This Sunday was NP3 Sunday and Pastor Miles gave us the information concerning the status of giving towards the NP3 campaign. He encouraged those who have pledged to continue in their giving. Also he stressed the importance of keeping everything in prayer, and specifically praying that not only will God provide for the financial needs, but also to supply the needs for the construction of the new building.
Though there is still a lot of money to be raised towards the NP3 campaign in a short amount of time it is essential to trust the plan God has because nothing is to big for Him, not even 7.2 million dollars.
This week at the Rock we continued on in the series entitled "Who is Jesus Really?" This week we looked at one of the most mysterious parts of the Bible regarding Jesus, and that is the team Jesus operates in, a team we call the Trinity.
Importance of Numbers
Pastor Miles opened this weekend's message talking about numbers and what a big fan of numbers he is. He listed off a number of different math classes he took in high school and college that could make anyone's head spin. Numbers are a part of everything, even our salvation. We talk about how many years we've been saved, or how we used to drink everyday, or how we'd get angry all the time before we were saved.
Numbers also serve as an important role in the Bible and have very specific meanings. For example, the number three means divine perfection, and the number twelve refers to governmental perfection.
This Sunday Pastor Miles chose to look at two numbers specifically, the number one, and the number three. Again the number three means divine perfection, and the number one means unity and independence.
As the Rock goes through this series about "Who is Jesus Really?" we see that Jesus does not operate alone, but as part of a team. This team is what we call the trinity, which consists of God the Father, Jesus the Son of God, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible vouches for the existence of all three parts of the Trinity.
Genesis 1:26 states, then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.
Isaiah 6:8 states, Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
Matthew 28:19-20 states, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Three Persons in one God
Bible critics argue against the reality of the Trinity because the word is not mentioned in Scripture. As Christians we should ask, "and your point is?"
The words communion, Easter, altar call, Good Friday, Palm Sunday, and others never appear in Scripture either. We cannot get hung up on a specific word as a certification of the existence of the Trinity.
The idea of three Persons in one God can be difficult to grasp. It is like gravity, you can believe it exists but not really understand it, nor be able to explain it. Pastor Miles likened the Trinity to a description regarding water. There is a triple point in water. It can be a liquid, a solid, or a gas. However, in every form it is all a 100% H2O.
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three persons in one God. It is essential to note the use of the word person. Person refers to a characteristic, or a personality. The word 'people' is not used because the Trinity is not three people in one, but three persons in one.
Characteristics of the Trinity
When looking at the Trinity we can see that all three are totally God.
Colossians 3:17 states do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
John 8:58 states, Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."
Acts 5:3-4 states, But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God."
Also the Trinity affirms that Jesus is God.
Matthew 17:5 states, while he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
Also all three work together. Pastor Miles likened the work of the Trinity to that of construction. In construction, when designing a new building, there must be a vision that a person brings about, that is then taken and planned out by a contractor, and then there are construction workers to build the building that the vision and plan has laid out.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together as well. God the Father establishes the plan of salvation, Jesus as the Mediator executes the plan's contract in blood, and the Holy Spirit, the Helper, implements the plan, sealing it with His presence.
Jesus the Mediator
Now we see that when we look at Jesus' role as part of the Trinity, He acts as the mediator. Pastor Miles presented three different instances in which Jesus acts as the mediator.
He fulfills the will of the Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus took three of His disciple with Him to watch and pray with Him. Jesus went away to pray three times, each time only to come back to find His disciples asleep. Each time He prayed, He prayed, O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, may Your will be done. Matthew 26:42
Jesus went away and prayed three times. Three is the number of divine perfection. The Scriptures say at this time Jesus fell on His face praying. Pastor Miles challenged us to look at our own prayer lives. What does it look like? Is it just quick prayers said in passing as you go through the day, or are you daily on your knees humbly before the Lord praying?
Jesus relied on the power of the Holy Spirit. Luke 4:1-2 states, Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.
Jesus also promised the Holy Spirit to all believers. John 16:7-11 states, I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
Trust the Plan
God has a plan for each one of our lives. He has a specific plan, and He has our days numbered. He had a plan of salvation that we may come to know Him through His Son Jesus. He then sent His Holy Spirit to minister to our hearts. We are so safe in the Lord, and so unsafe without Him.
Trust in the plan that God has for your life. Sometimes we make such a big deal about getting our own way. God didn't promise us a life of comfort. In His word He does promise trials though. However, we can rest easy knowing that He will always be with us. So relax, and say to God, "I trust the plan."