Summary: “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him
Theme: Experience the glory of God in your life
Text: Is. 6:1-8; Rom. 8:12-17; John 3:1-17
Today is Trinity Sunday, a day we affirm and celebrate the Triune God. Our revelations of God always comes from Him and He is the One who reveals Himself as the Holy Trinity, One God who is three persons, yet still only one God. Throughout the Scriptures reference is made to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is equal is stature to the other. Each is fully divine, that is fully God, and each one is a fully distinct person. We should not confuse the Father with the Son or the Son with the Spirit. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Spirit. Just because the doctrine of the Trinity is difficult to understand does not mean we should ignore it. The story is told of a theologian struggling to understand the doctrine of the Trinity as he went for a walk on the beach. Suddenly he noticed a little boy filling a hole he had made in the sand with seawater he was fetching with a seashell. He asked the boy what he was doing and his reply was ‘putting the ocean into the hole’. The theologian immediately realised he had been doing the same thing trying to understand the Trinity instead of believing the truth of God’s Word. The Trinity is a revelation from God and how can those who have experienced His glory doubt His words. Your purpose in life is to experience the glory of God in your life and believe in Him.
The majesty and glory of God is evident all around us. It is revealed in His creation and in the Old Testament it was visibly revealed to Moses in the burning bush and on Mount Sinai. The glory of God was present in the Holy of Holies and on special occasions as at the dedication of the Temple by Solomon. Isaiah and other Old Testament prophets and saints witnessed the glory and majesty of God. In the New Testament Christ manifested the glory of God and today believers are to manifest His glory. You cannot witness the glory of God and not His holiness. The glory of God and the holiness of God are two sides of the same coin. When Isaiah saw the glory and holiness of God he realised how wretched he and the people around him were. How can a sinful person come before a Holy God? It is only possible because God is love. John 3:16-17 declares “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”. Love met the need of Isaiah and love meets our need today.
The Word of God is about God’s relationship of love with man created in His own image and likeness. God is Spirit and man could only relate to Him in Spirit and in truth. Sin led to spiritual death and separation from God. Only God who is life and has life can give life to the spiritually dead and this He made possible through the new birth. God is love and He loves us with an exceedingly great love. He has gone to great lengths to deal with sin in our lives by making it possible to be born again. We must be born again.
The new Birth is the path to experience the glory of God in your life. The new birth leads to the salvation of the spirit and to spiritual life and reconciliation with God. The new birth begins a new life as the Holy Spirit comes to live in the believer’s recreated spirit. Since man is a spirit who possesses a soul and lives in a body, the believer is spiritually perfect and should be led by the spirit. The new birth perfects the spirit but not the soul or the body. It, however, enables one deal with sin and the tendency to sin that is inherent in every human being. The real you, your spirit, should renew your thinking and bring it to act according to the will of God. The renewed mind will affect the body and bring it to the point where it accepts what the Word says instead of what the senses say.
The only way to approach and know a righteous God is to be born from above, to be born again. Our real life is a life lived in the spirit and begins with being born again. It is coming into a new realm of life - the realm of the Spirit. An unborn baby has no knowledge or contact with the outside world. In the same way every individual who has not been born of the Spirit of God has no knowledge or contact with God, and with the things of heaven and eternity. Without normal birth a baby has no ability to use all the potentials of life within it. The unborn baby has ears but it cannot hear and a mouth but it cannot speak. It has the potential of hearing and speech before it is born but can only use it after birth to communicate. In the same way man has the ability to hear God and communicate with Him but can only do so after being born again and without spiritual birth a person will have no ability to understand the things of God. Being religious is not enough to get us to Heaven. It is not enough coming to Church on Sundays, neither is it enough when we do not lie, steal or drink? There is only one way to Heaven and that is God’s way – by being born again. Have you been born again?