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#46456 - 01/05/09 03:20 PM The Trinity and the Christian ~
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The Trinity and the Christian ~

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." (2 Corinthians 13:14)

The doctrine of the triune God is unique to Christianity. There is only one God, yet three Persons--Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit--each with His own distinct relation to mankind, yet equally, fully, and eternally God. Although these truths are implicit throughout the New Testament, the doctrine of the Trinity is seldom, if ever, presented therein explicitly as a formal doctrine.

There are several passages, however, where all three Persons are mentioned in the same context, and each one deals with a significant aspect of the Christian life. There is, first of all, the provision of salvation, "...the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God" (Hebrews 9:14). Then follows regeneration. "And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6). Salvation and regeneration are then publicly testified in baptism "in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 28:19).

The chief resource of the believer is prayer, and this also involves all three Persons. "For through [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18). He must also continue to learn of Christ, and to bear witness of Him. "The Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things (John 14:26). "The Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness" (John 15:26-27).

Finally, in the words of our text, we have eternal assurance in the triune God. "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen." HMM

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Edited by Abishag (01/05/09 03:36 PM)
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#57630 - 06/09/10 12:11 PM Re: The Trinity in the Old Testament ~ [Re: Abigail]
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The Trinity in the Old Testament

"Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; for the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me." (Isaiah 48:16)
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IT is significant that Biblical Christianity is the only Trinitarian religion--and therefore the only true religion--in the world. Most religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, etc.) are pantheistic and humanistic, denying the existence of an omnipotent God who created the space/time cosmos. There are two other major religions, however, that are monotheistic, believing in the God of creation and in the creation record in Genesis--Judaism and Islam.

However, these two fail to understand that the Creator must also be the Redeemer, and therefore they also become humanistic, believing that man must achieve salvation by his own efforts. Further, they also fail to acknowledge that God's objective work of redemption must be made subjective in each person by the indwelling personal presence of the omnipresent Creator/Redeemer.

All this is beautifully revealed in the New Testament in the doctrine of the triune God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--one God in three persons, incomprehensible to human understanding, perhaps, yet very real (see John 15:26; etc.)

This wonderful revelation of the Godhead was forshadowed in the very beginning--the Father creating; the Spirit moving; the Son speaking (Genesis 1:1-3). In our text above, again it is the Son (as the living Word of God) prophesying about His coming mission of redemption, saying that "the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me."

Then, when He had finished His work and could return to the Father, He promised the coming of "the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name," and that He would "abide with you for ever" (John 14:26, 16).~~ bible
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#58178 - 07/10/10 10:26 AM Re: The Trinity in the Old Testament ~/Wonderful Truth of Trinity [Re: Abigail]
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The Wonderful Truth of the Trinity
By: Henry Morris, PhD. / ICR

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are One."
(1 JN 5:7) ~

Check it out:
<http://www.icr.org/article/wonderful-truth-trinity/>

Blessings! cross
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#58401 - 07/28/10 01:19 PM Re: The Trinity in the Old Testament ~/What is the Unpardonable Sin? [Re: Abigail]
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What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

READ/ Matthew 12:22-32

IN Matthew 12, Jesus talked about the unpardonable sin. Christians sometimes misconstrue His comments and end up fearful that they could commit an unforgivable offense. The context of today's passage helps us understand why that is not the case.

Christ used the power of the Holy Spirit to heal a demon-possessed man who was deaf and mute. Amazed onlookers began to suspect He was the promised Messiah (v.22), so religious leaders tried to quell the crowd's growing excitement: they claimed the Lord was Satan's fellow worker, who had used the Devil's power to accomplish this miracle. Christ refuted their statement and in verse 32 said, "Whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him."

Jesus' comments addressed a very specific situation unique to His time. Though the Pharisees had themselves seen the Lord heal many people through the Spirit, they attributed the miraculous work to Satan. Jesus declared that this sin--claiming that God's Holy Spirit was the unclean spirit of the Devil--was unforgivable.

The sin was blasphemy, done deliberately and without repentance, by knowledgeable religious people, despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary. This situation--'personally witnessing' Jesus' miracles and blaspheming the Spirit--cannot be repeated today.
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Numerous New Testament verses assure us that no iniquity committed today is beyound the scope of divine forgiveness. The unpardonable sin Jesus referred to was something that could take place only when He lived on earth. So if guilt threatens to overwhelm you, read Romans 8:1 with gratitude.- cross
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#59342 - 10/02/10 10:40 AM Re: The Trinity in the Old Testament ~/The Tri-Universe [Re: Abigail]
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The Tri-Universe
by Henry Morris, Ph.D.
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In a previous Back to Genesis article, "The Wonderful Truth of the Trinity" (Acts & Facts, November 2005), the Biblical doctrine of the tri-une God (or Trinity) was briefly expounded in terms of some of the key verses of Scripture teaching it. A comprehensive treatment was obviously impossible in three pages (entire books have been written on this subject), but at least the essential truth was presented, namely that the God of Creation is one God, in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This is arguably the most important doctrine of Christianity—certainly the most distinctive. This does not mean that there are three Gods; there is only one God who created Heaven and Earth and everything in them. The term "God" as used in the Bible most commonly refers to the Father, but the Son and the Holy Spirit are each also recognized as God. This concept is so difficult for many to accept that some have argued that the three divine Persons are not really three distinct individuals but merely three modes in which the one God can express Himself as occasion demands.

