Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
These Three Are One, But…
A. The Scriptures reveal to us that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one (I John 5:7).
1. We see terms like “godhead” in the Scriptures (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, and Colossians 2:8-9).
2. We can see unity in the work all three persons of the godhead (Galatians 4:1-6).
B. All three persons of the godhead are deity:
1. The Father is obviously God (Romans 15:6).
2. The Son is God (Matthew 1:18-25 and Romans 9:5).
3. The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4).
II. Body: These three being one is not saying there is just one person, but three unified individual persons that make up the Godhead (Matthew 28:19 and II Corinthians 13:14).
A. There are different roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 14:15-21).
1. The Father and the Spirit did not die on the cross (John 19:13-18).
2. Jesus did the will of His Father, not Himself (John 4:34).
3. The Spirit came separately, to testify of Christ (John 15:26-27).
4. There is not just one Father, but also one Lord and H.S. (Ephesians 4:4-6).
B. In prayer, there is individuality of the Godhead (Colossians 1:3).
1. We pray to the Father (Matthew 6:9).
2. We pray THROUGH or IN THE NAME of Christ (John 15:16, Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17, and I Timothy 2:5).
a. In partaking of the Lord's Supper, we remember Christ (Luke 22:19-20).
b. However, we give thanks to the Father in prayer (Mark 14:22-24).
3. During the time of miracles, the Holy Spirit was not prayed to, but did SUPERNATURALLY aide in prayer (Romans 8:26-27).
a. We know that we are now expected to pray with understanding, not looking to the Spirit to “clean up our prayers” (I Corinthians 14:14-15).
b. The Spirit had to aid in prayer and most other things because they only knew in part (I Corinthians 13:8-13) prior to the Scriptures being fully revealed, equipping us to do things right (II Timothy 3:16-17).
c. To be clear, if one could pray in the Holy Ghost today (i.e. Jude 20), that person would be inspired (Ephesians 6:18-19).
i. We know the H.S. was given through H.S. baptism (Acts 1:5-8 and Acts 2:1-4). This has ceased (Ephesians 4:5; cf. I Peter 3:20-21).
ii. We also know the H.S. was given through the laying on of the Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:12-24 and Acts 19:1-7). There are no Apostles today!
iii. More on all of this can be found here: (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/theholyspirit4_2007.html) or here: (http://www.wordsoftruth.net/1cor13byeager052010.html).
C. To further understand the individuality of the godhead three, know that there are separate roles even in the realm of authority (I Corinthians 11:3).
1. God is greater than Christ (John 14:28).
2. The Holy Spirit is under the authority of the Father (John 14:26) and the Son (John 16:7).
III. Conclusion: We must remember that though there are three individuals who make up the unified godhead three, they are not the same person (John 16:7-16).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager