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The Work of the Trinity

The work of the Trinity is within us/

All the original 12 apostles were martyred for teaching the truth of the kingdom at hand and God’s incredible purpose.  Jesus was crucified because the accusers did not understand their own Bible or maybe they have their own personal desires and Jesus was on their way. There are ongoing discussions that Jesus was crucified not because of His religious teachings but because the kingdom He was preaching was misinterpreted as a threat to the Empire.

Centuries after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were many religions that sprouted, and Catholics who held most numbers of members have been divided. Different Christian denominations spread like wildfire which divided the union of Christianity. The Orthodox has its own as well as the Christian reformers or the Protestants.  These Christian Reformers or Protestants called themselves born again Christians to gain a surmountable amount of members.   However, because of the failure of the infamous word “Protestants”, it doesn’t attract members that much.

Religion cannot be the only way to God it can also be false methods of having a relationship with God.  Religion becomes deadly including the persecution of non-members and it separated the human race instead of living side by side peacefully.  Religion can also be valuable in the sense that it points to the fact that there is a God to be loved and feared; and that we are somehow taught to be responsible to the souls of others to get into the system for direct accountability to God.

We should be aware that the spiritual world is around us and there is no way it will let us go so easily.   All we have to remember is that our spirituality is on guard and points to something beyond this physical existence which we need to connect, as our interaction with God is Spiritual, and to our fellow believers is physical.

We have four gospels in the Bible and one out of four gospels is pointing to Jesus to be God.  Jesus never claimed He is God but never rejected it either.  He said it one time, that there is a potential of men to be gods and He said: “that the Father (God) and I are one.”  This was interpreted by His accusers that He leveled himself to God and that turned to be a blasphemy which was punishable by death.  The followers of Jesus made assertions that He is God, which led to a group of people to form the “Jesus Only” movement and later on was called Oneness of Christ or Oneness believers.

Oneness Christians believe that Jesus created all things and that He is the Word that existed before the foundation of the world. Please note that the Word only became in the name of Jesus when He appeared in the flesh.  God sent the Son down from heaven through a Virgin birth to become flesh.  Apparently, Jesus Only believers have no fear omitting the involvement of the Father, and even acknowledging the Father as the Almighty One, is not part of their notion.

There is only One Almighty God, the Almighty Father and He will never share His glory to others.  Jesus said that the Father is mightier than Him.  Why do we need proof when Jesus already declared it?

The truth is, 1Corinthian 8:6 that says: “yet for us, there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.”  Clearly, this verse and the rest of God’s word teach us the simplicity of His word and not confusing as others see it.  This speaks of God the Creator of all the things in earth and the things in heaven and above are all His creations, His masterpieces and no other can claim it.  We have to be thankful to the Son that through Him we are reconciled and learned all about the Father and through His sacrifices the redemption of our sins happened.

The Almighty Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit formed a triune God with the same nature but different from style. The Spirit of the Father is solely His, and the Spirit gives life. The Word is Father’s attributes.  When the Father Almighty uttered a Word, It has to happen and it has to exist. He created everything.

 The Son with Spirit of the Father made him a god and born in the flesh by a woman made him fully human. The Holy Spirit of God is available to those who are willing to offer their body as a living sacrifice. This means everything that will work for the glory of God.  The two natures of the child of God, flesh, and spirit can be gods.

God in Anglo-Saxon language means good. When somebody says you are god, it doesn’t mean you need to be worshipped.” Praise being good is good enough. During the Old Testament God is called LORD.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit with mankind is the only way we can be a partaker of the Divine Nature of God which blesses us with power and authority, the change of heart, humble and compassion becomes a trait, the quality of life becomes more peaceful and worth living.

John 17:20-23– “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

The Holy Spirit equips us with the armor of God to fight the good fight of faith. Some groups of Christians together with other religions do not understand our stand as Trinitarian Christians regarding the force of the Holy Spirit in our way of living. Though Trinity is not written exactly what they want to see it is there, same as the word Bible it is not written but we believe in it.  