But this also is a false invention. There are many accounts of the Father and Son and Holy Spirit speaking to each other, for example. The doctrine of the Trinity is admittedly difficult (in fact impossible) to comprehend fully with our minds, but it is taught so definitely in God's Word that we believe it with our hearts. (FAITH)

Skeptics can deride the Trinity doctrine as mathematically impossible. One plus One plus One does not equal One, but three. Nevertheless, the Bible reveals God to be a Trinity—one God in three Persons. Are we naïve and credulous to believe such a thing?

Well, not really. It is also a remarkable fact that the divine Trinity, the tri-une God, has created a great universe which is itself a trinity, with each of its three components also structured as trinities. This would not necessarily prove that God is a Trinity, but it is a fact that needs explanation. Could God have created it as a model (or type, or analogy) that would help people understand His own Nature, at least in some degree?

Consider: The created universe is actually a tri-universe of Space, Matter, and Time, each permeating and representing the whole. However, the universe is not partly composed of space, partly of matter, and partly of time (like, for example, the three sides of a triangle). A trinity is not a trio or a triad, but a tri-unity, with each part comprising the whole, yet all three required to make the whole. Thus, the universe is all Space, all Time, and all Matter (including energy as a form of matter); in fact, many scientists speak of it as a Space-Matter-Time continuum.

Furthermore, note the parallels between the divine trinity and the tri-universe in terms of the logical order of its three components. Space is the invisible, omnipresent background of everything in the universe. Matter-and-Energy reveal the reality of the universe. Time makes the universe understandable in the events occurring in it. Note that exactly the same sentence will apply if the words Father, Son, and Holy Spirit replace the words, Space, Matter, and Time.

Space itself is also a tri-unity, comprised of three dimensions, with each dimension permeating all space. The reality of any portion of space is obtained by multiplying the three dimensions together (the "mathematics of the Trinity" is not 1+1+1=1, but rather 1x1x1=1). Further, Space is identified in the first dimension seen in the second dimension, experienced in the third dimension. The same sentence could be used with Father, Son, and Spirit replacing first, second, and third dimensions.

Similarly, Time is future, present, and past. The future is the unseen source of time, manifest moment-by-moment in the present and understood in the past. Again substitute Father, Son, and Spirit.

Finally, Matter is unseen, omnipresent Energy, manifesting itself in various forms of measurable motion, then experienced in corresponding phenomena. For example, light energy generates light waves, which are experienced in the seeing of light. Sound energy generates sound waves which we experience when we hear sound.

Thus, the physical universe is a great "trinity of trinities," with the inner relationships of each element modeling the relationships of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All of this (as cautioned above) does not prove that God is a Trinity, but it certainly is a remarkable fact. It is an amazing effect, which can at least seemingly be explained on the assumption that God is a tri-une God, and has made His creation to reflect Himself. In fact it is very hard to explain any other way.

The above several paragraphs have been quoted mostly from the footnotes supporting Romans 1:20 in The Defender's Study Bible. So far as I know, however, this striking analogy was first recognized by Dr. Nathan H. Wood, former president of Gordon College in his book The Secret of the Universe (Warwick Press, 1932), which included a very laudatory Foreword by Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, one of the greatest British Bible teachers of the early twentieth century. This book was also reprinted by Kregel in 1978, under the title The Trinity in the Universe.

It is therefore a fact that the physical universe is a great trinity of trinities. But how about the universe of life? Many expositors have called attention to the fact that each person is a trinity of body, soul, and spirit. Each of these entities is real and distinct, yet each involves the whole person. The prayer of Paul, in one of his first epistles was this: "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it" (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).

The "soul" is that part of the person that is the actual "life" that energizes the "body," which then is the material component that others can see and hear and touch. The classic Old Testament verse relating these two is Leviticus 17:11: ". . . the life of the flesh is in the blood." The Hebrew word for "life" in this verse is the same word as for "soul," and scientists have known for many years that it is the blood's circulation throughout the body that maintains life in the body.

The body's "spirit," on the other hand, is the body's "breath," and this also is essential for maintaining its life (the Hebrew word for "breath" and its New Testament Greek equivalent are each used also for "spirit"). It is sometimes hard to differentiate between soul and spirit for this reason, but the fact that they are different is confirmed especially in Hebrews 4:12, which says that "the word of God is quick, [that is, alive] and powerful [that is, energizing], and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, . . ."

The "spirit" is more than merely the "breath" of the body, however, for the person's spirit somehow is also that entity which partakes of the very image of God. When the first man was yet an inert body formed of the dust of the ground, God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7). Thus "God created man in His own image" (Genesis 1:27). The breath of God thereby became the image of God implanted in man's body of dust and his living soul.

