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WHO IS GREATEST AMONG THE PERSONS OF THE TRINITY? (Four)

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God” (John 1:1)

(…continues from part three…)

4)            Does it come as a surprise that the Bible says, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18)? As the word ‘power’ is exousia (ex-oo-see’-ah): ‘power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases, delegated authority or influence;’ it, therefore, follows that every act of authorization must have the sufferance of Jesus, the King of glory. It must not come as a surprise because He Himself says on the Island of Patmos, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). This title of ‘Almighty’ is the Greek pantokratōr (pan-tok-rat’-ore) which comes from two words: pas (pas): ‘each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything;’ and kratos (krat’-os): ‘force, strength, might; dominion; vigor [“great”], (literally or figuratively) and when put together pantokratōr is: ‘He who holds sway over all things; the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign).’ Almighty is the Hebraic Shaddai, that is the Lord of the host of heaven; this Hebrew word also means the many breasted One owing to the ‘breast’ etymological understanding of it. Jesus is the Divine Provider of all things economically, spiritually and socially. Power!

                “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” which has the creative involvement of the power of God the Father, being One of Hebraic Elohim. “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power” (Ephesians 1:19), which reveals four types of physical forces. The first ‘power’ is dunamis (doo’-nam-is): ‘strength power, ability; inherent power (in its latency).’ ‘Working’ is energeia (en-erg’-i-ah): ‘efficiency (energy).’ Then we have ‘mighty’, that is ischus (is-khoos’): ‘ability, force, strength, might.’ The second ‘power’ is kratos (krat’-os): ‘vigor [“great”], (literally or figuratively);’ and each one of the forces is displayed in ‘exceeding greatness’. ‘Exceeding’ is huperballō (hoop-er-bal’-lo): ‘to surpass in throwing,’ and ‘greatness’ is megethos (meg’-eth-os): ‘magnitude’. This is power unparalleled in all conceivable ways. This is the kind of power shared in common among the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit: by the reason of heis – essence.

                Wisdom of the Holy Spirit has Scriptural documentation: John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”  The first thing of important note from this scriptural couch is the fact that the Holy Spirit, as taught by Charles Taze Russell to his Jehovah’s Witness Society adherents, is not a person but just a thing, is truly an intelligent Being. How can an inanimate breath of wind assume the divine role of ‘teaching intelligent Adamic creatures all things’? That the Holy Spirit teaches all things does not only give Him the essentiality of an intelligent Personage, the knowledge of all things tells any right thinking person that the Holy Ghost is, indeed, Omniscient. Just in case someone will want to argue that “all things” from this Scripture does not punctuate Omniscience of God, simply from the “whatsoever I have said unto you” point of Scripture, tending to limit the Holy Spirit’s scope of knowledge; what such a person is evidently in failure to realize is that to be the teacher of the Apostolic office and, by extension, the Church, the intelligence of that being must equal the One “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” of Colossians 2:3. The Holy Spirit is more than a teacher, He must be at par with the “only wise God” of Jude verse 25, to wield the capability of teaching all things.

The Bible: God’s protocol.

                1Corinthians 2:10-11 10) “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” The word ‘searcheth’ is ereunaō (er-yoo-nah’-o): (which is apparently from ereō (er-eh’-o): ‘to utter, speak, say – through the idea of enquiry) means: ‘to search, examine into.’ We understand that God is of eternality, which speaks of limitlessness. No creature has the capacity and capability to search the unfathomable mind of the Creator, therefore, the ability of the Holy Spirit to search the mind of God with nonpareil accuracy, makes Him Omniscient God, the Creator! He, the Holy Spirit, having perfect wisdom, can, of course, teach the Church like no other.

                It is said concerning Jesus in the first chapter of Colossians where verses 12 and 13 read: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13) Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” verses 17 and 18 “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” From the last verse is ‘preeminence,’ prōteuō (prote-yoo’-o): ‘to be first (in rank or influence),’ which is in reference to Jesus, who wields absolute Lordship over all things. Does Jesus know everything? The Bible says, “…to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”in Colossians 2:2-3.

                Getting born again is strictly a conscious effort on the part of an individual. It is of a personal conviction that, as the word of God says, Jesus is truly the only Saviour of the world. A soteriological dependence on the finished work of Jesus is the sole belief requirement of Scripture. Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(…to be continued…)

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