What the Bible Teaches

Who Is God? God in His Three Persons

Note: God has now called me to present the truth that he has shown me, the truth that has totally transformed my life to one of joy and peace. What each person chooses to do with this information is between him or her and God. It is not my role to judge anyone, but only to write relevant articles that are based on the Bible, God’s Holy Word. My hope is that every person who reads my articles will stop and truly evaluate his or her relationship with God.

God Is Three Persons in One

I have spent much time in prayer and just listening to the Holy Spirit within me as to how to discuss each of God’s Three Persons. What I am about to write comes from those moments. However, I do understand that there is no way any of us can completely understand this particular characteristic of God.

Simply put, I see God the Father as the MIND of God. Jesus is both the FACE and HEART of God, and the Holy Spirit is the SOUL of God. Each individual Person of God has his own set of responsibilities.. Are they three actual, separate beings, like three different people? Are the three different Persons of God simply three different aspects of ONE being? Personally, I believe there is ONE God with three different aspects (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and not three separate people.

Does It Matter If We Do Not Know All the Answers?

Some people may not like what I am going to say, but truly, I don’t think it matters. If God thought it was so important for us to know the answer to all of our questions, then he would have given that information to us in the Bible. We just have to believe – just as we do in every situation regarding God – and focus on the things God wants us to know.

Take Time Daily to Praise God

Before I begin discussing God in His Three Persons, I would like to take just a moment to praise him. We can never praise God enough! I have included a YouTube version of Chris Tomlin singing “How Great Is Our God.” Listen to the music and sing along. I assure you that doing so will make you feel good. However, feel free to skip over this part. After all this is your reading journey, not mine.

God the Father

I just want to thank the Holy Spirit within me for helping to clear up some of my confusions about the differences in the Three Persons.

Modern Day Interest of New Testament over Old Testament

Realistically, most people do not enjoy reading books. Why should they when they can just find short and easy to read information on the Internet. Even when it comes to the Bible, I don’t think that the majority of people who call themselves Christians have read all of its content.

The New Testament

The focus of many believers tends to be on God the Son, Jesus. Next, people seem to study about the working of the Holy Spirit within those who accept Jesus as Lord in Savior. Consequently, in this particular article, I have felt led to spend a bit more time on God the Father. My guess is that most people focus more on the New Testament than on the Old Testament. Why? New believers need to learn all there is to know about God the Son because he is the only way to the Father.

The New Testament is devoted to the main topic of Christianity – salvation. Salvation comes ONLY through a belief in Jesus. After a person asks Jesus to come into to his or her life, then the Holy Spirit resides within him. The first four books of the New Testament tell us about Jesus and how he died for our sins. We also read about the things Jesus did and said. The rest of the Bible, except for Revelations, teaches believers how to live once they have become children of God. Overall, the New Testament is our rule book for living a godly life in an ungodly world. In most cases, it is also easier to read and understand than the Old Testament.

The Old Testament

For many modern believers, the Old Testament seems irrelevant because it is about God’s chosen people, the Jews. Today’s Christians may not see any connection between the history of these people and our modern Christian world. “After all,”some would ask, “why would care about the Jews? They killed Jesus.” In other words, many people feel scorn or superiority towards the Jewish people. Why? Because they do not understand the history of the Jewish people and how our lives reflect the same kinds of behavior towards God. Consequently, many people may have no interest in reading about the people who rejected Jesus. The Old Testament of the Bible is also more difficult to read at times because it goes into more detail. Of course, detail is a primary characteristic of any history book.

People who have grown up on the Internet and social media like easy-to-read information, which gets right to the point. Having taught high school English for 30+ years, I saw a slow but steady change in how people viewed reading.

Obviously, English teachers just have a built-in love of reading. We like to think about underlying meanings, concepts, and ideas and how these things can be applied to our lives. In the earlier years of my career, I could teach such classics as The Scarlet Letter and Julius Caesar with relative ease. My enthusiasm for these works seemed to rub off on most of my students. Now I am certainly not saying my students loved these classics. But,as long as I used good teaching strategies to keep my students’ interest, most of students enjoyed reading and discussing these works. Because time was spent studying and breaking down these classics, my students were able to understand how literature is just one way to show that people are the same, no matter when or where they lived.

