Late yesterday morning while walking my dogs back to our home, I found a man with a shoulder sack and his daughter standing at my front door. I thought, "Let me guess...either they are Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons!" Well, I was correct. They were Jehovah's Witnesses (JW's).
The man said, "Hello, my daughter would like to offer you some information." Next, the little girl (I would guess she was around 8 years old) started talking about the Watch Tower pamphlets in her hands. I politely listened to what she had to say, knowing that I would not be taking the pamphlets. However, I told her that I was very impressed with how well she briefly articulated what the pamphlets contain.
I have learned over the years that it is best to "cut to the chase" when speaking with JW's. I looked at her father and stated that I had shared the company of a lovely woman named Teresa back in the 1990's. She came to my door in her wheelchair, and I didn't have the heart to turn her away. However, after several weeks of visits, we ended up parting ways when her faith teaching rejected the reality of our triune God.
The man instantly knew who I was talking about! This has been a typical reaction of the JW's with whom I have had encounters over the years. They all know each other! Teresa T. had passed away many years ago. The man said he knows of her legacy and he knows her husband.
I stated that Teresa had taught me a lot about the Old Testament Scriptures. However, when the subject of the Trinity came up it was obvious that we had strong disagreement. I added that Matthew 28:19 tells us that Jesus specifically stated that we are to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The original language in Aramaic reveals that Jesus used the singular version of "name." He didn't say, 'in the names.' Therefore, we have evidence of the Triune nature of God. The fact that Jesus used the terms "and of the Son; and of the Holy Spirit" separately from his reference to God the Father reiterates that they are three Persons in one Godhead.
“Go therefore fn and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
The Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that believing in the Trinity is paganism. They do not agree with the concept that God can be three Persons in One. They think that believing in the triune nature of God is believing in three different gods.
Interestingly enough, the man pulled out his cell phone and went to an app for JW's. He checked the concordance-like site and agreed that Jesus did use the singular term "name" in the Matthew 28:19 verse. But he then added that the JW's have an explanation for that.
I briefly told him of my journey from Catholicism to becoming a born again Christian. Then, I told him that I have been a student of Bible study for over 25 years. He said that he has studied [his version] of the Bible for many years and appreciates meeting Christians who have done the same.
We both knew that we would not end up studying together. But I urged him to seek out more information regarding the triune nature of God. I encouraged him to do a computer search for D. James Kennedy's expose' on the Trinity. It's a classic! I also shared that there is scientific evidence of the triune nature of God within Creation.
Talk Wisdom's previous posts about this topic:
Understanding the Trinity
The Trinity All Around You
In Dr. D. James Kennedy's booklet entitled "Understanding the Trinity; Evidence for God in Three Persons," Dr. Kennedy describes that the universe itself explains the Trinity.
Dr. Nathan Wood, formerly president of Gordon College of Theology and Missions, wrote a magnificent book, The Secret of the Universe. In it he spells out for us the result of years of searching in the natural realm for some kind of analogy that was correct for the Trinity. He finally came up with the universe itself.
It is so simple.
It is right there in front of us.
We can never get away from it.
It is always there.
We ought to see it very clearly.
He points out that any man who manufactures anything or makes anything with his hands is going to inevitably leave his fingerprints upon it. If you were to create a table or chair or something in your workshop, it would contain your fingerprints.
Dr. Wood says that the universe is covered with fingerprints of the Trinity because it was made by the Triune God. The Bible says that the Father created the universe, the Son created the universe, and the Holy Spirit created the universe - the Triune God created the universe.
What does Dr. Wood mean by that?
Well, there are fingerprints everywhere. We just don't see them.
I would suppose that there are literally millions of fingerprints in this very sanctuary. Did you see any today? Not a one. We are blind as a bat when it comes to fingerprints. We just don't see them. First of all, we're not looking for them. Now you might see them at home on a mirror or something like that, but ordinarily, we don't see fingerprints. However, if a detective were to come in here and begin to dust the wood on the pew in front of you, he would find thousands of them. So let's put on our Sherlock Holmes cap, get out our dusting brush, and see if we can see the fingerprints of Him who made all things.
What does the universe consist of?
If you were to ask a scientist, he would tell you it consists of space, time, and matter. Now amazing to tell, we find all of those three things everywhere in the universe - not that we have a universe where some of them exist sometimes and not at other times. It is also true that each of the triune parts of the universe is, in itself, triune.
Let us look at each one of them. For example, consider space. What is space composed of? It is composed of length and breadth and height. Always. There is nothing you could name that is not composed of all three of those things. If you were to simply take a pencil and draw a line on a piece of paper, it would have length, it would have a little bit of width, and if you looked in a powerful microscope, you would discover it has quite a bit of height. You can't see it with your naked eye; however, it's always there.
