "Before Abraham was, I AM."
50:09 He, here, was making the very claim from the Ego Ami,
50:12 from the Old Testament where Moses had stood at the
50:14 burning bush and said, "Who shall I say sent me?"
50:16 "I AM."
50:17 The Jews certainly understood what He said because
50:20 they took up stones to kill Him.
50:22 In Hebrews chapter 1, the apostle Paul says that
50:25 Christ was the one through whom God created the earth.
50:28 In Colossians chapter 2, he says that in Christ dwells
50:31 all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
50:34 In Philippians chapter 2, when he's describing the mind of
50:37 Christ and the necessity of having the mind in the church
50:39 he said, "Let this mind be in you which was also in
50:41 Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God... "
50:43 Then it's an awkward translation here in the King James and
50:45 New King James because it's an awkward phrase.
50:47 "... did not consider it robbery to be equal with God. "
50:51 What a weird thing to say.
50:53 What the Greek means is that, who being in the very form
50:55 of God did not need to grasp or cling to Godness.
51:01 Now I can cling to my maleness because I'm a male.
51:06 I can cling to my David Asscherickness
51:08 because I'm a David Asscherick.
51:10 Christ could only cling to equality with God if He was God.
51:16 He can only relinquish Godness if He possesses Godness.
51:21 And so the uniform testimony of the New Testament
51:26 is this idea that Jesus is God in the most emphatic sense.
51:31 Passages could be multiplied par excellence.
51:34 Let me just give you one.
51:36 In Revelation chapter 1 verse 11,
51:37 Jesus refers to Himself as the First and the Last.
51:40 Revelation chapter 1 beginning in 11, moving down to verse 18.
51:43 He's speaking to John, He says, "I am He that was
51:45 dead and am alive. "
51:46 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, I am the First and the Last. "
51:50 Here's something very interesting.
51:52 That phrase, "I am the First and the Last,"
51:53 comes straight out of the gospel prophet Isaiah.
51:55 Let me just read you a couple of passages here.
51:57 Isaiah 41 verse 4, "Who has performed and done this,
52:01 calling this generation from the beginning?
52:03 'I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He. '"
52:06 Isaiah 44 verse 6, "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
52:09 and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts;
52:10 'I am the First and I am the Last;
52:12 Besides Me there is no God. '"
52:15 Isaiah 48 verses 12 and 13, "Listen to Me, O Jacob,
52:17 and Israel, whom I called; I am the He, I am the First.
52:20 I am also the Last.
52:21 My hand laid the foundation of the earth,
52:23 and My right hand spread out the heavens.
52:25 When I call to them, they stand forth together. "
52:28 This phrase here, "First and the Last," is extracted
52:31 straight from the Old Testament.
52:33 When Jesus says, "I'm the First and the Last," that phrase
52:36 in the gospel prophet Isaiah applies to Jehovah.
52:39 It applies to God.
52:41 And so if Jesus is saying, "I'm the First and the Last,"
52:43 Jesus is saying, "I am He. "
52:46 "I and My Father are One. "
52:48 I mean, it's inescapable.
52:51 This is why orthodox Christianity has almost
52:54 uniformly affirmed the absolute divinity and
52:58 eternality of Jesus.
53:00 Jesus was the Son of God, but not in a created sense.
53:03 He was the Son of God in a relational sense.
53:07 Are we together everyone?
53:08 He's not the Son of God in the same exact way that
53:11 Landon is my son because I pre-existed Landon,
53:14 I pre-existed Jabel.
53:15 No, no, no, no.
53:16 He is the Son of God in the relational sense.
53:18 And I wish I had more time to go into that.
53:21 And finally, we go to our third point.
53:23 We're not going to have time to go to point number four
53:25 which was my little word of advice to my good
53:27 Seventh-day Adventist friends.
53:28 But point number three is very simple,
53:29 and that is the personhood of the Holy Spirit.
53:33 Now there are many passages that we could use
53:35 to establish this.
