Friday, July 4, 2014

Insight: What Jesus Teaches about the Father (The Godhead Theorem)

Originally published:  Friday, June 02, 2006

The Godhead Theorem

A theorem is a proposition that has been or is to be proved on the basis of explicit assumptions.  (Is the central activity of mathematicians.)  In other words there are things that we assume are true.  However, when we put some of those assumptions together, we derive other truths that are based on the assumptions being true.  The following is an example.  Let us assume that there is only one value "C."  Now, if we assume that a + b =c, and d + e =c, then a + b =d + e.  Is it too abstract for you?  Maybe if we try numbers.  If 3+1=4, and 2+2=4, then 3+1=2+2.  Pretty simple.  You may even say, "Common sense should tell you that."  However, as a friend says, "Common sense is not common."
Sometimes we are tempted to think that the Father is distant from us.  He is most times in Heaven, sternly looking down at us, waiting for us to make a mistake so He can make us a pillar of salt or sap us with a lightning.  But, that is very far from the truth.  We can use the principles of the theorem used in the above paragraph to demonstrate this.  . 
Let us look at John 14: 7- 10
 John 14: 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
 John 14: 8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
 John 14: 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
 John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
Our first assumption is that although different persons, the Son and the Father are virtually equal.  Wherever the Son is, you also have the Father. 
Farther down on John 14 Jesus says:
John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
 John 14: 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
John 14: 8 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 
How can Jesus say, that He will come to His disciples, if HE just said He is leaving, and that is why He is sending the Comforter?  We see this repeated in the great commission in Matthew 28:20, "... and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
How can Jesus be with us until the end of the world and be in Heaven at the same time?  The answer to that is that, since His Spirit is one with Him, it may as well be Jesus.  So, when the Spirit indwells us, it may as well be the Father.  That is our second assumption.
Put the two assumptions together, and you get a theorem that states that if the Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Spirit, then it must be that the Father is in the Spirit as He, the Spirit, indwells us.  By having this connection to the Spirit we are not only connected to the Son, but also to the Father.  So, the Father is not that far away after all, He is in us as the Spirit is in us.  What a marvelous truth!  The Spirit is not our nanny.  The Father loves us so He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell in us, so that through the Holy Spirit He can also indwell us.  What an awesome privilege we have, to be the abode of the King of the Universe.  Friends, let us not throw this away.  

Raul Diaz

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