Chapter 3: “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.

Chapter 3:  “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.

Do you realize that these three names of the One God the Father, and of the One Lord Jesus Christ, and the One God the Holy Spirit are 3 out of 7 of the 7 essentials of Christian Doctrine?  If we get the Bible on these three rights, we have 43% of the Christian doctrine of the Bible correct and considering that by and large the Bible is the one faith once delivered to the saints, we have jumped to 57%.  Of course, the One faith has two aspects in the Bible, first it is the matter and process of believing and second it is the body of Christian faith or doctrine that was delivered to the saints in the first century.  Not bad for only 3 chapters on Christian doctrine; however, we must complete it first strictly according to a basis on the Bible, considered that some calling themselves Christians today strive hard to base Christian doctrine on other than the Bible, defining for themselves that they are the Church on earth and have that authority. 

They have wandered from the Bible on the Church as “the church of the firstborn written in heaven”, also they have lost continuing with Christ as of their great apostasy about 1000 A.D. in forbidding priests to marry.  Of course, they ignore the priesthood of the believers in the Bible, thinking they as Pope and Council have authority over the Bible to determine Christian Doctrine.  In the next chapter we must cover The Bible as the One Faith Once Delivered, since it is obvious that one Bible is not on the essential 7 of Christian doctrine; in spite of the fact that we know the Bible is the Word of God, divine in origin, absolute in authority, and sufficient in Its message.        (We will have much more to say about that in the fourth chapter.  Many more organizations other than the Roman Vatican, like the Mormons seek to take that authority for themselves.)

3-1:  This Great Commission to the disciples is based on the authority of Jesus which God the Father has given Him until He delivers the kingdom to the Father.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

1.  The Council of the Godhead in heaven gave the first commission to man to have dominion over the earth, now this commission to Go, make disciples, baptize, and observe all the teachings Jesus commanded is so much broader and compelling than what is normally thought.

      a.  The Magnitude of the first commission to man.

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’  So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  (Genesis 1:26,27)

     (1).  Man, generic man of male and female is made in the image of God, and as covered in chapter 2 when men, generic men, refuse to think about God or retain God in their thinking, they start that downward spiral of darkness and evil that starts to flicker in them that image of God and final near the end of Romans 1 comes the grand finally of booze and homosexuality.

   (2) The feminist in the church could save themselves a lot of trouble if they could see man in the Bible as male and female; and by the way could also save themselves a lot of money on female Bibles.

   (3).  Generic man is commission by the US God to have dominion over all the earth.  The US of course refers to the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and if objections are lodged about the word Trinity is not in the Bible, a legitimate point, then we can call them the THREE just as long as we understand it is the 3 ones of Ephesians and the great commission of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    b.  The magnitude of the Great Commission given by the same THREE, however Jesus got His instructions in heaven before departure, no doubt about the same time God the Father gave Him all authority in heaven and in earth.  This great commission in the plan of God and heaven and under the authority of Jesus is the means by which the new revelation of the One body, the church, grows.

2.  The Teachings of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels have the Jesus authority of commands, take for example the Sermon on the Mount of Matthew 5-7, and both the local church body as part of the one body of the total Church are subject to that authority and as is the One Body.  We might want to labor the fact that the teachings of Jesus are sound doctrine, and you can see in the second half of Ephesians Paul seeks Himself to be faithful to those teachings of Jesus in attitudes, behavior, thinking and doing.

3-2:  The Authority of the Great Commission by Jesus is to OBSERVE all things that He taught, the same doctrine He said was not His but that the Father gave Him.  (A short summary of the Sermon of the Mount is given below.)

1.  Christian Doctrine from the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus, the author of sound Christian Doctrine starts getting a newer, broader perspective of Christian Doctrine, generally not exactly as in Preachers Sermons, books of Christian Doctrine, and certainly not in those of Theology.  Generally, of the more dominate northern theology of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton there is hardly any respect for Jesus and God or the Word of God, much less for adoration of the teachings and preaching’s of Jesus.  Below are 22 doctrines from the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, while not generally considered major doctrines, they are certainly 22 more doctrines for the living of the Christian life.  They would naturally fall in comparison with the second half of Ephesians called God’s Psychology for living the Christian Calling.  Suggesting we start a new way of Preaching Christian Doctrine, not so borrowing, and more like what Jesus taught and the Bible, certainly one not guided by theology and Princeton.

