THE ONENESS OF GOD

September 13, 2020

 

THE DIVINE “ONENESS”

      THE NATURE OF GOD and the UNITY WITHIN HIMSELF

 

      ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONS:

            The Father Initiates:

                  The source of all that occurs

            The Son Accomplishes: 

                  The agent of the Father, through whom the Father fulfills

                       His will. 

             The Spirit Empowers:

                  The means by which the Father and the Son accomplish
                        the Divine will.

                        

Footnote:

Father is the seat of the will, intentions, purposes, and plans

 

THE ONENESS OF GOD

      THE UNITY OF NATURE

      THE UNITY OF PURPOSE

      THE ACTING IN UNITY

      THE SUBORDINATION WITHIN GOD

 

Footnotes:

Nature:             EQUALITY - Holy – ETERNAL – Love – 
               RELATIONAL/COMMUNAL – Worthy of Praise and Worship

Purpose:          Manifest Glory – Express Love  - Creation - Redemption

Community:        Fellowship within the Godhead – Oneness with One Another

Subordination:  Spirit Subordinate to the Father and the Son – The Son
                               subordinate to the Father

 

THE BIBLICAL SUPPORT

      There is One God

      There are Three Distinct Persons

      Each Person is Fully God

      The Communal God

 

Footnotes:

ONE GOD:

               Deut. 6:4      Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

               1 Tim 2:5     For there is one God, and one mediator also
                                        between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

               Gal. 3:20     Now a mediator is not for one party only; whereas                                          God is only one.

 

DISTINCT PERSONS

            Mt. 3:16-17  After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately
                  from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, 
                  and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and
                  lighting on Him, and behold,a voice out of the heavens
                 said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”

           Mt. 28:19     Go therefore and make disciples of all the
                 nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father  
                 and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

          2 Cor 13:14    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love
                 of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
                 be with you all.

 

EACH FULLY GOD

        The Father:  Matthew 11:25-26   At that time Jesus said, “I praise
                You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden
                 these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed
                 them to infants.  Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in
                Your sight.  (see also Romans 1:7, Galatians 1:1)

       The Son:  John 1:1,14  In the beginning was the Word, and the
                 Word was with God, and the Word was God.
and the
                 Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His     

                 glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full
                 of grace and truth.  John 17:5  Now, Father, glorify Me

                 together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You
                 before the world was.  John 20:28 Thomas answered and said
                 to Him, 
My Lord and my God!”

       The Spirit:  Acts 5:3-4 “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to
                 lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the

                 land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own?
                 And after it was sold, was it not under your control?  Why is it
                 that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You 
                 have not lied to men but to God.” 1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know
                 that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells
                 in you?  Ps 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where
                 can I flee from Your presence?  (see also Mt 28:19-20 “and lo
                 I am with you always.”)

 

THE COMMUNAL GOD  

      John 17: 11 Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the
                    name which You have given Me, that they may 
                    be one even as We are.   John 17:22 The glory which
                    You have given Me I have given to them, that      

                    they may be one, just as We are one;

 

THE GLORY OF MAN

            Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to

                    Our likeness;  God created man in His own image, in the
                    image of God He created him; male and female He created
                    them.  (Gen 1: 26,27)

 

Footnotes:

   The image of God:

               1. Spiritual              (spiritually alive at creation/reborn in Christ)

               2. Eternal                (soul)

               3. Rational              (mind)

               4. Moral                  (will)

               5. Emotional           (emotions)

               6. Relational           (communal)

               7. Equal                  (equality with one another)

 

   The form of humanity 

  1. Mortal

 

THE IMAGE OF GOD IN US

            Spiritual          spiritually alive / reborn in Christ

            Eternal            soul

            Rational          mind

            Moral              will / ability to make choices

            Emotional       emotions

            Relational       communal oneness

            Equal               equal with one another        

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