Without Holy affections, all human knowledge is worthless. They can call as many gods and as many lords as they can, but I can only call the One True God and One Lord; the One God that made it all, and power overall, will take over and take them all to their knees.  Every god will bow and submit. The sole object of all creations that appreciates His work and the Lord Jesus Christ the Mediator, and Lord of all; that through Him, we know the Father, and with Him, we may receive eternal blessings from the Father.

Jesus Christ requested the Father to send us the Holy Spirit in place of him for our comfort and the Father blessed us with His Holy Spirit that is within us now.  By the influence and working of the Holy Spirit, we may be able to discern false teachings, false prophets, their gods, and lords that they idolize and bring us to the knowledge to come to God by faith in Christ which has an eternal reward.

When the church began to be divided after the success of the reformation, the movement began a noticeable birth of self-righteous Christians who went against other Christians that were not in line with their newfound knowledge. They are proud to be called enlightened Christians, the born again Christians who went above and beyond the responsibility of saving what they called the lost souls.

Christians are ministers of the gospel, meaning that we are servants of the good news that needs to serve the message to people who are willing without coercion to listen to the work of the ministry. To reach out to people through the work of evangelism who have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ in any religion of the world heard about his name, that’s how popular his name and it doesn’t need and introduction for it, but to encourage them to be Christian that is too personal to and too private for them.

Members of other religions are faithful that they will risk their lives to protect it. There are still places in this world that you can enter in their community but you cannot get out alive. God will not send those ministers in harm’s way that may result to cost them their lives. God knows but sometimes we go over our head feeling that when we succeeded that will be a big reward. Big or small, successful or failure will get the same reward. God is not impartial and we are not in competition with other religions. Christianity taught us to offer our body a living sacrifice but how good will it become when you are dead. We have to use the wisdom of God with the help of the Holy Spirit and not our gut feelings.

There are religions that when you force yourself it will only cost body harm if not death. It is happening and some even brought their family in missionary work just to burn alive. Some workers work without noticing that it is already late and cannot find any place to sleep and decided to sleep in their cars and got attacked. The Word of God has been preached throughout the world and every mankind possesses a free will to exercise and God’s goodness will never interfere with that freedom.  

Philippians 1:18, NLT: “But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice.”

Paul said “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him.” 2 Corinthians 11:14.

During the time when proselytes are getting into Paul’s path, he was very adamant and stronger on what he was preaching.  Many apostles were afraid of him because he was known to persecute the followers of Jesus, so, they just let Paul do his way and become Apostle of the Gentiles as he claimed that Jesus made him so.

The four gospels that teach four different Jesus are something to be clarified by the leaders of the church. There should be no conflict or confusion in these teachings. 

Peter and Paul preached two different Gospels where it made people confused about which one was true.  One was the Gospel of Circumcision wherein people had to submit in the cutting of skin and had to feel pain; the Gospel of Paul which was the Un-Circumcision and was more bearable because there was no submission to physical pain, but only dealt with the circumcision of the heart.  It was termed as the “Gospel of the Grace of God;” Acts 20:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Which one will you choose when both have a promise of salvation? Definitely the painless doctrine will be chosen.

When I see a Christian persecuting another Christian, I feel embarrassed.  Being a new born again Christian (Protestants) doesn’t mean we are above other Christians in knowledge and authority.  We do not want to be branded persecutors of brothers.  Self-righteousness is not the brand we want to hear. The Bible tells us that Christians should not meddle in other people’s business, but to worry about their own affairs.  Our focus will not be cloudy and our mind will not be distracted if we will do things right.

Paul stated: “that what we eat or do not eat does not make us more spiritual.” We have to practice what is fruitful and good to live a life full of blessings under the wings of the Almighty.

May God bless and keep you always.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit that is within us. I submit!

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Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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