I.  The Beatitudes with the characteristics of the members of the kingdom of God and heaven.

II.  Believers Are Salt and Light.

III.  Christ Fulfills the Law.

IV.  Murder Begins in the Heart.

V.  Adultery in the Heart.

VI.  Marriage Is Sacred and Binding.

VII.  Jesus Forbids Swearing.

VIII.  Go the Second Mile.

IX.  Love Your Enemies.

X.  Do Good to Please God.

XI.  Pray your Prayers after the manner of the Model Prayer of the Lord’s Prayer.

XII.  Fasting to Be Seen Only by God.

XIII.  Lay Up Treasures in Heaven.

XIV.  The Lamp of the Body.

XV.  You Cannot Serve God and Mammon.

XVI.  Do Not Worry.

XVII.  Judge Righteous Judgment.

XVIII.  Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking.

XIX.  The Narrow Way.

XX.  You Will Know Them by Their Fruits.

XXI.  Not everyone that calls Jesus Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven.

XXII.  Build on the Rock of Jesus by doing as well as hearing the Teachings of Jesus.

2.  Matthew 7:28 on the teaching and preaching authority of Jesus.

“And so, it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.”

3-3:  Having considered in this chapter, and of the Trinity or THREE persons in one, the Lord Jesus Christ, the One Lord of Ephesians 4:6, we should complete about the Trinity from Chapter 2.

1.  First a short review of the previous on the Trinity.

Paul in Romans mentions more about the One God and Father of all, other than of His Eternal Power, it is “His Godhead” as head God over the Lord Jesus Christ and over God the Holy Spirit, Paul is assuming the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.  One good description of the Trinity from Christian Doctrine books of the past.

“God the Father is the originating Cause, God the Son is the mediating Cause, and God the Holy Spirit is the effecting Cause.”

     (1) In Bible:  You see the validity of this in Bible facts of Creation in Genesis.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…” is the originating Cause of God the Father, “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”  (Ephesians 4:6)

      a.  Our God the Heavenly Father is the Father of all.  Anything you can see, or name God is the Father of it as the Father of Creation.  God created in the beginning something out of almost nothing, actually the Genesis story tells of how God took some kind of formless mass in the vast ocean of where the world into being and made of it solid elements of the Periodic Table.  Yet more than this in Ephesians 4:6, as God of all He is the God of all Christian doctrine that is mentioned in the 6 chapters of Ephesians; yea the God over all doctrine in the whole faith once for all delivered to the saints and of the whole Bible of 66 books.  Recall that Ephesians is a summary of the first 10 books for the Apostle Paul, and in a very real season a summary of the whole Bible and the Purpose of God for the Universe.

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”  (Ephesians 1:9-12)

      b.  God the Father is above all.  It is so simple in Scripture if the Scofield mites and others would admit to this Christian doctrine of God the Father over all as for example recorded in the all settling of I Corinthians 15:24-28.

“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”  (I Corinthians 15:24-28)

     (2).  In salvation you see that definition of the THREE (trinity) at work as God the Father originated in His wisdom—mind and heart—the plan of salvation; Jesus bought it, the mediating cause on the Cross, and God the Holy Spirit effected it in the new birth among other things.

     (3).  In prayer we see the opposite at work as it is God the Holy Spirit that prompts us to prayer as we ought, God the Son that is mediating our prayers as He is at the right hand of God now, making intercessions for our sins; and of course as Jesus taught in the model prayer all prayer is to be to God the Father, “Our Father which art in heaven…”

2.  From our previous study in Ephesians of One Commentary on Ephesians, this is a reminder that the THREE of God the Trinity is in Ephesians 2:13-18 as one example. This of course is a more detailed description of the salvation process and the work of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”
Even as scoffers have no answer for the historical Jesus that lived a perfect life, that performed many miracles to testify to Himself and the Father, that died on the cross for their sins, they have no real answer for the historical events of the cross and resurrection.

3-4:  Trinity and Muslims.

Trinity is not a Bible word, and perhaps that is a reason that youthful Muslim apologists like to make an attack on the word and concept.  Of course, one of their major doctrines is “Allah is the One Almighty God.”  By the way neither does the Bible mention Allah, having a preference for LORD God, Jehovah God, nor the Bible mention  prophet Mohammed; however their apologists like to claim that  Moses wrote of him in the Deuteronomy passage of 18:18, and the Apostle Peter explained in Acts 3:17-26 that Prophet Messiah was Jesus of Nazareth whom they had killed and Who arose on the “third day”.  (Third days is found often in the OT and especially in the NT, Jesus mentioning it frequently to prepare His disciples, but also mentioned His resurrection for assurance.)

God first named Himself to humanity with a voice out of a burning bush to Moses, saying “I am that I am.” And similarly, the Trinity is not so much a doctrine as it just IS.  Jesus nor the Apostles never taught it directly, they just mentioned “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit so often, like in the great commission as a rational postulate consistent with total reality and total New Testament.

