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Why is there a Trinity? Could it be that God became Three in order to make new things, and to eventually make all those things new?
The news this past week has been filled with the story of three women kidnapped and held captive in a house in Cleveland. Ten years and they only left the house once or twice. Isolated from friends and family, from each other and from the outside world. It sounds like our worst nightmare. Have you ever had the experience of being alone, I mean absolutely alone for an extended period of time, like days or a week? No one to talk to, no one around to touch, no human contact. Our son Reed is in Yosemite National Park this week on an outdoor wilderness training adventure. Part of the training requires a three day solo camping experience, totally alone with no food, just water. He told us he is not looking forward to that part of the training, in fact it terrifies him. He has to face his fears and the experience of being totally alone. I recall a very short isolation when traveling alone in Italy for just three days before meeting up with some college friends. Three days alone in a foreign country unable to speak the language. It was an impacting experience of how important human contact and communication are to us. In the movie Castaway, the star Tom Hanks finds himself marooned on a south pacific island by himself for four years. It’s an interesting portrayal of a man absolutely isolated and how he struggles to maintain mental and emotional sanity in utter loneliness. Can any of us even begin to fathom four years alone on an island? Four years of no conversation, four years of no human interaction, no TV, cell phones, texting or Facebook? If I say “God is ________ blank,” what’s the first word that comes into most people’s minds? Love. God is love. Now consider this. What was it like for God for millions of years of eternity before He created the earth and mankind? Millions and millions and millions of years alone, as if on a deserted island, living in a deserted universe. To say that God is love makes no sense for all of those millions and millions of years if God was alone and had no one with whom to give and receive love, no one to communicate with and to express love. In order for God to be love, in the Godhead there must be a diversity in the unity, an ability to love and be loved, to give and receive and share love.
While Esau's genealogy does not strike us as filled with great spiritual insight, we must agree that as part of Scripture it is filled with the characteristics Paul explains that all Scripture possesses. It too is profitable for our growth equipping us for every good work that God has created us in Christ Jesus to do. We perhaps understand it in this way when we understand Ch. 36 in light of its place in the lager story of Genesis and indeed the whole Bible. What we see in Esau's descendants are similarities that lead us to the conclusion that from a number of perspectives there really is very little difference between the Edomites and the Israelites. What we have to conclude is that the difference centers on God; God brought his word and revealed to Jacob's forefathers and Jacob where to live and how to live. God blessed Jacob and his descendants in a way in which he did not bless Esau. It tells us something profound about how the Christian should think about his or her difference in relation to the non-Christian and how the Church corporately should do as well.
If In John 14:7-11 we see that Philip is struggling to believe that Jesus is enough. In his kindness, Jesus goes on to show Philip that what he truly desires he already has. So how do we deal with those thoughts and feelings that tell us "if only...?"
Jesus prayed that last night for his immediate disciples and all who would believe on Him through their witness. His prayer has to do with our unity to Him and the resulting unity we share with other believers. This message looks at WHY unity is so important for us and the world and what that unity does and doesn't involve.
John tells us the truth is important. We must base our actions on the truth. What are the essentials truths? This message looks at the essential doctrines of Christianity.
The Holy Spirit lives within every believer. He is an equal God the Father and God the Son and completes the tri-unity of God. Let us allow Him to live and work freely within us and empower us to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.