Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Confession of Faith in God the Father
God the Father
There are 3 confessions manifested in the Apostles’ faith. The first confession is that they believed in God the Father Almighty, the creator of the heavens and earth. Gen 1:1 Secondly, they confessed that Jesus Christ the Son of God had given them the remission of their sins. Thirdly, they confess that they believed Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We must also confess that we believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in order to have the same faith as the Apostles.
For us, the Father is God, just as the Son and the Holy Spirit are also God. Insofar, as the essence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is concerned, they are all the same God, as our faith in them is the same faith. For instance, because the Father is the Almighty God, the Son is also the Almighty God. The three Persons of the Holy Trinity, in other words, are in the essence the same God. We thus believe accordingly, that the three Persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are fundamentally and completely one. As such, in order for us to build the foundation of our faith, we must be anchored in this Word of truth.
1. Old Testament
Deut 6:4 : “Hear, O Israel, the Lord Our God, the Lord is one.”
Gen 1:26 : “Let Us make man in Our image.”
Gen 11:7 : “Come let Us go down there and confuse their language.”
2. New Testament
Matt 3:16-17 : “When He had baptised….Spirit of God descended….My
beloved Son, …..pleased.”
Matt 28:19 : “Go and make disciples……..baptising them in the name
of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
From these passages, we can see and believe that God exists not in a single person but in multiple persons. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are each an independent person, but at the same time they are the same in that they are all the same God. As such, when we believe in God, we believe in one God as a united entity of the 3 persons. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are professed by the Christian faith in the self existing God, different from all other deities. Some other religions believe that Jesus is only one of the many prophets but this is simple not true.
For us, God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Despite the fact this truth is readily and sufficiently attested by the Scriptures, there are many who do not realise this. This is so because those who do not know the Gospel of water and the Spirit approach the concept of Holy Trinity with their human rationality and logic, which makes them impossible to understand. Those who are not born again cannot understand the triune God. However, for those of us who are born again, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is our God, in Whom we place our absolute faith.