DOMINION CHAPEL

                                           

REALITY OF GOD

Romans 1:20 tells us, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead [divine nature, Deity], so that they are without excuse.”

 

 “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are make . . . ”

 

 In order to understand the Reality of God let’s take a look at the time of creation.

 

 Genesis 1:2 tells us, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” 

 

  • The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  
  • This tells us that there is a Spirit of God
  • And it raises the question, Why was He hovering over the waters?

 

 Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, tells us that “God said, let there be.

 

  • Now we have two persons in the Deity
  • We have the Spirit of God
  • And we have God speaking
  • Why would the Spirit of God hover and then say “Let there be.”
  • I can’t imagine the Spirit of God talked to Himself
  • I believe the Spirit of God hovered waiting for God to speak so that He, the Spirit of God, could create what was said by God.
  • That reveals that the Spirit of God is the power of God

 

Psalm 103:30 confirms the idea that the Spirit of God is the power of God, “When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.”

Acts 1:8 also confirms that fact, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you . . .”

Genesis 1:1-24 God says let there be, but in Genesis 1:26 “God said, let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule. . .”

 

  • Now we have “us” and “our.” 
  • Who is “us” and “our?”
  • Is it just God and the Spirit of God?

 

Isaiah 6:8 also tells us that there is “us” in Deity: “Then I heard the voice of the LORD saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?

 

  •  The Lord asked, “Whom shall I send?”
  • The Lord also asked, “And who will go for us?”
  • Who is “us?”

 

Luke 1:26-35 Tells us “God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin named Mary. The angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

Mary asked Gabriel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

 

  • The Holy Spirit, the power of the Most High (Deity) created the child Jesus in the womb of Mary
  • Now we see that in the Godhead, we have the 1) the Most High, 2) the Son of the Most High, and 3) the Holy Spirit.  That is known as the Trinity.

 

Mark 1:9-12 tells us, “Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  As Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” At once the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert, . . .”

 

  • Jesus is baptized by John
  • The Spirit of God came down out of heaven
  • A voice came from heaven and said “You are My Son.
  • And then the Spirit send Jesus into the desert.

 

Again we have three distinct persons: God speaking from heaven, Jesus the Son in the water, and the Holy Spirit coming down out of heaven.

Jesus Christ spoke about His Father all the time, especially to His followers.  For example, in John 14:20 Jesus tells His followers that one day “you will realize that I am in My Father, and you are in me.”

Also, in John 14:15 Jesus told His followers, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. You will know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”

From all the above Scripture references, it is fair to conclude that when we think of God, we need to realize that there are three distinct persons.  One Godhead, or Deity, but actually three persons make up the “us.”

The Father calls Jesus His Son, Jesus calls God, who is in heaven His Father, and Jesus told his followers that the Father will give them the Holy Spirit to be with them.

The Father sent the Son to be the Lamb of God.  Jesus came as a child born to a woman, a virgin.  He was a man with a human nature, the Son of man as well as the Son of God.

In order to be the Lamb of God, Jesus had to be tempted in all ways as any man or woman are, but Jesus also had to be sinless and blameless.  He was found to be without sin and so He died on the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

1 John 2:1,2 tells us: “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, but was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven where He poured out His blood on the altar in heaven.  He is the once and for all sacrifice for the sins of mankind.

The Father in heaven promised His son that after the sacrifice was complete, then He would give His Son the right to pour out the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 1:3 tells us: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

 

  • The Son is now sitting at the right hand of God in heaven
  •  The Father gave the Son the right to pour out The Spirit

 

Acts 2:33 tells us: “Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”

What did the people see and hear? Acts 2:3 tells us: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”

The Father sent the Son, the Son sent the Holy Spirit who is now at work in the lives of people today who will receive Him.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God and He gives those who He lives in the power to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

In John 14:12-14 we hear Jesus making some wonderful promises: “anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You make ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.” 

 

  •  Anyone who has faith in Jesus Christ will do what He did, and even greater things because He went on to His Father
  • He went to His Father and poured out God’s Spirit
  •  Those who receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit receive the power of God and can do the greater works that Jesus spoke of

 

What are the things Jesus was doing? Acts 10:30 tell us: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.”

 According to Jesus’ own words, anyone who has faith in Him will do what He did, and even greater things.  Why? So that the Son can bring glory to His Father in Heaven.

 Jesus Christ, the Son of God promises: “My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.  I and the Father are One.”  That is written in: John 10:28-30.

  • What is eternal life? John 17:3 tells us: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
An Invitation: If you haven’t accepted God’s free gift of eternal life, but you would like to, simply pray this prayer:

 

 “Jesus Christ, I believe you are the Son of God and the only way to God.  I admit that I’m a sinner, please forgive my sins and come into my life; I want to be born again.  Please show me how real you are. Also baptize me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for accepting me.”

If you’re still a skeptic: “God, if this is true, please help me understand so that I can accept the gift of New Birth you purchased for me.” 




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