1.  What the Muslim apologists say about the Trinity.

{Credit is given to an energetic and youthful northern Pakistan apologist student named Aisha Khan.  You can see her Profile in  Google+.  Please don’t forget that Satan, who is a liar and the father of the lie is speaking through them as Jesus told Peter “Satan, get thee behind Me”, as like the Muslims they “savourest the things that be of man not of God”.  Also, without any creativity of thought, they copy and past in their Google+ comments canned statements from IRF, Dr Zaid, or some other of their religious authorities }

Muslims canned modes of attack on the Bible are of course on Jesus as the “only begotten Son of God” as they strive to put Mohammed on an equal footing with Jesus; on the divinity of Christ; on the Trinity; and of course the Koran as Word of God of newest special revelations, 700 years later, to the Christian Bible.

2.  Some typical in social media Muslims attack on the Bible and The Trinity:

     a.   June 10, 2015.

“I want to give you few references from the Bible which denies the concept of Trinity. I already mentioned for you in the earlier comment Gospel of Mark Chapter 12 verse 29 ” Hear o Israel, the lord our God is one God.  Moreover, Almighty God says, its mentioned in the Book of Isaiah Cptr: 43 verse 11 ” I even I, am the Lord, beside me there is no savior. Isaiah Chapter 45 verse 5 ” I am Lord, and there is non else,  there is no God beside me”. Isaiah Chapter 46 verse 9 ” I am God, and there is none else, I am God, and there is none like me.”  Book of Exodus Chp: 20 verse 3 to 5 ” Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.”  Book of Deuteronomy ” Thou shalt have none other God before me.”  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of  anything that is in heaven above, or that in the earth beneath, or that is in the water beneath the earth .”  Deuteronomy Ch: 5 verse 7-9 ” Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.”  So, it proves that God never tolerate that there will be partners with him in divinity.”

     b.  June 9, 2015.

“Regarding Trinity, so the closest verse that can find in the Bible, which can be taken for ” Trinity” is the first Epistle of John Chapter 5 verse 7 which says, ” For there are three which bears record in heaven, the father, the word and the holy ghost and these three are one”. This verse of the Bible is closest resemblance to Trinity in the complete Bible. But if you read the revised standard version which has been revised by (32) Scholars of the highest eminence, backed by 50 different Christians cooperating denominations, they have removed this verse from the Bible as an interpolation, as a concoction, as a fabrication. It was not by Muslims or non-Christians scholars but by Christian Scholars which you claimed that they give the name of Trinity. We Muslims are thankful to the DDs (Doctors of Divinity) for getting the Bible one step closer to the Quran.

Jesus (PBUH) never spoke about Trinity. he said, its mentioned in the Gospel of Mark Chapter 12 verse 29 ” Hear o Israel, the lord our God is one God. But if you ask the Christian church, they will tell you the father is person, the son is a person and the holy ghost is a person but they aren’t three persons they are one person. Person, person, person, but not three persons one person? what language is this ? 1+1+1 = 3 not 1. So, when we ask them that suppose, there are three triplets, identical triplets, if one of them commits murder, can you hang the other and the answer is no, because each one has a different personality. So how can be three in one? The Trinity is a concept which is illogical how much you try you will never be able to prove it, suppose if you say that Jesus (PBUH) died on the cross. Do you mean that even God died on the cross? Naozobillah .”

2.  The online Christian answer about Trinity to these Muslim comments by knowledge Bible by Raja Raja  {you can also see his Google+ Profile.}

“Dear Aisha Khan….i am not sure why you are so interested in the topic of Trinity but i hope the following will be of some help to you.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Is the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible?  Some people who reject the Trinity doctrine often claim that the word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture. Of course, there is no verse that says, “God is three Persons” or “God is a Trinity.” This is all evident and true, but it proves nothing. There are many words and phrases that Christians use, which are not found in the Bible. For example, the word “Bible” is not found in the Bible.

More to the point, opponents of the Trinity doctrine claim that a Trinitarian view of God’s nature and being can’t be proven from the Bible. Since the books of the Bible are not written as theological tracts, this may seem on the surface to be true. There is no statement in Scripture that says, “God is three Persons in one being,  and here is the proof. . .”  However, the New Testament does bring God (Father), the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit together in such a way as to strongly imply the Trinitarian nature of God. Three Scriptures are quoted below as a summary of the various other biblical passages that bring together the three Persons of the Godhead. One Scripture is from the Gospels, another is from the apostle Paul and a third is from the apostle Peter. The words in each passage referring to each of the three Persons are italicized to emphasize their Trinitarian implication:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name [singular] of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit  [Matthew 28:19].

