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Explaining the Trinity

Yes, the word trinity does not appear in the Bible. No, it doesn’t matter. Theologians create concepts and words to explain what cannot be seen. For example, angels are spirit beings that we cannot see; demons are spirit beings we cannot see. So how do we know the difference?

We know them by what they do – the results of their being here on planet earth.

The same thing is true of the Trinity. We define God the Father, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit not by what they are but by how we apprehend their impact on our life. The word “apprehend” is so full of meaning, and we simply do not use it enough. It means to reach out and take hold of an idea. (Sometimes an idea takes hold of us.)

People ask, How do you know you are saved? The average person says, I don’t know, I just do. This is not a very good explanation for others but the people who say this apprehend what salvation is to them. Bottom line for Christianity is that it is an act of faith based on the personal apprehension by the individual of the intervention of God ….. and a whole lot more as we grow.

So we apprehend Jesus as the Light of the World, (John 9:5) God as Light (1 John 1:5) and Holy Spirit as our personal light within. (John 15:26)

God is Father, (1 Corinthians 8:6) Jesus is His Son and a good friend to us, (John 20:31) and Holy Spirit then is the intimate knowledge that God is with us at all times. (John 16: 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.) We can expect new revelation about the future from him says this passage. Jesus didn’t save us, ascend to heaven and leave us with no tools!

God is the Judge (Psalm 50:6) sitting on the throne, Jesus is our lawyer, (1 John 2:1) and the Holy Spirit our probation officer. He’ll warn us when we are out of line. (John 16:13)

God created us, Jesus shed His blood for us, and the Holy Spirit advises us until we leave earth.

God as Trinity is not defined from what they are but how we understand them. If God can hold the whole world in His hands, explanations outside our own meager understanding beggar description. There is simply no reason to try. But the term Trinity will do. Perhaps on the other side of the grave we will learn of other dimensions, but for now, 3 is enough.

6 Hours on the Cross – The Crucifixion

Jesus was nailed to the cross at 9 a.m., which Jews called the 3rd hour of the day because the day began at 6 a.m. He gave up the ghost at 3 p.m.

Luke 23: 44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened,[b] and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.”

Six is the traditional number of man who was created on the 6th day. 666 is the number of the evil-incarnate man. The Star of David has 6 points, three of these represent the human spirit, soul and body; the other three represent the 3 persons of God, God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the every present Holy Spirit. Laid on top of each other they represent Jesus, the perfect man,  perfect God and Son of David.

But why six hours? Jesus did not die for His own sins but for mankind’s. The first 3 hours when the sun was shining represent the renewed work of the Spirit to create one new man, the good part of the crucifixion. It was not enough to deal with sin – Jesus had to put in place the elements by which we grow in grace with ourselves and each other. There is the Church to consider. We may be saved individually but we are also part of a body. The last blackened, stormy 3 hours represent the punishment on all forms of evil and sin.  Then Jesus cried, “It is finished.” They put Him in a tomb and really thought that was the end of the story. But it wasn’t. He still had another thing or two to take care of.

While his disciples cried and feared, He visited the Temple where He surprised some priests with His own blood (not bull’s blood) and walked through the torn curtain which separated most of the tabernacle from both the Inner Court and the Outer Court. The priests on duty must have been mightily shocked. That curtain is as thick as a Persian rug! The curtain was torn top to bottom, indicating God did this, not human hands.

Then He went to the “spirits in prison” (1 Peter 3:19 “preached to the spirits in prison”) presumably those persons who had died without a chance to accept the promises of Father God. They could hear the same message from Him that we hear today and head up to heaven with him.

One occasionally hears that Jesus raised Himself up – not so. GOD raised him up. Acts 2:32 “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” What is so interesting is that the Shroud of Turin looks like a photo of a crucified man. God is Light (1 John 1:5) That great flash bulb made a print and removed (vaporized might be a good word here) the earthly body.

Jesus was cremated by God and then given a new spiritual body which could walk through doors and be seen in diverse places.

Mary thought he was the Gardener, and rightly so. Adam, the 1st man, was to tend the Garden; the last Adam, Jesus, is mistaken for one. It all fits together so nicely.