We have tried to decipher the Trinity from what the Bible says about God. In one place it says He is One God. In another Jesus says He is God and in another the Holy Spirit is God and in another we have God the Father and in Genesis He uses the plural when referring to Himself.
We have been through several ways to explain the One and the Three, but I’ve not seen any effort to describe the revelation of God from God’s point of view.
Consider this: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit exist in Eternity. Their cooperation in the Creation is absolute. There is not one particle of difference in the Plan of God between them. The only difference is the role and purpose each assumes in fulfilling the plan. Every detail from one subatomic particle to the absolute ends of the universe is agreed upon. Every being, rock and tree, is here for a purpose in that plan. In the outworking of that purpose and in the unity of that purpose They are ONE! In their moral code and perfection of coordination of their revealed individual persons They are AS One. As Jesus said you have seen Me, you have seen My Father also.
The revelation of God to us in terms of absolute unity of final purpose for Creation teaches He is One. In terms of accomplishing those individual goals as revealed of His plan in time the Three Persons each have individual actions and activities.
We have ruled out modalism but cannot seem to wrap our heads around how three persons can be One God. If we conceive of God’s unity of purpose as binding the three persons together so perfectly that from our point of view He IS One in Three, what have we lost? What violence have we done to our understanding of the Trinity as three persons, One God? Need there be factionalism and discord over accepting such a simple understanding? After all, aren’t we dealing with a God who is capable of such perfect alignment of purpose between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit that they are One?
Arminianism vs Calvinism…
Cut to the chase!
Calvinists say Its God’s choice and I can live with it.
Arminians say Its my choice and I can’t live without it.
Either God IS all-Powerful or He is not. If my choice over-rules His it is obvious He is not!
Where does Scripture say we have free will? Indeed it says we are captives to sin until the Lord sets us free and those whom He sets free are free indeed!
There is a premise that I took up fairly early on. It is that Holy Scripture is God’s revelation to His people. Jesus taught in parables so that seeing they would not perceive and hearing they would not understand. Who is ‘they’? I believe that ‘they’ includes everyone who is either chosen but too lazy to really work to understand what He is telling us, or not chosen and thus completely blind to Him. Harsh maybe, but to me that is what reason dictates.
I abhor mystery in what is supposed to be a revelation! If God reveals all we can know about Jesus Christ, which I believe he does, then His nature as our Redeemer must be understandable to those willing to accept what is revealed about it. Is the nature of Jesus Christ any more of a mystery than the nature of any other man, really? Or do we make it that way in some effort at artificial humility?
In the sin of Adam all are fallen. Therefore in God’s economy, the moral ability and holiness of the child is inherited of the father.
The Father of Jesus Christ is God. His moral ability and holiness is inherited of the Father.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and [a]dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of [b]the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Is it necessary to shoehorn two distinct natures in the same person to explain Him? I grant that those who came before us and passed on their best understanding to us should be respected but not blindly followed to the end of their journey and no farther! The KISS principle applies.
God created Adam, but the only Begotten of the Father IS the Son, Jesus Christ!
So do we really need the mystery of the hyostatic union when a simpler and far easier to understand (to me) explanation is at hand? Or am I a heretic for having the temerity to even think about such a deep and holy topic?
What if your understanding of Christianity was somewhat in error? Would you do anything at all to correct it? Or would you hide behind the dogmatism of the establishment instead of creating your own very personal relationship with the Lord? Of course, that is what we are told must be done if we are to be or become a child of God, isn’t it?
What if Adam was pronounced ‘good’ because he was created to fulfil a specific purpose; a purpose The Creator ordained would come to pass in the fullness of time?
The question we are faced with is was Adam pronounced ‘good’ because of his moral purity, innocence, and personal relationship with God, or was he pronounced ‘good’ because he would accomplish the ultimate purpose of God in creating him? Can it be both? I think not! And here’s why:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
In unpacking this primary statement of creation, there are several things to consider.
First, God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. So how is it possible that darkness is upon the face of the deep in the newly minted creation? The definition of holy is ‘separate’. God created heaven and earth to be apart from Him. His light is not an integral part of it. Why would God create something He wanted to be separate from? He did so to fulfil His ultimate purpose for it.
One of the primary directives Holy Scripture gives us is to “be ye holy as I am holy”. God sees the end from the beginning, not through clairvoyance, but through planning. His plan is detailed to the subatomic level. For the children of God to ultimately join Him in eternity, we must be holy as He is holy.
He does not have to be the author of sin for His plan to be detailed. He created us with a carnal nature. Scripture says that the carnal mind is not subject to the law of God, indeed it cannot be!
Okay, is it jumping to a conclusion that we (in Adam) were created with a carnal nature? Oh, but this is getting ahead of the story!
Returning to holiness, we have to go back to creation before the beginning. God is eternally holy. God is light and life. So what is He eternally separate from? All that is antithetical to life and light! That is what He wants His children to be. Now we have to ask ourselves, is this the best of all possible worlds for God to accomplish His ultimate goal; if indeed that goal is to bring the fruit of His creation (mankind) into eternity with Him; giving us eternal life with Christ as co-heirs. We, of course do not know what we will be in eternity, but we know that we will be like Him!
Do God’s ends Justify God’s Means?