Spiritual discernment is a supernatural ability, which requires supernatural power. In our human strength, we can rely only on what we see, hear, feel, and know, in order to make decisions and evaluate circumstances and relationships. But when the Holy Spirit comes to live within us, He opens up an entirely new dimension of understanding. He shows us things we could never figure out by ourselves.
Although the Bible is the basis for spiritual discernment, without the interpreting power of the Spirit, reading it would be strictly an academic endeavor. But the Spirit takes the words and brings them to life in the hearts of those who have been "born again" by believing and trusting Jesus Christ (2nd person of the Trinity) as their Lord and Savior. He knows precisely how to apply God's Word to our exact need at just the right moment. Haven't you found this to be true? You've read a passage many times, but just when you need a particular message, that familiar verse jumps off the page right into your heart.
That's the work of the Holy Spirit. He is the only one who knows the thoughts of the Father, and His job is to open our minds to understand "the things freely given to us by God" (1 Corinthians 2:12). The Lord isn't trying to hide His thoughts from us; rather, He wants us to know how He thinks so that we can proceed wisely.
So what should we do if we're struggling to understand Scripture?
The Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity.
We can know that the Holy Spirit is indeed a divine person because He possesses a mind, emotions, and a will.
The Bible clearly represents the Holy Spirit as possessing divine attributes and exercising divine authority. When viewed together, passages from the Old and New Testaments depict the Holy Spirit as a divine person equal to the Father and the Son. Thus, the Holy Spirit is said to be one of the three personalities of the triune Godhead, also referred to as the Trinity.
The name of the Holy Spirit, is “the Spirit of God”.
At the same time He is called “the Spirit of Christ” (Romans 8:9).
He is coequal with both the Father and the Son. The Apostle Peter clearly viewed Him as God when he said to Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit? . . . You have not lied to men, but to God” (Acts 5:3-4). In these two verses, Luke equates lying to the Spirit with lying to God, demonstrating the divine nature of the Holy Spirit.
He, too, possesses the attributes of deity and performs the works of deity. He is the Spirit who proceeds from the Father.
Words used to describe the divine attributes of God can be applied to the Holy Spirit, too. Christianity holds that four attributes distinguish a divine being from all else:
Each of the four distinctly Divine Attributes is ascribed to the Holy Spirit.
Conclusion: If the Father, the Son, and the Spirit all bear the names of God, possess the attributes of God, and perform the works of God, then there is no alternative but to acknowledge that our one God exists in three Persons.
The reality of the triune Godhead cannot be denied. Those outside of Christ may object to it, but their objections arise primarily because they seek to understand the Creator in terms of the creature, to see God as merely a bigger and better version of man when in reality He is a totally different kind of being, an infinite being whom our finite minds cannot fully comprehend.
We believe in the Godhead not because we understand it, but because God has revealed it. It is not incidental or unimportant. It is the very essence of His being, the way He is. And it is necessary for us to know it if we hope to grow in our understanding of His nature and perfections.
God is not a family. But, we can be adopted into His family when we are born again. (Sorry, Herbie.)
God is eternal (defined as having infinite duration, having no beginning and no end: lasting forever). This is why we will never become gods. We are created beings. That is the same prideful goal that got Satan kicked out of heaven !
Can you become a
Christian if you deny the Trinity?
Thinking correctly about God is of utmost importance because a false idea about God is idolatry.
Belief beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.
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