UI – Part 170 – Islam & Trinity (IV)
Invisible – Visible
God is invisible.
Jesus is visible.
The Holy Spirit is invisible and dwells within. Call the Spirit ‘Paraclete’ or ‘Comforter’ or ‘Counselor.’ The Spirit (Holy Spirit) is another in the Unity of God.
As the Father, Son and Holy Spirit there is but One essence, yet distinct Personalities.
The writing of the Gospels is so “that you might believe that Jesus is the Son of God.” Reading, reviewing, coming to grips with what is written as a whole makes the picture of Jesus discernible.
“The Spirit is the substance of the Word, and the Word is the operation of the Spirit and the Two are One (one and the same” according to Tertullian. [i] ) We know the Spirit is like the wind. It exists, you can feel it, you can sense it, but you cannot see it. Internally the Spirit fills all cavities of the body, flows as the blood and other fluids, but is not visible.
Who speaks to you when you are alone? What is your conscience? Where is it from? What is the cause? How does it emanate? Even when not alone you reflect your thoughts with words to yourself, especially when deciding to make a statement or not. The words of the conscious mind may be the bullet points listed for consideration, the opportunities for statements to be made, the review and decision on what to say, what not to say, or what is best left unsaid. Those thoughts contain Reason. They can differ from what you may actually speak. You may be constrained by your family or your culture or your circumstances from openly declaring what your mind is telling you. What is Truth may be in your head, the words of your conscience being expressed, yet what is said is not the same. What is the Word of Truth that indwells inside you but the Spirit?
If you have accepted Christ as Savior, the RAM metaphorically which he is, as your substitute, having been punished for all your sins, that which indwells and speaks to you is God as the Holy Spirit.
Hidden From the Wise
From the wise these things are hidden, so claims Tertullian. No man knows the Father. But the Son has revealed him to us through his presence on earth, his visibility, his compassionate miracles and his substitutional sacrifice. The Son is known to man. Jesus has promised to be an advocate for those who believe and are grateful before God the Father.
“Whosoever shall confess that Christ is the Son of God … God dwells in him, and he in God.”
Understand the Trinity – Know God
From the Bible book of John, John 14:20, three primary attributes of God, as a Whole, are discussed, with reference to the day all come to realize the implication of the Holy Spirit, “On that day (the day of Jesus’ resurrection) you will realize that I ( Christ) am the Father (one-in-the-same), and you are in me, and I am in you (the Spirit).” It is the day Christ’s divine Being is made abundantly obvious.
To understand the relationship of the unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is to know God.
We can only pray this series of 4 Blogs on Islam – Trinity (UI – Part 167 thru 170) has helped you better understand the error in the Quran when dealing with Jesus, God as the Father and the Trinity. The Christian faith is not polytheistic. We believe in One God, God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. God has also made the provision for man to be right with him so our Salvation is assured. Thanks Be To God!
May the Love of God, the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Grace and Peace
[i] Against Praxeas: In Which He Defends, in all Essential Points, the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, by Tertullian, pg. 767, from Amazon Kindle Books.