The analogy with the tri-unity of God is fairly obvious. The soul is the life of the body, unseen and intangible but nevertheless the very basis of the person's existence and actions; the body then is the visible and tangible manifestation of the soul. Furthermore the spirit of the person is (like the soul) invisible and intangible but very real in its capacity to interact intelligibly with others, especially with God, including also the ability to make moral and esthetic judgments.

Now animals also possess soul (that is life), body, and spirit (in the sense of breath). They also in a very limited sense seem able to interact with other animals and even human beings on more than a mere instinctive level; however, they cannot, so far as we know, comprehend moral, or spiritual concepts.

To what extent, if any, this animal tri-unity correlated with that of humans in the beginning we do not know. In any case, the entrance of sin and death into the world made drastic changes. Now there is a vast difference. Death comes to both men and animals, and "all turn to dust again." But then it is "the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth" while the spirit of man and "shall return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 3:20-21; 12:7), consistently with Paul's prayer noted above.

In any case, we can infer that both human life and animal life are actually trinities (three components in the logical trinitarian order with each also pervading the whole). However, the human tri-unity will be restored to live forever whereas animals (body, life, breath) will not. Only men and women are in the image of the eternal God.

Thus, there is a remarkable tri-unity pervading the physical universe, and also one throughout the biological creation. Neither one is perfect, of course. No model can ever be perfect when the original is God Himself. But they are each real trinities. Each unit is distinctive with its own function, and yet all three are necessary components of the whole, and each pervades the whole.

These trinities pervading the creation may not be perfect reflections of the Creator. But they are good and realistic models of the tri-une God who made them.

It would seem there must be some good explanation for this remarkable fact other than coincidence. A plausible explanation would surely seem to be that they were deliberately created by God to help us understand, in at least some small degree, His own tri-une nature. cross

*Dr. Henry Morris is Founder and President Emeritus of ICR.
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#60739 - 12/27/10 10:25 AM Re: The Trinity in Ephesians [Re: Abigail]
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The Trinity in Ephesians

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:4-6) bible

Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus is surely one of the most profoundly doctrinal--yet intensely practical--books of the Bible, and it is not surprising that the doctrine of the tri-une God breaks into his message so frequently. For example, note Ephesians 2:18: "For through [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father."

More often, however, it appears not in a succinct formula like this, but rather in interconnected references to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, always implying that each is deity, but never that they are three different "gods." Paul prayed that "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him" (Ephesians 1:17).

He also prayed "unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, . . . That he would grant you, . . . to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith" (Ephesians 3:14, 16-17). Thus the believer is "filled with all the fulness of God" (v. 19).

We are exhorted to "grieve not the holy Spirit of God, . . . even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:30, 32). And "be filled with the Spirit; . . . Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:18, 20).

There are others, but note especially our text, speaking of our unity in Him and His tri-unity in us. "There is . . . one Spirit . . . One Lord, . . . One God and Father of all, who is above all [i.e., the Father], and through all [the Son], and in you all [the Spirit]."

All this is a magnificent mystery, but a wonderful reality!- cross

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#63830 - 08/24/11 01:10 PM Re: The Trinity / Indwelling Trinity [Re: Abigail]
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-The Indwelling Trinity
-By: Henry Morris, Ph.D.

“To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

One of the great doctrines of Christianity is the doctrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God, who lives in the heart of each believer who trusts in Christ for salvation. “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God?” (I Corinthians 6:19).

At the same time, God is one God, so all three persons of the Godhead must, through the Spirit, likewise indwell the believer.

Note Paul’s prayer for the believers in the Ephesian church (Ephesians 3:14–19).
That He would grant you . . . to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man” (Ephesians 3:16). This request acknowledges the indwelling Spirit.

Christ also prayed for this: “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter . . . the Spirit of truth . . . for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16,17).

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ephesians 3:17), that we might “know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge” (v.19). Here is the indwelling Son. This is also revealed in Galatians 2:20 (“Christ liveth in me”) and Colossians 1:27 (“Christ in you, the hope of glory”).

That ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19). cross This can only refer to the indwelling Father, as well as the entire tri-unity of the Godhead. Can this indwelling be ours? Note also that the entire prayer was addressed in the first place to “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14). This, likewise, is a reflection of Christ’s promise: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). “Filled with all the fulness of God!”

- What a wonderful privilege—and responsibility—is ours.

HMM
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#63832 - 08/24/11 02:37 PM Re: The Trinity / Another Divine Helper [Re: Abigail]
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-ANOTHER DIVINE HELPER~

READ/ John 14:16-18


Have you ever wished you had a 911 number that rang in heaven
whenever you had a need? Well, I have good news for believers. We all have divine assistance that's even closer than a phone call: our Helper dwells within us. But if we are unaware of Him, we'll miss many opportunities to benefit from the greatest asset in our Christian life—the Holy Spirit's presence.

Christ knew that when He left the earth, His disciples would be totally inadequate for the task He was giving them—to evangelize the world. Though they'd spent three years with Jesus, all they had seen and learned would still not sufficiently equip them for what lay ahead. They needed supernatural help, and so do we—someone who will come to our aid, empower our service, and transform us from the inside out.

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can achieve all this.

