The Tower of Babel :: Trinity in the Tower

About a year or two ago, during the Easter timeframe, I heard a knock on my door and when I answered it, I found a young man and a woman, well dressed in semi-formal clothing, standing at my door. They identified themselves by their names and very quickly I came to learn that they were from the cult group, Jehovah’s Witness, as they would not accept the Lordship of Jesus. In an attempt to make them understand the error of their ways, I asked them to complete the sentence “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is _______”. They dilly-dallied quite a bit and refrained from answering as ‘Lord’ which is what the Scripture states clearly (Philippians 2:10-11). Instead they tried completing my sentence, focusing solely on the humanity of Jesus, as Mary’s child, Joseph’s son, etc., completely ignoring Jesus’ divinity. Then as they left, they left a publication of theirs, which is known as the WatchTower and an article in it, had the heading, “What is the Holy Spirit?”. First and foremost, this question cannot be answered, for it is blatantly wrong since the Holy Spirit is not inanimate but a living person. The correct question would have been “Who is the Holy Spirit?”. Second, the content of that article, subtly like the devil himself, attempted to paint a picture that the Holy Spirit of God is some kind of an active force of God.

Genesis 11:7 states “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Before we deal with the reason as to why God would confound man’s language lest they understand one another’s speech, it is important for us to focus on the first part of this verse, which is, God said, “Let us”. This the same phrase that God uses when he creates man in his image (Genesis 1:26) and this expression implies a plurality of God. God is singular yet plural, meaning that he is not three gods, but One True God, manifesting himself in three persons as God the Father, Jesus Christ God’s Only begotten Son and Holy Spirit.

May this be a warning to heed for every occult group such as Jehovah’s witness or Jesus Only Movement who deny the three persons of the Trinity. God’s (YHWH or Yahweh or Jehovah’s) essence in three persons and to deny that Jesus is the Son of God is to have the spirit of the anti-Christ working in you (1 John 4:3). Jesus and the Father are One as God (John 10:30) and it is Holy Spirit who is poured out on us, proceeding from God the Father (John 15:26), when we believe in Jesus Christ. To deny one of God’s eternal persons is to deny all of God.

Points to ponder:
God in three persons was involved in the creation of man and now again, we see the Trinity in the Tower – Watch out (a little pun intended). From the beginning of our life and through the course of it, God’s involvement in our lives, is in three persons … to the glory of God the Father, being saved by Jesus Christ his Only begotten Son, and inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. Do you feel the presence of the Triune-God-in-One, in your life? Watch out.

Genesis 11:7 (KJV)
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

The first three verses in the Bible

The first three verses in the Bible (Genesis 1:1-13) read as follows:
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The first verse speaks of God, the Father, the Creator – the first person of the Trinity.
The second verse speaks of the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit – the third person of the Trinity.
The third verse does not explicitly speak of God, the Son, Jesus Christ, but speaks of light that was spoken of God to shine on the darkness (verse 2). Colossians 1:15 refers to Jesus as the firstborn of all creation. While the English transliteration of the word firstborn can be misleading, implying a birth and thus a finite beginning, the Greek word used was prototokos meaning first to beget (protos = first and tikto = to beget), also implying first in time or first in priority. Jesus is the Only Begotten Son of God, the firstbegotten of all creation. The Bible refers to Jesus, as the light that has been seen by the people sitting in darkness (Matthew 4:16) and Jesus refers to himself as the light of the world (John 8:12). Using these references, I feel convinced that the light mentioned in the third verse is speaking of Jesus Christ, God, the Son – the second person of the Trinity.

In other words, the first three verses in the Bible is about the One True God in Three Persons.

Points to ponder:
Are you still in darkness or have you believed in Jesus Christ (God, the Son), so that he, the light of the world, has shined on your life driving away the darkness of sin and death. When we believe in Christ Jesus, the Spirit of God (God, the Holy Spirit) is poured out on us to seal you until redemption, to God’s praise and glory, as he has promised (Ephesians 1:12-14) and this Holy Spirit of God that is given is a Spirit of Adoption, by whom, we can address God (God, the Father) as Abba, Father (Romans 8:15). From Creation to Salvation and eventual glory of God, it is all about the Trinity of God, starting with the first three verses in the Bible. Are you in darkness or are you in the light?

Genesis 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

John 8:12 (KJV)
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Ephesians 1:12-14 (KJV)
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Romans 8:14-16 (KJV)
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Colossians 1:15 (KJV)
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him 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:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Trinity of God :: In the Commission

The question that is asked in heaven is “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isaiah 6:8). Notice, how the word “I” and “us” are used. This establishes both the Oneness of God (“I”) and the Trinity of  God (“us”). It further demonstrates the fact that the commission that is given to mankind is by the Trinity of God; by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus affirmed this when he gave the great commission by commanding, “go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18-19).

