Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Anyone who’s ever tried to understand the triune nature of God knows that it’s a difficult task. It’s even harder to describe than it is to understand. People have attempted many different ways of describing God over the centuries and all of them fall short.
The water analogy (God is like water: it exists as liquid, solid and vapor) fails to capture the nature of God because H2O cannot exist as water, ice, and steam simultaneously and each of these three has different properties. God is simultaneously Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each contains the same essence. The candle analogy (Father=candlestick, Son=light, Spirit=flame) is even worse as each fail to coexist with each other in a way that would even come close to a picture of the Trinity. Likewise analogies like the courtroom (which gives a good idea of the roles of the Trinity in judge, bailiff and defense attorney) cannot capture the triune nature of God because saying that all of these make up “one court” is nothing like the oneness of our God. Analogies fall short because God is above our understanding.
We have a tendency to think that we need to figure everything out, that there is somewhere out there a perfect analogy to show just what our God is like. But God is not like anything in creation. He is God. And it’s ok to not understand the mysterious things about Him. But when He reveals something about Himself, it’s worth taking note. Through the Scriptures, God has revealed that He is Three in One, and we do well to believe it to be so. All of the details of this fact may remain a mystery, and we need to be willing to accept that God is more complex than we could ever understand with our finite minds. If He wasn’t, He wouldn’t be much of a god.
I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Many and varied are the ways that man tries to get closer to God. New religions spring up all the time, each seeking to find the right way to become whole. Hundreds of self-help books are shelved at each book store, none quite adequately fulfilling our quest. None quite bringing us into that place where we stand in right relationship with our Creator.
It’s sad that we spend so much time searching when the answer our souls seek has already been given. We don’t attain enlightenment by searching within ourselves. We don’t achieve entrance into heaven through doing enough good deeds. There is one way to God and He is Christ Jesus. He is our Savior, our King, our friend. From Him and through Him and to Him are all things (Romans 11:36) and not one thing was created that was not created by Him (John 1:3). He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15) and only He qualifies to mediate between God and man (John 14:6).We can try to fix ourselves, try to gain knowledge, or try to work our way to righteousness, but in the end it’s all in vain. Only Christ can save us. Only He can set us free (John 8:32).
John 8:31-32 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The Bible, God’s Holy Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). It’s breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Word is from God to man; His will, His plan, His love, all contained between those two covers. It is not merely words on pages.
The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believers (Romans 1:16). It is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit (Hebrews 4:12). Within the Scriptures are the words of life. Apart from God and His Word, there is no life.
Jesus said if we abide in His Word we are truly His disciples. By it we will know the truth and the truth shall set us free (John 8:31-32). Apart from God there is no truth, for He is truth. There is no greater way to know the will of God than to know His Word.
God’s Word stands alone. It is divinely inspired, containing no error. All of the self-help books in the world could never compare to the Book that tells us we can’t help ourselves and offers hope to all mankind.