Last week, an introduction was made into the concept of the Trinity. This week, we shall go even further to talk about how we can understand The Trinity from scriptures. Firstly, I will start by saying that, a device will never be heard of if no manufacturing took place, and a maker will be totally out of the picture since there was no manufacturing. That sounds obvious, I know, that is how obvious it sounds when someone says the earth came out of nothing. We live in a world where nothing is manufactured without a maker, even if the manufacturing was a mistake, the person who made the mistake becomes the manufacturer and puts his or her name on it.
We see the awesome works of God, how then can we say that these things came out of nothing? In other words had no manufacturer. When we see something that is awesome it is because we have sat down to awe about it, in other words, you have sat down to imagine and wonder about that certain thing. If you never heard of a product, there will be no need to ask for the manufacturer, that is not weird, but how come we see the awesomeness of the world and don’t ask for who the manufacturer is, what is wrong? The answer is we are not in awe, we do not wonder, we are too busy, we do not sit down to think about the marvellous creations of the creator so we never get “awed”. I find it hard to believe that there could be any surgeon or doctor who does not believe in God, you have the chance to see an open belly and see all that awesomeness, the organisation of all the organs and yet still doubt, I ask again what is wrong? What I speak about is not abstract, we all know Steve Jobs and Bill Gates not because of their names, but because of what they made. We are seeking for the creator of the world because we can behold his creation. The problem arises when you are part of the creation. How then can you understand your creator? The answer is really a two sided coin, the creator reveals himself to you through His creations and then the creation must then seek to find his/her creator through the revelations of the creator through His creation. Christianity is therefore not man seeking God, but man seeking understanding of God’s revelation through His creation.
Romans 1:20 says,
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-His eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (emphasis added).
This is an awesome, scripture, there is no idea of man that comes from outside the circle of universe, all ideas we have ever had and we ever have are within the framework of what we sense; either by seeing, feeling, smelling and so on. The reason man even explored going to space is because he saw the moon or one of the heavenly bodies. From the opening scripture in Romans 1:20, emphasis have been put on divine nature, clearly seen and being understood from what has been made. I like how the message translation puts the divine nature it says the mystery of His divine being, The King James narrows it down to the Godhead. Now you can see where the title of this teaching is gotten from. If you go back to Part 1 of this teaching, it was said that Trinity is defined in it’s simplest form as; the three person’s of the Godhead; God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.That means we can therefore see God’s nature, which involves the Trinity in the way He has revealed Himself through His creations. To understand the Trinity therefore, we have to know what creations reveals the concept of the Trinity. We all have seen the product of the hands of God, but the problem is people do not ask who the manufacturer is. Maybe it is because we cannot hold Him in our hands like our phones or laptops, maybe it is because we wake up everyday, knowing that morning is going to be there at the right time or that winter will be there next year. The fact is that the creator wants you to know Him for and in what He has created (Psalm 19:1-6).
THE CREATIONS THAT SPEAK OF THE GODHEAD.
In understanding, this one must first go back to Genesis 1 to see the creations that were made. I looked at all the creations and I found out that every single creation, except man who was a direct product of God came forth from either water or light.
Figure 1 The role of water in creation
Water played a role in both the creation of vegetation and animals. On land animals and vegetation were made as a result of the parting away of water to form the dry land in which animals and plants were called forth from (Genesis 1:12, 24). The animals and vegetation from both the fresh and salty water were called forth from water (Genesis 1:21). The animals that fly also came from water (Genesis 1:20).
God created light in Genesis 1:3, which was the first thing He made. Afterwards, in Genesis 1:14, day and night to mark seasons, days and years was also created as a result of light. There is something very interesting with light as with water, and that is, light created to separate day and night was done twice, one in Genesis 1:5 and in Genesis 1:14.
From the above process depiction and brief explanation of the creation of seasons, years, days and night it can be seen from scriptures that everything that was ever created, except man were made out or came as a result of these two creations. I will say they were the ultimate creations aside from man and are so essential to the life of man. In fact, man will not be able to survive on earth without light and water, and these were the first two creations.
How God revealed Himself in the Bible.
God reveals Himself to man in different ways, through dreams, visions and so on and He still does them today. However, this time, I am talking about physical revelations, remember, from the opening scripture, it says “see”, therefore, the question now is what ways have we seen God reveal Himself to us in His creation? The following verses talks about God revealing His glory to man;
The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy.
As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.
His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.
Now when Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the house. The priests could not enter into the house of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’S house. All the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to the LORD, saying, “Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Reading these scriptures and some more in the further reading section, it can be seen that throughout the bible the glory of God (manifestation of God’s presence) was shown in the clouds and through fire which is also light and water. Hebrews 12:29 says that God is a consuming fire and in John 8:12, Jesus says He is the light of the world. In the new testament, God revealed himself to man through another of His creation (humanity), in the life of Jesus the (son of man) who carried God’s glory (Son of God). The same is seen in all these revelations of God in the old testaments and even in the new testaments, God’s glory was hidden in fire and in the clouds, but was seen in the clouds and in fire. Even in the transfiguration in Luke 9 and in verse 34, the appearance of the cloud came into play. There is something very interesting and common with all the three creations that God has used in manifesting His presence to us. It gives us a clue into the Godhead and His divine nature and that is; they all have three parts or rather they can be broken down into three components.
God’s Glory and Conclusion
As already ascertained, God’s Glory is the manifestation of the presence of God. There is a story that really amazes me and it is found in Exodus 34, to summarise it, Moses went up to mount Sinai to collect the table of the Testimony, in verse 4 God descended like in a cloud and if we read further we see in verse 29 his face shone and sent forth beams by reason of speaking with the Lord, this made the people scared of talking with him, so anytime he went up to talk to God he always covered his face with a veil. This speaks of how the moon has no light of it’s own but only reflects the light of the sun, it has to be at a perfect angle and at the right position. This reminds me of prayer, prayer is positioning yourself at the right angle to reflect God’s glory. You can only arise and shine when the glory of the Lord has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1). Don’t Let nobody deceive you henceforth, telling or asking you how God can be man, for if He can reveal his presence through the clouds and through fire, He can reveal Himself in any way He chooses including as a man. Anything, that carries God’s presence is never stagnant and it always shines. The clouds are always on the move, the waters and oceans are always on the move and even solid ice floats in water. The bible calls us light, how can you hide light, Matthew 5:14-16. You cannot stop light and water from moving so also we cannot be stopped why? Because we are the temple of God, we carry His presence (1 Corinthians 6:19). I will like us to think again about what I had earlier stated; all of the creations that God’s glory was revealed through all had three parts or can be divided into three components, is this a coincidence? Next week I will talk about the Trinity illustrated which will be the concluding part of this series. Shalom!
- God revealing his glory through the cloud and through fire, bible verse, http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/God,-Glory-Of
- I urge us all to please study these verses mentioned here in depth to have a better understanding of this topic, and I pray that this message stays deep in our heart, far away from the reach of satan forever. Amen!