THREE IN ONE
14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. 1 Timothy 3:14-16
As we continue to talk about the word REFUGE this week, we also need to take a moment and make sure that we have defined the foundation of our faith. As the world continues to try and offer different solutions to this reality, we know that God is the head of all things. That God, through Christ, created all things from the beginning of the world, and continues to hold all authority over every part of creation. Make note that when we speak of God, we cannot speak with the full knowledge of God because we cannot fully understand or fathom the fullness of God. We can only speak to what we have been able to see and experience as a part of God's creation. Saying that, I pray that this week you have been able to find or to offer that peace and comfort through God. I pray that hopefully this blog has caused you to see the word REFUGE in a completely different way and opened our eyes to recognize the importance that God puts on our lives to be a part of His refuge for others. I pray that we are all continuing to seek ways in which God's comfort and peace take hold of our lives. Remember refuge means a shelter or protection from danger, and we are able to truly find that in the THREE that represent the Holy Trinity.
In the Book of Genesis and the Gospel of John, we are able to see the understanding of the word REFUGE through the three entities of God. We see God the Father and Creator of all things. We see the Incarnate God or God in flesh through the life of Jesus Christ. And we experience the guidance of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. We are able to
engage with God's refuge through the power and the authority that is given to each parts of the Trinity. I know that a lot of people continue to question how any of that is truly possible, and my response is that it is not possible with man but ALL things are possible through God. We are not capable of speaking how God is able to do what God does except through faith. When the world was in chaos, God hovered over the earth to provide safety and refuge. When the world fell to sin and darkness, God once again began revealing His plan and direction all throughout the Bible. When the world needed a Savior, God came down and became a human and dwelt among us. He was able to walk in the world that we walked and experience the pain and struggles that we face daily. Why??? So God could provide refuge through the love of Christ. When we were separated from God, Jesus' blood came and ripped the temple veil in a statement that showed that God had completed the sacrifice needed through Christ so that we could approach God and find refuge in Him. Every time that God's creation was in need, God provided a way to connect the bridge and offer shelter and protection from the evils that we feared.
As we see Paul's letter to Timothy, we are able to see the power in the words that were used. We see that God has been in control all of the time and continued to show us that He has never left us alone, but instead provided protection and shelter, in more than one format, to ALL creation in Heaven and on Earth. Timothy, as a young pastor, continued to face many people who continued to question the presence of God. Many times they would not be able to fathom how God was able to be with His creation and provide a refuge in their time of need. In this short hymn, Paul is able to affirm the humanity and the divinity of Christ. He is able to tie a connection to the wholeness of God and show the mystery of God revealed through the life of Christ. God's divinity is revealed through Christ and the Holy Spirit. In order to fully find refuge, we have to be willing to take hold that all throughout creation, God has continued to reveal to us the end story. God has continued to show us that Jesus had to come and take on our sin in order that we could overcome the death of this world. Through the Holy Spirit, we are connected to God in such an intimate way, and it allows us to truly recognize the intentionality of God to be there for ANYONE who will call on the name of Jesus. Timothy continued to preach this message and helps us today to once again understand the power in Paul's words as we are reminded of the authority of God.
As we are getting closer to the end of the week, I pray that we can all take a moment and realize what God has done for us. I pray that we realize that every step of the way, God has provided A WAY to find grace, love and joy. As we seek to find our true place of refuge, may
it be connected to the Author and Perfecter of our faith. We really do not understand the value of what God provides for us through His story. When we do, we will be humbled to finally see all that God provides for us as we seek refuge from the evil in this world. Please continue to step back and see the power of God's plan being revealed through the THREE who all originate from the ONE. May we continue to tell the story and pray that others will run into the arms of our Protector. It truly gives me peace to know that God wins in the end. Regardless of how many times I may mess it up... God still will be victorious in the end and on that day we will all find our final refuge in eternity. Thank you God for thinking outside the box and being indescribable. Thank you for giving us faith that provides strength in the times of adversity. May we never fail to see all you have done.