November 9, 2022

Gary Hullquist

"I have determined to know nothing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

1Cor 2:2

Last year I read a book about the Heavenly Trio. Oh, I have always known about the Trio, but was disappointed to read in this book strange notions unfamiliar to the language of Scripture. For some time, my emphasis has been on just two: Father and Son. After all, the New Testament is brimming with Their interactions and appearances, especially in the Gospel of John. Was I somehow afraid of the number three? Was I suffering from triskaphobia? See the following Triskaphobia post.

This year I took a closer look at Ephesians 4. I already was familiar with 1Corinthians 8:6 "Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge" verse 7.  And 1Timothy 2:5 "There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ."  Then there was 1Thessalonians 1:9,10. Like the noble Bereans, I too had turned from idols "to serve the living and true God; and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus." And, of course, the most important of all: John 17:3 where Jesus prays to His Father, "the only true God."

And it was the Father and Son that seemed to pop up everywhere. 

"The Father loves the Son and has given everything into his hand." John 3:35

The Son loves the Father.  John 14:31

The Son prays to his Father: on the mountain all night long. Matt 14:23

The Son prays to his Father in the temple, in the garden and on the cross.  Matt 11:25; 26:39; 27:46

The Father speaks to His Son. Matt 3:17,  John 12:28.

But here was Ephesians 4. And there in verses 4, 5, and 6 was a string of ones.

"There is one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, and one baptism; one God and Father of all, Who is above all and through all and in you all."  A lot of one's packed in those verses! 

And there was OGOLOS, as plain as day. 

One God One Lord One Spirit

Don't leave the Spirit out! There is one Spirit, the Spirit of God which the Father gave to him whom the Father sent (His Son) without measure. John 3:34.  So, the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Jesus bodily. Colossians 2:9. The Godhead dwells in Jesus because "the head of Christ is God" 1Cor 11:3. Jesus said "I am in the Father, and the Father in me...the Father that dwells in me" John 14:10.

The Spirit is life. Romans 8:10. The words of Jesus are "Spirit and they are life" John 6:63.  "As the Father has life in Himself, so has He given to the Son to have life in himself." John 5:26. One Spirit in the Father, given to His Son, who then breaths His Spirit on us. John 20:22. Then Christ, who is our life (Colossians 3:4), lives in us (Galatians 2:20) just as the Spirit of Christ was in the prophets (1Peter 1:10,11).  Thus, "through him (through Jesus) we have access by one spirit to the Father" Ephesians 2:18.  In fact, Jesus offered Himself without spot to God his Father through the eternal Spirit. Hebrews 9:14.