FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT

The way we see God is of a great importance. The way God really is… well, that is absolutely important. And it might me different (and better) than our representation of Him. Let there be light!

1. HOW IS OUR GOD, THE FATHER?

You’ve probably noticed we said “our God". Not to point out one among many, but to indicate the God of the Bible. Many people are amazed to see God in Scriptures in a completely different likeness than what they’ve been told.

For example, in Exodus 34:6-7 God introduced Himself to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin".

Wow! When was the last time you’ve heard such a thing about God? Asked differently, do you see Him as such?

May it be then that so many people have (rejected) a caricaturized image of God? Or, as much as it might involve us, they have depicted God by the likeness of those who claim to be His people (saints, priests, people in the pews, your parents…).

Can you imagine a perfect Father?

90 SECONDS VIDEO - GOD THE FATHER

We believe that God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.

To support this belief, please take a look at the following* Bible texts:

*many exceptional texts are found in John, your homework for the previous and current lesson.

Genesis 1:1
Deuteronomy 4:35
Psalms 110:1,4
John 3:16
John 14:9
1 Corinthians 15:28
1 Timothy 1:17
1 John 1:5
1 John 4:8
Revelation 4:11
John, the Apostle
Beloved Disciple of Jesus
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

2. JESUS - THE FULL REPRESENTATION OF GOD

God loved the world. And you’ve noticed that when reading one of the above mentioned texts, John 3:16… His love for the human race was so great that He sent His Son, born in Bethlehem. Coming to our earth to redeem us (more about His ministry will be discussed in a future lesson), He fully represented the Father. In other words, if God were to come into the world, He would have lived, taught, acted as Jesus did.

The Bible says that “No one has ever seen God" with one exception. You know it! He who is “at the Father’s side, he has made him known" (John 1:18). No wonder Jesus Himself declared: “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. […] Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?" (John 14:9-10).

90 SECONDS VIDEO - GOD, THE SON

We believe that God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged.

Think of Jesus as fully God and fully human. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God.

By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to heaven to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf.

We believe that He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things.

To support this belief, please take a look at the following* Bible texts:

*many exceptional texts are found in John, your homework for the previous and current lesson.

Isaiah 53:4-6
Luke 1:35
Romans 6:23
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2 Corinthians 3:18
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Philippians 2:5–11
Colossians 1:15-19
Hebrews 2:9-18
Hebrews 8:1-2
John, the Apostle
Beloved Disciple of Jesus
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT - OUR COMFORTER

Have you ever noticed the power of little things? Or the influence of unseen elements? A scent, a memory, a smile. Take wind, for example. One cannot see it, yet its effects are clearly seen or perceived. Drying the land, carrying the leaves, powering the windmills, a beautiful breeze while walking on the beach, or a terrible hurricane destroying everything on its way.

What if such a power in our universe were not a blind force, but a Person? Even more, a friend, a comforter, an advocate.

While on earth, Jesus pointed out to three important features of the Holy Spirit, as One to replace Him. First of all, He is involved in the new birth of every converted person (John 3:3,5). Second, He leads us into all truth, reminding us of all Jesus said (John 14:26). Third, while guiding and comforting us even when we lose our way, He will convict all the world regarding sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11).

90 SECONDS VIDEO - GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He is as much a person as are the Father and the Son.

He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God.

Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church (more on this in a future lesson), empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth.

To support this belief, please take a look at the following* Bible texts:

*many exceptional texts are found in John, your homework for the previous and current lesson.

Genesis 1:1-2
2 Samuel 23:2
Psalms 51:11
Isaiah 61:1
Luke 4:18
Acts 1:8
Romans 5:5
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
2 Corinthians 3:18
2 Peter 1:21
We're done.

HOMEWORK

For this Bible Study Class (BSC) you will be required to read from the Bible. It’s our handbook! Of course, it’s up to you when you do it, how you do it, what version of the Bible will you use.

Remember how we started this lesson?

The way we see God is of a great importance. The way God really is… well, that is absolutely important. And it might me far better than our representation of Him. Let there be light!

We invite you to read for Essentials #03 – Father, Son and Holy Spirit one Bible book and a fragment of another one. The pictures are linked to BibleHub where you can start your reading in a favourite version.

We continue with John, the last 10 chapters. On this second half you’ll see more proofs of that strong relation between Father and Son and the role of the Holy Spirit as “another Comforter", to replace Jesus until He comes.

From the same author, let’s give a reading to 1 John. You will notice a pastoral approach to love, as we are worshipping a God who is light, a God who is love. 

John, the Apostle
quoting Jesus Christ
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."
Take the Quiz!

RECOMMENDED HELPS & TOOLS

We will recommend different helps and tools, resources in various formats, to facilitate your experience with the topic you’re focusing into. Some of the study resources will be free, some are paid – all are valuable. Of course, they are optional.

Note: all questions in the coming quiz have their answers in the lesson itself and in the two Bible books required for reading (not in the helps, tools and resources).

We Believe
We Believe is presented as a handy study guide format–a thorough, in-depth study of Bible lessons, using questions and answers, true-or-false questionnaires, and simple illustrations and stories to help every member understand the main points of our faith. Whatever the stage of your spiritual journey, no matter your level of maturity, you are bound to appreciate our beliefs more after reading this richly informative book.
What We Believe (for teens)
Using stories and ancedotes that will appeal to early teens, Seth Pierce helps teens realize that our Adventist beliefs are actually amazing insights into a loving God who knows us better than we know ourselves. This fourth book in the Seventh-day Adventists Believe series is a comprehensive treatment of all twenty-eight fundamental beliefs of our church.
Best Bible App
Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App™ to make God's Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device.
The Word of Promise
The Word of Promise is an audio Bible, dramatized by an all-star cast of actors, including Jim Caviezel as Jesus, Richard Dreyfus as Moses, and over 600 actors contributing to this timeless work. This audio Bible is produced with state of the art audio technology, including sound effects and an original musical score. This is a new experience in audio Bibles like none before. Take a listen today!

RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS

Here are some resources for advanced students. That doesn’t mean for… theologians. Only for those who have asked themselves questions like “Does God get angry?" or “Was Jesus God or man?", or “Is the Holy Spirit a power or a person?".

OK. Then, it might be for you!

Resources (articles, audio, video)

Articles

Jesus as Son of God – From the Biblical Research Institute

Jesus – A perfect reflection of God – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

Reflecting His glory – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

A question of sonship – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez

Is Jesus God? – Ekkehardt Mueller

The nature of Christ – Kwabena Donkor

Did Jesus Emanate from the Father – Ekkehardt Mueller