THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 11-13-11
LESSON TITLE: “WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER: THE GODHEAD”
Our God is truly great and His Son is as well worthy of honor. In fact, in 2 Peter 3:18, we read, “…To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” Are you glorifying God throughout your daily life?
Good morning, and thanks for joining us for the study of God’s Living Word on this His special day! We are glad you have put God first today and that you have decided to give this time to Him. It will be our privilege this morning to sing songs of praise, to study His precious Word, and to approach the throne of God in prayer. So, at this time may we start our praise to God by talking with our Father in prayer? Bow with me please!
Now it’s time to join in song to praise our God. Our first song of the day helps us answer the question of how we should live in this life for God. So, at this time won’t you join in with the congregation as we sing together, “Living by Faith?”
(SONG # 1)
The need to offer Glory and Praise to God are both confirmed for us in the Bible! In fact, we also are told exactly why we are to “lift Him up!” The reality is Jesus has done so much for us that we should be more than happy to show Him the honor and respect which He is due.
There are many ways to offer glory and praise to God! Besides the reading of scripture there are many songs we sing to offer praise and glory to God. We also praise and glorify God in our prayers. However, we might take it a step further and say that in all that we do and say, we need to offer praise and glory to God. This means that that all we do must be done acceptably in His sight. No wonder Paul made this statement in Colossians 3:17, there we read, “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Let us end these thoughts by reading what Paul said to the Philippian church in Philippians 1:9-11. There it says, “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
In this passage we learn to make proper decisions, to do our best in all things for the sake of God and to strive to live without offense before His throne. But then we learn that we are to live according to the “fruits of the righteousness.” But why? To offer glory and praise to God.
So are you living your life in such a way as to glorify and praise God in all things? If not, do whatever it takes this day to be found in His loving favor!
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. As far as our lesson topic today, we will be continuing our series entitled, “What God Has Joined Together.” The specific lesson of the day will focus on, “The Godhead!” So, please stay with us this morning and in just a few minutes I will be returning to lead us in these thoughts from God’s Word! Now let’s join together in our second song of the day. The name of this hymn, “More About Jesus.”
(SONG # 2)
By Ray Sullins
Thank you again so much for continuing with us now as we go to God’s Word and consider yet another concept in relationship to our main topic concerning “Those Things That God Has Joined Together.” Usually we’ve been looking at two things that God has joined together, but today I want you to look at something that actually is quite unique in the idea that they are three in one.
We’re going to begin together in Romans chapter 1 there around verse 18 where we begin to find the warning that Paul gave to the church at Rome trying to help him realize and to teach to the Romans that were there in that capitol city, that they need to understand that God is a powerful God and that His wrath would come upon those who are disobedient.
In fact, if you’ll notice with me there in our main verse of verse 20, he said this, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made even His eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse.”
You can begin to see with me here that there is something that God has done for all man that might give them the ability to respond positively in order to receive salvation unto eternal life and that key really is not only in knowing the power of God and in seeing the power of God but as we really see in this context, in responding to it. In other words, in the fact that you know who God is and you’ve seen His power in creation. You’ve seen His power in relationship to all things that are around you. You are without excuse. You need to follow God who has such power.
This all makes me think of really what we see in Acts 17 when Paul was in Athens and they had built altars and idols to all types of gods. In fact, it was said there, “It was a city that was inundated with idolatry.” And there amongst all of them was one altar inscribed, “To the unknown god.” Do you remember what Paul did in Acts 17? He began and said, “I want to declare to you this God that you say you don’t know but that I know.” And who was this God? The One and Only True God, the One and Only God that we read of here back in Romans chapter 1, guess what, who is the Godhead!
And so what is this concept of Godhead? There’s another word that often is used even in our modern times. It is called “Trinity.” The idea of a “Trinity” is really not something found as far as the word itself in the Bible, but the concept certainly is. The Trinity is usually described in the essence of a triangle each having the three points and that the tree points are equal and yet they all represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Well really that’s what the Godhead is all about.
