TRINITY OF THE GODHEAD (5)
The Scriptures, most evidently, teaches the co-equality of the Trinity.
“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” [John 5:23]. The verb, ‘honour or honoureth,’ is timaō (tim-ah’-o): ‘to estimate, fix the value of a belonging; to revere, venerate.’ This commentary on John 5:23 captures it so perfectly: “That all men should honour the Son, c.] If then the Son is to be honoured, EVEN AS the Father is honoured, then the Son must be God, as receiving that worship which belongs to God alone. To worship any creature is idolatry: Christ is to be honoured even as the Father is honoured therefore Christ is not a creature; and, if not a creature, consequently the Creator. See Joh 1:3.”
THE CELESTIAL ASSIZES
“He that honoureth not the Son] God will not receive that man’s adoration who refuses to honour Jesus, even as he honours him. The Jews expected the Messiah as a great and powerful Prince; but they never thought of a person coming in that character enrobed with all the attributes of Godhead. To lead them off from this error, our Lord spoke the words recorded in these verses.” [Adam Clarke’s Commentary].
Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.” The angels and the elders ‘fell down’ in worship of the Lamb. They give to the Lamb, the Lord Jesus, right there in the throne room, what is due to the One (Father) who sits eternally on the throne.
Most Holy Place
In the Most Holy Place of Exodus 26:34 “And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.” This was the physical location of the Holy Spirit, seated in acceptance of all adoration to Jehovah, the Eternal Creator. Co-equality! Here the Spirit received honour due to Elohiym. Amen. All that Peter asked in the Book of Acts 5:3-5 was, “…why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” and in the fifth verse, “…Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost:…” all because, according to the Apostle in the fourth verse, “thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” The Holy Spirit is equally Jehovah God. Amen. “But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:29). Do we all not know that any sinful act is ultimately an evil commission to the Divinity?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,” John 3:16 began to teach of the Eternal Father’s soteriological design, and, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” is the conclusion. Stepping from eternal glory to save mankind is what we read in John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Of this very One Paul says in Hebrews 10:20, “By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;” and in Colossians 2:9, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” ‘Fullness’ is the Greek word, plērōma (play’-ro-mah): ‘repletion or completion, that is, (subjectively) what fills (as contents, supplement, copiousness, multitude), or (objectively) what is filled (as container, performance, period).’ ‘Godhead’ is theotēs (theh-ot’-ace): ‘deity; the state of being God; divinity (abstractly).’
Paul catechized these theological realities through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In these days of grace, when the Spirit of the truth communes, through the evangelism of the Church, of the salvation through Christ and you deny this kerygma of eternal truth, what you are doing is nothing short of calling the Holy Spirit a liar. Blasphemy! Unpardonable sacrilegious act of eternal consequence! Why? He is the hidden, God Eternal! Period. Was He not hidden behind the katapetasma (second veil) in the most holy place? Is He not dwelling inside our spirits -the millions of Christians- who have received the Divine adoption and through whom He preaches the kerygma to the world? If this Spirit dwells in the hearts of millions across the global sphere does He not display the characteristic ubiquity of the eternal God? Selah.
AND ONE SAT ON THE THRONE (Revelation 4:2)
Isaiah 42:8, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” is an established fact that God does not share honour and worship. Why –have you ever asked yourself–- would attributes of Divinity be shared among the Trinity? What a perfect plan of Divinity is in operation: God, the Father, sits in the celestial assizes as the absolute Judge; God, the Son, is seated as the Eternal Advocate; the Divine Witness is none other than the Holy Spirit!
And these three are one (1John 5:7)
For the perfection of this actuation God gave the solution of John 3:3, which comes into effect when Romans 10:9-10 is invoked in the sinner’s prayer. And for the actuation of this divine rejuvenation God must give the covenant name: Jehovah. I AM THAT I AM was first used to emancipate the suffering Israel.
(…to be continued…)
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