Do Christians worship Three Gods or One?

Do Christians worship Three Gods or One?

Simple Answer: We worship only ONE God.

Longer Explanation:

The God with whom we worship is a tripartite being, which is a fancy way of saying He consists of three persons in one often referred to as the Trinity. These ‘persons’ do not operate as separate entities but are in constant harmony with one another. Their thoughts, breath everything is in sync, in their unison they are GOD. These persons are:

  • The Father
  • The Son
  • The Holy Spirit

STILL CONFUSED!!!

In my early understanding I used to think that these 3 persons were a symbol of Gods character or a way in which we could understand him. As a father we could understand him to be loving and patient like a parent, as a son an example of how God wants us to be and how willing he is to humble himself before us so that he could be with us and the Holy Spirit the power of God. However, with time I came to realise that they are not characteristcs of God but are persons

Okay. This is an extract taken from one of the Fall for Christ posts, although it is not an accurate representation of the dynamics of the trinity it did help me to have some understanding

God created us with a body, soul and spirit, but when Adam ate of the apple in Genesis 3, His act of disobedience separated Him from God (this was the death which God warned would occur). As mentioned in Seeing Greater Things, God is Spirit and we can only understand Him when we ourselves move beyond fleshly understanding and into spiritual understanding. This is why God often communicates with our Spirit rather than with our Body or Soul because our spiritual self can perceive the spiritual things, in the same manner our earthly body can perceive the invisible wind blowing. So when Adam fell, our Spirit self died immediately, and the line of communication between God and us was separated because we could no longer perceive Gods thoughts and ways as we did before, and because your Body, Soul and Spirit are so connected when one dies the rest soon follow (they have been made weaker without a channel to God) and have been made vulnerable to sin and its effects such as sickness, deceitful hearts etc

It is our physical structure where our Spirit and Soul resides in. When we die it is the part that is buried in the ground.

Is an eternal part of our being, and acts as our Mind, making decisions. It holds emotions and can house good or bad things.

Is the part of our being that can hear and speak with God in Spirit and Truth. However, the spirit-man is dead in most of mankind.

From this I could begin to understand how the Holy Spirit , The Father and the Son could be one God and not 3 because in as much as My body, Soul and Spirit operate as 3 persons they are utlimatly, one individual and that individual is me. However, 3 weeks before starting the ‘Fall for Christ February’ series I stumbled on something that honestly made me question whether I had the right to do this series as all my prior understanding of who God is was shattered, and I honestly felt like I was re-starting as a new believer from the ground up. One of the commentary books that I was reading in preparation for the series ( I think it might have been John McArthur or the DAKE) pointed something out in John 1: 32-34:

And John [the baptist] testified, “I watched the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and He rested on Him [Jesus]”

John 1:32

In this verse John the Baptist witnessed the physical presence of both Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in one location as two seperate persons. This made me realise that perhaps I can not contain God to my physical understanding of the ‘body, soul and spirit’, for in as much as I have them they don’t present themselves as 3 seperate persons visible to everyone besides myself. So in as much as my previous undertsanding helped me to understand the unity of the trinity it was not able to grasp the depths of God and why he wants us to be part of His harmony (John 17:21).

Now I am not a scientist, my understanding of the world is through the analysis of political literature not maths or astro-physics or anything that is formulaic. However, there is an ‘thought’ that Einsten brought about concerning space dimensions, I think the video below will help me explain a bit better.

I urge you to watch the full video before continuing to read the rest of this post

4th Dimensions

All I know is that we worship one God, and God’s persons serve to function different purposes though they are not limited to just one function. I think this is why Christ often uses the ‘body of Christ’ as a representation of the trinity. We, the church represent the body of Christ, but there are many churches across the world and we all speak different languages, we all look different from one another, we follow different customs and purposes, some churches have been formed specifically to reach out to young people, or to people living in gang culture, or to people living under a different faith such as buddhism or even atheism–> But, ultimatly we make up a unified entity that amalgamates (fuses us) us so that we ultimatly look and sound and talk as a single body with Christ as the head.

I still haven’t been able to grasp the full depth of God but I hope to soon move past my 2D perspective and go beyond 3D. I end this post with one of my favourite scriputres:

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will cometo an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things…. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known

1 Corinthians 13: 9-12

New Wine Skin

New Wine Skin

And who would use old wineskins to store new wine? For the old skins would burst with the pressure, and the wine would be spilled and skins ruined. Only new wineskins are used to store new wine. That way both are preserved

Matthew 9:17

This isn’t a bible study post, but I just thought interesting and wanted to share with you all this topic.