Something that I think is amazing about this is that God always consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - not one or the other. It is not a piece of the pie; it's the whole thing, always. Imagine a square block that a child would play with. Draw a picture of it in three dimensions. Then you could take that picture, and with a pencil and using all length, you could make a bunch of lines and fill in that entire block with nothing but length. I have done that sometimes in fancy lettering. Maybe some of you have as well. Or you could take the same block and make the whole thing out of width, or out of height. The fact of the matter is that it is all length, it's all breadth, it's all height all of the time. That's a perfect illustration of the Trinity.
Or take the matter of time. Of what does time consist? Obviously, it consists of the past, the present, and the future - those three. Any time we have ever known in this universe always consists of those three. Usually we have the idea that we come out of the past, that that really is first, because that is where we came from. The fact of the matter is, time comes from the future, and we meet it head on.
For example, today, yesterday was called tomorrow, and now it's today. A week ago it was called next week, and now it is today. A year ago, it was called next year. So as time approaches us and we move through it, that is what always happens. Anything is first in the future, then in the present, and then it disappears into the past. That is the way time always works. That in itself is an amazing story when you examine it carefully. Past, present, and future.
Dr. Nathan R. Wood gives a fascinating quote that is so remarkable I would like to share it with you. I would challenge you to try to see if you can follow his drift.
He is going to give a long paragraph. Then he is going to give it again, only this time he is simply going to change four words. These four words are "time," "future," "present," and "past". They are going to be changed into "God," "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit."
You are going to find out something some of you never knew before - that time, which you live by, which you look at constantly in the way of clocks you wind up every day, and which you make your lives run by, is an incredible illustration of the divine Trinity.
(Note: To make this paragraph easier to read, I will post it in a prose format).
"The Future is the source.
The Future is unseen, unknown, except as it continually embodies itself and makes itself visible in the Present.
The Present is what we see, and hear, and know.
It is ceaselessly embodying the Future, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. It is perpetually revealing the Future, hitherto invisible.
The Future is logically first, but not chronologically.
For the Present exists as long as Time exists and was in the absolute beginning of Time.
The Present has existed as long as Time has existed.
Time acts through and in the Present.
It makes itself visible only in the Present.
The Future acts and reveals itself through the Present.
It is through the Present that Time, that the Future, enters into union with human life.
Time and humanity meet and unite in the Present.
It is the Present that Time, that the Future, becomes a part of human life, and so is born and lives and dies in human life.
The Past in turn comes from the Present.
We cannot say that it embodies the Present.
On the contrary, Time in issuing from the Present into the Past becomes invisible again.
The Past does not embody the Present. Rather it proceeds silently, endlessly, invisibly from it...
The Present therefore comes out from the invisible Future.
The Present perpetually and ever-newly embodies the Future in visible, audible, livable form; and returns again into invisible Time in the Past.
The Past acts invisibly.
It continually influences us with regard to the Present.
It casts light upon the Present.
That is its great function.
It helps us to live in the Present which we know, and with reference to the Future which we expect to see.
"That is an exact description of the way time operates. It is a perfect analogy. I'm using "analogy" not in the common sense of the word that something is like something or a simile or metaphor, but in the mathematical meaning of the word, which means it is an exact replica as far as every line, every angle, every corner is concerned.
SUBSTITUTE FOUR WORDS
Now let us replace the words. "Time" is replaced by "God"; the "Future" by the "Father"; the "Present" by the "Son"; and the "Past" by the "Holy Spirit" (every word the same but these four). You will see that perfect analogy and you will see the divine Trinity you have been swimming in all of your life!
"The Father is the source [every word the same, but those four].
The Father is unseen except as he continually embodies Himself and makes Himself visible in the Son.
The Son is what we see, and hear, and know.
He is ceaselessly embodying the Father, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment.
He is perpetually revealing the Father, hitherto invisible.
The Father is logically first, but not chronologically, For the Son exists as long as God exists, and was in the absolute beginning of God.
The Son has existed as long as God has existed.
God acts through and in the Son.
He makes Himself visible only in the Son.
The Father acts and reveals Himself through the Son.
It is through the Son that God, that the Father, enters into union with human life.
God and humanity meet and unite in the Son.
It is in the Son that God, that the Father, becomes a part of human life, and so is born and lives and dies in human life.
The Spirit in turn comes from the Son.
We cannot say that He embodies the Son.
On the contrary God, in issuing from the Son into the Spirit, becomes invisible again.
The Spirit does not embody the Son.
Rather He proceeds silently, endlessly, invisibly from Him...
The Son therefore comes out from the invisible Father.
The Son perpetually and ever-newly embodies the Father in visible, audible, livable form, and returns into invisible God in the Spirit.
The Spirit acts invisibly.
He continually influences us with regard to the Son.
He casts light upon the Son.
That is His great function.
He helps us to live in the Son whom we know and with reference to the Father whom we expect to see."
That, my friends, is an exact mathematical analogy that each of the portions of the triunity of the universe are in themselves triune."
Our Creator is so awesome!! He reveals Himself all around us....in the existence of the universe He created!
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