The Trinity of One God – THE ELEMENT

We have come to end of the “The Element” series, having seen from the Scriptures how each of the elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water and fully representative of the invisible Creator God, who is expressed in the personhood of Jesus Christ and as the Holy Spirit that indwells in all who chose to accept the Son of God, Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Fire, Air, Earth, and Water, the four elements, are also called the Triplicities, which play an important part in astrology. The term triplicities comes from the fact that there are three astrological zodiac signs associated with each of the four elements (e.g., Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn are associated with Earth, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius are associated with Air, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are associated with Fire, and Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces are associated with Water).

Jesus Christ is the expressed image of the Almighty (Elohim) God and is the spiritual Rock (Earth) of our Salvation. The breath of God is the Air that we need to be stay spiritually alive. The Holy Spirit of God is the Fire that consumes our sinfulness and the One who refines and purifies us. Jesus Christ is the source of the satisfying and saving living Water and those who are quenched by Him are eternally satisfied.

It is a pity that so many blindly follow these signs and their association with the elements to get direction in their lives (from getting high marks in an exam to choosing the spouse they are to wed). They seek direction from these creations of the Almighty God, instead of seeking God Godself. Instead of seeking the triplicities for answers, we must instead be seeking the Trinity (One God in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) for the direction of our lives. No one has an excuse.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead (Trinity of God); so that they (we) are without excuse: (Romans 1: 20)

Ephesians 4:4-6 (KJV)
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord (Jesus Christ), one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Water – satisfying and purifying LORD

The fourth and final element in our series is Water.

Recently as I watched an episode of  “I shouldn’t be alive” covering the lives of certain folks lost at sea, and how their desires for water after the second or third day started to drive some members delusional leading eventually to their death as they hallucinated seeing land in the open ocean and trying to swim to it. This got me thinking about the length of term that one could possibly stay alive without drinking water and from the Holy Scriptures I read that for a period of forty days and forty nights, Moses did not eat any bread or drink water (Deuteronomy 9:9) as he went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of the covenant of the LORD. I wondered as to how Moses could have stayed alive and without being able to rationalize in a human sense, how this could have been possible, I had to remind myself of the words of Jesus, that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4) and that Jesus is the giver of living water and whoever drank of him shall thirst no more (John 4:14). It was the Water from the Rock (Jesus) that sustained and saved the Israelites as they trekked toward the promised land, led by God’s servant, Moses. (Numbers 20:7-11)

Water not only satisfy one’s thirst, but it also purifies (Number 31:23). When Naaman the leper immersed himself in water, his skin was purified and he was made into a new creation with skin as if it was like that of a child (2 Kings 5:14).

Just as water is essential for physical survival, Jesus, the Living water is essential for Spiritual survival. Despite the fact that the human body is composed 90% of water, we still need water to live. Despite the fact that we are made in the image of God, we need the expressed image of invisible God (Colossians 1:15), who is Jesus Christ to live eternally (John 3:16).

Jesus is THE ELEMENT, the LIVING WATER that satisfies and purifies us making us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) when we believe in Him.

Fire – releasing, refining and renewing Spirit

The next element in our series is Fire.

When the Hebrew men, known more commonly by their Babylonian names, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnance, the fire had no effect on them but the bonds that tied them were loosed and Nebuchadnezzar the king exclaims that he sees four men walking in midst of the fire and the form of the fourth was like the Son of God (Daniel 3:25).  When Samson came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arm became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands (Judges 15:14). Again, a demonstration of the presence of God releasing bondage and interestingly in both instances, God presence has to do with fire.

On the day of Pentecost, the outward expression of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit was tongues like as of fire (Acts 2:3-4). When Jesus opened the scriptures to the two on the road to Emmaus, they said to one another, did not our hearts burn within us? (Luke 24:32).

And as a fire is not effective, when quenched, Paul warns us to Quench not the Spirit, the Fire of God (1 Thessalonians  5:19). The Spirit of God refines and purifies us to righteousness (Malachi 3:2-3).  The Spirit of God is THE ELEMENT, the FIRE that not only burns away the chains/ropes that hold us in bondage, but also warms the hearts of those who listen to the Son of God to have a renewed relationship with him.

Air – the Breath of Life

As we continue our series on The Elements, lets see how the element ‘air’ reflects the wondrous and incredible attributes of God and what is it that we can learn from it.

Ask a child to define ‘air’ and they are likely to tell you that it is what we cannot see but we know it is there because we feel it; it is what we breathe or it is what we need to live. The National Center for Atmospheric Research operated through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research has this to say in their kids site “Stuff in the Sky” when answering the question, What is air? “The atmosphere surrounding Earth is full of air! Air is important for life on Earth. Plants and animals need air to survive”.

The Bible tells us that the spirit of God hath made us and the breath of the Almighty hath given us life (Job 33:4). In the creation of man, the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (and you can say life giving air) and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). It is said of Noah’s ark there in it was the breath of life (Genesis 7:15).