Consider His qualifications: bible

1. He is a personal Helper, not some inanimate force. God's Spirit is a member of the Trinity and coequal with both the Father and Jesus Christ.

2. He is a practical Helper who involves Himself in every aspect of our lives.

3. He is an adequate Helper because He's omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.

4. He is an available Helper who permanently lives within us.

Do you have any need that requires more power than omnipotence? Are you facing a decision that requires more knowledge than omniscience? Nothing we encounter is bigger than the omnipresent One who lives within us. Be calm and confident. No matter what challenges you face, He can help.

--In Touch / JESUS IS LORD!
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#63850 - 08/25/11 01:23 PM Re: The Trinity / A Helper for All Occasions [Re: Abigail]
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A Helper for All Occasions
JOHN 16:7-15

The Holy Spirit is a very practical Helper who assists us in every aspect of our lives. When we pray, He intercedes for us according to the Lord's will (Rom. 8:26). Because of our limited knowledge or self-centered desires, we sometimes ask for the wrong things, but the Spirit takes our petitions and aligns them with the Father's will. Although you may think your prayer wasn't answered, in reality, the Holy Spirit just straightened out your request in order to give you what was best.

God's Spirit also helps us understand His Word (John 16:13). In fact, no one can comprehend the Bible unless the Spirit illumines his thinking. If you come to the Scriptures with a clean heart, a submissive will, and a dependent attitude, He will enlarge your spiritual senses to see the truth and understand His thoughts.

Perhaps one of the Spirit's most under-appreciated works is His conviction of our sin (vv. 8-11). Although it's unpleasant and sometimes painful, we should never want Him to stop, because this is the way He gets us back on track after we have strayed. But He doesn't just point out our wrongs; He also empowers us to do right. True righteousness is achieved only by relying on Him to transform us and carry out His work through us. cross

Sometimes we don't realize how much we need the Spirit. Though we acknowledge that salvation is accomplished by Christ alone, how many of us feel as if living the Christian life is now up to us? But self-reliance is a recipe for failure. Only when you know you can't, will you find He can!

--In Touch
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#63973 - 09/05/11 07:02 PM Re: The Trinity / "Receive the Holy Spirit" ~ [Re: Abigail]
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-Urgency to Rise
John 20:19-23

"Again Jesus said, 'Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.' And with that he breathed on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'"
--(John 20:21-22)


It's easy to feel overwhelmed as a Christian. Responsibilities from our own communities and around the world confront us. We dare not ignore the burning issues of economic injustice, racism, abuse to the innocent, and so on. But we also dare not ignore the eternal and unchanging command of God to His church: to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ available everywhere in all its fullness.

These verses in John show us Jesus defining His identity with His Father under whose authority He did His work. Jesus passes that same responsibility on to us: 'spread the Gospel of salvation to the world.' If we remember and hold on to the fact that our authority comes from God Himself, we are able to make that charge a part of our everyday life.

Jesus has modeled by His words and actions how to proceed with the job. We don't go in our own strength, but in that of His Spirit. Know what a privilege it is in these days of challenge that God takes us, the Church, and makes us vehicles through which He does His work.

--Haven Today / JESUS IS LORD!
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#64156 - 09/22/11 10:05 AM Re: The Trinity / The Miracle Working Power of the Holy Spirit [Re: Abigail]
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-The Miracle Working Power of the Holy Spirit~

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
--Ephesians 3:14-16
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If you could ask God to perform one miracle in your life today, what would it be? Maybe you would ask Him to put your marriage back together. Perhaps you would ask God to bring home a rebellious child. Or, maybe you'd ask for physical healing or a financial miracle.

Do you believe God can work those kinds of miracles in people's
lives? I do. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). bible But sometimes I think many in the church today look at the great stories of the Bible and wonder, "Does God still work powerfully today?"

Maybe you've even thought, "Well, God's a lot older now and He just doesn't do the things that He used to do way back in biblical times." But let me tell you that this line of
thinking is not correct. In fact, you and I have more of the power of God at our fingertips today than many of the heroes of the Bible ever did because we have the Holy Spirit living in us!

So whatever difficulty you're facing, never forget that God is
still in the business of doing miracles today and can do one in your life!

AS A BELIEVER IN CHRIST, YOU HAVE GOD'S MIRACLE-WORKING SPIRIT INSIDE OF YOU. SO WHATEVER DIFFICULTY YOU'RE FACING TODAY, TRUST THAT GOD CAN DO A MIRACLE IN YOUR LIFE.
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"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#64186 - 09/23/11 01:52 PM Re: The Trinity / The Power Moves In [Re: Abigail]
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-POWER MOVES IN
-By: Max Lucado

-- God's Story, Your Story

What got into Peter? Seven weeks ago he was hiding because of Jesus; today he is proclaiming the death of Jesus. Before the crucifixion, he denied Christ; now he announces Christ. From wimp to warrior in fifty days. What happened?

What got into Peter?

