Why does the Bible need 66 books? Part 2

As I think back to my initial understanding of the Christian faith, I see a few places where I did not grasp the magnificence of God’s plan completely: 

Salvation is not primarily about Jesus alone.  The following verse demonstrates that all three of the Triune God are involved in our salvation, 

‘How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God.’  Hebrews 9:14

It is pretty amazing to see the different functions of the Triune God on behalf of mankind, in one verse.  It shows there is order in the Godhead.  God the Father is, as I understand it, the CEO.  Jesus Himself said, 

‘…I have come to do your will, O God.’  Hebrews 10:7c

Wow, God had it all planned.  What was His main goal?  He gave the New Covenant through Jesus so that, 

‘I will be their God and they will be My people.’  Hebrews 8:10c

To accomplish it, Jesus obeyed God, 

‘In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the Author of their [our] salvation perfect through suffering.’  Hebrews 2:10

I learned that I and all God’s followers can say: 

  • We adore Jesus, who endured the Cross (for us). 
  • We adore the Father, who planned salvation (for us).
  • We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit, who teaches us about it all.  

So that we can be children of the Most High. 

Why a Triune God?

One of the ‘strange’ revelations of Scripture is the Triune God.  Critics say that the writers of the Bible were uneducated people.  So how did they come up with the idea of a Triune God.? (Psst, they were Holy Spirit inspired).   

What does ‘Triune God’ or ‘Triune Godhead’ mean?     

Basically it means they are one in essence and three in Person. 

  • They are of the same ‘substance,’ namely ‘God.’  Yet they are three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  
  • They have the same God character like ‘omniscience, omnipotence, holiness, et cetera.  Yet they are three different Persons with different functions.  

Where does this Godhead come from?  

Scripture only reveals that they are eternal.  So we know that, 

  • God is eternal,

‘Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called upon the Name of the Lord, the Eternal God.’  Genesis 21:33

  • Jesus is eternal,

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.’  Hebrews 13:8

  • The Holy Spirit is eternal, 

‘How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God….’ Hebrews 9:14

Eternally God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit were united in,

  • Peace 
  • Love 
  • Fellowship 
  • Harmony, et cetera.   

A single God cannot love, or understand fellowship, harmony and caring for others.  We can claim that a Triune God can do it all.  But, God is about reality.  How can a single person understand such things as a loving relationship?  That is why the Triune God makes sense.  Look at the fruit of the Spirit, 

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’  Galatians 5:22

We can imagine that is what the Triune God is like.  And what they want the Bride to be like.  

Summary

Scripture reveals a Triune God.  It makes perfect sense, especially in the light of the Kingdom of God.  To be continued.

Will the Holy Spirit be in heaven?

An interesting question is, where will the Holy Spirit be when God’s eternal, visible Kingdom is Holy Spirit foreverfinally established on earth? God’s headquarters will be the new Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven. We read,

  • ‘Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.’
  • ‘…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.’ 2

God will sit on His throne with Jesus at His right hand. We can assume that God will be visible, since we will see His face. Jesus will be in His resurrected, eternal body, and we will be like Him,

‘But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.’ 3  So we will have eternal, resurrected bodies like Jesus.

Yet there is no mention about the Holy Spirit. In the two chapters about the new heavens and earth, Revelation 21-22, all we read about the Holy Spirit is, “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” 4

In John 7:37-39 we read, “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in  a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ By this He meant the Holy Spirit, whom those who believed Him were later to receive….”

We, as believers, receive the Holy Spirit according to John 7. Look at the close analogy it has with Revelation 22:17 that we quoted above, “The [Holy] Spirit and the Bride [believers} say, ‘Come!’” We thus conclude that the Holy Spirit will still be in the Bride, the individual members of the body of Christ.  How can we be sure that this is a reasonable interpretation? Remember the three functions of the Trinity? God is the Father. The Son, Jesus, is the Bridegroom. The Holy Spirit rebirths the spirit of a believer and fills him with power so that he can obey the Bible (like a mother who births, feeds, cares, comforts and helps her child).

Conclusion

If our sins are forgiven so that we are holy in God’s sight, we can be filled with the Holy Spirit in the here and now, and that is very important: ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ 5 So if we have the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Holy Spirit there. That is another confirmation of the Concrete Principle. What we are here (the now), we will be there (the eternal). If we were cleansed from our sins and became holy here, we will be in the presence of the holy God there. If we were filled with the Holy Spirit here, we will have the Spirit there.

References

  1. Revelation 22:1-2
  2. Revelation 22:3-4
  3. 1 John 3:2
  4. Revelation 22:17
  5. Romans 8:9b
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