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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Triune God

HBS Genesis 1:1

Lesson 3

I know I’ve said this before; but I really do want to thank you for the gifts of your time and for making this Bible study a priority. Our lives today are filled with all manner of “things to do.” The world itself is constantly pulling at us and it seems to me that we have so little of this commodity (time) to spread around anymore. And I believe that is one of Satan’s schemes. He wants to keep us busy. Satan will use the things of this world to distract us to keep our minds and hearts far from those things which are Spiritual in nature.

The Bible does have something to say about this?

Turn to Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed (this means to fashion yourself or to make yourself like another) to this world, but be transformed (this means to change into another form. From the Greek word Metamorphoo, pronounced met-am-or-fo'-o, we get the English word Metamorphosis which means “a change in form, structure, or function as a result of development”) by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Satan is dead-set against anything that is of God, or is good, acceptable, or perfect.

I just think it is so important to fill our lives with those things which are of God and we certainly are doing that right now. When we choose to fellowship with Like-minded believers, spend time studying the Bible, spend time in prayer, and generally focus on those things of God we are “renewing” our mind.

We believers are not the defeated sinners we once were; working our way to an eternal death (The wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:23). Now as saved individuals we are called righteous, justified, co-heirs with the Lord Jesus Christ, and a child of God (who is our Heavenly Father). So again thank you all for taking the time to be here tonight. Let’s begin.

Genesis 1:1a "In the beginning God…" (This is where we left off two weeks ago). Genesis, again, means “beginnings or onset.” I know we have spent the last few weeks, stuck as it were, in Genesis 1:1. I make no apologies for it.

This is Bible study and we want to take our time to look at all there is to be found in this one verse.

The book of Genesis literally lays the foundation for all that is to come after it, so we want to have a firm grasp of this piece of Scripture, so when we get to the other parts of the book later on, we can better understand what we are reading.

So in the beginning, whenever that was, God started it all. Here we have the term of Deity spelled G-O-D in our English, but in the Hebrew it was Eloheim(pronounced el-o-heem'). And Eloheim in the Hebrew is a plural word.

And so it’s the Triune God in Genesis 1:1 the Bible is referring to. I am a firm believer in the Trinity and this is, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Now always remember that none of them supersede or are above one of the others. They are all co-equal. We see this teaching throughout all of Scripture. Now in the beginning the Triune God created…

The word in the Hebrew for “created” is "Barah" (pronounced baw–raw), which means "called out of nothing". I think this is so important. God didn’t start with something and then somehow rearrange it. He started with absolutely nothing but Himself. And out of that nothingness He called everything into being. The Hebrew word “Barah” also means “perfect creation” which means nothing more needed to be added. And so Gods’ creation was PERFECT!

Before long I will introduce you to that person of the Godhead who actually spoke the word and made creation happen.

Now I think it’s rather interesting that way back here in the very first verse of Genesis before the nation of Israel has even been hinted at, and before we have any idea of the call of this man Abraham, that God is already giving us a clue that throughout all of His dealings with you and I, as members of the human race, God is going to constantly divide things between heaven and earth.

As soon as Abraham is called out of Ur of the Chaldees, God separated him from that mainstream of humanity, and promises that out of that one man will come a distinctive race and nation of people – the nation of Israel. But here’s what makes them distinctive. From the very onset of the promise to Abraham, until the nation is finally dispersed, after they had rejected their king. Israel had it constantly drummed into their mindset that they were a special, called out, separated, covenant people of God, and all their promises are earthly. And so we refer to them as God’s earthly people. Of course we want to see what Scripture has to say about this.

Turn to Hosea 1:10a (ho-shay'-ah) – “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered.” (NAS). Now what do you associate the word sand with?
The earth!

Hosea 2:23a – “I (God) will sow her (Israel) for Myself in the land (the earth). I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion.” (NAS)

Now let’s turn back to the book of Genesis and pick up another Bible verse. Now Notice how God uses different language as He introduces both earthly and heavenly blessings in His promise to Abraham.
Genesis 22:17 – Indeed I (God) will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens (Gentiles) and as the sand (Jews) which is on the seashore… (NAS). Now I want to show this same concept, or idea, being carried forward into the New Testament writings of Paul. Turn to the book of Colossians.

