Now, why is this important? What difference does it make if
we understand this stuff? Well, there’s no more basic and fundamental question than “who is God?” Jesus asked Peter, “Who do men say that I am?” If we don’t take the
understand the Godhead, we’ll never accurately understand Christ. And so, we’re going to start this study. Let’s
begin in First John:
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one
(1 Jn. 5:7). There are three witnesses in heaven and we see they have three different names. But how can there be three and one? The most helpful illustration I can find is the one of marriage.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh
(Eph. 5:31). Paul goes on in that
passage to say that he’s actually
talking about Christ and the church. When two people are married they are cut off from their blood family and united together as one person in the eyes of God. Of course they are still two separate people, but they share a spiritual union that makes them one. While in the garden
Jesus prayed that “
all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one
(Jn. 17:21-22). There are three in number in heaven, but they are one in union. They are bound together inseparably to form one God. And so we must ask, who are these three? From our text we read that they are the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.
I’ll suggest to you now that each of these has a
name that corresponds with His role in the covenant of
grace towards God’s elect. Each one serves a special
Let’s start with the Word.