When we choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour we are literally taking off our sinful self, like taking off our old clothes and putting on new clothes. It is important that now that we have been made clean we don’t go back to our old sinful-self, take this analogy for example:

Imagine playing Rugby and getting really muddy, when you get home you quickly take off your clothes to take a shower or bath, but after taking the bath you change back into the muddy clothes you were wearing before. What then was the point in taking a shower if your clothes were going to make you unclean again?

For this reason, God creates for us a new body that has no fault or sin, where His Spirit can reside comfortably and operate in full. When making wine, the New Wine is poured into a new wineskin to mature, the wineskin expands as the wine begins to ferment. However, if you were to place New wine in an old container, that old container has already expanded and stretched to its limit because of the previous wine that was inside of it ( sin), so when the New wine begins to expand the old container bursts because it just can not stretch or allow the new wine to fully mature. If we still remain in our old garments, there is little for the Holy Spirit to do within you because your old body does not have the capacity to receive many more things from the Holy Spirit. God is all about the new and starting clean, so everything must be made clean and new, so when we come back from the muddy fields and shower , we no longer wear our muddy clothes but put on a new clean attire that is befitting our new position.

Check out this post if you are interested in reading more about the New Wine Christ wants to fill into your New Wineskin….

Living Under Grace

Living Under Grace

I remember many years ago asking someone what role the left-hand of God played, as many verses in the Bible mention a lot about Gods right hand and a few if not, non about His left. For example:

Gen. 48:17-19, “When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”

Even within Genesis 48:17-19, there was greater emphasis placed on blessing with the right-hand above the left hand.

Acts 5:31, “He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

We are even told that the Son of Man sits on God’s right-hand, because His right hand represents strength and majestic power

Exodus 15:6, “ Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”

Psalm 20:6, “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed.  He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”

For this reason, I really wanted to understand the significance of God’s left hand and what it actually means. I remember that this individual came back to me and told me something that has stuck in my head ever since. The right hand is rightly so the majestic power of God and His sovereign authority, the right hand is for the things that reveal what God has done in our lives but the left is gentler than the right and is for the things that God has done for us without our knowledge. Today, as I write this blog I am reminded that God does many extraordinary things for His children that we are so unaware of, we take it for granted that we are able to wake up in the morning and eat comfortably and sleep without worry. But, there is a protector who ‘neither sleeps nor slumbers’ (Psalm 121:4), who is on constant guard so that we are protected ‘from all harm'(verse 7). When David writes in Psalm 91 that ‘the one who lives under the protection of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.’ The shadow of the Almighty is a hidden location that is unreachable to the enemy it is a certain glory that covers those who are under His protection. In the shadow of the almighty, that is where we are provided with rest, comfort and stillness whilst His right-hand fights on our behalf.

Last year November my mother had used my room to pray, and whilst in my room, she had plugged an electrical heater into the plug socket, however when she had finished praying she could no longer take the plug out of the plug socket and we just left it in there. So since November , I have switched on that heater in my room many times and have even placed other electrical items in the available socket next to the heater. Today we called in a plumber to fix our radiators and whilst He was in the house we just asked if he could pull the plug out of the socket for us, but when he eventually managed to pull the plug out, we found that the socket had overheated and burnt and in our ignorance something drastic could have happened. We had continued to use the electric heater for the last 5 months not knowing of the risk it imposed on our house, and this is when we realised how much we truly Live Under Grace.

Our burnt plug socket

Similarly, an incident also took place last year with our car when by chance we found out that the mechanics that hold the tires and other stuff ( too complicated for me to remember the name) had never been present and if they had were for all intents and purpose pointless. Yet we had driven the vehicle countless times in blissful ignorance, not knowing the immense danger that we were in and the danger we imposed on other drivers and the severity that this incident could have caused.

All of these incidents made me realise how much I take God’s grace for granted, there are perhaps many more incidents and scenarios that I have been involved in that God had protected me, there are many things that God has done with His left hand that I have no knowledge of and perhaps never will nor have to. There are many things that happen in the physical and in the Spirit that we are beign guarded against daily and we continue to live in blissful igorance, but God asks us to join in with the spiritual warfare ‘for we wrestle not against flesh or blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armour of God’ ( Ephesians 6:12- 13). When we are not armoured with the armour of God it is like walking without grace, incredibly ignorant of what is happening in the heavens, no wonder God said ‘my people are destroyed for lack of knowlegde’ (Hosea 4:6) because they don’t know the dangers they are in.

