PART FOUR - DOCTRINE CONCERNING

"THE TRINITARIAN GODHEAD" . . .,

"THE THREE IN ONE."

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"THE TRINITY ILLUSTRATED BY NATURE"...

( 1 ). We now repeat the question . . . "Is it possible to understand the "TRINITY?" Should the answer be YES or NO? it must be an emphatic NO! Past centuries have revealed that the intellect of genius, the perspicuity of the philosopher, the comprehension of the scientist, and the lucidity of the orator have not been enough to make clear the understanding of the "TRINITY."

( 2 ). The reason is this: There are no illustrations in nature that are completely satisfactory, there are no perfect examples that can be used, because it is impossible to adequately demonstrate the infinite GOD by finite creation.

( 3 ). We cannot employ the creation to adequately illustrate the CREATOR in His Person. Now it is true that the love of GOD can be illustrated by human love. You can take that feeling of love and translate it into human terminology.

( 4 ). You can see a mother bending over the crib of her little baby, and somehow it illustrates something of GOD'S great pulsating love for us. But in nature you find no such illustration for the "TRINITY." Yet I shall dare to pull in several illustrations from nature that may be somewhat helpful.

"MAN IS A "TRINITY!" . . .

( 5 ). The thing I believe we must do, is to consider man himself. Man has been created in the image of GOD,

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( 6 ). Scripture: "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 }."

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( 7 ). The above { V. 23 } paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 8 ). "And [ may ] the very 'GOD of peace [ Himself' ] sanctify you wholly through and through . . ., and, separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to GOD ... and may your { '1 }: spirit', and { '2 }: soul' and { '3 }: body' be preserved sound and complete [ 'and found ] blameless' at the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, { 1- Thessalonians 5:23 }."

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( 9 ). Commentary . . . Man is definitely a "Trinity." . . . "Body, Soul, And Spirit." Believe me, if we could understand man, we would have a better understanding of GOD. But, we do not even adequately understand ourselves.

( 10 }. Psychology has wrestled with this for centuries. When psychology began, it dealt only with the spirit, or the soul of man, and never since that time did they come to any real understanding of either!

( 11 ). These scientific approaches to man has not changed to this day. These great men when performing these studies have always left out the Word of GOD which explains man in detail. Thus, we are still much too ignorant in our feeble minds to comprehend those details as we should.

( 12 ). Those Scientist were on the wrong track then, and are yet traveling in that same direction. But some have now begun to swing over to an opposite extreme. In times past, the psychology studied in college was behaviorism.

( 13 ). It taught that man was only physical, that he was like a series of push-buttons. You push different buttons for different reactions. The difficulty was that what makes one react in one way will often cause the other fellow to react in a different direction.

( 14 ). Since that theory failed to work, psychologist stated that man was more body. They admit that man is a three-fold being. They say that man is "sarcous, [ pertaining to flesh or skeletal muscle". ]

( 15 ). Man is "psychic, [ pertaining to super or extrasensory mental functioning" ]. Or man is "pneumatic, [ i.e., Theo, of or pertaining to the spirit; spiritual" ].

( 16 ). There is the psychological part of man, the spiritual part, and there is the body. BUT, we are more than body, 'mind [ i.e., or intellect' ] and spirit. Thank GOD we have a Body, Soul, and Spirit, a "Trinity." :

( 17 ). They just do not comprehend the "TRINITY of GOD," and if we are honest, we should confess that we also fail to understand ourselves. Water is used in the Scriptures as a picture of the LORD. The LORD is plainly spoken of as Water. Read the text for yourselves:

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( 18 ). { V. 1 } Scripture: "As the heart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after You, O GOD,

( 19 ). { V. 2 }: My soul thirsts for GOD, for the living GOD: when shall I come and appear before GOD? { Psalm 42:1-2 }."

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( 20 ). The above { Vs. 1-2 }: paraphrased below in commentary form...

( 21 ). { 1 } Scripture: "As the heart [ mind' ] 'pants [ yearns' ] after the water brooks, so 'pants [ yearns' ] my 'soul [ i.e., my life' ] after You, O GOD,

( 22 ). { 2 }: 'My soul [ my very inner life, my inner being' ] 'thirsts [ yearns' ] for GOD, for the living GOD, when shall I come and appear before GOD? { Psalm 42:1-2 }." Read { John 7:37 - 1 - Thessalonians 1:9-10 }."

( 23 ). Commentary . . . David is likely referring in part here, as to the importance of the water brooks - to animals and man alike, and that God is the living water to Himself as well as to all creation. . . . Then notice the following in which water repeatedly pictures GOD . . . David wrote . . .

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( 24 ). Scripture: "You: visited the earth, and watered it: You greatly enriched it with the river of GOD, which is full of water: You prepared them corn, when You have so provided for it, { Psalm 65:9 }."

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( 25 ). The above { V. 9 }: paraphrased below in commentary form . . .

( 26 ). "You [ my LORD JEHOVAH ]: visited the earth, and watered it: You greatly enriched it with the river of GOD, which is full of water: 'You prepared them [ who dwell upon the earth' with ] 'corn [ grain' ], 'when You [ at the beginning of mans creation' ] have so provided for it, { Psalm 65:9 }."

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( 27 ). Commentary . . . Throughout the Old Testament water is a picture of GOD, so that when we come to the New Testament it isn't surprising to hear the LORD JESUS cry out on that feast day . . .

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( 28 ). { V. 37 } Scripture: "In the last day, that great day of the feast, JESUS stood and cried, If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink.

