Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church


   Three Awesome Persons

                       December 7, 2014



1John 5:1-7


“1 ¶  Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5  Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 ¶  This is He who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7  For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.” (1Jo 5:1-7 NKJV)




On this third Sunday before Christmas, we look at probably the most wondrous thing about our awesome God, and that is His three amazing persons. We cannot escape the great wonder of our God as he is the creator, the sustainer, and the observer, of all that he has made. He was there before our beginning, and he will be here as this world ends and we join him in an eternity of glory. A mind bending concept for us to grab hold of is his Three Awesome Persons. There is literally a person for every role he plays in the life of every child of God. Some religions cannot wrap their heads around these three persons of God being three in one nature. But when we step back and see the purpose of each in our lives, we can understand how we need each and how our lives are orchestrated so beautifully through a triune God.





God the Father

The Rock of our Salvation



I Samuel 2:1-4


And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. “No one is holy like the LORD, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. “Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the LORD is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed. “The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are girded with strength. (I Samuel 2:1-4 NKJV)


Everyone needs a father...a daddy...a paternal figure in their lives. One of the ills of our nation in this time in history is that it has become a fatherless generation. A father is not simply a gender driven concept; it has to do with security, sound leadership, God-ordained order and sonship.

I shared on sonship here a little over a month ago and we determined that good sons make good fathers. There must be a chain reaction that begins with a Father.

The relationship we have with God the Father is one that says we are secure in Him. We know his love and we receive from his hand never fearing for his wrath, but accepting his forgiveness and grace.

Because our mortal parenting skills are only so good, we look at God through the eyes of our mortal fathers and find ourselves living in an unhealthy mindset of who God is to us.




God the Son

The author and finisher of our faith



Hebrews 12:1-6


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:1-6 NKJV)


As a good son, Jesus became the lamb led to the slaughter; obediently and quietly became the sacrifice for us all (Isaiah 53) At the same time, Our Lord led us into that relationship, not as a taskmaster, but as the servant of all who also filled the role model as a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)


Jesus became the focal point of hostility toward us. He wore the weight of burden that was Calvary. God the son teaches us about being  the good son who ever liveth to make intercession for us. He covers our nakedness, he bares the shame for our sin. He became the healing for our disease. He is the baby boy that lay in a manger who kings came to worship that saved us from hell and the grave... that same Jesus who as a man, became the ransom for mankind.


We see him as this infant on Christmas cards, wrapping paper, decorations, and advertising....but He is real...He is not simply some trademark to give a holiday a face. He is the second person in the triune Godhead who lives in our hearts and pours out through our lives that many will be saved. Jesus is that joy in our hearts that sings a song unto heaven...and he is that burden in our lives for a lost and dying world! Jesus is the perfect lamb, the perfect son, the perfect savior.





God the Holy Spirit

The comforter and teacher


John 14:25-26


“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:25-26 NKJV)



The promise of the Father...spoken of by the son...and given to us as the empowerment for our lives, the third person of God saturates the life of the believer. God, the Holy Spirit is that promise of the Father that lives in our hearts...He is the comforter that stays connected to us; a bridge between heaven and earth. And he is that big brother who busts us when our heart is not right.


Jesus told us that the Father would send the promise of a comforter because He knew that we would need direction and guidance from somewhere. Man does not possess the ability to navigate the waters of this life alone, and because of that, the Holy Spirit is our teacher.

We thank God for the person of the Holy Spirit in our lives. That still small voice in our lives causes us to be led not by what we see and what we know, but by the Spirit of God who leads us not in the ways of religion or philosophies of man, but by the wisdom of God that is poured out through His Spirit. It’s not by might....not by power...but by His Spirit, says the Lord! (Zech. 4:6)





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