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all [2 Corinthians 13:14].

To God’s elect…who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood  [1 Peter 1:1-2].

Here are three passages in Scripture, one on the lips of Jesus, and the other two from leading apostles, each bringing together the three Persons of the Godhead in an unmistakable way. But these are only a sampling of other similar passages. Among others are the following: Romans 14:17-18; 15:16;1 Corinthians 2:2-5; 6:11; 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18-22; 3:14-19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:6-8; Thessalonians 1:3-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Titus 3:4-6. The reader is encouraged to read each of these passages and note how God (Father), Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit are brought together as instruments of our salvation.

Such passages show that the New Testament faith is implicitly Trinitarian. It’s true that none of these passages say directly that “God is a Trinity. . .” or “This is the Trinitarian doctrine. . .” But they don’t need to. As mentioned above, the books of the New Testament are not formal, point-by-point treatises of doctrine. Nonetheless, these and other Scriptures speak easily and without any self-consciousness of God (Father), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit working together as one. The writers show no feeling of strangeness in joining these divine Persons together as a unity in their salvific work.

Systematic theologian Alister E. McGrath makes this point in his book Christian Theology:  The foundations of the doctrine of the Trinity are to be found in the pervasive pattern of divine activity to which the New Testament bears witness…. There is the closest of connections between the Father, Son, and Spirit in the New Testament writings. Time after time, New Testament passages link together these three elements as part of a greater whole. The totality of God’s saving presence and power can only, it would seem, be expressed by involving all three elements.

Such New Testament Scriptures answer the charge that the Trinity doctrine was only developed well into the church age and that it reflects “pagan” ideas, and not biblical ones. If we look at Scripture with an open mind regarding what it says about the being, we call God, it’s clear that he is shown to be Triune in nature. The Bible reveals that the Father is God, Jesus the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet the Bible also insists that this is only one God.   These biblical teachings led the early church to formulate the doctrine of the Trinity.  We can confidently say that the Trinity, as a truth regarding God’s essential being, has always been a reality. Perhaps it was not completely clear in antiquity, including even in the Old Testament.   But the Incarnation of the Son of God and the coming of the Holy Spirit revealed that God was Triune. This revelation was made in concrete fact, in that the Son and the Holy Spirit broke into our world at definite points in history. The fact of the Triune revelation of God in historical time was only later described in the word of God we call the New Testament.

     3.  The Bible 2012 answer on “God the Father is the originating Cause, God the Son is the mediating Cause, and God the Holy Spirit is the effecting Cause.”  12:13 PM 

+Raja Raja Welcome Aboard Raja, Raja, it is good to see some Christian Bible believers hoping in, especially one as yourself that provides thorough and scholastic research on Bible Scripture. Might something be added as some Muslims like to call Christians brothers, that the thousands of Christian brother testimonies such as yours, or just one, that we experience the natural cry of “Abba Father” for God the Father, the Comforter ways of the Holy Spirit, and the constant knocking at the doors of our heart of Jesus; and as much as support per the Bible as the Trinity as a reality, we experience God of the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit;  and this is the powerful potential of personal experience.

 You admit and we admit that we fully can not comprehend the Trinity any more than we can comprehend Almighty, for as He writes in His book, “Even as the heavens are higher than the earth,  His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts’.  However, some Bible scholar helped to summarize the Bible in this explanation, also a personal testimony, “God the Father is the originating Cause, God the Son is the Mediating Cause, and God the Spirit is the Effecting Cause’.  You read this in the Bible in Creation:  “In the beginning God {the Father} created the heavens and the earth”  (Genesis);  of Jesus the Word, “All things were made by Him and without Him was nothing made that was made”; of the Spirit in Creation back to Genesis, “the Spirit brooded on the face of the deep” to Create something out of almost nothing.  Much Bible is also summarized in the Trinity in salvation:  “God thought it, Jesus bought it, and the Holy Spirit wrought it.”

And back to the personal aspect of the Trinity in Christian experience, this process works backwards in prayer, and prayer warriors for God and Christ recognize it:  effective prayer starts with inspirations of the Spirit to speak to God in the proper language; any heard by God prayer has to be through Jesus the one and only Mediator between God and man, Jesus Who stands at the right hand of God, and “ever liveth to make intercessions for our sins.”  This is a lot to digest at one time, especially if you are to search all the listed scriptures to make sure it is so, therefore you are offered a free PDF download, Trinity, to read at your convenience.

http://www.biblecombibleman.com/TheTrinity.html

Your free download of this chapter/blog is at:

http://sungrist.org/InTheName.pdf

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