( 29 ). { V. 38 }: He that believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his "BELLY" shall flow rivers of living water.

( 30 ). { V. 39 }: But this spoke He of the SPIRIT, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the HOLY SPIRIT was not yet given; because that JESUS was not yet glorified, { John 7:37- 39 }."

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( 31 ). The above { Vs. 37-39 } paraphrased below in commentary form:

( 32 ). { 37 } Scripture: "[ Now on the final and most important ] last day - that great day of the feast, JESUS stood and [ He ] cried [ out in a loud voice, and said ]: if any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! [ And then - GOD - THE LORD JESUS again said . . .

( 33 ). { 38 }: [ 'Any person who ] believes 'in Me . . . [ as GOD THE SON' - who believes in 'Me and trusts in and relies on Me ] as the Scripture has said' . . . [ 'out from his innermost being, springs - and ] Rivers of Living Water shall flow [ continuously' . . . referring to GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT' ].

( 34 ). { 39 }: JESUS was speaking here of [ 'GOD ] the [ HOLY ] SPIRIT' [ and of 'Himself as the Water of life, in ] Whom those who believed ... [ and trusted, with great faith ... in Him were after-ward to receive.'

( 35 ). For [ GOD ] THE [ HOLY ] SPIRIT had [ as of that time ] not [ as yet ] been given; because [ GOD THE LORD ] JESUS [ had not as yet been ] 'glorified [ i.e., raised, resurrected, from the dead to be honoured' ]."

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( 36 ). Commentary ... In { V. 37 } above the words "In the last day, that great day of the feast", has some typology in the numerical form involved in the words "Last days of the feast."

( 37 ). At the Second Coming of MESSIAH, He will take the saved Remnant of Israel as His Bride, and the marriage feast of the wedding will likely last through the complete Millennial day till its complete numerical structure is fulfilled! [ Read our message concerning "The Bride and BODY Of CHRIST." ] . . . As to the water . . .

( 38 ). Though it is not mentioned in the O.T; the Hebrews had a ceremony carrying water from the pool of Siloam and pouring it into a silver basin by the altar of burnt offering each day for the first seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles.

( 39 ). On the eighth day this was not done, making CHRIST'S offer of the Water of eternal life from Himself even more startling. The word 'belly' in { V. 38 } above [ number 29 which ] refers to the innermost being. The O.T. reference is likely pointing to - { Isaiah 55:1 }.

( 40 ). The words "was not yet given" in { V. 39 } above ... though the HOLY SPIRIT had been active in the world from the beginning { Genesis 1:2 }.

( 41 ). The epoch of GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, in which He would indwell GOD'S people, empowering and energising them, would not begin until the day of Pentecost, . . . read { John 14:26; - 15:26; - & - 16:7 }.

( 42 ). Water is a picture of the LORD, the "TRINITY," and exists in three forms as we have already before stated. { 1 }: Flowing water, { 2 }: in ice, and { 3 }: in steam. All the same substance, but they are absolutely three different things . . .

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{ 1 }: Ice, I would suggest would be typical of GOD the FATHER'S, "stability, immutability,"

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{ 2 }: steam, reminds us of the HOLY SPIRIT, the power of the "TRINITARIAN GOD," and . . .

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{ 3 }: water reminds us of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who is the Water of life for us today.

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( 43 ). Water is also a picture of the love of CHRIST for the BODY OF CHRIST, and most beautiful is this most bountiful love bestowed upon us! Dr. Gaebelein put it this way: "It is love in the past."

( 44 ). Great love was shone to JEHOVAH's people during the time of the Congregation in the wilderness, and also during the reign of the patriarchs before the birth of CHRIST. He loved His beloved Hebrew people during the time He travelled upon the earth, while He was teaching them personally.

( 45 ). And concerning GOD'S Children today ..., He loved the BODY OF CHRIST that He was shortly to bring into being through the Apostle Paul.: Again I say, "MESSIAH [ CHRIST ] loved the [ Kingdom Church- Assembly" ] of the past, and the "Church [ i.e., Kingdom Assembly" Greek, ] while He was teaching them personally before His death on the Cross.

( 46 ). And CHRIST loved 'His future [ Church' ], the "ONE NEW MAN -BODY OF CHRIST", that is presently being perfected right now in this Grace Dispensation today.

( 47 ). All this He loved - when on His Cross: He died and gave Himself for all." [ That is, no matter what Dispensation a person was born in CHRIST died for that person. In different "time periods [ Dispensations": ], there were different Congregational bodies of people!

( 48 ). Thus, there is a present love: "That He might sanctify and 'cleans it [ His BODY OF SAINTS' ] with the washing of the water by the Word [ of ALMIGHTY GOD ]." Then, there is His future love of His "BODY the ONE NEW MAN { Ephesians 2:15-16. }" . . .

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( 49 ). Scripture: "That He might present it to Himself a glorious BODY [ which is in perfection in the new nature ] not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish, { Ephesians 5:26 }.."

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( 50 ). Commentary . . . It is this love which passes knowledge, the love which never changes; the love which is eternal. Equally blessed is the truth contained in { Ephesians 5:30-33 }. We are . . .

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{ 1 }: CHRIST'S BODY,

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{ 2 }: CHRIST'S Flesh, and . . .

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{ 3 }: CHRIST'S Bones.

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"OUR TRINITARIAN GOD CONTINUED . . .

BE SURE AND READ PART FIVE OF THIS MESSAGE!"

 

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