Unfortunately, over the years, reading habits have changed. Much of that is due to the Internet and ease of access to information. Why think about something if you can just look it up? Also, the world is to be a much more difficult and challenging place to live. People are more concerned with just living and surviving each day. Such social issues as abuse, mental health problems, violence, the environment and many related topics are more likely to get the world’s attention. The bottom line is that unless you were designed to be a lover of reading, people just don’t care about things that are not related to their everyday lives. The idea that someone had to wear a giant red A on her clothes because she had committed adultery just seems incredible and ridiculous in today’s world.

Basically, the Old Testament is our history book of God and his chosen people. History books provide more facts and details. For example, there are many long lists of people in the Old Testament. The following is an excerpt of one of these listings found in Ezra 10: 19 -44:

Among the descendants of the priests, the following had married foreign women:

From the descendants of Joshua son of Jozadak, and his brothers: Maaseiah, Eliezer, Jarib, and Gedaliah. (They all gave their hands in pledge to put away their wives, and for their guilt they each presented a ram from the flock as a guilt offering.

From the descendants of Immer: Hananani and Zebadiah.

From the descendants of Harim: Maaseiah, Elijah, Shemaiah, Jehiel and Uzziah.

Ezra 10: 18-21

Note: There are 23 more verses after this! Unless you are a soon-to-be parent who is trying to come up with a unique baby name, there seems to be little point of reading these kind of lists.

Another example of a fact-ridden passage starts with Exodus. God has already given Moses the Ten Commandments. However, many people are not aware that there are many more rules related to the Law by which the Israelites had to live. Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights with God, and during that time God not only gave Moses the 10 Commandments but many more rules which comprise what is known as the Law. The Law were all the rules people were expected to follow.

Every aspect of the Israelite’s lives were spelled out to them in great detail. For example, let’s look at some of the things God told Moses:

The Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastplate.

Exodus 25:1-7

The chapter continues with the command from God to make him a sanctuary so that he can dwell among them. Moses is then given very detailed instruction on how to build the ark, the table, and the lampstand (which will all go inside of the tabernacle). Then God very detailed instructions for the building of the tabernacle itself. These instructions make up the rest of the chapter – Exodus 25:8-40. I have to admit that when I start reading so many details, my brain starts wandering because there are just too many details to remember.

Unfortunately, many modern readers people are easily bored if they have to read too many facts. The truth is that the Old Testament is about people most people don’t know about. In addition, the Old Testament is filled with lots of rules and genealogies, which are not as easy to read and remember. As a result, many see no reason or have no desire to read the history of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, these people do not realize how many great stories are told in the Old Testament because they cannot see past these long passages that are found in different parts of the Old Testament.

Maturity in Our Christian Faith Brings a Hunger for More Knowledge of the Father

I personally believe that it is only as we become more mature in our faith that we begin to hunger for more and more understanding about God the Father and who he is. We also begin to see the need to understand the history of pre-Jesus times. It is only through reading about God’s relationship to mankind and how the “chosen ones” behaved that we can understand the need for Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Importance of the Old Testament to Modern Believers

We need to understand that God STILL does have a plan for his chosen people. We also need to be realistic in our thinking. Today’s people are no better than those who lived in Old Testament times. Lots of sinning is going on these days! Mature believers should be smart enough to realize the importance of studying the Old Testament and God’s chosen people in order to that we may learn from the mistakes of the chosen people. Unfortunately, the Israelites had no history books from which to learn the consequences of disobeying God. We are much more fortunate since we have the Old Testament.

Because of the Old Testament, modern believers have numerous examples of the consequences people who did not take God seriously had to suffer. We also have more documentation regarding the characteristics of a godly person. One would think that modern believers would have learned from the mistakes of the Jewish people in terms of their continual rebellion. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. One only has to look at the world today to figure out that many people are either not reading the Old Testament of the Bible or not paying attention to what it teaches us about both God’s love and his wrath.

Before we start looking at God the Father, I thought another song of praise would be nice. If you do not want to stop in your reading, I hope you will come back to these songs later.

