THREES
That   Bear
Witness

The
Triune
God


Christians take it by faith that the
     same God who authored the Bible
also created the heavens and the earth.
But outside of faith, could one find,
through simple observation, some
underlying thread acting as "God's
trademark,"
tying the Bible and nature to
the Creator Himself?

The answer is yes . . .

THE FIRST CHAPTER OF THE BIBLE opens by simply stating that, "In the beginning
God created the heaven and the earth"
(Gen. 1:1).   In the Gospel of John we learn
that God, the Creator, is Jesus Christ: "In the beginning was the Word
[Jesus
Christ]...and the Word was God...All things were made by him" (John 1:1-
3,14).   Our three dimensional, triune universe consisting of time, matter, and space
was designed by Jesus Christ, Himself a triune God (1 John 5:7).   Perhaps this
is why when you study Christ's earthly life, His creation, and His Word, the Bible,
you quickly notice something curiously tying all three together: the "THREES" that
bear witness . . .
  (This is part of an ongoing series.   If you would like some of the
other tracts in this series write to Send the Light
, P.O. Box 815, Fargo, ND.)


ONE OF THE GREATEST TEACHINGS of the Bible is that God is a trinity: one God
      manifested in three persons--He is a triune Deity.   God is the Father, the Son,
      and the Holy Ghost: "For there are THREE that bear record in heaven, the
FATHER, the WORD
[Jesus Christ], and the HOLY GHOST: and these THREE ARE ONE"
(1 John 5:7).   (See also Matt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2; Gal. 4:6; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 15:26; Heb.
9:14; John 14:26; Luke 3:22)

The fact that God is triune is not necessarily
the only reason why He would "stamp" the
number three on His creation.   "THREES" also
begin to show up when you study His
attributes.   Let's begin with the three
"OMNI'S"
:

[1] God is OMNIPRESENT (all-present):
"Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or
WHITHER SHALL I FLEE FROM THY
PRESENCE?
  If I ascend up into heaven, thou
art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold,

The universe can be subdivided
    into: Time, matter, and space.
(Matter/energy are interchangeable).

Thus, the universe is triune just as
the Bible says God created it: In
the beginning
(time) God created
the heaven
(space) and the earth
(matter).   Gen. 1:1

thou art there" (Psa. 139:7-8).   "Neither is there any creature that is not MANIFEST IN HIS
SIGHT
: but ALL THINGS are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we
have to do."
  Heb. 4:13

[2] God is OMNIPOTENT (all-powerful): "And I heard as it were the voice of a great
multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings,
saying, Alleluia: for THE LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT reigneth"
Rev. 19:6.   "When his
disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?   But
Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but WITH GOD ALL
THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
."
  Mat. 19:25-26

[3] God is OMNISCIENT (all-knowing): "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than
our heart, and KNOWETH ALL THINGS"
(1 John 3:20).   (See also Job 37:16)

TO THE JEWS, God played the following THREE roles in governing their lives: "For
    the LORD is our
[1] JUDGE, the LORD is our [2] LAWGIVER, the LORD is our [3]
KING
; he will save us."   Isa. 33:22

* Interestingly, the same THREE roles are exercised in the United States government:
  [1] the JUDICIAL branch (For the LORD is our judge), [2] the LEGISLATIVE branch
  (the LORD is our lawgiver), and [3] the EXECUTIVE branch (the LORD is our king).

To the Christian, God is the very THREE things they are commanded to WALK in:
[1] "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for GOD IS LOVE" (1 John 4:8).   "And WALK
IN LOVE, as Christ also hath loved us, and
hath given himself for us an offering and a
sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling
savour"
(Eph. 5:2).   [2] "GOD IS A SPIRIT:
and they that worship him must worship
him in spirit and in truth"
(John 4:24).
"This I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT,
and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh"

(Gal. 5:16).   [3] "This then is the message
which we have heard of him, and declare
unto you, that GOD IS LIGHT, and in him
is no darkness at all"
(1 John 1:5).   "For ye
were sometimes darkness, but now are ye
light in the Lord: WALK AS CHILDREN OF
LIGHT
."
  Eph. 5:8

. . . Time, matter and space are
each triune in themselves:

Time has THREE divisions:
past, present and future.
Matter can exist in THREE states:
liquid, solid, or gaseous.
Space consists of
THREE dimensions.

