Lesson Scriptures: John 14:8-11,16-20,23-26
Key Lesson Theme: “The Nature of God”
Today's Lesson: Friday, March 5
8 “Lord,” said Philip, “show us the Father, and that’s enough for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been among you all this time and you do not know me, Philip? The one who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who lives in me does his works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Otherwise, believe because of the works themselves.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.
17 He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.
19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too.
20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you.
23 Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24 The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
25 “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you.
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
Live It Out
God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This trinitarian concept appears throughout the New Testament to affirm that God has manifested Himself through Jesus Christ by means of the Holy Spirit. Two extreme understandings have developed. One, tritheism, emphasizes the distinctiveness of the Godhead to the point of creating three Gods. Unitarianism excludes the concept of three distinctive persons to the point of focusing only on God the Father and relegating Christ and the Holy Spirit to lower categories of divinity.
How are we to deal with the biblical truth of a triune God? We respond in faith, believing that although we cannot solve every aspect of the mystery to our satisfaction, we accept it as holy truth. It is a testimony to the dynamic character of God who, as Father, sent His Son, Jesus, as Redeemer, and gives the Holy Spirit to indwell the believer, as guide, teacher, illuminator, and the one who seals the believer for eternity.
Think about times you have encountered God in His manifestations as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Based on this session, how would you explain to another person that God has revealed Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Until next week Saints…..
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