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The Bible - The Word of God

Written by: Unknown    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

APO:The Bible -- The Word of God

  I. THE BIBLE CLAIMS TO BE THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. See 2 Tim. 3:16, 17.

  16) All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17) that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

  "All scripture is inspired by God." "Inspired" means that the Holy Spirit exerted His supernatural influence upon the writers of the Bible. Therefore, the Scriptures are God inspired word for word. By this is meant that every word, in the original, is fully and equally inspired in all of its teachings. The Bible does not just contain the Word of God, it is the Word of God.

  2 Peter 1:21 -- for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

  2 Samuel 23:2 -- "The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue."

  Psalms 119:89 -- Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.

  Matthew 24:35 -- "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away."

  II. THE BIBLE IS A DIFFICULT BOOK. See 1 Corinthians 2:14-16

  14) But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15) But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. 16) For who has known the mind of the Lord, the he should instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.

  The Bible is a difficult book because it came from the infinite to the finite -- from the unlimited, all powerful God, to limited man. Therefore, you cannot understand the Bible as you would understand the writings of Plato or Socrates. You can study the great philosophers with the natural mind, and by diligent application, grasp their profound meanings. If the Bible could be understood by natural man, it would be a natural book, and could not be the Word of God. Since the Bible is from God, and therefore spiritual, before you can receive its teachings, you must be born of the Spirit and filled with the Spirit.

  John 3:5, 6 -- Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."

  Ephesians 5:18-21 -- And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of your Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

  Always approach the Bible praying that the Spirit will be your teacher and will guide you to a better understanding of His Holy Word, or it will remain a difficult, closed book.

  John 16:12-15 -- "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you."

  III. THE BIBLE IS A BOOK OF ONENESS. See 2 Peter 1:21.

  21) for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

  The oneness or unity of the Bible is a miracle. It is a library of 66 books, written by over 35 different authors, in a period of approximately 1, 500 years. Represented in the authors is a cross section of humanity, educated and uneducated, including kings, fishermen, public officials, farmers, teachers, and physicians. Included in the subjects are religion, history, law, science, poetry, drama, biography, and prophecy. Yet its various parts are as harmoniously united as the parts that make up the human body.

  For 35 authors, with such varied backgrounds, to write on so many subjects over a period of approximately 1, 500 years in absolute harmony, is a mathematical impossibility. It could not happen! The how do we account for the Bible? The only adequate explanation is: "... men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

  IV. THE BIBLE CLAIMS SPECIAL POWER. See Hebrews 4:12, 13

  12) For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

  13) And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

  (1) The Bible claims dividing power as a sword (above verse). The Bible will separate man from sin, or sin will separate man from the Bible.

  Psalms 119:11 -- Thy word have I treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.

  Isaiah 59:2 -- But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.

  (2) The Bible claims reflecting power as a mirror. In the Bible we see ourselves as God sees us -- as sinners.

  James 1:22-25 -- But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.

  Romans 3:23-25 -- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

  (3) The Bible claims cleansing power as water. David prayed that God would wash him from iniquity and cleanse him from sin.

  Ephesians 5:25, 26 -- Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

  Psalms 51:1-4 -- Be gracious to me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Thy compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee, Thee only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Thy sight, so that Thou art justified when Thou dost speak, and blameless when Thou dost judge.

  (4) The Bible claims reproductive power as seed. We are the children of God, because we have been born into the family of God by the imperishable seed of God. This is the new birth.

  1 Peter 1:23 -- for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God.

  John 3:1-7 -- Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." Jesus answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.'"

  (5) The Bible claims nourishing power as food. The Bible is spiritual food for the soul. No Christian can remain strong in the Lord and not study the Word of God.

  1 Peter 2:1-3 -- Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

  V. THE BIBLE COMMANDS THE BELIEVER TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES. See 2 Timothy 2:15.

  15) Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.

  "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God" is a command. As you study the Bible, you will discover that it does not just contain the Word of God -- it Is the Word of God. You must also keep in mind that the Word of God contains the words of God, as well as the words of Satan, demons, angels, and man -- both good and bad. God is truth and cannot lie. Satan "... is a liar, and the father of lies." Man is natural and is therefore limited, and does not always speak the truth.

  John 8:42-47 -- (Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees) Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God."

  Matthew 22:15-46 -- Then the Pharisees went and counselled together how they might trap Him in what He said. And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. Tell us therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?" But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, "Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the poll-tax." And they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to Him, "Caesar's." Then He said to them, "Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." And hearing this, they marveled, and leaving Him, they went away.

  On that day some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection) came to Him and questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, Moses said, 'If a man dies, having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up an offspring to his brother.' Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. And last of all, the woman died. In the resurrection therefore whose wife of the seven shall she be? For they all had her." But Jesus answered and said to them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures, or the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read that which was spoken to you by God, saying, 'I Am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.

  But when the Pharisees heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they gathered themselves together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

  Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, "Christ, whose son is He?" They said to Him, "The son of David." He said to them, "Then how does David in the Spirit call him 'Lord, ' saying 'The Lord said to My Lord, "Sit at My right hand, until I put Thine enemies beneath Thy Feet"'? If David then calls Him 'Lord, ' how is He his son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.

  In this portion of scripture, we have the words of Jesus, of the Pharisees, of the Herodians, and of the Sadducees. The Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees were trying to entangle Jesus in His teachings, that they might accuse Him of breaking God's law. Their words were spoken with evil intent, revealing the thinking of the natural man, along with the words of God that came from the lips of Jesus.

  As you study the Bible, ask yourself these questions:

  1) Who is speaking: God, demon, angel, or man?

  2) To whom is being spoken: to the nation Israel, to the Gentiles, to the Church, to men in general, or to some individual man or being?

