God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and Holy Spirit are the three distinctive persons of the Godhead. They are three, and they are one. (Gen 1:26, Col 2:9, Mark 12:29).
GOD THE FATHER
God is the Creator of the universe, and everything in it. This includes Lucifer the fallen angel who is Satan. God has no beginning and He has no end. He has always been and always will be. He is simultaneously in the past, the present, and the future. There is no where He is not (omnipresent). He is all knowing (omniscient). He is all powerful (omnipotent). And He is unchanging in His holy nature and character (immutable).
God created humankind with a free will, and gave us dominion over the earth, and He loves us to use our free will to work in cooperation with him, and with His Word. We have been created in God’s likeness. Therefore, like us, He has emotions. One of the greatest of these emotions is His love for us, and in us. God desires to be loved by us.
(Gen 1-2, John 1:3; Jer 32:17, Rev 4:8, Rev 22:13, Jer 23:23-24, Ps 139:7-9; Ps 147:5, Isaiah 55:8-9; Luke 1:37, Ps 147:5; Heb 13:8; Gen 1:26, Eph 2:10, 1 Cor 3:9; 1 John 4:9-10, Rom 5:5, John 3:16, Matt 23:37).
JESUS THE SON
Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. He was born of a virgin and lived on this earth as both God, and a Jewish man without a glorified body.
Jesus chose willingly to be tortured and die on a cross for all of our sins. To buy back with His blood the authority which was lost in the Garden of Eden. To give us an abundant life on this earth. To save us from eternal damnation, and to give us everlasting life in Eternity with Him, and our born again loved ones who have gone on before us and also have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Jesus rose from the dead by the power of God, and now sits at the right hand of His Father in Heaven making intercession for us. He is waiting for His Father’s command to return for His Bride.
(Matt 3:16-17; John 1:14; Matt 1:23; Rom 5:6, John 10:18; Matt 16:18-19, Rev 1:18; John 3:16-18, John 10:10, Exod 32:33, Luke 10:20; Rom 8:34; Matt 24:36).
Holy Spirit enables us to witness to others and so much more. He prays through us words we cannot express in our native tongue or any other language. He is the truth and inspiration of the Father who teaches us, and enables us to know the thoughts of God in revelatory forms such as: Tongues and interpretation, prophecy, words of wisdom, and words of knowledge.
Holy Spirit teaches us how to be receptive to the very emotions and heart of God so that there is a pure expression of the revelatory gifts He endows us with. He enables us to mirror the nature of God so that we may come into intimate relationship with each person of the Godhead, and be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
Holy Spirit is the power of God which enables us to perform supernatural miracles, and experience “God encounters” on earth and in heaven though we be in human form. He is baptism by fire over and over again. This Holy Ghost fire shut-up in our bones emboldens us, and will not allow us to be timid no matter the cost. He is the Lion who roars the voice of the Lord and who can but prophesy.
(Rom 8:26-27; 1 Cor 2:10-11, 1 Cor 12:4-10; 2 Cor 3:18; Acts 1:8, Acts 6:8, John 20:30, John 14:12; 2 Cor 12:2-4, Rev 1:10, Rev 4:1-10; Matt 3:11, Jer 20:9, Amos 3:8).
The canon of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation are the inspired Word and works of God. And since God works in cooperation with us and we with Him this inspiration has been recounted for generations, and continues to flow through the men and women of God. It is the authority of God upon which the Church stands, and the blueprint by which the Church is built and established. It is the guidebook for how we as people of God are to live our lives. It is designed to teach us, to rebuke us, to correct us, and train us as men and women of righteousness, and thoroughly equip us for all good works.
The Bible has been translated into many languages but it is by and large a Hebraic book. The Bible has been far more distributed than any other book. But the Bible is more than just a book. It is the supernatural, God-breathed, living Word of God.