The Father is Over the Son and the Holy Spirit

I believe that the Three Persons of God are not totally equal in rank. I feel a bit uncomfortable making this statement because I think my lack of understanding makes it difficult for me or for anyone else to truly understand the concept of God in Three Persons. Honestly I just needed to have some kind of sructure for my own understanding so that I could explain all of these to you. Please remember, I am not a theologian or expert of the bible, but just a simple woman trying her best to make sense of things that are intentionally left unclear.

The Bible tells us that God commands ALL of his believers to love him with ALL of their HEARTS, their SOULS, their MINDS, and their STRENGTH. Since we are told that man is the exact representation of Christ, let’s look at God in terms of the different parts of a man’s body.

God the Father is the Head/Mind of the Three Persons

God the Father is the HEAD part of the Three Persons. He has the MIND necessary to have created every minute detail of the world, down to the tiniest insect. When I think about all of the many different creations of Gods, I feel a bit overwhelmed. Why are there so many different creatures? I understand the purpose of some animals but not all of them. What about all the tiny insects? Why are there so many different varieties of plants, trees and flowers? What are their purposes? I think that is a question that will only be answered in heaven.

I don’t think that humans could ever have had the creativity to not only imagine but to design and create all that we see – not only the different types of living creatures but all the different species of each type. What about all the different types of flowers, trees, grasses, plants and every other kind of vegetation? I love all of the many different colors and shapes of creation. Really, who but God could have imagined all that came from creation? Again, only God knows the answer to that question.

God is the Great Designer and the Great Creator of everything that exists. He is also the creator of what I call THE ETERNAL PLAN. At the very beginning of time, God already knew the identity of every person who would occupy space in this world. He knew which people would accept his Son Jesus. From the beginning, God also knew those who would reject him. Before God created the world, he already knew what would happen every single day of every man’s time here on earth.

The idea of all of mankind being made BEFORE creation is another fact we have to just accept because it is what God has told us. To think that God knew me at the same time he knew all the people who lived thousands of years ago is something that is difficult to conceive. But I do believe God had foreknowledge of every person and every thing to come before the world was created.

David, the man who God chose before the beginning of time to become a great king, marvels at his own creation and the plan God made for him:

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained to me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:15-16

Another amazing thing about God is that he CHOSE all of those who would be called his children in advance of creation. No only that, but he also chose those things he wanted each of us to do to glorify his name at the same time we were formed.

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God created in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

God knows when Jesus will return for his beloved children. He knows when Jesus will fight against Satan and his armies, and God knows the outcome of the battles. God knows who every leader of every country will be, and whether that leader will make a positive or negative impact. I could go on forever but I think you already get what I mean. God the Father not only created everything but KNOWS EVERYTHING about each of his creations.

God the Father Is Sovereign

If we hope to be the people God intended us to be, we should never question the power of God. We need to often be reminded that he can do anything. We as humans are at our most foolish when we do not acknowledge God’s powerful nature. He makes the rules; he judges those who breaks the rules. Psalm 147:5 tells us. “Great is our LORD and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. God himself asks,

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

Jeremiah 32:27

He is the all-powerful judge and ruler of all of his creations. 1 Chronicles 29: 11-12 states,

“Yours, LORD, is the greatest and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”

1 Chronicles 29: 11-12

Why do I think God the Father is the HEAD over even Jesus? The Bible states “from now on the Son of God will be seated at the right hand of the power of God” (Luke 22:69). This statement is made regarding Jesus’ return to heaven to be reunited with his Father.

I believe that being seated “on the right hand” can be seen as a place of special honor. For example, if there was a banquet being held in honor of someone who is very widely admired, being invited to sit next to the honoree would in itself be an honor. In the book of Romans, we read more about Jesus sitting on the right hand of God:

“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Jesus Christ who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is interceding for us. ”

Romans 8:34

The Description of Jesus the Son

Having a baby is generally a time of great excitement. Seeing what the child looks like is one of the most exciting things related to childbirth. I suspect that in almost all cultures, one of the first discussions regarding the newborn is “Who does he/she look like?” It is not unusual for parents or other family members to bring out baby pictures of the parents and compare them to the newborn child.

As everyone knows, we do not know what God looks like physically. I think, at least for me, actually seeing God and Jesus will be akin to the feeling that parents, family and friends get at the first sight of a baby whose appearance has been hidden inside the mother’s womb for nine months. A parent, seeing a child for the first time, most likely will be overwhelmed and awed by the fact that this tiny human was formed with their combined DNA. That’s as close of a guess as I can give though. In reality I do not think we can even fathom how we will actually feel or react when we first come into the presence of the LORD God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. Just writing about this makes me think of the very popular “I Can Only Imagine” song performed by Mercy.

