27th September 2018

The Godhead Manifested

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 28:19 (NIVUK)

In the tenuous, tender-footed steps of my early Christian walk, I fancied I saw my God. On storm-driven clouds, he rode the raging heavens to my side. His countenance as lightning, his raiment, dazzling bright. Yet, I perceived not my God in the fullness of his being.

In the youthful effervescence of my continuing walk, I believed I beheld the majesty of my Lord. In a body of flesh, he appeared at my side to give me strength, to shelter me and guide me through life’s weary way. He taught me how to live and showed me the narrow path that I must tread; though his acquaintance with sorrow far away outstripped my own. Yet, in my suffering servant-friend, though true Saviour and Emmanuel, I beheld not the plenitude of God’s glory.

In the mellowing mid-life midway, along the Kingdom path, on a by-road falsely taken, I thought I glimpsed my God. Chartered in judicial law, his iron will, decreed by solemn statute, was my refuge and the ground of all my trust. Through the valley of death’s shadow, his glory shone, to quiet waters where king of beasts and lowly lamb repose. Yet, for all the shining brightness, ancient mandate and prophetic dream did yield, the amplitude of God’s glory lay undisclosed.

No more tossed by waves or winds of thought, I tread more carefully the path of faith which leads to maturity of spirit and to Godly stature. Now does my God appear before me in all the fulness of his being, as I reflect on the richness and the splendour of the Christ event. Now do I know him, not in his Oneness only, but in his fulness, that is, in his Threeness—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. My great and gracious, condescending God who, through the incarnate Word, has drawn back heavens veil to reveal, in saving grace, the love that from eternity flows endlessly between everlasting Father and ever-loving Son; witnessed, confessed, celebrated and manifested by the Eternal Spirit.

By the incarnation of the Son of God has the Father been made known, in whose bosom the Son resides, whose coming outward into the world is the work of the same Holy Spirit now at work in me. And his saving work continues, subduing, restraining, conquering the sinful nature which, though defeated in Christ, still strives within my flesh to resist the Father’s will; which divine purpose, by grace through faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit shall uphold.

Prayer
Our great God and Heavenly Father, we thank you for the priceless Gift of the Son of your love, which gift is the measure of the grace outpoured for us. Thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit who manifests Christ to us, revealing your everlasting and unconditional love.
Amen

Study by Richard Dempsey
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About the Author:
Richard Dempsey is an Elder in the Peterborough congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Peterborough
Farcet Village Hall
Main Street
Farcet
PETERBOROUGH
PE7 3AN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Alan Quinn
Email: quinnsatfarcet@aol.com

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One Response to “27th September 2018”

  1. Simon Williams on September 28th, 2018 11:33 pm

    Beautifully written Richard.

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