Though we cannot fully comprehend the nature of God, there is only one eternal God, who though one is at the same time three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,'" John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased." The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.
A thought for today:
In The Beginning: I love the creation story detailed in Genesis. In it God introduces and reveals himself in, through, and to all creation. In the beginning, the world is without form, void, and in darkness. The Spirit is moving over the face of the waters. Then God speaks and says, “Let there be light.”
And the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
In the first three verses of the Bible we meet God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son. The Essence of Love, the Power of Love, and the Image of Love.
In the Genesis narrative, God speaks all the world into creation: light and darkness, day and night, evening and morning, heaven and earth, the seas, plants, planets, stars, the creatures of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the earth, and mankind — male and female made in His image.
For in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16-17)
Early in my walk with the Lord I had a problem understanding the Trinity of God. It did not make sense to me, but early one morning God gave me a revelation that has always stuck with me.
I was outside before dawn. I remember seeing the sun rise. It was beautiful and majestic rising in the sky announcing the new day. I saw a small flower on the ground bow toward the sun and slowly open its petals. It was then that I understood that Jesus was speaking to me through His creation.
My Father is like the sun reigning majestically over all the world. From Him life is given and to Him life is drawn, just like the flower you see.
I am the Light of the World sent to illuminate the world. I and the Father are one like the sun and the light. We exist together as one. When there is sun, there is light. We cannot be separated.
The warmth you feel as the sun light shines upon you is like the Holy Spirit. The warmth is not the sun, nor is it the light, but all are one source and none exists apart from the other.
May God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit speak life and inspiration into your day, every day.
by Jack Colligan
Questions to prayerfully ponder and challenge us in this devotional.
- Prayerfully reflect on the image we get of the Trinity in Mark 1:1-12.
- How do we see the personalities of the three persons of God Paul prayerfully reflects upon in 2 Corinthians 13:14?