Earlier this week on thursday, Elizabeth and I were blessed with the birth of our second daughter Trinity. Named after the Holy Trinity, it is fitting that this week’s message is about the origin of her name.
Christian doctrine is set forth by God’s word as covenant, the Holy Scriptures. Scripture expresses God as three persons, yet one God. The three persons are namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
The Hebrew word for “God” is “Elohim” which is a plural. The Biblical Hebrew word for “one” in the above passage is “echad” which is a corporate oneness, not merely a numeric count. God is a plural number of persons yet one. The word one as “echad” is continually used in reference to the one true God throughout the Holy Scriptures.
A clear example of the meaning of the Hebrew word “echad” may be also found in the celebration of the Jewish Passover. The three-pocketed matza holder used during Passover is referred to as an “echad”. Consequently, it is the middle of the three matzas that is broken during the ceremony. The Holy Trinity of God and the brokenness of the Second Person of the Trinity are clearly revealed in this ancient tradition. The “echad”, the one true God, is the Holy Trinity.
The true Biblical doctrine of the oneness of God expresses His corporate unity. Jesus is one God with His Father. This is what Jesus meant when He said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30).
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:20-22)
“It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” (John 8:17-18)
If God the Father and His Son Jesus are not two persons, neither can they be two witnesses. It is clearly seen from the above words of God’s Son Jesus that He and the Father are two persons. Together with the Holy Spirit the three are one.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
Who is the “us” here? God did not create the world with assistance. Neither does God have a pronoun problem. The “us” is the Godhead, the Holy Trinity, of whom the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all were responsible for creation. Someone does not refer to Himself as “us” unless other persons are there also, hence, first person plural. Here is another passage where you see the same speech from our Lord.
“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Genesis 11:6-7)
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
A true gift from God, my daughter Trinity miraculously took her first breath and instinctively began nursing only minutes after she was born. With strength brought on by the Holy Spirit Elizabeth and I pray we will provide Trinity with tools she will need to become a follower of Jesus Christ knowing that without a relationship with Christ, our child will be lost forever.
Are your children at risk of falling to the enemy? Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? If you are not already a disciple of Jesus Christ I invite you to seek salvation and the eternal rewards that come with spiritual rebirth in Christ. It starts with a prayer to God during which sinners repent of their sins, then ask for God’s forgiveness, acknowledge that Jesus died for our sins on the cross and finally, new believers allow the Holy Spirit to flow through them. God, son and spirit, the Holy Trinity, in perfect harmony, in one person. Let’s pray!
We thank you for all that you have blessed us with, for your love.
We praise you as our heavenly father,
As Jesus both man and God
And as the Holy Spirit that flows within me.
Lord we ask that you continue giving purpose to our lives
And guide us to walk the narrow path that leads to heaven
Through you and with you Lord.
We thank you for all that you make possible in our lives
And pray that you will continue to bless us like only you can.
Please God lead us to commit our lives to serving you
And follow through our promise throughout this life,
So that we may rejoice with you and your angels in the next.
God please forgive our sins, rid us of our sinful ways,
Look after us, our families and friends in the days ahead
And answer our prayers and those of believers who seek you.
Thank you all mighty God for your presence in our lives.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre