What once discouraged me now excites me! Conversations that were once a stumbling block for me, have now become an exciting opportunity. I was raised in a very legalistic denomination. I had friends that were from other denominations, but when I asked questions about what they believed and why, I became confused. Many of them could answer what they believed which, for the most part, was what I believed. Very few could tell me why. Because of that, I didn’t feel the need to pursue any more knowledge about Jesus than what I had already had, which was very little.
For example, someone once told me “trinity” was not in the Bible. True to my Irish and German heritage, I enthusiastically argued with that person. I knew my Lord was one God with three distinct parts, but I had very little knowledge to back up my beliefs. When I looked for myself, I was disappointed to discover that person was right. I have since learned I really dislike the taste of “humble pie”! It is true, certain words we have today aren’t in the Bible, likely because the original language didn’t have that same word. The display of the triune God, though, is definitely there!
One spring weekend I had planned to market my book at a Christian bookstore in Omaha. I visited with an agent to learn more about advertising on the radio prior to the event. The woman was in charge of three different radio stations. I told her who I was, about the book, and about the event. I told her my budget, and she felt radio advertising couldn’t be effective with such a small budget. An ad has to run several times for people to hear and remember it. After I hung up the phone I prayed. I didn’t have much, but what I did have I surrendered to my Lord to use as he wanted.
Later that same day, the agent emailed me explaining what she’d do for me. She dropped the ad price to 30% of the cost so I could get more ads aired! She arranged to air my ad 3 times a day on 3 different radio stations, for 3 days each!! The package only cost me $303!!
God uses many numbers in the Bible, not only to relay information, but also to provide deeper meaning to that information. According to “The Keys To Bible Numbers” on BibleUniverse.com, as well as the late John Paul Jackson and other Bible scholars I’ve studied, the number three in the Bible typically refers to the triune God, or God in three parts. No, the word trinity is not in the Bible. However, many verses refer to all three parts of God in the same verse. A couple of those verses are below. Naturally, my Lord would answer my prayer in one of the same ways he communicates to us through his holy book, with numbers. Being able to purchase 3 ads, 3 times a day on 3 different radio stations for only $303, showed me clearly that God was the source of my book. I was correct in believing he wanted me to write, and I had his full support.
I’ve heard that knowledge is power. True to my heritage, I’d like to challenge that statement. I suggest instead, that knowledge is opportunity; the opportunity to answer another seeker’s question. How do I know my God is one God with three distinct parts: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit? I believe because of the verses below. I believe because I believe the Bible is the true, inerrant, infallible word of God (which I will defend in a later post). I believe, not only because I am receiving an education, but because my God has confirmed his word through my experiences. Why do you believe what you do?
And immediately, coming up from the water, [Jesus] saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Mark 1:10-11 NKJV
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:14 NKJV
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