The Holy Trinity

Written by Stephen Kingery

Not too long ago, in an attempt to witness to several people via electronic mail through computer networks, I made a statement as to what constitutes my faith. As part of that statement, I said that I believe inrepparttar Trinity: Godrepparttar 141131 Father, Godrepparttar 141132 Son and Godrepparttar 141133 Holy Spirit. One ofrepparttar 141134 people to whom I was trying to witness was ofrepparttar 141135 Jewish faith and he rejectedrepparttar 141136 concept ofrepparttar 141137 Trinity.

The Holy Trinity is fully supported in Scripture in bothrepparttar 141138 Old Testament andrepparttar 141139 New Testament. In this article, I would like to share some of these Scriptures and how they proclaimrepparttar 141140 existence of God in Three Persons.

The idea ofrepparttar 141141 Trinity is found early inrepparttar 141142 Bible in Genesis 1:26, "Then God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion overrepparttar 141143 fish ofrepparttar 141144 sea, overrepparttar 141145 birds ofrepparttar 141146 air, and overrepparttar 141147 cattle, over allrepparttar 141148 earth and over every creeping thing that creeps onrepparttar 141149 earth.'" As we see here, God said "Let us make man in Our image. . ." indicating that we (man) are made inrepparttar 141150 image of God and others. We know from reading Scripture thatrepparttar 141151 angels are different from us in many respects. The fact that angels do not have gender is one. Therefore, it is unlikely that God would have been referring to Himself andrepparttar 141152 angels in this passage. The Bible does not speak of any other beings in heaven. The only conclusion that we can draw fromrepparttar 141153 use ofrepparttar 141154 plural pronoun "Our" is that God was referring to Himself along with at least one other being or person on a level with Him.

The plural pronoun "Us" is also used in Genesis 3:22a whererepparttar 141155 Lord said, "Behold,repparttar 141156 man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil." Again indicating that there is more than one person inrepparttar 141157 Godhead.

Those who rejectrepparttar 141158 idea of a Holy Trinity usually accept or have some belief in God. They just do not believe thatrepparttar 141159 Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are a part of God. Therefore let's take a look atrepparttar 141160 Holy Spirit andrepparttar 141161 preexistence of Christ.

The Holy Spirit

References torepparttar 141162 "Spirit of God" abound inrepparttar 141163 Old Testament. "The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was onrepparttar 141164 face ofrepparttar 141165 deep. Andrepparttar 141166 Spirit of God was hovering overrepparttar 141167 face ofrepparttar 141168 waters." (Genesis 1:2) The first occasion is inrepparttar 141169 second verse of Genesis. We see here that God was at least two different persons – Godrepparttar 141170 Father and Godrepparttar 141171 Holy Spirit – atrepparttar 141172 beginning of creation. Many other Scriptures refer torepparttar 141173 Holy Spirit in some manner. Here are just a few: "My Spirit" (Genesis 6:3), "Spirit of God" (Genesis 41:38), "Your Holy Spirit" (Psalms 51:11), "Spirit ofrepparttar 141174 Lord" (Isaiah 11:2), and "My Spirit who is upon you" (Isaiah 59:21). Throughoutrepparttar 141175 Old Testament we see these and many other references torepparttar 141176 Holy Spirit.

Inrepparttar 141177 New Testament we find thatrepparttar 141178 Holy Spirit is more fully explained, and we know in more detailrepparttar 141179 purpose thatrepparttar 141180 Holy Spirit has in our lives. He is a comforter or helper for us, as Christians.

The Holy Spirit was there when Jesus was conceived inrepparttar 141181 womb of Mary, "Nowrepparttar 141182 birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child ofrepparttar 141183 Holy Spirit." (Matthew 1:18) The Holy Spirit was there when Jesus went up intorepparttar 141184 wilderness to undergorepparttar 141185 temptations ofrepparttar 141186 devil, "Then Jesus was led up byrepparttar 141187 Spirit intorepparttar 141188 wilderness to be tempted byrepparttar 141189 devil." (Matthew 4:1) The Holy Spirit was there whenrepparttar 141190 apostles needed guidance to preachrepparttar 141191 gospel and writerepparttar 141192 New Testament and do it without error, "Forrepparttar 141193 Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:12)

Even thoughrepparttar 141194 Holy Spirit was present and active inrepparttar 141195 life and ministry of Jesus, this was notrepparttar 141196 only purpose whichrepparttar 141197 Holy Spirit would have for us. The Holy Spirit would fulfill another very important role for God. Jesus taughtrepparttar 141198 disciples aboutrepparttar 141199 purpose ofrepparttar 141200 Holy Spirit during His ministry. "‘He who believes in Me, asrepparttar 141201 Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' But this He spoke concerningrepparttar 141202 Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; forrepparttar 141203 Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." (John 7:38,39) "And I will prayrepparttar 141204 Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever;repparttar 141205 Spirit of truth, whomrepparttar 141206 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) "Butrepparttar 141207 Helper,repparttar 141208 Holy Spirit, whomrepparttar 141209 Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you." (John 14:26) "But whenrepparttar 141210 Helper comes, whom I shall send to you fromrepparttar 141211 Father,repparttar 141212 Spirit of truth who proceeds fromrepparttar 141213 Father, He will testify of Me." (John 15:26) "Behold, I sendrepparttar 141214 Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry inrepparttar 141215 city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49)