Colossians 1:20 – And through Him (God) to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (NAS)

When the Jews experience their resurrection as believers, they will not be a heavenly people, they are going to be an earthly people, and we are speaking of that earthly 1,000 year kingdom that is still future.

And that’s why so many of them had such tremendous wealth. Abraham was a wealthy man. Isaac was wealthy for his time. Jacob was wealthy. David – oh the glory of his entire kingdom. You know of Solomon and my when the Queen of Sheba saw the wealth of his kingdom the first thing she said was "the half has not yet been told." You see, those Jewish people were enjoying those earthly promises from God.

Now when we get over into the epistles of Paul the Jewish Program is fading off the scene as God now calls to Himself, out of the mainstream of humanity, the Body of Christ, or the Church, which is now a mixture of predominately Gentiles, but also with a few Jewish exceptions. Turn to Romans 11:25 – For I (Paul) do not want you, brethren (Gentile believers), to be uninformed of this mystery – so that you will not be wise in our own estimation – that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (NAS).

The mystery Paul refers to in this Bible verse is the calling out of the mainstream of humanity that group of people known as the Gentiles or the non-Jew. At this point in time God declares that now there is no difference.
Romans 3:10 – There is NONE righteous, not even one (NAS).

For all (Jew and Gentile alike) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NAS)

All are declared guilty by God who is the Righteous Judge. All fall short of the glory of God both Jew and Gentile alike.

Now we have a group of people (Gentiles) to whom all God’s promises are not earthly, but what? Heavenly!! Let me show you what the Bible says about this. We are gathered here to see what does the Bible say not what Gary says.
Turn to Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Let’s look at one more Bible verse to demonstrate that as a member of the Body of Christ our Spiritual rewards are heavenly.

Turn to Phillipians 3:20 – Again, this is the Apostle Paul and who does he always write to? Believers! Paul never penned a letter to an unbeliever. But what happens? His letters find their way to unbelievers.

Phillipians 3:20 – For our (the Body of Christ) citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (NAS). There is no way you can misread this verse.

Because I was born in the USA I am a citizen of this great country. As a citizen, I am guaranteed certain rights and privileges. Now take this same concept into the Spiritual realm. Because we are “born again” through faith (plus nothing) in the gospel (REF 1 COR 15:1-4), we are now citizens of heaven with all the rights and privileges thereof.

Every thing that is promised to the Church is not of the earth, it’s heavenly. And our future is going to be to rule in the heavenlies. Well, this is immediately what I want people to recognize that as you study your Bible, you have to separate these two entities (Jew and Gentile) in God’s dealing.

When you separate completely the nation of Israel even in the New Testament from the Church, the Body of Christ, then all the so called Bible contradictions disappears. And the Bible then becomes so sensible.

So, in the beginning the Triune, the Almighty God, called out of nothing, everything including the heavens, the angelic hosts, and the earth.
Everything began with our Creator.

Now let’s take a look at how the New Testament treats this very same event, as we have here in Genesis. I’d like to have you turn now with me to John’s Gospel, chapter 1. All these writers are inspired of the Holy Spirit.

They are moved of God to write what they write. And so now naturally John, as he speaks of the beginning, is going to use the same language that Moses did. John 1:1 "In the beginning…" He doesn’t say twenty million years ago. He doesn’t say ten thousand years ago. All John says is "in the beginning" just as Genesis does. But in the beginning, according to John, was the Word…

Now I want to introduce you to that person of the Holy Trinity who spoke the word and created the heavens and the earth. You see, for the most part, the world doesn’t know who He is. Oh they have heard the name and have some vague recollection I am sure. But the truth is most people do not who the Lord Jesus Christ really is!
Jesus Christ is in fact the Creator who spoke creation into being.

