Welcome, I am glad you are here to join us today! Today we continue a series that we started last week. Today’s sermon is going to focus on the concept of the Triune God. Meaning three in one.
In last week’s message, we covered God’s law and grace and how they are not contradicting and rather are complementary to each other. I also introduced two parts of the total concept of what God is. I introduced God, the Father and God, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the one part of God I did not hit on was God, the Spirit. Today, I want to talk to you about this God the Holy Triune concept. That God is three figures in one. Not to confuse you and say that there are 3 gods, but rather God acts in three different forms to accomplish different tasks as He sees fit. All three parts are equally the same God, just like a fraction. They are all the same God just three different ways God unveils Himself.
However, before I go too deep on the three in one metaphor, I want to explain each part individually in their own sermon and then at the end explain thoroughly how all of them interact and are one. Today’s sermon will be focusing on God, the Father, who He is and what He does in the Bible.
In the most basic sense, God, the Father is seen as the Creator of everything. The origin or epicenter of all that is. Starting in the very beginning of time, God created everything, now the exact and precise way that looks to us is a little hard to describe, but Genesis 1 gives us a picture of God, the Father’s capabilities:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5, New King James Version)
Here we see God literally create matter, time, and space. As I once heard it put, a trinity of trinities. God, the Triune Himself, creates 3 things that are comprised of three other things. Matter is made up of solid, liquids, and gasses, Time is made of past, present, and future, and then space, is made up of length, width (or depth), and height. And this creates the world and the universe that we live in! God comes from before time itself, has the power and domain above all things as He created it. Even over man, does God have dominion, for He created us out of the dust of the earth, from the most meaningless creation came God’s most important creation: us. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being,” (Genesis 2:7, NKJV). God demonstrates His power of creation in 2 ways here, creation from nothing, as in from nothing can come anything, and then the ability to make something new out of what He already has made. This shows us that God, the Father is beyond our laws of physics and understanding of sciences. If He can create everything from nothing, that completely ruins our concept of the law of conservation of mass, or energy. Both of these states there must be equal amounts of mass or energy before and after a reaction, and then with God’s creation of everything, there is no balanced equation which is why science as we know it today cannot explain the powers and possibilities of God.
Primarily, we see God, the Father as the acting proponent in the Old Testament, not to say He is not active in the New Testament and beyond. Rather, God acts in the form of the Father more in the Old Testament to be more steadily recognized throughout early history when man was not capable of written verse recording until the time of Moses. Then Moses is the first recorded author of the Bible having written the first 5 books of the Old Testament, known to the Jews as the Torah. God, the Father can be seen more as the one who sets the rules and terms, the one who makes the plans for eternity, and the sustainer of His people.
Last week, I went and discussed the Salvation plan, and how God, the Father, had a plan for our salvation from the beginning of our sin. Just along the way to our salvation, we had lessons we had to learn. Such as the way to live, how to treat others, and what our position is in the grand scheme of the everything. Most of this done through God’s guiding in the Old Testament, through prophets, and agents of His will. Some men such as Malachi, or Jeremiah receive direct messages for the people of God and how to guide them back into God’s graces, while others are sent to rule His people, such as Solomon, and David, even still God uses other agents that we call judges, people who saw over the Jewish people and kept order, like Gideon.
Additionally, another way to think about God, the Father is that He is the promise maker. He creates a plan and makes a promise to His people as with Abram (Abraham), Moses, or David, and then He keeps it and sustains His people through various ways. Let us look to the story of Moses. Let us start in Exodus chapter 2, in the 23rd verse.
Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them. (Exodus 2:23-25, New King James Version)
So, God made a promise to deliver His people to a Promised Land with Abraham and his sons. He had promised to make Abraham a father of a nation and God intended to keep His promise so long as people were faithful. Now, let us look at how God reveals Himself to Moses in chapter 3.
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.” So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (Exodus 3:3-6, NKJV)
Here God reveals Himself indirectly, using an angel to draw the attention of Moses and then He speaks to Moses directly. Identifying Himself as the God of the fathers of the Israelites, He shows His everlasting nature to have lived beyond the generations of Israelites. God tells Moses that He has heard the cries of His people and that He wanted to use Moses to be His agent in their release. Moses is understandably hesitant, but God gives him ways to show God’s might and power in the staff and lets Moses take his brother as a speaker for him. Eventually, Pharaoh lets the people of God go after enduring 10 plaques that wreaked havoc on the nation of Egypt. I am going to fast forward a bit in the narrative to show another example of God, the Father being the source of life. Let us go to Exodus chapter 13.
So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people. (Exodus 13:20-22, NKJV)
Here God literally acts as a guide for His people, showing them the way to the Promised Land. Showing them the way lest they get lost in the wilderness. Additionally, when the army of Egypt came to seek them, God shielded them.
And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. (Exodus 14:19-20, NKJV)
We see here yet more ways that God seeks to preserve the lives of those He made a promise to. And one more point to make about God being the provider of life. In Exodus 16, the Israelites are hungry and starved from their travels to the Promised Land and so they complain and gripe at Moses. In which Moses tells them that their complaints are not against him, but God. And God unveils himself once again unto His people.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’ ” So it was that quail came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp. And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground. So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’ ” (Exodus 16:11-16, NKJV)
Here God literally creates sustenance for thousands, upon thousands of people. He just makes food from the dew of the morning and makes it sustain His people. This is commonly referred to as the manna of God.
Over time God delivers His people from the wilderness and to the Promised Land and He establishes His law and shows His people what He expects from them. Then thousands of years pass and Jesus comes as the Son of God to free us. I want to draw a parallel. From the time of the manna feeding to another situation in which thousands are suddenly fed. In John 6, we see Jesus do the same thing, well in a similar manner.
Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. (John 6:2-13, New King James Version)
Jesus turns to God and gives thanks for what God is going to do to feed and sustain His people. In Mark 6:41 we get another view of this: “And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all,” (NKJV). Christ acknowledges the Father as the provider of life and the sustainer of it.
In the New Testament, we see further acknowledgement by the Apostles that God, the Father is the provider of Christ and that it was His, the Father’s will to bring salvation to man. Let us look at 1 Peter 1:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5, New King James Version)
Saying that God’s acceptance of us because of His Son is our way to heaven, should we keep true faith. God, the Father is the architect to salvation, His Son Jesus even shows us this when we look at the prayers He utters before His betrayal by Judas.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. (Matthew 26:36-44, NKJV)
Jesus asks for strength to take up the will of His Father. This shows how these two parts of God interacted. With God, the Father, being the sustainer of life and the things eternal, Christ turns to His Father when He needs strength for His human body to fulfill the will of His Father.
In closing, God, the Father, is the Creator, Provider, and Sustainer of Life. He planned a way to redeem us and gave us His Son as the means of salvation. He is the promise maker and keeper, the deliverer and the one in control of it all. Next week, I will discuss God, the Son specifically, then the following week will be on the Spirit of God. And the last part of this subsection will tie the three together. Thank you for joining me, I hope you have a blessed day.