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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)
- TITLE: Two’s Company And Three’s Complete
By Doug Laird
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The unison of what each strand brings to the table is what produces the strength of the chord.
If any one of the stands were to be eliminated, the integrity of the chord would be compromised.
Likewise, the Trinity cannot be dissected and the deity of its Members cannot be diminished. While this may seem like a â€śno-brainerâ€ť to an edified believer, there are religions out there that deny the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and/or attempt to diminish it in comparison to the Deity of God the Father and the Deity of God the Holy Spirit.
According to divine viewpoint, rejecting, denying, or diminishing the deity of one of the Members of the Trinity, is paramount to rejecting and denying all three.
Members of the trinity, in their deity, are equal members.
Generally speaking, God the Father plans, God the Son executes the plan, and God the Holy Spirit sustains and/or restores.
No one Member of the Trinity does anything without the knowledge and agreement of the others.
During the period between the First Advent and the Ascension, God the Son chose not to make â€śindependentâ€ť use of His Deity in order to fulfill the plan of God the Father.
Like choosing not to draw a gun from its holster, choosing to not to make independent use of His Deity did not diminish the presence or power of it.
At no time was the Deity of God the Son ever compromised! Deity is immutable. His choice not to make use of it His Deity that remained with Him, actually increased the pressure that was brought to His humanity to do so (Matthew 4).
It is one thing to be tempted when there isnâ€™t any realistic options available, and another thing to be tempted when you have the power of God at your fingertips.
Speaking against our Lordâ€™s humanity is a forgivable offense, but denying His deity is not (Luke 12:10).
Permanently denying, rejecting, or diminishing our Lordâ€™s deity is paramount to calling God the Holy, who brings the Good News to an unbeliever, a liar.
During His mission here on Earth, our Lord, in His humanity, was subordinate to God the Father (John 14:28). In His Deity (John 19:30), He remained an equal member of the Trinity.
To fulfill the plan of God, our Lord could only make use of His deity when the plan of God the Father authorized it.
Had our Lord made independent use of His deity, He would have disqualified His humanity as being the â€śspotlessâ€ť Lamb of God.
Tempting our Lord to make independent use of His Deity was the devilâ€™s objective when he tempted our Lord to turn the stone into bread (Matthew 4).
In His Deity, our Lord could neither be tempted nor fail. But in HIs Humanity, He could be tempted and could have failed.
When we come to realize all that our Lord accomplished in His humanity, we can develop a new appreciation for it.
In His humanity, He pioneered what would be the method of operation for believers of the Church Age (John 15:5), relying on God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 4:1).
When theologians refer to the first, second, and third member of the Trinity, it is for the purpose of identification and is not to be understood as meaning rank within the Trinity.
The existence (Gen. 1:26) and coordinated activity (Gen. 1: 1, 2/John1:1-3). of the triune godhead is clearly documented.
Very few individuals or groups dispute the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, agreeing that there had been a â€śmanâ€ť named Jesus.
It was His claim of Deity that divided and continues to divide the human race.
How important is it to have a clear understanding of His Deity and His humanity?
â€śHe who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God (John 3:18 NASB).â€ť
Believing in the â€śnameâ€ť of Jesus, means to believe in the Person (Who He is in His Deity) and the WORK (what He accomplished with His Humanity) of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel extends the soul-saving, three strand chord to all unbelievers.
However, one cannot grasp this eternal lifeline without taking hold of the chord in its entirety. Itâ€™s all or none!
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