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (NAS) Now the word “Word” here is capitalized so we know it means deity. So in the beginning was the Word, a person of that Triune Godhead, and this person, the Word, was with God, that is from eternity past, whenever that was, and the Word was God.

Now you know I’m a stickler for grammar because after all the whole idea of language is to communicate. And that is what the word "Word" implies. There had to be a person of the Godhead who would communicate with His creation. John 1:2 – He was in the beginning with God. (NKJV)
In other words, the Triune Godhead was complete and they were in absolute consensus with what they were going to do. And now verse 3.

John 1:3 "All things were made by Him;" (KJV) (By whom? The Word.)
Now if you doubt that this is speaking about God the Son come down to verse 14 and here is the clincher.

John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (Now you know God the Father or God the Spirit never became flesh so who is it? Well it’s God the Son – it’s Christ!) and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."(KJV)

Now let’s move on quickly to Colossians, which is well into Paul’s writings. Let’s go to chapter 1, and here we find a tremendous little portion of Scripture. Remember we’re fitting this all back with Genesis 1:1. Now let’s look what Paul says in Colossians chapter 1 and we almost have to come down to verse 15.

Colossians 1:15-16- He (meaning God the Son) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16. For by Him (meaning God the Son) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (NKJV)

Satan himself is a created being. He was created by God the Son. Not only did He create all things (but they) were created by him, and for him:"
Now here is something you may not have seen or read before.

Colossians 1:17 - And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And what does that word mean? The word consist means “held together.” Why doesn’t the universe just explode in nuclear fission? Why don’t the planets act like an atom and split one another into tremendous energy and explosion? Because God the Son controls every particle of it with the power of His Word and nothing is out of control in His universe. Not one single thing.

Let me show you what I mean. Turn to Matthew 10:29. Jesus is giving us an example of His knowledge and Control of all things. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of the Father.” (NAS)

Now let’s come back with me to the Book of Ephesians chapter 3, and look at what the apostle Paul said. Drop in at verse 9.

Ephesians 3:9 - "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, (Deuteronomy 29:29) which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, (the same God of Genesis 1:1) who created all things by Jesus Christ:" (KJV)
Now isn’t that something? I make a point of that for a reason.

Have you ever stopped to realize that the people who nailed Christ to that cross, and set Him up as a public spectacle, were the created being of the Creator that they were crucifying? Many people have never had that thought. But it’s true!
It was the created beings, crucifying their Creator!
I hope you never lose sight of that fact.

I know when I have to think of my own salvation, I just have to thank God, that here He is, the Sovereign, totally God of the universe, and yet it’s the same God that died the death that I should have died. It’s the same God that rose from the dead, and extended eternal life to all that would believe, and you can’t separate that from Him. He is the Creator!

Now let’s go to the Book of Hebrews chapter 1:

Hebrews 1:1-2a "God, (the Triune God of Genesis 1:1. The Trinity) who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers (that is the forefathers of Israel in the Old Testament) by the prophets, (But don’t stop there, because this same God) Has in these last days…" (KJV)

The last days of Scripture include everything from Christ’s advent on. A lot of people think that the last days are just like the Tribulation and the Second Coming. No that’s the latter days. The last days are that whole period of time from His first advent to the end of the Age of Grace. So in these last days, from the time of His first advent, this same God hath already:

Hebrews 1:2b "… spoken to us by his Son, whom he (God) has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds;" (NIV)

Now for just a little review of what we have learned today. Everything in God’s dealing with the human race you have to separate between Him dealing with the nation of Israel, His earthly people, and the Church to which is His heavenly people.

And as you study your Bible remember that God primarily deals with Israel, the Jew, with a few exceptions, from Abraham to the writings of the Apostle Paul. But when you come into the letters of Paul, he speaks primarily to the non-Jew, or Gentiles (with a few exceptions), and he addresses us today in the Church Age.

When you read Romans through Hebrews, you read that as if God has written it to you with your name and address on it. But when you read the Old Testament, don’t try to put that into your life today, because that was written to and given to the nation of Israel. We can use it for our learning, you can certainly make application from it, but it is not for our doctrine.

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