God the Father
God is our creator. He created the entire universe by speaking it into existence. God is three persons in one. This is referred to as the Trinity. There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, but there is no other God but one. In Isaiah 45:5, God says that, “I am the Lord, and there is no other. There’s no God besides me.”
Belief in one God is the basic component of Christianity. Christians believe that God exists eternally in three persons (the Father, the word or Son and the Holy Spirit). Each one of these is completely God.
There are things about God’s nature we do not understand( Deuteronomy 29:29). We must seek to be content with the knowledge that God has chosen to reveal to us. He has revealed the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is unity among the three of them even though the scriptures show them doing different things. Everything that they do extends from God the Father.
Throughout the scriptures, God is comprised of more than one person. In Genesis I, before God created Adam, He said: “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness.” He was referring to the three of them (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). When the people began to build the Tower of Babel; again God said: “Let us go down and confuse their language,” Genesis 11:7.
God is sovereign. God is in complete control of everything. Nothing ever happens outside of His control. There is no limit to his knowledge. He is immortal. He is present everywhere, so that everyone can know him (Revelations 21:6). He is invisible and visible. He knows all things, past, present and future. God knows everything before it even happens (Romans 11:33).
God can do all things. Nothing is too difficult for him (Jeremiah 32:27). God is just (Acts 17:3). He is loving (Ephesians 2:4-5). He is compassionate (2 Corinthians 1:3). He judges and offers forgiveness (Psalm 103:4).
God is Eternal. He has no beginning and his existence will never end. He’s Immortal (1 Timothy 1:17, Psalm 90:2). He determines every thought that is going to happen in our lives. Whatever He wants to do, He can do. Nothing can stop him for there is nothing impossible with him (Luke 1:37).
You can rely on God to heal not only your physical body but also to heal your emotional pain. Sometimes God heals through others. He may choose a person or a physician, but God ultimately is the Healer. Get to know who God is, by developing a personal relationship with Him. Get to know him for who he really is. He is loving, kind, caring, merciful and full of grace.
God the Son
The book of John in the New Testament gives us many accounts as to who Jesus is. John refers to Jesus as “the word, which was with God, and was truly God.”
John the Baptist proclaims Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
In The Gospel of John we learn a lot about Jesus by observing what He did and said when He was with other people. Jesus performed many miracles and like the Father, the Son gives life to anyone He wants (John 5:21).
Jesus is also referred to as the Living Word, who became human and lived on the earth (John 1:14). John 3:35 states: “The Father loves the Son, and has given Him everything, everyone who has faith in Jesus has eternal life.” It is written in: John 3:16 that “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him, will have eternal life and never really die.”
In John’s Gospel Jesus refers to himself as the bread of life: “No one who has faith in me, will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever thirst.
In John 5:35 Jesus referred to himself as “The Light of the World.” Jesus said in John 8:12: “I am The Light of the World! Follow me, and you will not walk in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.”
Jesus is the way to the father. It is written in John 14:6 that Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life; without me no one can go to the Father.”
Jesus is the True Vine. He is the vine, and we are the branches. If we stay joined to him, we can produce lots of fruits (kindness, goodness, gentleness, love, peace, long suffering and faithfulness). If we stay joined to him, He says that He will stay joined to us, but we cannot do anything without Jesus (John 15:4-
5). Chapters 18, 19 and 20 give an account of Jesus trial, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. He sacrificed His life according to the plan of God to save the world (John 3:16). It is written in Isaiah 54:4-5 that “surely He had born our griefs, (sickness, weakness and distresses) and carried our sorrows (pains). Yet we thought that His punishment was from God. But He was wounded for our transgressions (sins). He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with his stripes we are healed.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is a person, just like the Father is a person and just like the Son is a person. The Holy Spirit has all the qualities of a person. He has a mind (Romans 8:27). He wills and decides (1st. Corinthians 12:11). He knows (1 Corinthians 2:11. He speaks (1 Timothy 4:1). He may be lied to (Acts 5:3). He may be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). He is a divine person with all the traits and qualities compatible with the other two persons of the Godhead.
Once we are saved (accept Jesus into our heart), the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. He seals us with the seal as God’s children. The spirit within us, allows us to understand and to interpret God’s word. He is our helper (John 14:15-17).
Although all believers possess the Holy Spirit, who lives in them, not all believers allow the indwelling Spirit to affect their lives. We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we live within God’s moral directives (Paul gives a specific example of not being drunk with alcohol.) Any Christian living in sin of any kind will not experience the joy of The Holy Spirit. Being filled with The Holy Spirit is setting our minds on heavenly things (praying, singing hymns and spiritual songs, giving thanks to God for all things).
The Holy Spirit lives inside the Christian and guides the actions of those who desire His presence. Walking in the Spirit leads to a sense of peace and joy. God will not take The Holy Spirit away from a disciple of Jesus Christ. The continual practice of sin and a lack of spiritual activities will lead to a life that is no different than the life of a non-believer.
In The Old Testament, the Holy Spirit spoke to holy men of God and communicated to them God’s will for their lives. The Holy Spirit was involved in the life of Jesus from his conception in the womb and throughout his public ministry (Luke 1: 26-35, John 1:21-34 and Luke 4:16-21).
Before Jesus ascended back to heaven, Jesus promised the Apostles that the Father would send The Holy Spirit in his name to teach them and to bring to their remembrance the things he said (John 14:26). He will guide them in the truth of what He heard God said, he would say to them and tell them things to come (John 16:13).
Two important roles of The Holy Spirit are:
1) Revealing God’s plan of redemption through Christ to man (Ephesians 3:4-5).
1) Conviction and conversion of sinners and the sanctification, making one holy, and bringing the Christian life into complete accord with God’s will (John 16:8).