Posted: April 29, 2011
PORTRAITS OF THE TRINITY
Let us continue our study this week of the portraits of the Trinity. It seems as though the Lord has left His mark of the number three everywhere we look. We are told that there are three heavens. There are three forms of authority, the home, the church, and the government. There are three types of art, delicate, defining, and detailed art.
Let us begin to look at the arks in the Bible. Would you believe there are three of them? There is Moses ark, the Ark of the Covenant, and Noah’s ark. I want to study these under the heading of the completing portrait of the Trinity. I want to ponder Paul's words in the book of Colossians when he said, in Christ dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in Him. The word complete is a shipping term that means fully laden with cargo for the journey. There will be no need to port anywhere and take on any new cargo.
Let us look first of all at our completeness is seen in types of the ark. I want to look at Exodus 2:1-3 and the ark of Moses. You remember the story. Pharaoh sent out a decree to kill all the babies because he thought the children of Israel were growing at an alarming pace. There has been three times in history when there was a wholesale killing of babies. It was at this time of Moses birth, Jesus birth, and today. All these occasions were to announce a deliverer was coming. Instead of trying to stop abortion let us proclaim that the King is coming.
In order to save Moses his mother made for him an ark. I thought it was interesting she uses three types of materials to build this ark. In verse three it was made of bulrushes. This was a material used to make papyrus which was used for writing. Moses was born to proclaim the truth through his pen. His mother also used slime in the building of the ark which was a paving material. Moses was born to point to the way for God to deliver his people. She also used pitch on the inside which speaks of the atonement that brought the life to God's people. Moses was born to give the message of the life giving blood of the Lamb. There would be a greater than Moses who would come one day by the name of Jesus and would proclaim that He is the way, the truth, and the life.
Let us also mention this week from Hebrews 9:4 the second ark which is the Ark of the Covenant. Would you believe it, this ark has three things stored in it? We are looking in this ark to see that in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead and that I am complete in Him. One of the things in this ark was a golden pot with an omer of manna. Manna was the daily supply of a child of God's needs. In Christ I find the provision for all I need. In the pot was Aaron's rod that budded. It was a dead stick that budded though it was not connected at either end. In this rod I find in Christ is the power for all I need him to do. In the Ark of the Covenant were the two tables of the 10 Commandments. I find here that in Christ is the pattern for all I am to become.
I can sure begin to see that in Christ dwells all God's fullness and I am complete in Him. I can sure say with the songwriter, Christ is all I need, Christ is all I need. He is all I need and then some.