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John 17 – One in God!

Posted in church, relationships with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

In John 17:1-26 Jesus is praying the High Priestly Prayer and he is interceding for himself, his disciples and finally for believers who would be chosen by his sovereign grace 200 years later. Jesus’ farewell prayer at the close of the last supper gives an account of his ministry to the Father and there is so much theology packed into these 26 verses that it would take days and weeks to unpack it but let me give you 2 highlights:

  1. V10-12 Jesus’ prayer points to the perseverance of the saints and eternal security. Jesus prayer request was that we would be kept and keep in mind, the Son of God always gets his prayers answered by the Father. As a believer in Jesus, you can have assurance that your faith has a future because the Father would not give to his Son a gift (believers) that would not last.
  2. V20-26 Jesus calls upon the Father to make his church one even as Christ and the Father are one. V13-19 gives us the qualities that are a result of being united with the Father – Joy, Sanctification, Witness and God’s glory.

John 17 points us to the Trinitarian nature of God. Even though the Old Testament introduces us to the Trinitarian nature of God (Gen 1:26-27), the Jews of Jesus’ day were raised in strict monotheism = God was singular (Deut 6:4). Suddenly Jesus Christ arrives on the scene and at his baptism (Matt 3), the Father declares Jesus as his beloved Son and then the Holy Spirit dropped in on the party and remained upon Jesus. It took another 400 years of theological debate before the church formed an official doctrinal position on the trinitarian nature of God. Due to the theological debate and discussions of the Council of Nicaea (325AD) and the Council of Constantinople (381AD) the Nicene Creed was formed and is absolutely essential in helping us understand what the bible teaches about the trinity. A short summary of it in my own words is provided:

“The Christian doctrine of the Trinity affirms the revelation of the eternal Godhead, who has revealed himself as one God, existing in 3 persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit who dwell in eternal community of interdependent and reciprocal love; distinguishable but inseparable in essence; co-eternal, co-existent and co-equal in nature, attributes, power and glory.”

Why is the Trinity relevant to being ONE in our relationships? What unites the Godhead is perfect intimacy. God experiences divine community within himself and the church is supposed to reflect that oneness in the way we relate to each other and represent God to the world.

Jesus, in perfect intimacy with the Father prays, “I ask for those who will believe in my name, that they may all be one, just as you Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn 17:20-21).

When we are ONE, we point the world to the sent ONE of God = Jesus Christ!

Just as God raised up Israel to be a witness of his glory to the nations, so too has God raised the Church up to be a witness and representation of him throughout the earth. Being unified and authentic in our relationships isn’t about warm fuzzies and being nice to people alone but our unity is a chief sign that God is among us.

Tomorrow we will look at what being authentically ONE looks like practically.

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Living a Trinitarian Life – The SHACK!

Posted in apologetics, Bible Study, Creation, Theology with tags , , on June 20, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Your doctrine (theology or teaching) informs the quality of your life. One of the areas that we need to grow in is a Trinitarian life. The whole of the Christian Faith is built on the foundation of what God has revealed about himself in His Word. There is no more important question to answer than, “Who is my God?”¬†

The bible says (Gen 1:1; Deut 4:35; Gen 1:26; Eph 1:3-14; 1 Peter 1:2) that God is one who eternally exists as three distinct persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who are each fully and properly God.

Books like the SHACK (which I’ve read) have apparently brought new light to the trinitarian nature of God but it has also distorted a lot about the trinitarian nature of God as well. We must remember it’s a fictional story about Mac hanging with God at the Shack… Why it distorts our understanding of the Godhead is because Father God (Papa) is portrayed as a woman and the Holy Spirit (named Serayu…I think) is portrayed as an Asian Woman. The book actually makes a graven image of God and starts to impose a worldview of Father God as a Goddess. Secondly, if God is a mother then we have real problems on our hands… It also describes God as and I quote: “I am truly human in Jesus.” That’s modalism where everything is represented by one person in the Godhead and not three. Thirdly, the idea of the trinity being without hierarchy and chain of command, as the book states is unbiblical. Jesus was in full submission to the Father and only ever did that which the Father showed him to do. The Holy Spirit is the executive agent in the Godhead executing the will of the Father as directed. Don’t react, just process it biblically! Other than that, it’s a good fictional read.

A Trinitarian life is:

  • Loving: God is completely love in all aspects of his nature.
  • Communal: God is in community. We were not meant to live in isolation.
  • Transparent: There are no secrets in the Godhead. We should be honest and transparent as well.
  • Humble: There is no jealousy in Godhead. Humility is the nature of God.
  • Submissive: There’s no rebellion in the Godhead. If you are wilfilly defiant, you are satanic.
  • Happy: There’s no conflict but pure joy and happiness.

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There are not many pathways to God!

Posted in apologetics, Pop Culture, Sexuality, Spirituality with tags , , , on March 25, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet
Jesus is the only WAY!

Jesus is the only WAY!

We are living in a world where people think that there are many pathways to God or Heaven. This is unbiblical and not true. By the way, there is such a thing as absolute truth, regardless of what post-modernists say. Everything is not relative to the inidividual. Absolute truth is summed up in the person of Jesus Christ. He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me.”

I read the book of 1st Corinthians this morning and the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 says, “As to the eating of fooed offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth – as indeed there are many gods and many lords – yet for us there is one God, the Father from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”

We have one God made up of 3 persons in the Godhead – Father, Son & Holy Spirit. In the same way that a married couple becomes one flesh when they sleep together, so too the three persons in the Godhead are one because of the divine community they share with each other. Marital sex is a limited picture of the oneness of God, not the act but the concept.

The next time you hear someone sprouting off multiple pathways to heaven, peace or God, remind yourself of these scriptural truths and stay steadfast in your belief in the oneness of God and in Christ as being the only way to the Father.

For further reading on the subject, other than the bible pick up a copy of “Jesus among other gods” by Ravi Zacharias.

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