October 25 I Friday
1 Timothy 5
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” —John 1:1
In the New Testament, we see the appearance of the Trinity coming together in one single act at Jesus’s baptism. The Son was in the water, as the Holy Spirit descended on Him in the form of a dove; while at the same time, the voice of the Father spoke from heaven, “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11). We see the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in three different roles appearing altogether at the baptism of Jesus. Even though occasions like this are not common, we gather from Jesus’s teachings that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are together and distinct. For example, when Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission, He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
(Matthew 28:19). Notice that Jesus did not say, “baptise them in the names of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” but “in the name”––singular––of the Trinity.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he says “…be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19), “…attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13) and “…be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Is Paul talking about one fullness or many? One, because our God is one and to be filled with the Holy Spirit is the same as being filled with Christ and to be filled with Christ is to be filled with God, etc. These terms are interchangeable, though they do have particular emphasis when it speaks of one over the other, but it is of one fullness.
Although the Trinity is essentially a New Testament revelation, the Old Testament foreshadows about the Trinity. We find it in the first chapter of Genesis when God created human beings. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make mankind in Our image, in Our likeness…’” (Genesis 1:26). The word “God” in that verse is a plural noun, Elohim, meaning “Gods.” The pronoun used in God’s speech is also in the plural. Similarly, when Isaiah received a vision of God in the temple, he heard God ask, “…And who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Again, God used a plural pronoun in that question. This is not like the royal “we” commonly used by the British monarch. The Hebrew kings in Scripture did not speak in this manner; hence, when God speaks in the plural, it is a reflection of the Trinitarian nature. May we recognize the oneness of the Trinity as we worship the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Elohim, fill me with Your fullness that I may worship You in Spirit and Truth. Thank You, Lord.