Day 2: Hope for Your Marriage
God Spoke Things into Existence with His Authority
Here are some key points to remember as we navigate through day two:
1. God is the ultimate authority.
2. He gets to do whatever he pleases with his authority.
3. We have to submit to that authority.
Today’s topic is very exciting to me. It is taking every ounce of self-control I have to place my hands on the keys and type. By the end of today, my prayer is that those of you struggling with the physical nature of the trinity--Father, Son, Spirit-- will be blessed with a deeper understanding of our God’s image.
We established God’s authority in day one, now we will examine how God exerted his authority to organize the earth and all of its contents. The existence of all things came to be by God’s Spirit doing the work of his Word.
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.” -Psalm 33:6
Genesis 1, verse 2 reveals to us that God’s Spirit was hovering over the face of the deep--in waiting--to act, thus, introducing us to the Spirit portion of the trinity. As we continue reading (in verse three), we immediately see God’s word begin to transform the very face of the deep.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” -John 1:1-3
Throughout chapter one of Genesis, you will notice a pattern starting in verse three. This pattern is a repetitive sequence of words: “Let there be” or Let the”. These words were the actual manifestation of the existence of things. Are you getting this? The action of God’s word (the work) points to the Holy Spirit, and the words themselves point to Christ (John 1:1-3). Just like that in three short verses God has given us our first look into his image. (Christ is the emodiment of God's total message and His message is spoken in words. Thus, the Word is His words.) Our one God exists in three persons. This brings new meaning to the saying, “words have power”.
Many things exist in three phases. Water can be a solid, liquid or a gas. Motion is forward, backward or stationary. Time is in terms of the past, present and the future. Families consist of fathers, mothers and children. (Do not get lost here if you do not have children.) I do not believe that God intended for the trinity to be something that causes us to stumble. Instead, I believe it is a divine paradox that in pure perfection goes with the very nature of things. This image of three should extend into our marriages. Within a marriage there should be present a man, a woman, and the hand of God who knit them together.
“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:12
Use today’s lesson to remind yourself that you are a created being. You were designed to exist as one of three persons within your marriage. Thus, walk in a manner that is pleasing to God, “…bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10). Thus, allowing your unions to mirror the example of Father, Spirit, and Son. Be willing to accept that the work done by the Word on the cross is sufficient enough for you to be forgiven and to extend forgiveness within your marriage. Here’s to marriages that last!
(Please note that the actual word trinity is never used in scripture. It is simply a term that makes it easier to describe the existence of Father, Son, and Spirit. If you grew up not accepting the word trinity try not to let the word hinder your growth. Use this time to wrap your mind around the beauty of God’s nature so that you can use his nature to transform the appearance of your marriage).
There are deep theological things being put before you. Do take the time to examine scripture and research the interntet to confirm whether or not my assertions are correct or at the very least plausible.
- Do you believe that the Holy Spirit did the work of God’s word? Why or why not?
- Do you believe that God’s Word declares the existence of Christ? Why or Why not? If no, can you explain John 1:1-3?
- Are you humble enough as God’s created being, to give him the power to allow his Holy Spirit to work out the problems in your marriage?
- Was Christ’s sacrifice on the cross enough payment for you to forgive the sins of your spouse?