God’s Spirit did. angelwing Ten days after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4). The followers experienced a gushing forth, a tremendous profusion. They were drenched in power. They all were: “sons and daughters…young men…old men…servants, both men and women” (vv. 17–18). The Holy Spirit, in his own time and according to his own way, filled the followers with supernatural strength.- cross

The Holy Spirit is not enthusiasm, compassion, or bravado. He might stimulate such emotions, but he himself is a person. He determines itineraries (Acts 16:6), distributes spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:7–11), and selects church leaders (Acts 13:2). He teaches (John 14:26), guides (John 16:13), and comforts (John 16:7 KJV).

“He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17 NKJV).
Occasional guest? No sir. The Holy Spirit is a year-round resident in the hearts of his children. As God’s story becomes our story, his power becomes our power.

When God’s Spirit directs us, we actually “keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal. 5:25). He is the drum major; we are the marching band. He is the sergeant; we are the platoon. He directs and leads; we obey and follow. Not always that easy, is it? We tend to go our own way.

To walk in the Spirit, respond to the promptings God gives you.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isa. 30:21)

If Peter and the apostles needed his help, don’t we? They walked with Jesus for three years, heard his preaching, and saw his miracles. They saw the body of Christ buried in the grave and raised from the dead. They witnessed his upper room appearance and heard his instruction. Had they not received the best possible training? Weren’t they ready?

Yet Jesus told them to wait on the Spirit. “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:4–5).

Learn to wait, to be silent, to listen for his voice. Cherish stillness; sensitize yourself to his touch. “Just think—you don’t need a thing, you’ve got it all! All God’s gifts are right in front of you as you **wait expectantly** for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene” (1 Cor. 1:7–8 MSG, emphasis mine). You needn’t hurry or scurry. The Spirit-led life does not panic; it trusts.

The same hand that pushed the rock from the tomb can shove away your doubt. The same power that stirred the still heart of Christ can stir your flagging faith. The same strength that put Satan on his heels can, and will, defeat Satan in your life. Just keep the power supply open. Who knows, you may soon hear people asking, “What’s gotten into you?”
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From God’s Story, Your Story
(Zondervan, 2011) Max Lucado
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#64380 - 10/08/11 04:40 PM Re: The Trinity / Is the Holy Spirit a Person? [Re: Abigail]
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-Is the Holy Spirit a Person?
--Answers In Genesis/ Ken Ham

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Q: Is the Holy Spirit a person?

A) Although the Bible does not use the term “Trinity,” it does state that there is only one true God, and it also reveals that the Father is God, the Son (Jesus Christ) is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. These are not contradictory teachings.

Regarding the person of the Holy Spirit, Jesus stated, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16–17).

Jesus said He would give His disciples “another Helper” after He ascended to heaven, implying that the Helper (the Spirit) would be like Him. So just as Jesus was and is a personal being, the Holy Spirit is a personal being (not an impersonal force).

Jesus also called Him “the Spirit of truth,” both here and in John 16:13. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Only a person can know and proclaim truth.
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#64415 - 10/11/11 09:30 AM Re: The Trinity / Our Incomparable Companion [Re: Abigail]
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-Our Incomparable Companion
-JOHN 14:16-18
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-Most of us don't like being alone for extended periods of time. In fact, we are not designed to live in isolation. Even at the very beginning, God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone" (Gen. 2:18). But sometimes situations in life leave us separated from others. Or perhaps we simply feel lonely, even though we live with our mate or family. But whatever your situation may be, if you are a believer, you're never alone.

Knowing His followers could feel abandoned after His crucifixion and ascension, Jesus promised to send them a Helper who would never leave them—the Spirit of truth. The same One who came to them at Pentecost still abides within every believer. He has been sent to walk alongside us as our comforter, enabler, and guide.

The Holy Spirit, unlike human companions, is perfectly adequate to meet our every need. Since He knows us intimately, He can comfort us in pain and loss when no one else can. Anytime we find ourselves in a quandary, He knows exactly what we ought to do. Since the future is laid bare before His eyes, He's aware of all the details that concern us. What's more, He promises to guide us each step of the way, calming our fears and overcoming our inadequacies.

Because we were created for God, only through His Spirit are we made complete. He is the ultimate solution to man's aloneness: He's always available and will never forsake or forget you. When others let you down, the Comforter is present to lift you up with the reminder that you're not alone.

--In Touch
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#64447 - 10/13/11 01:50 PM Re: The Trinity / The Indwelling Trinity [Re: Abigail]
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-The Indwelling Trinity

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:16-19)

This prayer of the apostle Paul applies to us as well as "to the saints which are at Ephesus" (Ephesians 1:1). Paul directs his prayer "unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (3:14), and he requests both that "Christ may dwell in your hearts" and also that the Holy Spirit would strengthen our "inner man." We know elsewhere that Christ is at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Ephesians 1:20), so that the Holy Spirit is the person who actually indwells our bodies as believers. And yet, because God is a tri-une God, if the Holy Spirit indwells us, so also must "the Spirit of Christ," or else "he is none of his" (Romans 8:9).

But the prayer doesn't end with Christ dwelling in our hearts. He further prays that "ye might be filled with all the fulness of God," and thus the Father is there too !

When we accept Christ, we accept also the Father and the Holy Spirit, for the three are one, and God in all His tri-une fullness thenceforth lives in our bodies.

