Saturday, February 19, 2011


My last two posts have really taken their toll on me, both mentally and physically. I never realized how old age and being a "workman" (2 Tim. 2:15) could be so exhausting. One of the things that contributed to the fatigue was trying to discern what the word "God" meant in each passage I studied. "God" is such a generic term, and it being a title rather than a name, does not help. I have an idea that would simplify the process. There could be identifying letters placed after the words referring to "God" which would help the reader instantly understand the text. For instance, by placing (F) after the word, we would know the text was speaking of God the Father. On the occasions where "God" is referring to the Son of God, (J) could be used. And for the case of the Holy Spirit, (HS) would easily identify to Whom the writer was referring. When the Godhead, or the Trinity is meant, (T) could be used. Here are a few examples:

THE TRINITY: Matthew 28:19 - "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father (F), and of the Son (J), and of the Holy Spirit (HS)." This verse lists the three equal persons of the Trinity, also called the Godhead (T) in Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, and Colossians 2:9.

THE FATHER: Genesis 32:30 - "And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God (J) face to face, and my life is preserved." This would immediately clarify an apparent contradiction with Exodus 33:20 which says, "And He said, Thou canst not see My (F) face: for there shall no man see Me (F), and live."

THE SON: Jesus is called God (J) in John 20:28 - "And Thomas answered and said unto Him (J), 'My Lord (J) and my God (J).'"

Another example is in Matthew 2:11 - "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child (J) with Mary His (J) mother, and fell down, and worshiped Him (J)...." When one compares this with Matthew 4:10 ("...Thou shalt worship the Lord (T) thy God (T), and Him (T) only shalt thou serve."), it is saying Jesus is God (J). See also Matthew 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; and 28:9.

THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is also called God (HS) in Acts 5:3-4 - "But Peter said, 'Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit (HS), and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? Thou has not lied unto men, but unto God (HS).'"

Being a realist, I sincerely doubt that anyone would consider using "my method" to simplify the understanding of God's (T) Word, but just in case someone does, you have my permission on one condition. You must give me a copy. God (T) bless all, especially the children of God (F)!

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