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The Gift Of The Holy Spirit, The Mystery Of The Trinity

“For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”  (1 Corinthians 2:10-13)

These topics are rarely taught, and in some instances taught incorrectly in the body of Christ today.  At what moment in time do we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling of the third person of the Trinity?  What is the Trinity, and where is the Trinity spoke of in scripture?  These topics are all answered in  the only source of truth we have, the word of God.. The Bible!   So as much as it would be good to go into great depth, which would take a much longer time to discuss these topics than this short devotional permits, we will lightly touch on each question.  This will hopefully spark your interest to further study, and allow God to deeply enrich your quiet time in the living word of God.

When do we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Acts 2:38  “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Ephesians 1:13  “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,”

According to these two verse the indwelling of the Holy Spirit takes place at the time of confessing our sins (1 John 1:9), and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, Salvation! The scripture doesn’t stop there, but continues through out the Bible letting us know that we, as Christ-followers, are indeed the temple of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each one of us, and we are no longer our own, (1Cor. 3:16, 6:19). The sealing of the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 4:30).  Wow! Hard to grasp, but God actually lives in me!

What is the Trinity?

The word trinity, which represents the Triune Godhead, is never mentioned in the Bible. What is written about is the Father, the Son, and The Holy Spirit;

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

2 Corinthians 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.”

Clearly these verse teach us that we serve a Triune God, God the Father…God the Son…God the Holy Spirit.  This is not a myth, but a reality taught in the word of God. Biblical data reveal that each of these three persons is God, each possesses the quality or nature of deity.  The Father is deity (Ephesians 1:3), as is the Son (Hebrews 1:8), and so also the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4). Each being equal as God, but each having their own part of the godhead. The Father in authority over all….The Son being the sacrificial lamb given authority by the Father….The Holy Spirit Who brings the power under the authority of Father, and Son.

More verses on the Trinity:

  • Son, Father, Spirit (John 14:16; 2 Cor 13:14)
  • Son, Spirit, Father (Ephesians 2:18)
  • Spirit, Father, Son (John 14:26)
  • Spirit, Son, Father (John 15:26; 1 Cor 12:4-6)

Men, we have only touched on these two subjects, but I trust your curiosity has been alerted enough to search God’s word for yet a deeper understanding, and allow Him to breathe life into you as you meditate on it.

I pray Father God that these words penned by your servants hand would give you honor, and glory coming from you, and nothing to do with my opinion which is but dung next to your inspired word.  To God be the Glory!……….

Seek the Adventure, Strength and Honor, Papa Joe!