One God, three personages.
Scripture contains several references to a plural Godhead. The anything-but-subtle wording of “Us” and “Our” in the verse above points to a plural Headship. There are others:
. . . the man has become like one of Us . . . —Genesis 3:22
Come let Us go down and confuse their language . . . —Genesis 11:7
. . . Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us? —Isaiah 6:8
Also, in Isaiah 59:20 the Redeemer (who must be divine) is distinguished from the Lord, and in Isaiah 48:16, 59:21 and 63:9-10, the Spirit is distinguished from the Lord.
The New Testament also points to the Trinity. The clearest reference is:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. —Matthew 28:19
Notice the wording “in the name of” and not “in the names of.” This clearly confirms one God, not three. Our single God reveals Himself in three forms: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! —Deuteronomy 6:4
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with my wife of 6 years. She is not the same woman I married. We had a great first couple of years, and then she began to lose her softness and second-guess my decisions. For instance, I would like children. But she refuses to stop taking birth control pills, saying we need to wait a little longer (a little longer is now in its 4th year!).
And, although we don’t need the additional income anymore, she won’t even consider stopping full-time employment as a real estate agent. I originally asked her to work so we could save for a down payment on a house. Now she is rarely home when I am. Although we do go to church together on Sunday mornings, she invariably has an “open house” in the afternoon.
I feel we are growing apart and headed for a divorce—even though we never actually fight physically and rarely verbally. Got any suggestions to make her follow my lead? I’m willing to do anything to get back to the way it used to be! Is there any hope?
If you want your wife to “follow,” then you must change your leadership ways. Your wife apparently sees nothing in you to follow. When God allowed her to fall in love with you and get married, you were handed her soft heart on a platter. Yet, because of your unwillingness to wait on God’s timing, and demanding to have more now, you traded in the God-given softness for more money. You sent her into a very callous world to make money, and she became a hard-nosed business woman to do so. Now you want to reverse that decision.
To have any hope to salvage what you originally had, you need to start with yourself. Apologize to your wife for making terrible past decisions and explain you are leaving for a few days to be with the Lord (quit your job if necessary) to seek His will for the both of you and for your marriage. Your goal is to develop a very personal relationship with God and a complete trust of His Word. A couple of weeks alone in a remote cabin or tent without secular influence should do wonders. Humbly repent from your sins and ask God to reveal His will to you through Scripture.
Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. —Matthew 7:7
You should come back a changed man. If you are really a new man, then your wife will see something new in you—a Christ-centeredness. But be patient. You will have to fill the hole you dug the same way you dug it—one shovelful at a time. Until she feels more valued by you than her employer, things are unlikely to change. But through prayer and treating her as the fine china that she is, there IS hope.
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