It’s amazing how much information is really in this little black book of Scripture, and I’m exciting to open the window even more to what my Great Uncle experienced in his journey of faith. The way these entries alternate in pencil or pen indicate that these were not a one time listing but categorizing that he continued to add to over time. I so wish there were dates. 😦
In the last entry, we had just begun the category labeled “The Trinity”. After his “Godhead” notation, the majority of the entries following are not accompanied by any notation at all. I went through and briefly read them to try and figure out if there is a patterned grouping or not. Unfortunately it does go back and forth through the remaining Scripture. Which left me to ponder continuing in order that it was added to the list or to go ahead and just post everything associated with a grouping (even if out of order).
Ultimately, I have decided that I’d like to follow his train of thought in the notations. So, today we will focus on Jesus’ position as Son in the Trinity expressed in 6 verses listed. Next, the role of the Holy Spirit (4 verses), and then wrap it up with the remaining verses.
1 John 5:6-7 (-12)
And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross- not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony. So we have these three witnesses.
1 John hits it right out of the gate, that the baptism in water & the shed blood on the cross is testimony to Jesus’ sonship. Remember, when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist it is said the Holy Spirit came upon him as testimony. Even though people had been stating it (Mary, Elizabeth, etc.) this was the spiritual confirmation.
My Great Uncle’s notation was just for verses 6 & 7, but I think verses 8-12 are equally important for the context. They read:
The Spirit, the water, and the blood – and all three agree. Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And god has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.
This was not singular witness/testimony to Sonship, but three… The Spirit, the water of baptism, and the shed blood of the cross. And if we are willing to believe what men say, how could we deny what God says to be true. The last verse strikes hard, as it isn’t just as simple to say that you are not certain of the Sonship.. but to deny it is outright calling God a liar.
Our next entry addresses the presence of the Son since the beginning. Jesus didn’t enter the story when he was knit in the womb of Mary. No, he was always there… from the beginning of creation…
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him…
…So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
Even more so than being present for creation, Jesus was part of the creation. When Word became human, he physically entered Creation in flesh and bone, making his home among us. And while all of this is noted in my Great Uncle’s notes as part of affirming the trinity, something caught my attention. Note in verse three how it states: God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him? That brought my mind to a similar piece of Scripture, John 14:6 which includes: None come to the Father except through me. Trinity access, all are important in accessing God.
The next entry:
In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross. So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality.
How does this fit into a definition of Sonship in the Trinity? It illustrates his authority and power, made known to man through the cross.
The next entry is:
I was chosen to explain to everyone the mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things had kept secret from the beginning.
Another support that Jesus’ presence has been since the beginning, kept secret, until the appointed time. Then those who knew him would go and tell the rest of the world about God made flesh.
Next we move to our final two texts. The first is from the New Testament:
…and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus: You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.
Which references the Scripture of the Old Testament:
The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: The said to me, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.”
Not only is this a testimony of God about Sonship, but again it carries the New Testament back in history to the Old Testament days. Not just in a OT foreshadowing NT, but that the position of Jesus was established in the beginning.