Depending upon the source, extra-biblical writings may or may not be beneficial reading. Such writings can help us to understand biblical culture, and aide our understanding and interpretation of God’s Word. Whatever study aids we use should always point us back to the Word of God. God commands us to study His Word. But God’s word is not to be supplemented. It is not to be added to or taken away from.
(2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Tim 2:15; Deut 4:2, 12:32, Rev 22:18-19).
There is a literal Heaven prepared for those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and confess Him as Lord, and live in covenant with Him, and the entire Word of God. Heaven is for those who are allowing God to conform them into the image of Christ Jesus. Rather than those attempting to conform the Word to fit their belief system or their image.
(John 14:2-3, 1 Thess 4:16-17; John 3:3; 2 Cor 3:18; Mark 7:9, 13).
There is a literal hell prepared for Satan and his demonic angels, and those who reject Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and as their Savior and Lord; those who refuse to obey the entire Word of God; those who follow darkness and false lights rather than the Light of God; those who serve and bow down to other gods; those who practice various forms of sorcery or witchcraft be they deemed “good or bad, black or white;” those who do not live a holy life as the Word of God defines holiness.
(Matt 25:41, Rev 20:12, Rev 21:8, Heb 12:14, Gal 5:19-21, Acts 19:19).
THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The Church is to function as the Apostolic Ecclesia. This is not a denomination. This is the legislative, governmental Church of the Kingdom of God functioning much like the Church of the book of Acts but beyond. As we step into this new era we will be doing the greater works that Jesus said we would do as we reap the harvest.
The Church is the Bride of Christ who is preparing for the Bridegroom’s return. Although the Church assembles virtually, in houses, in huts, in buses, in buildings, etc. . . . (as we should). The Church is not a building. The Church is a Kingdom, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation made up of peoples from every continent and every nation under the Lordship of King Jesus. And yes, we are a peculiar people.
The Church is built on the foundation of true apostles and true prophets of God. We function in our various fivefold ministry assignments as apostles, prophets, preachers, teachers, and evangelists. And these assignments are to be “lived out loud” and to be effectual in the work of the Lord’s ministry for every aspect of society, and for all the peoples of the earth. Not just in and for the Church.
(Matt 16:18-19 [church or ecclesia/ekklesia in Greek]; John 14:12; Eph 5:25-27, 2 Cor 11:2, Rev 19:7-9; Heb 10:25; Acts 7:48, Col 1:27, Luke 17:20, 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Cor 12:27-28, Eph 2:19-22, Eph 4:11-12; Mark 16:15).
Jesus Christ, God’s Son is the only way to salvation. It is not through the idolatry of other gods. It is not through denominations or religious traditions. It is not through belief systems or theologies. These too can become idols.
The only way to Jesus, who is eternal life, is by confessing with your mouth that you believe He is the Son of God, and believe with your heart that He died on a cross for you. If you desire a better life on this earth, and eternity with the Lord make that confession.
Enter into covenant with God. In General, a covenant is an agreement between God and you. He promises that once you belong to Him His love will never leave you nor forsake you even in the most difficult of times. Even when you make mistakes or veer off the path. Your part is to return God’s love, and willingly agree to follow the precepts of His Word all the days of your life. To live a repentant life so that when you do make mistakes (and you will) you can immediately be back in right standing with Him.
This covenant requires you to undergo the process of transformation so that you begin to look like Jesus as your character is changed from your old sin nature to the nature and character of God. I encourage you to pray to God from a sincere and repentant heart. Know that as you pray there is no sin too dark or too shameful for God to forgive and remove through the blood of Jesus. Nothing is too hard for God, and nothing can separate you from the love of God if you truly desire to walk with Him.
(John 14:6, John 10:9, Acts 4:12; Col 2:8; Rom 10:9-10; Heb 13:5, Matt 28:20, Rom 8:38-39; Rom 12:1, 1 John 2:1-2, Ps 103:8-12, Luke 1:37, Isa 1:18, Prov 24:16; Rom 12:2).
If you don’t know Jesus or have fallen out of fellowship with Him, I invite you to pray the prayer below.