Here is the video of “I Can Only Imagine” with the lyrics shown. I think the singer best describes what many are thinking when they try to imagine meeting Jesus and God. Whatever unfolds at that meeting, I know I will be the most glorious day of my life.

I have no earthly idea what God in his Three Persons looks like. I believe that when his children see God in His Three Persons, regardless of what the outer appearance looks like, we will be looking at the true definition of beauty. A beauty which will erase all known perceptions of what humans consider to be beautiful,

It is interesting that the Bible never gives us a clue about Jesus’ physical appearance as a man. My guess is that appearance truly does not matter in God’s eyes. It is the heart that is most important. However, we do have one description of Jesus:

The verse does not say that God the Father is the “exact representation” of the Son, but that the Son is the “exact representation” of the Father. Even though this passage does not really refer to appearance, we can understand it in terms of saying, “Baby looks just like Daddy.” Also, we can again note that Jesus sat down at the right hand of the “Majesty in heaven.” Our best reference to this wording would be the custom of saying, “Your Majesty,” if meeting a king or queen, or rather, the ruler of a non-democratic country.

Knowledge Hidden from Even the Son

When Jesus’ disciples asked when he would return to earth to gather all those who believed in him, Jesus said,

“but of that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Luke 24:36

We can only assume from that statement that Jesus does NOT know everything that God the Father knows. The very fact that Jesus always refers to “My Father” when speaking about God seems to indicate that like the human family that God meant us to be, the Father is head over the household and makes all the final decisions. The children are NOT always told everything that the parents know.

In conclusion, I visualize God the Father as he might be seen in a human setting. He sits in a top floor office of a large office building. The building is pristine white with clean lines. I do not see him in a cluttered environment. Everything needs to be orderly and in its place. It is the main headquarters for the largest company in the world. God the Father spends all of his time watching over every aspect of the world, tracking each person and event in terms of his predetermined grand plan for all of humanity.

He stays quite busy at all times, and is generally not often seen. His Son, on the other hand, is the FACE of the company. Both Father and Son love the company and all the people it serves, but Father and Son have totally different responsibilities.

The Lord’s Prayer

Before beginning a discussion of God the Son, I would like to end this section with what is generally called the Lord’s Prayer. I was brought up hearing this prayer quite frequently. In fact, I imagine it was one of the first bible passages I ever learned. After I got married, I changed Christian denominations. I don’t know if the previous denomination just considered this prayer as a cornerstone of its faith or if the prayer itself has just “gone out of fashion.” Regardless, I would like you to read it here:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us out debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:8-13
Note: The last part of this verse starting with “For yours” does not appear in all translations, but it was what I learned and I still say it this way. The last sentence is an awesome acknowledgment to whom God really is.

God the Son

As you have already realized, it is impossible to talk about God the Father without talking about God the Son. As a result, you have already heard quite a bit about Jesus. I will be writing about Jesus (since he is the rock on which Christianity is built) in many of my articles. As a result, I will only discuss what I believe to be Jesus’ specific roles, as compared to those of the Father and the Holy Spirit, in this article.

As I previously mentioned, I believe Jesus is the HEART of God. God the Father has put his Son in charge of all the people of the world. Even though God the Father is above all, he has given everything he has to his beloved Son. Jesus is the “King of Kings.” I also believe that Jesus is the FACE of God, or rather, the one that I believe we will see more often than God the Father. The Father has to ensure that everything in the world goes as plans. The Son is out among the people, meeting their needs.

Just as I visualize God the Father in the human setting of a pristine white, clean-edged building, I visualize God the Son in the midst of a crowd, and it is a much more chaotic and messy atmosphere. After all, Jesus is the king of sinners, people who are far from perfect. After all, Jesus did not come to save the healthy or perfect, but the sick and down and out people of this world.