  3) How can this Scripture be applied to my own life to make me a better Christian?

  GOD

  The Bible reveals God as the only Infinite and Eternal Being, having no beginning and no ending. He is Creator and Sustainer of all things. He is the Supreme Personal Intelligence, and Righteous Ruler of His universe. He is life, and therefore, the only source of life.

  [John 5:24-27 NT] "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear shall live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man."

  Man is natural and cannot know God by wisdom. God is a person and can be known only by revelation. In the Old Testament He revealed Himself to and through His prophets. In the New Testament He reveals Himself through His Son Jesus Christ.

  [Job 11:7-12 OT] "Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. If He passes by or shuts up, or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him? For He knows false men, and He sees iniquity without investigating. And an idiot will become intelligent when the foal of a wild donkey is born a man."

  [Hebrews 1:1-4 NT] God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

  THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

  [Hebrews 11:5, 6 NT] By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

  The Bible nowhere attempts to prove or argue the existence of God. "For he who comes to God must believe that He is." The existence of God is a fact taken for granted by the writers of both the Old and New Testaments. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 OT). The Bible opens by announcing the sublime fact of God and His existence. There are arguments for the existence of God; they are not conclusive, but are food for thought:

  (1) Universal belief in God comes from within man. It is innate in man, and comes from rational intuition.

  (2) The argument from "cause and effect" : everything that began owes its existence to a cause. We have a watch; we must have a watchmaker. We have a building; we must have a builder. We have a creation; then we must have a creator. This creation could not have come into existence without an intelligent, personal creator anymore than the alphabet could produce a book itself without an author.

  (3) The argument from anthropology : man's moral and intellectual nature argues for a moral and intellectual creator.

  (4) The Bible and the Christ that it reveals, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His vicarious death, and His bodily resurrection -- all of this and much, much more -- argue for the existence of God.

  THE PERSONALITY OF GOD

  [1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10 NT] For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.

  The Bible reveals God as a personality. He is called "... a living and true God" -- One possessing self-consciousness and self-determination. His personality is shown in what He does, such as:

  (1) God loves. [John 3:16-21 NT] "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

  (2) God hates. [Proverbs 6:16-19 OT] "There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers."

  (3) God cares. [1 Peter 5:6, 7 NT] "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you."

  (4) God grieves. [Genesis 6:5, 6 OT] "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart."

  Only a personality can love, hate, care, and grieve; therefore, God must be a living, eternal, and personal being.

  THE NATURE OF GOD

  [1 John 4:8-11 NT] The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

  There are four definitions of God in the Bible. Since God cannot be defined, they are incomplete. However, they do throw light upon the nature of God. They are:

  (1) "God is love" (above verse 8). This is the nature of God is His divine compassion.

  (2) "God is light."

  [1 John 1:5-10 NT] "And this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."

  This is the nature of God in His divine character; in Him there is no darkness.

  (3) "God is a consuming fire."

  [Hebrews 12:25-29 NT] "See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." And this expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire."

  This is the nature of God in His divine holiness.

  (4) "God is spirit."

  [John 4:21-24 NT] "Jesus said to her, `Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.'"

  This is the nature of God in His divine essence.

  The attributes of God reveal His nature. Do not think of His attributes as abstract, but as vital mediums through which His holy nature is unveiled -- attributes ascribed to Him, such as:

  (a) Life is ascribed to God.

  [John 5:26 NT] "For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;"

  (b) All knowledge is ascribed to God.

  [Psalms 147:1-5 OT] "Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite."

  (c) All power is ascribed to God.

  [Revelation 19:4-6 NT] "And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, `Amen. Hallelujah!' And a voice came from the throne, saying, `Give praise to our God, all you His bondservants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.' And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, `Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

  (d) Filling the universe with His presence is ascribed to God.

  [Psalms 139:1-10 OT] "O Lord, Thou has searched me and known me. Thou dost know when I sit down and when I rise up; Thou dost understand my thought from afar. Thou dost scrutinize my path and my lying down, and art intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, Thou dost know it all. Thou hast enclosed me behind and before, and laid Thy hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.

  Where can I go from Thy Spirit? Or where can I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Thy hand will lead me, and Thy right hand will lay hold of me."

  God is everywhere present, but He is not in everything. If God were in everything, man could worship any object and he would be worshiping God. God is a spirit being. "And those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

  The Grace of God

  [Ephesians 2:8-10 NT] "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."

  Grace is the love and mercy of God in action. Mercy is negative, and love is positive; both together mean grace. To show mercy in love is grace. God showed mercy in love when He sent His Son to bear our sins in His own body on the cross.

  (1) The grace of God saves forever.

  [Romans 8:35-39 NT] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "FOR THY SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  (2) The grace of God is sufficient.

  [2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NT] And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me--to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

  (3) The grace of God makes no discrimination

  [Revelation 22:17 NT] And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

  (4) The grace of God justifies

  [Romans 3:21-24 NT] But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe, for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;

  (5) The grace of God makes every believer an heir

  [Titus 3:3-7 NT] For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Saviour and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that being justified by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

  (6) The grace of God teaches the believer how to live

  [Titus 2:11-14 NT] For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

  The grace of God is nothing less than the unlimited love of God expressed in the gift of His Son, our Savior. It is the undeserved love of God toward sinners.

  The Trinity of God

  [Matthew 3:16, 17 NT] "And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, `This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.'"

  By the Trinity of God we mean His tri-personal existence as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- three distinct Persons in one God.

  (1) The Father is recognized as God and is all the fullness of the Godhead invisible.

  [1 Peter 1:1, 2 NT] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.

  [John 1:18 NT] No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

  (2) The Son is recognized as God and is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested in t

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