Just as we all need to breath air to live ephemerally in our physical state, so also we ALL need THE BREATH OF LIFE (Jesus Christ) to live eternally in our spiritual state. Just as the atmosphere surrounding the earth is full of air, Jesus Christ surrounds all of creation (not just the earth) for by Him all things consists (Colossians 1:17). Jesus is not just someone in the sky (heaven) but He is omnipresent, surrounding each one of us. Even if you cannot see Him (because of the impurity of the heart), you know He is there, because you feel His presence. Just as everyone who was inside Noah’s ark, survived destruction and death, so also everyone who is in God (THE ARK) wherein is THE BREATH OF LIFE (Jesus) will survive damnation and eternal death.

Do you know Jesus to be YOUR Breath of Life (there is no other)? Do you feel His presence? Are you in the Ark of God wherein is Jesus, the life giving AIR? Jesus is THE ELEMENT, the AIR that gives Life.

Earth – rock to ROCK

One of the four elements is the Earth. The earth is a creation of God and in fact the very first verse in the Bible has a reference to the word ‘earth’. Genesis 1:1 states In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. The Bible also states in John 1:1 that In the beginning was the Word (referring to Jesus) and all things (including the earth) have been created by Him, and for Him (Colossians 1:16). The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.

But have you wondered as to what the earth is made of? Take a child’s geography book to read about the composition of the earth and you are likely to find that the earth is primarily made up of a substance called Olivine, which is made up of Magnesium, Iron and Silica (Sand). Olivine is nothing other than a type of rock. In other words, one can say that the substance of the earth is made up of Olivine rock. The title for the show, “Third rock from the sun” couldn’t be more scientifically accurate, wherein the earth is referred to as a rock.

Jesus is THE ROCK on whom all of His creation can stand and not sink. Deuteronomy 32:4 avers that He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth (Jesus said I am the Truth) and without iniquity (Jesus was not only sinless but also blameless), just and right is he. THE ROCK (Jesus) said that if we listen to His words and also do them accordingly, we are likened to the wise man who built his house on the Rock and the storms that buffet against it shall not prevail. When the foundation is made up of rock, it is solid. He also referred to his apostle Peter as the rock on whom He will build his church (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus is the spiritual ROCK (1 Corinthians 10:4) whose work is not only perfect but complete (for He said It is finished). The substance of the earth is made up of Olivine rock. Our body was made from the earth but the question that remains is, if the substance of our bodies made up of the spiritual ROCK, Jesus Christ. Is Jesus THE ELEMENT of our lives? Is the foundation of our lives Jesus, THE ROCK. In other word’s, are we wise? We deceive ourselves if we merely hear his words and not do it (James 1:22).  Can The Rock (Jesus) say of you and me as He said of Peter, that you and I are the rock on which He can build His Church? Think about it.

Fascinating isnt it, that creation (the earth a.k.a. rock) embodies symbolically the STRONG and SOLID attributes of the Creator (THE ROCK). Those who commit their lives to follow Him will stand forever and never sink. All other ground is sinking sand.

The Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water

Earth Air Fire Water Ambigram

Earth Air Fire Water Ambigram

One of the movies that I like to watch is The Fifth Element, whose synopsis is two hundred and fifty years in the future, life as we know it is threatened by the arrival of Evil. Only the fifth element (divine supreme being) can stop the Evil from extinguishing life. The other four elements in the movie are earth, air, fire and water, which are not foreign to astrology and horoscopes and even fictional writers such as Dan Brown (author of the Da Vinci Code), in his book Angels and Demons refers to these four elements as mystical elements used as Illuminati markers and depicted artistically as an ambigram (as seen in this picture).

With a heavy undertone of these elements in horoscopes that several blindly follow, it perplexes me to realize as to why so many people would look to the stars (horoscopes) for answers, when they can look to the very One (Jesus Christ) who made the stars.

This series is entitled “The Elements”. My intent is to see from the scriptures how the LORD Jesus Christ is so beautifully represented in these elements, so that those who are seeking answers need NOT have to look at the elements but at THE ELEMENT and answer to all of their questions. You can view today’s articles as merely a preview of articles to come in which we will expand on each of these elements, representative of THE Christ and Savior, Jesus and what we are commissioned to be and do as followers of Christ, apropos.

Earth (rock) – Jesus Christ is the Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4), the Only One that stands, on whom on can stand and not fall, the Only One that Saves (Psalm 95:1)
Air –  The breath (air) of the Almighty God gives Life (Job 33:4)
Fire – The indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God was externally expressed as tongues of Fire on the day of the Pentecost (Acts 2:3-4)
Water – Jesus is the living Water (John 4:10-14)

Evident in the scriptures, the apt conclusion to this day’s article is this- For by him (Jesus) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist (Colossians 1:16-17).