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The Trinity

I have skin, flesh and pips

Application:

Using an apple helps explain the Trinity.

Materials:

A large apple.
A plate and a knife.

Text:

Matthew 3:16-17.

 

Introduction:

Our Godhead is made up of three distinct Persons: God the Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.  Each member of the Godhead has a very distinct personality and function:

  1.  God the Father made the world and everything in it.
  2.  God the Son (Jesus) came to earth to redeem (buy back) mankind from sin through His death on the Cross.
  3. God the Holy Spirit was sent to earth as the Comforter.

When Jesus returned to His Heavenly throne, His Disciples were left alone.  But, Jesus had promised to sent the Holy Spirit to be their special Helper and Guide.  And this happened on the Day of Pentecost.

The Apple:
The Apple makes and excellent Object Lesson to teach the operation of the Trinity.  An apple has three distinct parts: The outer apple skin protects the fruit from damage.  Next comes the juicy fruit which we enjoy eating.  Lastly there is the apple core which is not good to eat, but holds the pips (seeds) necessary to grow more apples.

The apple skin by itself is not a complete apple.  The core is certainly not an apple.  But, if you take all three parts and put them together, you have a complete apple.

What the Bible Says:
The idea of the Trinity has been shown in the Bible many times.  In Genesis 1:26 God says, "Let Us make man in Our image" and He was speaking of the other members of the Trinity.  Again in Genesis 11:7 when God decided to make many languages at the Tower of Babel we read, "Let Us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."  Again, God is speaking to the other members of the Trinity.

Jesus taught us about the Trinity.  In John 14:11 and 16, Jesus said that He and the Father were one.  He also said that he would send the Holy Spirit once he returned to Heaven.  He also commanded us in Matthew 28:19 to go and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus clearly taught us that all three Persons made up the one true God.

What the Bible Says:
The baptism of Jesus recorded in Matthew 3:16-17, shows the Trinity very clearly:

"And Jesus, when He was baptised, went up straightway out of the water;
and behold, the heavens were opened unto Him,
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
And a voice came from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

And so we have God, Who loves us very dearly, Jesus our Best Friend, Lord and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit our Guide, Comforter and Who fills us with hope and joy! God Bless.
 

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