One God Family – three persons February 26, 2008Posted by mercedescoleen in God.
Tags: About Angels, Angels, Angels at Work, Angels of God, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Michael, God, Heaven, Jesus, The Archangels
I believe that the depicitons in the holy of holies in Moses’ and Solomon’s temples were intended to reveal to us who God really is. There are three people in the Holy of Holies – 2 cherubims and a symbolic representation of Jesus. In the New Testament, the Holy of Holies is the throne of God and Jesus is the person in the midst of the throne as revealed in John’s visions.
On many of the occasions when God appeared in the Bible as an angel, the scriptures would refer to Him as the angel of the Lord then later twin this angel with God as if the two were separate. For example, scriptures say that “…the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked…” (Ex 3: 2). Exodus 3: 4 later said that “… when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush…” This was a typical pattern in scriptures, as if God was really shrouding His identity in the text from people who are just surfing the scriptures.
God and Abraham
One of the clearest connections between the revelation of God as an angel was to Abraham in the plains of Mamre (Gen 18). God called Abraham His friend, so when the three men appeared, Abraham’s response was to bow down in worship. He would not have bowed to the heathen and Genesis 19: 1, 2 clearly stated that the Lord appeared to him:
“And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day
And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground”
God appeared in the form of the three men, visited with Abraham and was entertained in fine style. They spoke of the birth of his son Isaac as well as the destruction of Sodom and the cities of the plain. Genesis 18 and 19 then gives a fascinating description of the Oneness of God as revealed in the progression of events, as well as the way He deals with those who are GREATLY BELOVED:
The three men (God) rose up to go on to Sodom (Gen 18:16).
God decided to reveal the impending destruction of the cities to Abraham (Gen 18: 15-21)
Gen 18: 22 then said that two of the members of the family God went on to Sodom and that Abraham remained there with the LORD. There is no contradication here. In human terms our limited understanding cannot grasp the greatness of One God family (three people) having the same characteristics.
Abraham interceded with the remaining member of the Godhead on the fate of Sodom (Gen 18: 22-32).
The LORD went His way at the end of Abraham’s intercession. Abraham understood that the cities would be destroyed since ten righteous men did not even live there (Gen 18: 33).
Meantime, the discourse continued into Genesis 19 so that we could see how God functions in the affairs of men. Verse one is a continuation of the journey of the two other members of the Godhead - “And there came two angels to Sodom at even”. They appeared now as angels, although Lot did not know they were angels. The sin of the city was so great that the men of Sodom did not even know that God was among them.
The agreement of God is revealed in their pleas to Lot to escape since the Lord had sent them to destroy the cities.
Here are examples of how the three people in the Godhead are Lord, Lord and Lord (One God).
Scriptures show that God is Lord of the whole earth. God said in Isaiah 45: 23, “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” Anything that is said of One is said of all. Phillipians 2: 10 says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”.
I began this discussion by speaking about the two cherubims/the Anointed Ones/the Olive Trees who stand in the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. Isn’t Jesus also the Messiah, the Anointed One (Dan 9: 25-27). Zechariah and John saw Him as the Anointed One in Zech 4 and Rev 5.
God is rather like the designer of a Treasure Hunt, hiding Himself with well designed puzzles and revealing Himself in the fullness of time. If the two Anointed Ones stand in the presence of the Lord of the whole earth, the humor really is that they too are Lord and Lord. They agree as One. This is the mystery of the God head.
In upcoming posts, I will share other scriptures in which God appeared as an angel
I also wrote previously at:
- More symbolism of the angels’ nonverbal communication in Ezekiel’s visions https://thelordsangels.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/more-symbolism-of-the-angels-nonverbal-communication-in-ezekiels-vision/