Jesus is our ONLY hope of meeting God the Father. The entire New Testament is centered around Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. I am quite sure I will be referring to him in most of my articles because he is indeed our link to the Father. He is also the one who taught the people about God’s rules. Jesus is our teacher. Because believers are free from the Old Testament law, Jesus had to teach us how to act and basically showed us what qualities God the Father desires to see in his children. Here are the important things to know about Jesus:

Jesus Has Always Been God

As part of what is called by many Christian denominations as the HOLY TRINITY, Christianity is centered on the concept of God in Three Persons. John 20:31 states, “But these are written so you may believe Jesus is Messiah,the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in his name.” Notice that this nor any other verse about Jesus says that he “became” God. Jesus IS God and ALWAYS has been.

Jesus Is Our Salvation

In the eyes of God’s children the most important reality of Jesus is that only through Jesus can we go to heaven as a child of God.

Jesus very clearly states that he alone is the way to find God. In John 14: 6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There is NO OTHER WAY. We cannot ever do enough good to earn our way to heaven because we are sinners. We can only believe in the saving grace of Jesus. Acts 4:12 repeats the same simple fact:

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

Another important factor related to salvation is that we must believe that Jesus not only died for our sins but was raised from the dead. Then we have to confess Jesus as Lord and Savior before we are truly saved:

“If you declare with you mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

In other words, becoming a child of God requires ACTION on our part. First, we have to believe in God, understanding that he is our creator and able to do anything. Then we have to vocally admit that we believe that God, in his great power, raised his Son Jesus from the dead and restored him to life. We also have to acknowledge Jesus is indeed Lord over all mankind. It is not enough just to have those ideas in our head; we have to confess to others our belief.

Jesus truly is the HEART of God. It is only because of his great love for us that he was willing to shed all the privileges of Godship to become a man. Is there anyone who genuinely believes that becoming LIKE man is something worth attaining? Look at the history of mankind, going all the way back to Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Not only is all of mankind sinful, man is and has been capable of the most heinous acts that could possibly be imagined.

But Jesus CHOSE to come to earth in the form of man to give every person a second chance. Honestly, I wonder if anyone who has ever read the bible or even just the history books of mankind can actually say that humans DESERVE a second chance. Those who do not see mankind as it truly is are probably those who will definitely be joining Satan and his army of demons for eternity.

Although I did not spend as much time discussing God the Son as he deserves , it is only because much of what I have already discussed about God relates to Jesus. In addition, as I address the how to’s of living a godly life, Jesus will always be my source of reference, so you will be reading much more about Jesus in my articles. After all, Jesus is our ONLY HOPE for living a life of pure joy and peace for eternity with God our heavenly Father.

God the Holy Spirit

Have you ever noticed that we never read about the Holy Spirit in terms of a physical location to God the Father? Why does the bible never reference the Holy Spirit sitting to the left of God or even next to Jesus?

The Role of the Holy Spirit

As I have previously stated, I believe that the Father is the HEAD/MIND and Jesus is the HEART and FACE of God. The Holy Spirit represents the SOUL of God. He is that part of God and Jesus that resides within us. We won’t see the Holy Spirit in heaven because he will still continue to have the same responsibilities as he always has. However, regardless of whether we see the Holy Spirit or not, he is a VITAL part of our lives.

The Holy Spirit, in essence, is our connection to the Father and the Son. When we feel the presence of God or Jesus leading in our lives, they are communicating through the power of the Holy Spirit, who resides within our souls.

The Holy Spirit is not within us when we are born. Instead, he enters our souls when we are “born again.” Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, takes on an important role in teaching new believers about God and Jesus. At one point he says,

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38

Notice that Peter refers to the Holy Spirit as a “gift.” Indeed he is. Just think about it. What if we did not have the Holy Spirit within us? Even if we had all the bibles in the world today, if we only read about God and Jesus but had no spiritual connection to them, it would be next to impossible to form a connection with God. God would be just some ancient being featured in an old book.

But as Christians, we DO have a reason for hope. God and Jesus are not just some mystical beings referred to in a book written thousands of years ago. John 14:26 illustrates the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Because the Holy Spirit is within us, he is a living reminder and assurance of what we have read in our bibles. We can believe that there is a TRUE God and creator and that there is a TRUE Savior. We can maintain hope through the worst of trials and tribulations that God has prepared a place for us in heaven and that we will not always suffer.