If you’ll turn over to Colossians chapter 2. You know Colossians chapter 2, as well as what we just saw in Romans chapter 1, are the only two verses that actually specifically mention this word “Godhead.” There in Colossians chapter 2 and verse 9 Paul puts it like this: “For in Him (talking about Jesus) all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwells.” You see there was a thing that Jesus did for us. He, by coming to the earth, represented not only Himself as God, but guess what, the Godhead. And we’re going to understand that a bit more in just a moment as Jesus went on to speak about the fact that, “If you’ve seen the body, you’ve seen Me,” and “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father,” the idea that if you have seen the power of God in the Spirit or if you’ve heard the Word, you again know Me again.” Again the connection of the Godhead.
But really to understand these things we have to go back to the very beginning. That’s exactly where Paul went in Romans chapter 1 and verse 20. He said, “Since the creation of the world…” And do you remember what was found there in Genesis 1 concerning the creation of the world? We see the power of God, and that power is clear. It says here that, “In the beginning God created…” What? Well not just something small or something little, but the Heavens, all of the space of the universe as well as the earth itself. Well that’s a powerful God! That’s a mighty God! Certainly a God that there has never been any like or that there will never be any that will be like Him.
With that in mind, as well though it is also significant that it also says that after God did this that He commands there to be light (in verse 3) but did you notice there in verse 2 what is also added concerning God? Verse 2 says this, “The earth was without form, and void and darkness was on the face of the deep and the Spirit of God hovered (or moved) over the face of the waters.” What do you mean that there was a God who created and then there was a Spirit of God and then later on we’re going to see that there was a Son of God? Yes, that’s exactly what the scriptures say. The scriptures say that God is uniquely a singular God, one God yet is described best in three persons or personages, and those are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. So how in creation would we see God doing His work?
Well remember what we just read in Genesis chapter 1, but now let’s go over to the New Testament and read together what it was that John says, the inspired John. By who? The Holy Spirit, God Himself. The inspired John says there in chapter 1 of his gospel and verse 1, guess what, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Verse 14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among men.” Now what part did Jesus play? Well it says that, “He was in the beginning with God even before creation,” and so the Word, you see the idea of that “Word”, which is said, God’s Will specified in the Son who came to the earth to do what? To declare to men the Word of the Father. Isn’t that a beautiful concept as we see it played out here?
But then in verses 2 and 3 notice how clear it is. In verse 2 he adds, “He was in the beginning with God and all things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Now tie all that together. We go back to Genesis 1. “God created the Heavens and the earth.”
We look here in John 1 that, “Jesus, the Word, was here in the beginning and that He made all things and nothing was made that was made without (what?) Jesus.”
Then we go back to Genesis 1 again and guess who else was there. “The Spirit of God was moving over the face of the water.”
You know one of the beautiful things we begin to see about the Godhead or the Trinity is the fact that really God the Father represents the Will of God, the clear, unadulterated, perfect Will of Almighty God, what God determines, what will be done and what we can count on. Jesus clearly as the Son indicates the Word or that which would declare and speak and carry out the Will established by guess whom. The Father!
Then the Spirit. If there’s a worker aspect, certainly that would be the Spirit because from the Father, the Word, and the Will is established it is declared through the Son, exactly the reason Jesus said He came to the earth, to declare the Words of His Father. And then it is the Spirit that carries out the actions such as the actual possible creation such as the miraculous gifts of the New Testament, those things that were clearly and evidently seen even by man in action through the power of God.
So as we look at the Godhead, why would we want to dismiss any of these parts, the parts that declare to us the Will of Almighty God the Father, the part of the Word as Jesus that demonstrates to us that which God has said and tells us the directives from God and His loving and glorious saving commandments, and ultimately as well the Spirit who by His works has revealed to us not only the power of God in the Word but even the Word itself. The Bible is ours because of whom? The Holy Spirit! It says, “All scripture is inspired of God.”
Peter tells us in the book of 1 Peter that guess what. “It was the men of God, holy men that were led by (guess whom) the Spirit of God to (do what?) give to us His precious Word.”
And so the Godhead has been made known to us. We are therefore, as the Romans, without excuse.
But also as we look at these things, I would like us to notice as well some of the things that indicate to us the concept of God throughout the scriptures as well. Well we know the beloved old verse, John 3:16, “For God (the Will of God) so loved the world that He gave (what?) His only Begotten Son, the Word that became flesh,” again John 1:14. He dwelled among man. He lived and He suffered even as we do. But you know what? The Bible also tells us that not only there in John 1 that He was God and was with God, but we might also notice the concept that was revealed to us even by the Hebrew writer. In every aspect of the New Covenant Jesus is declarative as being that which makes it glorious and better.
