Christmas is over; the Babe in the manger grew. Who was this Babe? John spent three to four years with Jesus. When God inspired John to write his Gospel, he used several terms to tell who Jesus was. This week we will examine some of them. Matthew 16:14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” Jesus asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”…
HE WAS CALLED GOD:
“God” – Jesus is rightly called God – the Word was God – “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only who is at the Father’s side…(John 1:18)” And “he who hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9)
Now how in the world am I going to deal with an understanding of the Trinity in one paragraph?
Here goes. The best Trinity analogy I have ever seen came from Child Evangelism material. I don’t know who originated it, but I’ve never seen it any place else.
This analogy of a Triune God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost was a comparison with the Sun, the Sun’s rays, and the energy from the sun that is necessary for life.
These three all began at the same time, however, it could be said that the Sun begat the rays; one cannot exist without the other and the rays could not exist with the Sun. Each has its own function. The Sun to “beget” the rays, the rays to come to earth, the Holy Spirit to energize the spirit of man.
We cannot behold the Sun, it’s glory would kill us but we can see the rays from the Sun. We can see the rays that extend between the Sun and earth. We can only know what the Sun is like by knowing about the rays. we can have no life if the rays do not touch us with its energizing force. But we can properly call the rays the “sun” as in, Is the sun shining today? Sun, rays, energy; Father, Son, Holy Ghost. There, my argument for calling Jesus “God” in less than 250 words!
That’s an excellent analogy, Oneta. Thank you for sharing that.
I’m glad I explained it well enough for you to get the picture. Good day, Dear Dee.
I wonder at the complexity of some learned profs who use three faces or a triangle when God put it in the heart of children’s teacher somewhere! Glad to see you these after-Christmas days. I’ve certainly been erratic with my reading.
The “Sun Analogy” is a new one to me. I’ve heard several, but the problem with all of the analogies (any analogy of anything) is that it is certain to fall short of truly explaining the thing it is analogizing.
The God Who Is is so amazingly different from us, all we can do is wonder at His magnificence and conclude we can never understand Him, because He is the Unique Uncreated One. All we can understand of Him must come from what He reveals about Himself.
But we keep trying. 😉
And what he has revealed is that He is One God. I like this analogy because many people scorn the idea that three can be one. I like to point out how possible that is by use of the analogy. I was thinking this afternoon about an analogy Jesus gave “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed”. That doesn’t help me out a lot, but it does say to me that any faith at all is strong and important. I was considering the fact that He used something concrete to teach an abstract fact. I’m still thinking. (Smiling, too.)