Posted: August 2, 2011
PORTRAITS OF THE TRINITY
We are studying in these days portraits of the Trinity. These are times in the Bible when we see the three in one are all accounted for and present. I began last time in Genesis 11:26 looking at the birth of Abraham, Nahor, and Haran who came forth from one birth. There was one birth and three sons. It sounds to me like the three in one laid at the door of the father of the faith of whom all who believe have their roots. Last time we looked at the birth of these three under the heading of the controlling portrait of the Trinity.
This week let us look at the becoming of these three. Would it not be amazing if each one of these names coincided with the Trinity in the meaning of their names? The Middle Eastern people put great emphasis on the naming of their children. They often became what they were named. Let us look first of all at Abraham's name which means the father of a great multitude. Genesis 22:17 bears this name out when the Lord tells Abraham He will bring a people out of him that will number the sand in the sea and the stars of the sky. God the father chose a people and placed them in his Son before the world began. This people will be a group no man can number. Each generation has had a remnant on the narrow road to heaven. When all of these remnants of small groups are assembled together it will be a people no man can number. In Hebrews 2:15 we are told that when Christ died on the cross He took upon himself not the seed of Adam but the seed of Abraham. I am glad I am a part of the faith family.
Let us look at the meaning of the second brother which is Nahor. His name means to breathe into or forced air. The Bible speaks often about being quickened by the Spirit. When God created Adam, He breathed into his nostrils and he became a living soul. Ephesians 2:1 tells us that he has quickened us who were dead and trespasses in our sins. I heard one say recently he believed in total depravity but not total inability. Man's problem is not a lack of desire of wanting to be saved but the total inability to come to God. God must breathe into man the quickening power of the Spirit or there will be no life. Salvation is not dependent upon man's desire but God's ability. The question is not that he will not come but that he cannot come. I blessed the day that God came to me with purpose and breathed into me the breath of everlasting life and I began to live. He made me willing in the day of His power.
Let us look at the last of the three brothers whose name is Haran. His name means to die, enter into rest, and glow with glory. In Genesis 11:28 I see that Haran died before his father. This is certainly a picture of God the Son who died before the face of His Father on an old rugged Cross. In Genesis 11:31-32 he is honored with a city named in his honor. My Abraham, God the father, chose us before the foundation of the world and placed us in the Son. We have part in a family which no man can number. My Nahor, God the Holy Spirit, came to me and quickened and breathed into me life everlasting. My Haran, God the Son, died for the Father's people assuring us of a land where we will glow in the glory of the Son forever. Oh what sovereign control the three in one exercise over salvation.