Concerning God's primary attribute, holiness, the Bible describes a scene in heaven
where the word holy is repeated THREE times: "And one cried unto another, and said,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory"
(Isa. 6:3).
Apparently each "Holy" corresponds to one member of the trinity, as the next THREE
verses bear out:

[1] "And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee.
HOLY FATHER, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that
they may be one, as we are"
(John 17:11).   [2] "But ye denied the HOLY ONE [Jesus
Christ, the Son] and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you" (Acts
3:14).   [3] "And grieve not the HOLY SPIRIT of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day
of redemption."
  Eph. 4:30

To be holy means to be sanctified; separated from sin and unrighteousness.   And exactly
THREE times in the entire Bible God commands the Christian "Be ye holy": [1] "Sanctify
yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God."
  (Lev. 20:7)   [2]
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"
(1 Pet. 1:15).   [3] "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."   1 Pet. 1:16

The only other verse where we find the words "Holy, holy, holy" God is identified by a
THREE word phrase that has some interesting connotations: "And the four beasts had
each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not

day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and
is to come."
  Rev. 4:8

The term "Lord God Almighty" appears in the Bible five times (not three or any
multiples of three).   Yet the occurrence of each of the three words by themselves or in
some combination reveals His trademark.   Here is the list:

"Lord" appears in the Bible 7836 times, which factors out to (3 x 2612).

| NOTE: in the Bible the word "lord" is sometimes used to identify a person in authority
| such as a king and does not always refer to God.   However, if we use the term "the
| Lord" and thus zero in on those occurrences that refer exclusively to God, we still find
| that "The Lord" appears in the Bible 6918 times, which factors out to (3 x 2306).

"Lord God" appears in the Bible 546 times, which factors out to (3 x 182).
"God" appears in the Bible 3594 times, which factors out to (3 x 1,198)
"Almighty" appears in the Bible 57 times, which factors out to (3 x 19)
"Almighty God" appears in the Bible only THREE times.

One reason that God is almighty is the fact that He has always existed.   Therefore, we
find that: "everlasting God" appears in the Bible only THREE times: (Gen. 21:33; Isa.
40:28; Rom. 16:26).   And to make sure that everyone understands that there is only one
almighty and everlasting God.   We find the exact words "there is none beside me."
only THREE times in the entire Bible: (Isa. 45:6; 45:21; Zep. 2:15).

Interestingly enough, as if to confirm His approval of the King James Version of the
Bible, each member of the trinity has God's trademark stamped on the number of verses
in which their name occur: "heavenly Father" appears in 6 verses, which factors out to
(3 x 2).   "Jesus" appears in 942 verses, which factors out to (3 x 314).

"Holy Ghost" appears in 89 verses, which is not a multiple of 3.   However, "Holy Spirit"
appears in 7 verses, so the total number comes to 96 (89 + 7), which factors out to (3
x 32).


Some closing thoughts . . .
In Rev. 13:17, the Bible uses the term, "the number of his name" when referring to
the Antichrist and his number 666.   This number has also been called "the mark of
the beast[.]"
  Christians regard the devil as a copycat, often taking his ideas from God.
So, is it too farfetched to believe that God has marked His creation and His Word
with the number of His name?   We know from the Bible that God is a trinity, so using
the number three as His "trademark" would not be unusual at all.   If this is the case,
then the following verse warns us where we all stand when it comes to believing
there is a God: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
CLEARLY SEEN, being understood by the things that are made
[US], even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE."
  Rom. 1:20

THE SAME GOD that created you and
    me and gave us the Bible, has provided
us with a sure way to Heaven . . .

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
us
,"
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
WHY
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
."
  (Rom. 5:8-9)

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  Romans 10:9

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