The Wages Of Sin Is Death

Written by Stephen Kingery

"Forrepparttar wages of sin is death, butrepparttar 141130 gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23) This article is really about two ideas which Paul so beautifully brings together in this one verse:repparttar 141131 wages of (or payment for) sin is death, butrepparttar 141132 forgiveness of that sin results in eternal life in Christ. Let's take a look at both contrasting ideas and see how they come together in this beautiful verse.

First of all,repparttar 141133 wages of sin is death. In other words,repparttar 141134 punishment for living a life of sinfulness without repentance and salvation is surely death. The death spoken of here is also referred to inrepparttar 141135 Scriptures asrepparttar 141136 "second death." The meaning ofrepparttar 141137 word "death" is a separation. (The meaning ofrepparttar 141138 word "death" inrepparttar 141139 secular world means an ending of life, or thatrepparttar 141140 person has ceased to live.) Inrepparttar 141141 physical sense, death isrepparttar 141142 separation ofrepparttar 141143 spirit ofrepparttar 141144 person fromrepparttar 141145 physical body. This isrepparttar 141146 first death. The "second death" isrepparttar 141147 eternal separation ofrepparttar 141148 spirit of a person fromrepparttar 141149 presence of God. In as much as God is our Creator - both as a human race and as an individual - it is our desire for our spirit to return to God upon physical death to be able to live with Him for eternity. However, due to sin - or more specifically a life of sinfulness without remission of sin and salvation - one will experiencerepparttar 141150 "second death" which isrepparttar 141151 eternal separation ofrepparttar 141152 spirit with God.

If one is eternally separated from God, then where will his spirit be? "Butrepparttar 141153 cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part inrepparttar 141154 lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which isrepparttar 141155 second death." (Revelation 21:8) "And I sawrepparttar 141156 dead, small and great, standing before God, andrepparttar 141157 books were opened. And another book was opened, which isrepparttar 141158 Book of Life. Andrepparttar 141159 dead were judged according to their works, byrepparttar 141160 things which were written inrepparttar 141161 books. The sea gave uprepparttar 141162 dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered uprepparttar 141163 dead who were in them. And they were judged, each according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast intorepparttar 141164 lake of fire. This isrepparttar 141165 second death. And anyone not found written inrepparttar 141166 Book of Life was cast intorepparttar 141167 lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12-15) "In flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obeyrepparttar 141168 gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction fromrepparttar 141169 presence ofrepparttar 141170 Lord and fromrepparttar 141171 glory of His power." (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9)

These Scriptures paint a grim picture for those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and strive to live a life pleasing to Him. This picture is one of a spiritual separation from our Creator. It is also a picture of eternal suffering inrepparttar 141172 "lake of fire."

The Bible does not give us a great amount of detail as torepparttar 141173 place we call Hell. Perhaps it is to protect us fromrepparttar 141174 knowledge of that awful place. It is possible thatrepparttar 141175 very knowledge would destroy us. (No Scripture for this, just my opinion.) Butrepparttar 141176 Bible does give us a glimpse of what it will be like. Jesus tells us ofrepparttar 141177 rich man who went to hell in Luke 16:19-24. In this passage, verses 23 and 24 say, "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may diprepparttar 141178 tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." How severerepparttar 141179 torment must be if a single drop of water would be desired to bring whatever slight relief it could. There is no way on earth that we can even begin to imaginerepparttar 141180 torment that awaitsrepparttar 141181 unrepentant sinner.

The good news (no,repparttar 141182 great news) is that a sinner can be forgiven. "For God so lovedrepparttar 141183 world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son intorepparttar 141184 world to condemnrepparttar 141185 world, but thatrepparttar 141186 world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16,17) "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

Even thoughrepparttar 141187 wages of sin is death, God provided His Son to payrepparttar 141188 penalty for all who would accept Him as their Lord and Savior. It was throughrepparttar 141189 love that our Heavenly Father has for each one of us that He gave Jesus to bear our sins torepparttar 141190 cross and payrepparttar 141191 penalty that each of us, by rights, should be paying. You and I along with every other person living today or inrepparttar 141192 past arerepparttar 141193 guilty parties. We arerepparttar 141194 ones who have sinned againstrepparttar 141195 Father. In order for justice to be done, we should payrepparttar 141196 price of death for our sins.

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