The Lord Jesus Himself had prayed essentially the same prayer. "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; . . . and my Father will love (you), and we will . . . make our abode with (you)" (John 14:16-17, 23). What a priceless privilege and responsibility is ours as believers, that our triune God of creation and redemption and direction is with us always! angelwing

-- HMM
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#64573 - 10/24/11 11:52 AM Re: The Trinity / Holy Spirit / Guarantee of Eternal Inheritance [Re: Abigail]
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-The Holy Spirit Is Your Guarantee of Eteranl Inheritance!

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
--Ephesians 1:13-14
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It's funny how much people love guarantees today, isn't it? If you buy an appliance, an automobile, or make an investment, you want a certain guarantee that you're going to get what you expect. That's because it's in our nature to minimize our risk.

Well, in the greatest investment of all time-the investment of
your life-you have a guarantee as well! God has given those who are in Christ Jesus a permanent pledge to ensure they are His forever... a guarantee that He will fulfill His promise of salvation. And that guarantee is the Holy Spirit.

Now, many today think of the Holy Spirit as an impersonal force rather than the personal member of the Trinity He really is. And when He comes into your life, the Spirit imparts to you the fullness of our personal God who loves you deeply and seals you for the day of redemption.

God loves you so much that He sent His Spirit to live in you and guarantee your position in Christ. So as you live your life, remember that through your faith in Christ, you have access to God's full resources in the Holy Spirit and a permanent guarantee of your eternal inheritance!

REMEMBER, IN CHRIST GOD HAS GIVEN YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT AS A GUARANTEE OF YOUR ETERNAL INHERITANCE.
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
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#64655 - 11/03/11 01:23 PM Re: The Trinity / Holy Spirit / The Triune God [Re: Abigail]
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DEVOTIONS / BY: Charles H Spurgeon

"To those who have been called, who are loved
by God the Father." --Jude 1


"Sanctified in Christ Jesus." --1 Corinthians 1:2
"Through the sanctifying work of the Spirit." --1 Peter 1:2 - bible
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Notice the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if He were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but destitute of kindness. Equally wrong are those who magnify the decree of the Father, and the atonement of the Son, so as to depreciate the work of the Spirit.

In deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest. They are as united in their deeds as in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are One, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided.

Specifically notice this in the matter of sanctification. While we may without mistake speak of sanctification as the work of the Spirit, yet we must take heed that we do not view it as if the Father and the Son had no part therein. It is correct to speak of sanctification as the work of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit.

Still does Jehovah say, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness," and thus we are "God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in the Trinity are represented as working together to produce a church without "stain or wrinkle or any other blemish." And you, believer, as the follower of Christ, must also set a high value on holiness--upon purity of life and godliness of conversation.

Value the blood of Christ as the foundation of your hope, but never speak disparagingly of the work of the Spirit which makes you suitable for the inheritance of the saints in light. This day let's so live as to manifest the work of the Triune God in us. ~~~
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
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#64698 - 11/07/11 01:07 PM Re: The Trinity / THE FORGOTTEN GOD [Re: Abigail]
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-THE
FORGOTTEN
GOD


1 Corinthians 2:6-16
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No one knows the
things of God except
the Spirit of God.
--1 Corinthians 2:11
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When we quote The Apostles' Creed, we say, "I believe in the Holy Spirit." Author J. B. Phillips said, "Every time we say [this] we mean that we believe that [the Spirit] is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it."

Sometimes we forget that the Holy Spirit is not an impersonal force. The Bible describes Him as God. He possesses the attributes of God: He is present everywhere (Psm. 139:7-8), He knows all things (1 Cor. 2:10-11), and He has infinite power (Luke 1:35). He also does things that only God can do: create (Gen. 1:2) and give life (Rom. 8:2). He is equal in every way with the other Persons of the Trinity--the Father and the Son.

The Holy Spirit is a Person who engages in personal ways with us. He grieves when we sin (Eph. 4:30). He teaches us (1 Cor. 2:13), prays for us (Rom. 8:26), guides us (John 16:13), gives us spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:11), and assures us of salvation (Rom. 8:16).

The Holy Spirit indwells us if we have received forgivenss of sin through Jesus. He desires to transform us so that we become more and more like Jesus. Let's cooperate with the Spirit by reading God's Word and relying on His power to obey what we learn.
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-The Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit
is like a lamp that's not plugged in. ~~


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#64746 - 11/09/11 08:45 AM Re: The Trinity / THE CRAFTSMAN'S TOUCH [Re: Abigail]
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-THE
CRAFTSMAN'S
TOUCH


Exodus 31:1-5
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We are His
workmanship,
created in Christ
Jesus for good works.
--Ephesians 2:10

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I recently saw a documentary about the making of a Steinway piano. It traced the meticulous care that goes into crafting this fine instrument. From the cutting of trees until the piano appears on a showroom floor, it goes through countless delicate adjustments by skilled craftsmen. When the year-long process is complete, accomplishd musicians comment on how the same rich sounds could never be produced by a computerized assemply line. The secret to the final product is the craftsman's touch.

