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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”—Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
See if you can relate to my story. I was what you would call a new believer—that is, someone who had just recently decided to believe in Jesus and to follow Him the way the Bible described. It was pretty simple to me: Jesus is right and my life needs to change in His direction. I also knew that reading the Bible was important, because that’s where I found out what Jesus was like and what I was to be more like.
As I read more and more, I started to notice something that kind of confused me. There was a lot of “God” going on! And by that I mean the title of God was being applied a lot more than I expected. Sometimes God was described as the Father. Other times, it seemed like God and Jesus were one and the same. And then there were even other times when God seemed to be this spiritual being called the Holy Spirit. I started to get confused . . . maybe you can relate.
But someone explained to me that God’s nature was much more grandiose than I initially realized, and that He simultaneously exists in three different persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are three yet one, which is why they are separately referred to as God throughout the Bible. As I continued to read further, I also found that they are collectively referred to together as God.
For example, in the passage above Jesus refers to the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He doesn’t say names, but uses the singular to show that the three are separate, yet collectively one as well! He shares something similar in the verse below: ”When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” (John 15:26 NKJV).
Again, the Father, Son, and Spirit are definitely distinct, and yet they are collectively active in working as one. This is what’s known as the Trinity; that God is one yet three, eternally existing in unity and diversity, actively watching over and working on our behalf!
With such a grandiose God, how can we do anything short of worshipping Him?
DIG: Who is God? What makes God’s nature so grandiose?
DISCOVER: What does this understanding of God’s nature produce in you?
DISPLAY: Spend 30 minutes today reflecting on God’s nature. Consider the qualities of the Godhead, what the role of the Father, Son, and Spirit play, and what this means for your relationship.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.