The idea of the Trinity is that God is one in essence (or being or nature) and three in person, each of the three persons fully and eternally sharing in the one divine essence.
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This would be a logical contradiction if it were affirming that God is one and three in the same way at the same time. However, the affirmation is that God is one in one aspect (essence) and three in a different aspect (person). Continue reading “What does it mean that God is a Trinity?”
In our next five readings we will cover all the major passages in the Bible about the resurrection.
First we’ll look at the four Gospel accounts and you’ll find it fascinating to go through them back to back. In our fifth reading, we’ll look at what the early church leader Paul taught about the resurrection many years after it happened. By then, the first-century Christians were beginning to have doubts about whether the resurrection of Jesus even happened or not, or whether it was all that important after all. So Paul wrote to reassure the doubters and to firmly re-establish the importance of the resurrection.
At one point in His ministry, people were so turned off by Jesus’ teaching that they said, ‘This is a hard saying; Who can accept it?’ (John 6:60) and they deserted Him in droves.
Sometimes Jesus said things that were obscure; they were difficult to understand. Other times He said things that were challenging and difficult to obey. We’ll be covering some from both categories:
- ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.’
- ‘Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.’
- ‘You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.’
- ‘This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you
forgive your brother from your heart.’
- ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’