Summary: God the Father executes the plan, has the plan, the vision. Jesus Christ comes down and executes the contract with His blood on the cross. And then He leaves and He sends the Holy Spirit to do work in out heart.
Lord we thank you so much for your word. We thank you so much for your faithfulness. We thank you so much for being a good God. We pray you teach us this morning. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
I am a big fan of #s. I was a good math student in high school and college. I was an engineering student and had 4 years of math in college. I went through all the calculus classes and even a class after calculus, not that I did really good at them but I was in those classes. And #s is really the only way you can measure anything. Um even if you get saved and your life is changed you measure that with numbers. You know I used to drink everyday, now I don’t. I used to get mad all the time, now I don’t. So I used to have to be depressed 24 hours a day, now I’m depressed 0. So even numbers is related to that.
But God uses numbers very specifically and the numbers in the bible have very specific meaning and if you read the bible and look for numbers, you’ll see them all over the bible and you’ll see patterns in numbers. #3 is the # of divine perfection. #7 is spiritual perfection. #10 is the number of ordinal perfection. Matter of fact when you get to ten you use all the digits. #12 is the number of governmental perfection. 12 governs the year, 12 months. 2 x 12 hours in a day. There’s 12 tribes in Israel. There’s 12 gates in New Jerusalem. 12, 12, 12, you’ll see 12 all over the bible ah for governmental perfection.
But I want to talk about 2 numbers this morning. 1 is the #3 and then the #1. #3-The #3 is divine perfection. You cannot have a flat surface or a solid anything unless you have 3 sides. 2 sides you can’t connect anything. You have to have at least 3 sides to make a solid surface and you have to have 3 dimensions to make a solid. So # is the # for, 3 is the # for something solid, something real, something complete. Christ was in the tomb 3 days. There as darkness over the earth 3 hours. He was crucified from the 6th to the 9th hour. 6 is 2x3. 9 is 3x3. Isaac was dead in Abraham’s mind 3 days just like Christ was dead 3 days. Jesus had 3 offices: Prophet, priest and king. The earth came out of the water on the 3rd day. The book that teaches us how to worship is the 3rd book. It goes on and on and on and on and on. There’s 3 all through out the bible.
#1-#1 is the # of unity and independence. If you are the only one you are all by yourself and you are independent and you are completely unified. If we all could act as one, that’s the ideal # to illustrate our unity. God is 3 completely solid in 1, completely unified and independent.
We’re gonna talk about the trinity today. The concept of the trinity is that there’s 3 Gods, 3 persons, not people, persons. A person is different than a people. A person is your personhood, your intelligence, your emotion, your ability to relate to other people, love, forgive. You as a people is a human. That’s different.
There are 3 persons in the Godhead Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We get our personhood from God. We’re made in the image of God. We can relate to other people. We can love the other people. We can encourage other people. We can think, rationalize. We get that from God. Our personhood comes from God. So in God you have the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. How do you have 3 persons or entities in 1 God? I have no idea. There are some things about God that you cannot explain. You can’t explain God knowing the future and yet giving you the freewill to do what you want but yet He predestines you. Don’t try to understand that. You can’t.
If I was trying to understand, when you go to, when you take math you have calculus 1, calculus 2, calculus 3 and calculus 3 I think, at least when I went to school you learn equations that if you execute the equation it will draw a 3 dimensional shape and calculate the volume in the shape. Just say what? That’s what it is. That’s what I said. I was in the class. I was like – What? It’s 3 dimensional math. That’s what calculus is, that’s 1 of the things you do in calculus.