Rev. E. Ahenkan Owusu
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Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17


Beloved in Christ, today's sermon, "Experience the Glory of the Godhead." 

The term "Godhead" is a theological concept used in Christianity to refer to the nature and essence of God as a single divine being existing in three persons: God the Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit. This concept is central to the doctrine of the Trinity, which holds that these three persons are distinct yet co-equal, co-eternal, and consubstantial (of the same substance or essence).

Some Biblical Basis for the Trinity

In Luke 3:21-22, Jesus' baptism brought the Trinity to bare with the Heaven opening. The voice of the Father was heard, the Son was baptized in the Jordan, and Holy Spirit descended like a dove.

Again, in Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands His disciples to baptize "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," indicating the triune nature of God.

John 1:1-14 describes the Word (Jesus) as being with God and being God, emphasizing both distinction and unity within the Godhead.

Furthermore, Paul's benediction in 2 Corinthians 13:14 mentions "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit," reflecting the triune relationship.

Comparing Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 12:41 Isaiah’s vision of God's glory is later explained to us by John as a vision of Jesus’ glory, indicating the shared glory of the Father and the Son.

Additionally, Romans 8:9-11 speaks of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Holy Spirit in ways that emphasize their distinct roles and unified essence.

Historical Development 

The doctrine of the Trinity or Godhead was formulated in the early centuries of the Church to clarify the Biblical revelation of God's nature. The Apostles' Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed are key historical documents that articulate the Trinitarian understanding of the Godhead. They are still the guiding line against heresies at the core of the Christian faith.

The glory of the Godhead encompasses the majesty, holiness, and love of the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Through our discussion today, we will witness the encounter of Isaiah with God's holiness, the Apostle Paul's teaching on our adoption as God's children, and Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus about the new birth.

Encountering God's Holiness

In Isaiah 6:1-8, the prophet Isaiah shares his vision of the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne. The Seraphim call out, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." The doorposts shake, and the temple fills with smoke. Isaiah, overwhelmed by God's holiness, cries, "Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips."

This vision reveals the glory of God in His absolute holiness. It reminds us that to experience the glory of the Godhead is to be confronted by God's purity and majesty. It is a humbling experience that makes us aware of our own sinfulness and unworthiness. Yet, it is also in this moment that Isaiah receives God's grace. A Seraph touches his lips with a live coal, cleansing his sin, and preparing him for God's call.

As we reflect on this passage, let us remember that encountering God's holiness is transformative. It leads us to repentance, cleansing, and a renewed sense of purpose in God's kingdom. It is from our unworthiness, that He makes us worthy. We are called to approach God's throne with reverence, acknowledging our need for His grace and mercy. 

The New Birth

In John 3:1-17, we find the account of Nicodemus, a Pharisee, who comes to Jesus by night. Jesus tells him, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the Kingdom of God unless they are born again." Nicodemus is puzzled, but Jesus explains that this new birth is through water and the Spirit.

Jesus reveals the heart of the gospel: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." To experience the glory of the Godhead is to be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. It is to enter into a new life, a life that is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This passage reminds us that experiencing the glory of the Godhead is available to all who believe. It is a call to embrace the gift of salvation, to be born anew, and to live in the fullness of God's love and grace. It invites us to step into the light, leaving behind our old ways and embracing the abundant life that Christ Jesus offers.

Adoption as God's Children

In Romans 8:12-17, the Apostle Paul speaks about our new identity in Christ after encountering God's holiness. He reminds us that we are no longer slaves to sin but are children of God, led by the Spirit. Paul writes, "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'"

Experiencing the glory of the Godhead involves recognizing our adoption into God's family. The Gospel says, "...to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13). Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we are not only justified and cleansed but also welcomed into an intimate relationship with God. We can call Him "Abba, Father," a term of deep affection and trust.

This passage encourages us to live as heirs of God's kingdom, embracing our identity as His beloved children. It assures us that we share in Christ's sufferings and glory. As we experience the glory of the Godhead, we are invited into a relationship of love, intimacy, and trust with our Heavenly Father.

Experience God's Glory

Experiencing the glory of God practically today involves engaging in practices that draw us closer to His presence, allow us to reflect His character, and deepen our relationship with Him.

1. Engage in Deep and Consistent Prayer and Worship life.

Prayer and worship are vital for experiencing God's glory. These practices help us to connect with God, acknowledge His majesty, and invite His presence into our lives. Worshipping God must be consciously put into practice as the way of your life - in whatever you do (Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 100:2-4).

2. Live a Life of Obedience and Holiness

Experiencing God's glory is closely tied to living a life that honours Him. Obedience to God's commands and a commitment to holiness allow us to reflect His character and experience His presence (John 14:21; 1 Peter 1:15-16).

3. Serve Others and Reflect God's Love

Serving others in love is a powerful way to experience and reflect God's glory. Jesus' life and ministry exemplify how serving others can manifest God's presence and glory (Matthew 5:16; John 13:34-35).


Beloved, as we contemplate the glory of the Godhead, let us remember these profound truths. In Isaiah's vision, we see the majesty and holiness of God that leads us to repentance and transformation. In John's gospel, we are called to experience the new birth through faith in Jesus Christ, stepping into a life filled with the Holy Spirit. In Romans, we are reminded of our adoption as God's children, invited into an intimate relationship with our loving Father. 

May we open our hearts to experience the fullness of God's glory. Let us approach Him with reverence, embrace our identity as His children, and live in the power of the new birth. As we do, we will not only see the kingdom of God but also reflect His glory in our lives, bringing His light and love to the world around us.


Shalom aleikhem...

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