Introduction: The Trinity in the Old Testament:
The Bible is an amazing book, we read it, memorize it, even believe we understand it, and then one day God opens our eyes and old things pass away, the Word becomes new. Suddenly we see things with a better understanding.
For most of my Christian life the Old Testament has been the Father Gods domain. I thought of the God of the Old Testament as Father God, Lord God or just the Lord or God. They were all interchangeable names for the same member of the Trinity, who ruled the Old Testament.
The Father and the Spirit were active, but, where was Jesus?
The Father God wrote and was the book of the law. Whatever we called Him, He was one member of the Trinity. When He spoke the earth moved, things got done, He was to be feared and obeyed.
Jesus was there somewhere but silent, invisible, waiting for his cue to enter center stage. The Spirit also, was quietly hovering, ready to explode on the scene.
In the New Testament it was easy to see the Trinity. The Son, Jesus is the main character, the Father God, speaks from heaven and Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter to those who believe.
It is easy to understand, the Father in the Old Testament, Jesus in the New Testament and the Spirit for today.
Many believe that the Lord God of the Old Testament is no longer relevant. The Law has been fulfilled by Jesus, who brought Saving Grace to those who believe.
Today it is the Holy Spirits turn, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, to give us the Power to Heal, Comfort, Teach, and Lead us, to all truth.
We believe, the Old Testament is full of interesting stories, or old wives tails, and at best, ancient history.
In believing the New Testament is all we need to understand, we fail to comprehend, the great sacrifice God made. He left the heavens, became a man, to suffer and die, so Believers, might become Blameless, covered by the Blood of The Lamb.
The Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are active throughout the Bible.
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 King James Version)
Can we understand the Trinity? Can we know who they are and what they do? Is the Godhead, (the Trinity, the Deity), active today? When I read the Bible, I wonder, where is the Power of God, the Miracles, Jesus promised?
Is the Spirit still hovering? Yes, people are getting saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled and water baptized, but, is that all we should expect?
Where is the God of Elijah, the God of the Bible? The Lord who preformed miracles, who healed the sick, raised the dead, and walked on water. Where are the Signs and Wonders that are supposed to follow those who believe?
Has the Lord God changed? Where is the power that Jesus has promised? Is the Holy Spirit that lives within us the weak link? Or is it possible that we don’t know, what to do, with what we have?
The answer to these questions is revealed in the Word. We need the help of the Holy Spirit to understand, to believe, that God is and He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
The Lord God in the Old Testament, is not one member of the Trinity with interchangeable names but rather two separate, distinct, individual, members of the Godhead.
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This is the Introduction to a book I am writing. Please let me know what you think. Thanks