In last week’s blog, we talked about how imperative it is for us to have understanding — understanding of ourselves, our world, and our God. We discussed the fact that in order to truly understand, we must go beyond our education, intellect, and our five senses. We have to look into our Constitution (the Scriptures) and find what our Creator says about us, and how He designed us. That’s where we pick up this week.
From the Great Book of Learning we learn that our Creator is one. There are not many Creators, there was and is only one Creator. Now this can seem complicated, and many have made it to be difficult, but our Creator operates/functions in three distinctly definable forms.
I like to refer or compare this design and operation to water. It can be liquid/water, it can be solid/ice, or it can be vapor/steam, but it is still water. Water in three different forms and operating in three different functions. Our Creator is referred to as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All distinctly different in design and function/operation, but all are the same in substance: Creator/God.
An inquiring, investigative look into the Great Book of Learning by the most casual reader will provide understanding of this reality without question. If our design and operation parallel His image, then we must have three different forms that operate in distinctly different functions, but all are made of the same substance. I believe understanding this, its forms, its operations, and its functions will provide the clarity of design and operation that will empower us to be what God our Creator designed us to be – individually, collectively and corporately.
The three forms that make up human beings are described as the spirit, the soul (mind), and the body. Every human being is spirit, soul (mind), and body. As with our Creator (compare to the analogy of ice) we are made of three forms with distinctly different functions. Now, where the Holy Spirit in His form does not operate in the same way or perform the same function as God the Father (or Jesus Christ the son), the soul (mind) of a human does not operate the same or perform the function of the spirit of a human. Can you see why knowing that is important?
Consider this: ice in its form cannot operate or perform the function of steam. Likewise, to attempt to use your mind (soul) to perform the function of your spirit will produce the same results as trying to make ice perform as steam. It will not work. Ice and steam are very different in form and operation. One is hot, the other is cold. One is solid, the other is liquid. Can you imagine trying to use steam to cool your ice tea? Or trying to use ice to remove years of layers of dirt and grime from an old engine?
FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION, FRUSTRATION.
Understanding the different forms of water is common knowledge. No one would try to use steam where ice is appropriate. That makes no sense. Sadly, very few know and/or understand the different forms of their own being or those who are around them.
Our Creator made every individual ever born on earth just like Himself – in three parts. Most have never heard such a discussion. Never has the thought ever passed through their minds for consideration. What could we possibly be talking about? Is this important to know? Why do we care what their correct function and the designed operational plan and purpose for each of our forms were to be by our Creator? Could we be trying to heat with ice or cool with steam?
A good indicator would be to answer these question, “ Do you ever experience frustration trying to communicate with our Creator?” “Do you find it difficult to know His will?” “Are you ever unsure of the direction you should choose for a decision you need to make?” Just as ice will not perform as steam, the mind/soul will not do what the spirit is designed to do. If you never learn there is a difference or how to develop the capabilities of each, you could struggle your entire life trying to make ice perform as steam. Or your mind as your spirit.
In our next blog, we will look at the three forms of our being that parallel the make up of our Creator. We’ll see that our Creator left clues and instructions on the purpose and development of each form.