I feel so blessed to be able to attend a spirit-filled church where the presence of God is very tangible, yet I take it for granted every Sunday in the same way that I take it for granted that I live under such grace, that despite my ignorance I am still alive.

My duty is to make myself aware of His presence in everything I do and wake the dawn with praises with gratitude and thanks giving. Forgetting His presence is dare I say it blasphemous , I don’t want to live a life where I am not aware of Him this is one of the main reasons why this blog was created so that I remain near to Him in some way.

Benediction: May the grace of our…..

Benediction: May the grace of our…..

I have grown up and experienced many church denominations within my life, my mother took me to a Pentecostal church when I was an infant, got water baptism and confirmation in an Anglican church, attended a Roman Catholic School from ages 11-18years, and have been attending a Pentecostal church since I was 14 years. In all my experiences at the end of every church service the ‘Father/ Priest/ Pastor’ would have the church recite the Benediction which goes like this:

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sweet fellowship of His Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more, and surely may goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever. Amen.

However, when I was at university I was attending this small Pentecostal church which before giving the benediction would have the congregation speak a watch-word, and this watch-word would be said for the entirety of the year. I remember that for the entirety of 2017 the watch-word was Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)

Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Because of this, I can now proudly recite that scripture by heart, although my ability is currently no match for this little boy:

Reciting scripture using ‘ABC’s’

Inspired by my experience and Melissa Forster’s blog Borderless I thought to do a similar thing with my Mother every Sunday before we leave for Church, and have a watch-word that we recite for 2019-2020. We decided to go with Ephesians 6:10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might

If all else fails we have at least one scripture that will forever remain in our hearts


Pancake Day :-)

Pancake Day :-)

For some reason growing up, I didn’t really like pancakes, it always tasted slightly odd and rubbery ( maybe this was because of my cooking), but it is only recently that I have started to like them. I mean, they’re not my favourite type of cakes but I do have to admit they are easy to make and you just can not ignore the hype for pancakes particularly at this time of the year.

If you don’t know, today is Shrove Tuesday or more colloquially ‘Pancake day’, the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. Lent is essentially a 46-day countdown to Easter ( or as I would prefer to say Resurrection Sunday) the day when Christ was resurrected from the grave, it was created by the early churches to prepare people’s hearts for Easter by encouraging them to fast and pray and just become more intimate with Christ, in this way when Easter comes they are truly joyous. On the first day of lent/ Ash-Wednesday a priest in an Anglican or Catholic church will place the sign of the cross on your forehead using the ashes from a palm tree or leaf. The ashes represent death and this whole act is a reminder that we too are putting our flesh to death and in so doing are waiting for our rebirth, for we received New Life when Christ was raised from the dead. It is in many ways the re-enactment of John the Baptists minsitry in which John preapred peoples hearts to receive Christ through the baptism of repentence.

Today represents the last day of living in sin, and a pancake represents sin because of its over-indulgence. It may not seem like a pancake is the most over-indulgent cake there is but back in c.AD Whenever, when milk, flour and eggs were super expensive, believe me, this was the most indulgent meal that an average Joe would have in a year. It’s similar to having a giant burger on Monday and on Tuesday beginning your 6-week weight loss journey because you want to be a healthier and fitter version of yourself, in our case we want to be a more spirit-filled cherished child of God.

So today, I graciously ask that you may join me in celebrating Shrove Tuesday but even more so the countdown to Resurrection Sunday beginning this Wednesday.

Precious Child II

Precious Child II

Poem by Muna, inspired by Psalm 93

I have lifted the flood for you my child,

I have lifted the floods to hear your voice

I have broken the sea, beaten the waves.

Precious, You are enveloped in my strength, 

You have authority to make a way

From you never have I deprived  a thing.

Like the clay of the earth, time will mould thee.

Like the lilies of the field, they will bloom,

So will you my  precious child, so will you.

In the depths of the valley, shelter in me

My yoke is easy and my burden light

My Spirit is ever present, rest child.

My fearfully and wonderfully made

Child in whom I know, treasure and love so