When We Pray, We Are Praying to God in His Three Persons

I have to admit that I used to have some really dumb thinking (not that I don’t still sometimes get crazy notions in my head). A number of years ago, I would start out my prayer addressing the Holy Spirit. Then I got this “thing” in my head that said, “Janis, you are disrespecting Jesus. He’s the one who died for you. You should be addressing him.” Other times I would address God in my prayers, and then I would get this crazy idea of disrespecting Jesus again. I was so confused because I certainly did not want to offend Jesus in any manner. After all, he died on a cross for MY filthy sins, and I owe it all to him.

Thankfully, God gave me the answer I needed, which is that regardless of who comes to mind when I begin to pray, I am praying to God – which means the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I realized that this crazy confusion was coming from Satan. ANYTHING that takes our minds off the things of God is of Satan. God is not a God of pettiness. He KNOWS my heart and mind. He KNOWS how much I love him in ALL of his Three Persons. He KNOWS that my greatest desire in life is to die to self and to become the woman he created me to be.

The long and short of this is that I praise God the Father for not only creating me, but choosing me at the beginning of time to be one of his children. I praise God the Son because he took on a job that no human would take on. He temporarily gave up all the benefits of Godship to become a man, just so he could be our sacrifice to God the Father, I praise God the Father because he sent us the Spirit of his ONLY Son when it was time for Jesus to return to the Father. I praise the Holy Spirit because it is through his working within me that I am able to understand the Father and the Son and their desires for my life.

We would be totally isolated from the world if we did not have our phones and other digital forms of communication. In the same manner, we would be isolated from the Father and Son if we did not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit communicates the wishes of the Father and the Son to us. Just as important, he also communicates our every thought, desire, concern or emotion to them. The most awesome thing of all is that the Holy Spirit, being a very part of our being, knows all of these things, When we are unable to vocalize our feelings, the Holy Spirit communicates those things to the Father and the Son for us.

I have been transformed into a much better version of myself through my total belief that God is TOTALLY in control and that a 100% FAITH in God is necessary to full have a close relationship to him (in all of his Three Persons). Along with transformation comes added wisdom and knowledge. It has only been of late that I have truly understood the “gift” of the Holy Spirit,

Jesus, speaking to his disciples before he returns to heaven says,

I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”

John 16:12-16

I suggest that you read this bible passage several times and really focus on what it is telling us. This is one of the best scriptures I have ever read which helps us to understand that there is ONE God in Three Persons. I have a much better understanding of each of their roles and responsibilities based on this scripture. All I can say is praise God for giving us bibles to read and a Holy Spirit who helps us to understand what the bible is REALLY saying to us.

Recommended Resources

I am listing a few resources that may help you as you begin to intentionally study God’s Word.

Recommended Music

Bible Study Resources

Walk Thru the Bible Ministries: Closer Walk New Testament, New International Version

This has been and continues to be my FAVORITE and MOST USEFUL study tool. Not only have I read and written in my own copy numerous times, I have given this book to many of my loved ones and friends as a gift. Actually, my personal copy has been written on so much that I am planning to purchase a new copy myself! I highly RECOMMEND this book!

Note: New copies are very hard to come by so they usually are priced high; however there are many used copies in excellent condition which are very inexpensively priced. I have never purchased a new one!

Bible Study Resources

I am listing a few resources that may help you as you begin to intentionally study God’s Word.

Walk Thru the Bible Ministries: Closer Walk New Testament, New International Version

This has been and continues to be my FAVORITE and MOST USEFUL study tool. Not only have I read and written in my own copy numerous times, I have given this book to many of my loved ones and friends as a gift. Actually, my personal copy has been written on so much that I am planning to purchase a new copy myself! I highly RECOMMEND this book!

Note: New copies are very hard to come by so they usually are priced high; however there are many used copies in excellent condition which are very inexpensively priced. I have never purchased a new one!

Other Sources that Look Good

The other sources I am listing are ones I have not personally used (but find interesting and will possibly purchase for myself after further investigation). All that are listed have at least 4 out of 5 stars! I suggest you look at each of these listed resources and decide which seems the best one(s) to meet your needs. ANY highly-rated bible or study bible that helps you learn more about what Gods Holy Word has to say can always help!

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1:2. This is one version of Paul’s greeting to his readers in all of his books.

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