But there in chapter 1 of Hebrews I find it quite interesting that as there is a declaration to be made that which was said of old from places like the Psalmist or Isaiah that one quote is found there in verse 6 of Psalm 45 and notice what it says. “But to the Son,” He says, “Your throne oh God, Theos.” Do you know what that means? God! The word that is ascribed to Him is the word that in Greek that’s for God. This is declaring that God is the Son. He is the one given the scepter and He is the One given the authority to be ruler from the throne of David. God the Father. God the Son, and God the Spirit. Even God the Father calls the Son what? God Almighty!
What about the Spirit? If you turn over with me to the book of Acts there is a quite interesting statement that is made there in relationship to the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They brought gifts before God but they are lying to God. It’s not the fact that they withheld some of the gifts. It’s the fact that they represented it as all the proceeds from the land that they had sold because they wanted others to see them as doing what was best or even better than others. Do you remember what the story says there? When they were brought before Peter and the others, they were confronted as far as lying. Then the verse clearly tells us that they had lied. Then when it tells us that they lied, to whom (verse 4)? Verse 4 tells us, “You have not lied to men, but to God.” So the lie was clear, to God. Well guess what verse 3 had clarified. Back up to verse 3. “But Peter said to Ananias, ‘Why has Satan filled your heart that you would lie to the Holy Spirit?’” Then he goes on in the next verse and says what? “You’ve not lied to man. You’ve lied to God.”
You see the Son, the Father, the Trinity, the Godhead. What a beautiful, beautiful concept, a concept that as we begin to see is really beautifully revealed through specifically Jesus Christ. In fact, that is why we read a moment ago that “the fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9) is found in Jesus Christ,” because if I have seen the Father, I have seen the Son. If I have seen the Spirit, I have seen the Son and so on and so forth.
There’s another text that helps us with this as well when Jesus was speaking in what we often refer to as maybe that prayer for unity of John 17. Do you remember there what he was saying about He and the Father? He was speaking about the fact time and time again throughout this text that He and the Father were One. The Father would be glorified and therefore the Son would be and also vice versa.
And then later in the same text notice what he says in verse 21. That, “They all may be One as You Father are in Me and I in You that You or They also may be in One in Us that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Now that’s only one time it says it, but there are at least five or six times in that one text that there Jesus continues to emphasize the fact that He and the Father are One. He emphasizes the fact that if you have again seen the Father you have seen Him, and vice versa. You cannot follow God the Father and reject the Son and be acceptable. You cannot follow the Son and not accept the Father and be acceptable. You cannot look at Jesus, the Son, and the miracles of the Holy Spirit and say, “I like the Son and the Spirit but I really don’t believe in God the Father any longer.” You’ve got to believe in ALL of God, the fullness of God, the complete picture that is revealed to us of God throughout His blessed Word and throughout His wondrous and loving passages, the Bible, the Word of God itself, that which reveals to us not only who God is but that God is best explained to us in the concepts of the three.
There are other places that certainly if time would permit we could turn to look at, but (inaudible) as we look to God’s Word again we must find those truths that God has designed and make sure that we know that when we look there to Heaven, that when we look to the concepts that reveal to us how God is found on this earth from Heaven that we know that truly God is the Father, that truly His Son Jesus did come to the earth, He did live, He did show forth Himself as the Word and as that which will declare the Will of God declaratively. But then finally the Spirit, the working essence of God, that He came not only to dwell on this earth but to do the works of God, but also even more importantly to dwell within men, to guide us, to lead us, to help us to know truth completely and perfectly that we might not only have the blessings of God today but that we might have the blessings of God forevermore.
As we think about all of these things, then I might ask you today: Do you believe in God? And when I say that now, you understand that I say that you believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because you cannot be saved, and you cannot be a Christian today if you have rejected any or part of the Godhead. So make sure you’re right with God. Make sure that you give all of God glory. And make sure that you commit your life to the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
(SONG # 3 - “My Jesus I Love Thee!”)
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