Points to ponder:
If you hear the voice of God asking you today, “Whom shall I send, who will go for us?”, what is your response going to be? Will it be, “Here I am God, Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Matthew 28:18-19 (KJV)
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Trinity of God :: In THE Salvation

From the Bible, we learn that in the Salvation of man, which comes solely by believing in Jesus Christ, we see the evidence of the Trinity of God at work.

God the Father selects,
God the Son saves by the sprinkling of his blood by which we have remission of our sins and
God the Holy Spirit sanctifies (1 Peter 1:2).

Without the work of the Trinity of God, three persons in One, one cannot be saved.

Points to ponder:
God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Have you believed in Jesus Christ? i.e., Have you received the Spirit of Jesus who sanctifies and saves you, so that you can address God who has selected you as Abba, Father.

1 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Trinity of God :: In the Baptism

When Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, we see the evidence of the Trinity of God. The voice of God (the Father) is heard from the opened sky, and we see the Holy Spirit of God, descending on Jesus Christ, God’s own Son (with whom God was well pleased), from heaven (Matthew 3:16-17). In baptism is the Trinity of God evident. Although belief in Jesus Christ and not the act of being dipped in water is essential for Salvation, the Apostle Peter writes that one must repent and be baptized for the remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). We must be born of Water (Jesus the living water) and we must be born of the Spirit who is given as a gift upon believing in Jesus Christ and only when one is imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ, can God then declare of that person, “this is my son/daughter, with whom I am well pleased!”

Point(s) to ponder:
If you were to be baptized today, what would God from heaven declare of you?

Acts 2:38 (KJV)
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 22:16 (KJV)
16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Trinity of God :: In the Tower

The Bible records in Genesis 11, the attempt of man to reach God, by building a tower that reached unto heaven. This was a rebellious act of willful disobedience, for God had commanded the people to scatter and replenish the earth (Genesis 9:1), so that God’s name will be known to all the earth as these were the people of God, that came out of the flood (Genesis 10:32). But here the people rebelled to settle down in one place, in the land of Shinar (Genesis 11:1-2), wanting to make a name for themselves and not for God. But when the LORD saw this, the LORD said, “Let us go down” and God confused the language of the people making them babblers so that they could no longer be unified in their attempt to reach God by their own efforts.

From this account we can learn many hidden truths. The word “us” in “Let us go down” establishes the fact that the Trinity of God (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) came down to the tower and visited man. Secondly, we see that the act of willful disobedience against God’s commandments is not treated lightly and it warrants the Triune God in One to visit man. Thirdly, when we attempt to make a name for ourselves instead of making the name of God known, we can expect to have a visitation of Trinity that confound our plans. Fourthly and most importantly, man cannot reach God unless God comes down to man. This is evident in God’s plan of Salvation and redemption as well. Until God came down to the earth He created, in the form of a man, being born of virgin, in a manger, in the city of David, as a Savior and Christ the Lord, man did not have access to reach the throne of God in heaven. However, when God came to us, in the form of his very own Son, Jesus Christ, to be with us (Immanuel), all who put their trust in him, believing in him, have access to God the Father, through his Son. In fact, Jesus said, no man can come to the Father (God), except through Jesus (John 14:6).Point(s) to ponder:

Points to ponder:
Are you/I in willful disobedience to God’s given commandments?
Are you/I trying to make a name for ourselves, instead of making the Name of God known (to the ends of the world)?
Are you/I trying to reach God in our own efforts?
Without Jesus, you and I cannot reach God and there is no confusion around that, for it is not the plan of man, but it is the plan of God.

Genesis 11:1-9 (KJV)
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Trinity of God :: In the Beginning

The Bible starts out by recording, In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and from the original text, the word that is used to refer to God here is Elohim, which is plural in nature. The Spirit of God moved over the waters of a dark and void world and God spoke and there was light. But is there a mention of Jesus Christ in creation? We find this in the epistle that the Apostle Paul writes to the church at Colosse stating that Jesus Christ was in the creation of all things and it is in fact for Him that all things were created (Colossians 1:16). So we see that the Trinity (triune God-in-One) was actively involved in the creation. However despite the three personalities, God is one. There is unity in these personalities. Jesus himself makes it very clear that He and the Father (God) are one, and whoever has seen Him has seen the Father.

We also see the plurality of God (in the personality of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), evident in the creation of man for God says, Let us make man in our own image (Genesis 1:26-27). The words “us” and “our” in that statement makes it clear that the three personalities of God (God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit) were actively involved in the creation of mankind. In fact, upon the creation of man, man was made, a Spiritual being on a physical journey and not a physical being on a Spiritual journey for the Bible teaches us that when the breath of God was breathed into man, made from the dust of the earth, man being a “living soul” (Genesis 2:7). But sadly, many a times, we act as living bodies and dead souls.

Point(s) to ponder:
How are you/I on this spiritual journey?
Is your life dark and void? If so, ask God to shine his Light (Jesus Christ) on you.
God has been personally involved from the beginning, in your creation, but blessed is the person who has become a new creation, by placing their trust in Jesus Christ. Are you a new creation?
Let us live our lives as living souls and dead bodies (dead to the flesh) and not the other way around!

Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.