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Humanity

God decided to create man, it was an act of His will. He made man in His own image "out of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life." (Genesis 2:7) He then put him in the pristine Garden of Eden which He had also created and gave him the responsibility to "work it and take care of it." (2:15) Adam was told to "eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (2:16-17) Man was given boundaries in the midst of freedom and plenty. Then God engaged Adam to name all the beasts and birds He had created. In so doing Adam realized he was alone which was important for Adam to understand how much he needed a helpmeet. God put Adam to sleep and pulled out some ribs which obviously had his DNA, and created from them Eve in the likeness of man. The two united, lived in the Garden of Eden and walked with God on a regular basis. It was the hon…

Spirit Beings

We have been misled by painters and musicians in our understanding of beings God created to serve Him in heaven. Cherubs are painted as fat little babies and angels are given wings. The word "angels" is used to describe all spirit beings, even though some spirit beings are not messengers but merely worshipers of God. God is organized and has an authority structure in heaven as He does on earth with animals and men. It would be like a triangle narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. There are three types of spirit beings. First are Cherubim, that is plural with the "im" at the end. Two are Seraphim. These are seen around the throne of heaven worshiping and praising God. (Revelation 4-5) They do not depart from God's presence. The third and larger group are angels whose name means messenger, "angelos" being the Greek for messenger. They are specifically created to travel between God and humans and deliver messages or defend man. They are noted as larg…

God the Spirit

He seems to be more the silent type but that's not the case when you get to know Him. He is as much God as are the Father or the Son and has been among us in the world since it began. He is a person not an internal force or impersonal influence. He was "hovering over the surface of the waters" from the first day of creation. (Genesis 1:2) He came on individuals in the Old Testament giving them incredible power, creativity and helping them to prophesy. He has always worked closely with the Father and the Son and of him Jesus declared, "It is best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the Advocate won't come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment." (John 16:7-8) Further than this responsibility in our New Testament times, His role to us is even more personal. Jesus said, "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another A…

God the Son

Consider this, you are living in the third heaven with the Spirit and the Father agreeing together on what will be your purposes and processes in the creation when you start and with its pinnacle, man. You volunteer to be "the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." (Revelation 13:8) You and the Spirit work with the Father to bring creation to life. You have a significant part in the growth of Israel as your nation. You will be in the line of the great kings of David and Solomon. You walk on the earth as the Angel of the Lord, speaking to Abraham before Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed and wrestling with Jacob as he returns from 20 years with Laban. In what would be less than a millisecond in eternity, and at the instant of life, you unite with the child conceived of the Holy Spirit in Mary and are overshadowed by the Most High until birth. (Luke 1:35) Birthed, you enter the world of your creation. You bide your time as a carpenter waiting for the preordained mome…

God the Father

Chris Tomlin called Him the "Good, Good Father" and that He is as the first person of the Trinity. If you look at many theology books there is much more time spent on the Trinity than on God the Father. So, why did He identify himself as Father? Part of the reason for this would be to associate with humans and identify for them the responsibilities of a father. Part of it would be to have His creation acknowledge His preeminent place before them. And part of it would be for us to accept His love and care and protection as His children. All humans are the "offspring of God" (Acts 17:28) in the sense of His act of the creation of the first two parents, Adam and Eve, but all humans are not His "children." They are separated from Him by the gap of sin. (Romans 3:23) They are identified with another father as Jesus said, "If God were your Father, you would love me…You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire.&quo…

Trinity

God is one God but exists in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. There are several places in the Bible that express these three persons together: in the great commission of Matthew 28:19-20 where Jesus says, "baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," which we say today at baptisms; at the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:16-17 where Jesus is present, the Holy Spirit descends on him and the Father speaks saying, "this is my beloved Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Further usages of the three persons of the Trinity together are found in Ephesians 1:17; 3:14-17; Titus 3:4-6; Hebrews 9:14; and 1 Peter 1:2. All this to say that, although the word Trinity is not used in the Bible there is much evidence to support it as a way of explaining God. Now in the Old Testament, God revealed His character by three great names and their multiple derivations. Elohim is used 2,310 times and means "God in unity…