53:36 We have Acts chapter 5 where Peter has said to
53:39 Ananias and Sapphira, "You have not lied to men,
53:41 but you have lied to God. "
53:43 And then he says, "You lied to the Holy Spirit. "
53:45 You lied to the Holy Spirit, and thus you lied to God.
53:47 The apostle Paul says in Ephesians chapter 4
53:49 and verse 30, "Do not grieve the Spirit. "
53:53 In Romans chapter 8, the apostle Paul says,
53:54 "The Spirit is sent forth into our hearts. "
53:58 "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit
54:01 that we are the sons and daughters of God. "
54:02 Listen to that language.
54:03 "The Spirit Himself... "
54:05 In verse 26, he say when we don't know how to pray,
54:07 "the Spirit Himself prays for us with the groaning's that
54:11 cannot be uttered. "
54:12 And Jesus in the clearest language said, "I will send you,
54:17 I will send you," John chapter 14 verse 6,
54:20 "another comforter. "
54:22 "I will send you... " the word is "allos".
54:24 "I will send you another comforter. "
54:26 It's the very same word that the gospels use repeatedly
54:28 when they say, "Jesus spoke another parable to them. "
54:31 Another parable.
54:32 He spoke a different parable.
54:34 So the word "allos" is different, it's another.
54:37 Jesus says, "I will send you another parakletos. "
54:40 Another comforter, friend, advocate, helper;
54:42 many different translations.
54:43 "I will send you another one. "
54:46 Now if you're sitting in a cafeteria with me
54:48 and I'm sitting down, and you just come up and my wife
54:51 is there and you hear me say to my wife, "Sweetheart,
54:52 may I have another sandwich?"
54:56 What do you know by definition?
54:57 Even if you just walked up, if I ask for another sandwich
54:59 what do you know?
55:01 I already had a sandwich.
55:02 So Jesus says, "Hey, don't be disturbed.
55:05 Don't be too discouraged.
55:06 Because when I'm in Galilee, I'm stuck in Galilee.
55:08 When I'm in Jerusalem, I'm stuck in Jerusalem.
55:10 And when I'm in Judea, I'm stuck in Judea.
55:12 In fact, it's expedient for you that I go away.
55:15 Don't be discouraged, I will send you another comforter,
55:19 a different comforter. "
55:20 The word "parakletos," literally; to walk with,
55:23 one who walks with you, an advocate,
55:25 one who stands beside you.
55:26 Well that raises the question, if a comforter or an advocate
55:28 or a parakletos is one who walks with, who was the first one
55:33 that had been walking with the disciples for
55:34 three and a half years?
55:35 Who was that?
55:36 That was Jesus.
55:37 So if Jesus says, "I'm going away but I'll send you
55:38 another comforter," beloved, follow this.
55:40 It's very simple.
55:41 Only a person could take the place of a person.
55:46 An energy force, an emanation, cannot take the place
55:49 of a person.
55:51 If Jesus is leaving, that is a space left vacant by a person.
55:55 The only object, the only agent that can fill the space left
55:58 vacant by a person is a person.
56:02 No wonder Jesus says, "When you go out in the great commission,"
56:04 Matthew chapter 28, "baptize them in the name of
56:07 the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. "
56:11 So many more evidences could be marshaled.
56:13 One of my favorites is when you go to the book of Revelation,
56:15 you find this counterfeit triune nature of God.
56:17 Right in the book of Revelation.
56:18 You find the dragon masquerading as the Father,
56:21 you find the false prophet masquerading as the Holy Spirit,
56:24 and you find the beast masquerading as the Son.
56:26 Well beloved, think it through.
56:27 If Satan has a counterfeit; dragon, beast, false prophet,
56:30 that tells you what the original is.
56:32 Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
56:36 But the great truth is not about, "Oh, I know what the
56:38 text says and I believe that God is a unity of
56:41 three co-eternal persons. "
56:42 Beloved, the great truth is where we began.
56:45 It's where we began with John's affirmation and
56:48 robust declaration that God is love.
56:53 Beloved, that's where this whole truth lies.
56:57 God is not merely loving in His actions.
57:00 The uniform commitment and declaration of scripture
57:04 is that God in His very nature, God in His very essence,
57:07 is love; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.