When the tabernacle was built, we see that God also valued the craftsman's touch. He chose the craftsman Bezalel and said of him: "I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, to design artistic works, to work in gold,...in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood" (Ex. 31:3-5).

Today God dwells in the hearts of believers. Now each individual believer is God's "workmanship" (Eph. 2:10). The Master Craftsman is the Holy Spirit, who chips away at flaws in our character to make each of us like Jesus (Rom. 8:28-29). And as we yield to His workmanship, we will find that the secret to the final product is the Craftsman's touch. ~~

The Spirit is the Craftsman
Who makes us like the Son;
He'll mold and shape our being
until His work is done.
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The Father gave us the Spirit to make us like His Son.

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#65120 - 12/05/11 09:53 AM Re: The Trinity in the Old Testament ~/The Sin Unto Death/ Unforgivable Sin [Re: Abigail]
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There are different teachings about this "unforgivable sin", (VS)or/ "sin unto death". I am inclined to believe this teaching. I DO BELIEVE it is possible to commit these sins today.


-The Sin Unto Death

"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it." (1 John 5:16) bible

The "sin unto death" is, in context, a sin committed by a Christian "brother," not an unbeliever, and so is not the socalled "unforgivable sin," the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Christ said the latter sin cannot be forgiven, "neither in this world, neither in the world to come" (Matthew 12:32). It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to convict unbelievers "of sin, because they believe not on me" (John 16:9).

If a person irrevocably rejects Christ, even after he fully understands the evidences of His deity, His substitutionary death with its offer of salvation, and the awful consequences of eternity without Him, then he "hath done despite to the Spirit of grace" (Hebrews 10:29). In effect, he has put his faith in Satan rather than Christ, and there is nothing more that God's Holy Spirit can--or will--do. This is the truly unforgivable sin.

The Christian can persist in some known sin, though not the sin of total unbelief or willful apostasy (a true Christian will not commit that kind of sin). If he deliberately continues to practice ungodliness in life or doctrine, however, refusing to repent, not even responding to God's chastening discipline (note Hebrews 12:5-11), then the only recourse of the Lord may be to send physical death, although not eternal spiritual death, for such a person is delivered "unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus" (1 Corinthians 5:5).

This is a fearful prospect even for the believer and should be a sober warning against persistence in any known sin. "He shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire" (1 Corinthians 3:15).

--ICR/HMM
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#66943 - 05/05/12 10:18 AM Re: The Trinity / Spirit, Soul, Body [Re: Abigail]
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-Spirit, Soul, Body

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23) angelwing

The threefold nature of mankind reflects, to a degree, the triune nature of the Godhead. Just as each member of the triune God is complete and wholly God, yet distinct, so each aspect of mankind is also the whole, yet distinct. The body of man comprises the entire man, yet he also possesses certain soulish emotions, desires, and propensities; and finally, the total man is endowed with a spiritual, eternal nature, somehow reflecting the image of God.

These three reflect the three great creative acts of God during creation week, identified by the three usages of the Hebrew word bara, or create. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1); i.e., physical material. Later, certain of this physical material was granted consciousness (1:21), which man shares with animals. On the sixth day, man was created as a spiritual being "in the image of God" (1:27), setting him qualitatively distinct from the animals, though he shares body and consciousness with the animals.

As in our text, when the "God of peace" sets about the task of sanctifying representatives of sinful, fallen mankind, restoring such ones to a measure of Christ-likeness, He does so in the order mentioned, beginning with a spiritual awakening. Then, through the transformed spirit, the soul is reached, and finally the body, with its appetites and lusts.

The wisdom of man says just the opposite, claiming the inner man can be improved by changing outside influences, a mentality all too often reflected even in evangelistic efforts. God's way is to start with the inner man--the root of the problem--and then affect the outer man.
-ICR/ JDM
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"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#67139 - 05/22/12 09:58 AM Re: The Trinity / The Father of Glory [Re: Abigail]
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-The Father of Glory

"That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him." (Ephesians 1:17) bible

This is one of Paul's most personal and precious prayers involving all the persons of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is called "the Spirit of wisdom," and the Father is called the "Father of glory."

One may note many wonderful attributes of our heavenly Father simply by noting the titles by which He is known to the apostles. Not only is He "the Father of glory," as in our text, but James calls Him "the Father of lights" (James 1:17). To Peter He is the "faithful Creator" and "the God of all grace" (1 Peter 4:19; 5:10).

The writer of Hebrews speaks of Him as "the God of peace" and "the Father of spirits" (Hebrews 13:20; 12:9). To John, "God is love" (1 John 4:16); to Jude, He is "God our Saviour" (Jude 25).

The epistles of Paul are rich with such beautiful ascriptions to the Father. One of the greatest is 2 Corinthians 1:3: "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort."

He is also "the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God" (1 Timothy 1:17), and the "one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:6). The heavenly Father is "the God of hope" (Romans 15:13), but He is also "God the Judge of all," and to the ungodly, "our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:23, 29).

Most importantly, the Father of glory is "God our Father" (1 Corinthians 1:3), because He is "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:3), and "truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:3).

