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Trinity: The Threefold Spirit of God

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The Trinity - Three distinct (single) individuals make up one distinct (and single) Being or the Godhead. It is like 3 persons equal one being (life form or organism) and 1 life form or organism equal three persons. They are all equally God, possessing individual personage, and yet the same in their nature, substance, and essential quality. They are different individuals yet the same in being. One person equals three individual personages, and 3 individual and distinct beings equal One Person, One Entity and One Being - God.

Each member of the Trinity has His own distinct function, role, purpose, meaning and task as God. The Father is the will, the plan, and the purpose of the Godhead, the Son as the Revealed Word of God is the expression of the plan, the purpose, and the will of the Father, and the Holy Spirit causes to come to pass or enforces, puts into effect, and carries out the expressed will of the Father made manifest by the Son (or the Word). Each member of the Trinity operates in their own specific realm or sphere of authority in perfect order and in perfect agreement. Jesus clearly expresses His sphere of authority while He submitted Himself to the will of the Father, thus stating that, “My Father is greater than I.” Not stating that He was less God than the Father, but simply stating the chain of command in which the Godhead operates, obviously making it clear the individual rank each member of the Trinity holds.

John 14:28
28            "You have heard Me say to you, 'I am going away and coming back to you.' If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, 'I am going to the Father,' for My Father is greater than I. (NKJ)

1 Cor 15:24-28
24            After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind.
25            For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.
26            And the last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27            For the Scriptures say, "God (the Father) has given him authority over all things." (Of course, when it says "authority over all things," it does not include God (the Father) himself, who gave Christ his authority.)
28            Then, when he has conquered all things, the Son will present himself to God (the Father), so that God (the Father), who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
  (NLT)

Concerning the rank of the Holy Spirit in the order of authority present within the Godhead, we must remember that the one sending is greater in authority than the one being sent. In John 14:26 Jesus states that the Father will send the Holy Spirit in His name; in John 15:26 Jesus states that HE will send the Holy Spirit from the Father, and in John 16:7 Jesus states that, “I will send Him to you.” Here we clearly see the Holy Spirit’s relationship with the Father and the Son, in complete submission to both members of the Godhead, and yet the Holy Sprit still maintains full authority as God. Divine Authority and rank within the Godhead is not to be confused with Divine Ability. All members of the Trinity individually possess equal power and abilities, but Divine Authority states the order in which Divine Ability flows. Divine Authority is the order of agreement in which the Godhead functions. It is impossible to have harmony without authority even within the Perfection of the Godhead. It is obedience to Divine Authority that keeps all of existence in unity, harmony, peace, and one accord, all the way up to the Godhead and even within Heaven’s own rank and members.

As I stated earlier, each member of the Trinity has His own distinct function, role, purpose, meaning and task as God. It is equally important to note that each of these 3 members of the One God must be accepted individually and not only corporately in their distinct functions and roles as One God. As an example, someone can accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and yet reject the role of the Father by refusing to have their character corrected. In the same way, someone can accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and reject the works of the Holy Spirit through the various manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit. The are also some born again Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, function in the Gifts of the Spirit, but can be shallow in character if they refused the chastisement or character training of the Father. To live a balanced Christian life, we must accept Jesus Christ and all His redemptive work as our High Priest, but we must not reject the work of the Holy Spirit in the manifestation of the Gifts of the Spirit, nor can we reject the development of the fruit of the Spirit by having our character dealt with and corrected by God the Father. This must be done in order for us to be filled with the entire Spirit of the Godhead individually and corporately. In order for the portrait of the example of the Lord Jesus Christ to be complete in our lives, we must be living examples, pictures, and expressions of not just one member of the Godhead, but all of the members of the Godhead united so the world can see a full demonstration of not only who Jesus is, but also by our living examples we should demonstrate the role and functions of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit as well.

The Word of God states that in Christ “dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” If we are to be like Christ, then we too must be an expression of the Godhead bodily and allow the fullness of the Godhead to dwell in us. In our salvation, we must accept the redemptive work of the role of each member of the Trinity individually in order to be filled with the fullness of the power of God, knowing that each role of each distinct member of the Trinity completes the role, function, and redemptive work of the other. What would salvation be if we accept Jesus Christ but never know God as our intimate, loving and caring Father? What would knowing the Father and Son be like if we experience not the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit? To complete our Christian experience and to experience the fullness of the Love of God we must know God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit intimately, respecting each of their individual redemptive roles and specific functions in our lives. Why would God reveal the distinction of the Three-fold Spirit of God if only knowing One aspect of God’s Spirit were necessary to be complete as Christians?

Col 2:8-10
8              Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9              For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10            and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (NKJ)

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