--ICR/HMM / PRAISE THR FATHER, PRAISE THE SON, PRAISE THE SPIRIT, THREE IN ONE. /Chris Tomlin

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#78601 - 08/13/15 01:48 PM Re: The Trinity / The Father of Glory [Re: Abigail]
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--AN INVITATION TO INTIMACY~~
----Genesis 12:1-8


--God, the Creator of the universe, chooses us. And when He does, His purpose is not simply to save us from eternity in hell. His love goes beyond that. He wants an intimate relationship with each one of us. Building this intimacy requires . . .

--Commitment. God pledged that He would make Abraham into a great nation. He asked the future patriarch to demonstrate his allegiance by obeying the command to leave home for an unknown land. The Lord’s commitment to us is clear. He rescued us from sin through His Son Jesus, sent the Holy Spirit to live within us, and promised us eternal life. Our pledge is obedience in both inner attitude and outward action.

-Clear Communication. To develop an intimate bond, two people will express deep thoughts and feelings, and they’ll also listen carefully to one another’s words. God speaks to us through Scripture about Himself and His plans, and He also stands ready to listen (Psalms 10:17). The time we spend praying and meditating on His Word reveals our commitment to communication, which includes listening, speaking, and understanding.

--Openness. God speaks honestly about who we are, the condition of the world, and the only solution: Jesus Christ. He willingly tells us the difficult truths about ourselves but also encourages and affirms us in our efforts to follow Him. Our part consists of being honest with Him about our thinking, actions, and emotions.

-Salvation is only the first step of life in Christ (John 3:16). Have you accepted the invitation to intimacy with God?
--IN TOUCH~~
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-ACTS CHAPTER 2~ ---- bible


"When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire, that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, (languages), as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4)
"Some, perplexed however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine." (v13)~
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--Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd; Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. It is only nine in the morning! These men are not drunk, as you suppose.

--This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my
Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will
prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your
old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women.
I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and
they will prophesy.

I will show wonders in the Heaven above and signs
on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of
smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the
moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

-And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." ~~ (Acts 2:17-21)


---What the Bible has to Say About the Holy Spirit~~

-[Jesus speaking] 'And I will pray the Father, and He shall
give you another Comforter, that He may abide with
you forever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot
receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth
Him; but ye know Him; for He dwells with you,
and shall be in you."
--(John 14:16,17)
-/ Holy Spirit Rain Down=Hillsong~
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMhcWr5U3aw>
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#79403 - 11/20/15 01:57 PM Re: The Trinity and the Christian + + + [Re: Abigail]
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--The Trinity, 'God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit'~~

--Building Up One Another~~


--A Call to Persevere~

-"But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, "In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

'But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life." -(JUDE 17-21)~

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--FROM BEGINNING TO END, the Scriptures reveal God's interest in people. His loving concern for mankind is why He sent Jesus to rescue us from the curse of sin.

It follows that we who belong to Christ should likewise make people our priority. The truth God pours into our lives through His Word should affect us, but it should also influence others as we reach out to them in love. This is the basic concept of discipleship: one person building up another in order to reproduce the life of Christ in him or her.

Investing in others' lives includes meeting their needs. The holidays can be difficult, so why not share your table with someone who's looking for a place to belong? Such hospitality will be a great encouragement and could even be the start of a new relationship.
I pray that you grow in faith and inspire others and yourself to reach out to those in need. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have been given 'the gift of blessing others', in Jesus Name.~~
-IN TOUCH~-/ Holy Spirit / Kari Jobe
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPPMSfCdUng>
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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#80082 - 03/28/16 07:17 PM Re: The Trinity and the Christian + [Re: Abigail]
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--GOD IS AT WORK / THE HOLY SPIRIT
--(please read= John 5:16-19) bible


Throughout the Bible, we observe God at work in people's lives. Sometimes He acts in dramatic fashion, as in parting the Red Sea to allow the Israelites to escape the Egyptian army. At other times it may appear as if He's not taking any action. Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother needed His help, but Christ delayed before traveling to their home (John 11:3-6).


Our Father has given us the Holy Spirit to help us recognize His presence and handiwork. The Spirit cultivates spiritual discernment in us so we can understand when and where He's at work.

In addition to spiritual discernment, we must develop patience because the Lord operates according to His timetable, not ours. After being promised numerous descendants, Abrahan had to wait until he and Sarah were beyond childbearing years before she conceived. Impatience can cause us to take matters into our own hands and make mistakes.

The Lord's efforts can bring delight, as was the case when Hannah bore a child (1 Sam. 1:27-2:1). His plan can also lead through painful times, which was Joseph's experience. Before the Lord elevated him to a position of authority to help his family, Joseph was sold into slavery and unjustly imprisoned.

Jesus told the disciples that His Father was always at work and so was He. We will be encouraged and strengthened in our faith when we recognize the ways in which God is operating. These glimpses of His handiwork will motivate us to stay the course and help us maintain a godly perspective on life. We serve a Triune God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three are ONE.
--IN TOUCH~~/ This I Believe/ (The Creed) Hillsong
<https://youtu.be/h0mPk_3dXSg>
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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29,36)
"Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David.(Rev.5:5)-The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Rev.13:8) JESUS IS LORD!


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