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Notes by Dr. Fred Wittman
Word #5: The Work of God's Word (A)
Is. 55:10.11

Introduction: In light of Isaiah 55:10,11 the question is raised,What work does The Word of God accomplish which fulfils God's pleasure? The answer is, There are many works that The Word of God accomplishes in nine particular categories: Communication, Conviction, Conversion, Salvation, Regeneration, Sanctification, Correction, Instruction, and Provision of Spiritual Needs.

   I. The Work of Communication
     A. The Word of God Communicates.
       1. Who God is:
          a. The Beginning (Gen. 1:1; Jn. 1:1,2 cf. Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12 cf.
              Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13; Heb. 11:6).
              (1) God
                    Before time began God existed (Gen. 1:1). He existed in eternity
                    past (Acts 15:18). Scripture indicates that God is called The First
                    and The Beginning (Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12).
              (2) The Lord Jesus Christ
                    Scriptures indicate that The Lord Jesus Christ also is called The
                    Beginning (Col. 1:18; 1 Jn. 2:13,14; Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13).
                    Jesus was with God in the beginning (Jn. 1:2).
                    Paul wrote, ‘‘He is before all things´´ (Col. 1:17) and in the
                    context of God speaking to His Son, Paul indicated that
                    Jesus laid the Earth's foundation in the beginning (Heb. 1:10 cf Ps.
                    102:25-27). Then again He wrote that"God's dear Son . . . is
                    before all things" (Col.1:13,17) and therefore He "is The
                    Beginning" (v. 18). Therefore both God The Father and God
                    the Son, The Lord Jesus Christ are called The Beginning.
              (3) The Holy Spirit
                    Although there is not a Scripture that specifically states that the
                    Holy Spirit is called The Beginning, or was in the beginning,
                    the fact that He acted upon the newly created waters before the
                    initial six days of Creation in Genesis 1 indicates that He was
                    in the beginning. Also He is called The Eternal Spirit (Heb.
                    9:14). Thus there are three Eternal Persons of The Godhead
                    existing in the Beginning. This relationship of The Father, The
                    Son, and The Holy Spirit is referred to as The Trinity. God is
                    a tripartite being -- Three Persons in One.
          b. The Trinity (Gen. 1:1,26; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14).
                 There is a unique grammatical construction that the Hebrew
                 language uses to refer to God, a uni-plural noun. Unlike the
                 English and the Greek (and numerous other) languages, the
                 Hebrew uses three references to number instead of just two: the
                 singular and plural like English, but also the dual. If two
                 persons are referred to, the dual is used, but if three or more are
                 referred to, the plural is used. In Genesis 1:1 the name, Elohim
                 is a uni-plural noun, and should accurately and precisely be
                 translated, ‘Gods.´ There are three persons of the One
                 Godhead, all of whom are involved in creation. (We will
                 observe this in detail next below under c. The Creator.) This
                 understanding about God explains the confusing quotation in
                 Genesis 1:26. There are other Scriptures, to which you may
                 refer, that use the plural in reference to God (Gen. 3:22; 11:6,7;
                 Isa. 48:12-16).
                 The conclusion is that there are three persons in the Godhead.
                 However though Elohim, the proper noun for God, is plural,
                 often the singular personal pronoun ‘He´ occurs in context
                 with the plural proper noun. Although this noun indicates three
                 persons, the essence is One and is referred to as the Godhead in
                 Scripture (Acts 17:29 AV; Rom. 1:20; Col. 2:9).

                Bible  scholars  use  the  term,  Trinity  to
                indicate  The Godhead.  Three times The
                Scriptures refer to the three persons of the
                Godhead in the same context (Mt. 28:19; 1
                Cor. 12: 4-6; 1 Cor. 13:14).
                Not  only  is  God  The Beginning and The
                Trinity, but He is also The Creator.
          c. The Creator (Eccl. 12:1; Gen. 1:1,21,26,27 cf. Isa. 40:28; 48:13;
              Mk. 13:19; Acts 4:24; 14:15; 17:24; Jn. 1:1-3; 5:46,47; Heb.
              1:8-10 cf. Ps. 102:25-26).

                 The Only One True and Absolutely Living God(s), Who is The
                 Beginning, created all things in Heaven and on Earth. The
                 opening verse in theBible relates Who This God is Who wants
                 to communicate with human beings, yes with you and with me.
                 In considering The Trinity, we just recognized that God is three
                 persons and one essence and that Elohim, the proper name for
                 God used in Genesis 1:1 is a uni-plural proper noun in the
                 Hebrew language. To further substantiate this truth that the
                 three persons of The Godhead were the Creators, Solomon, the
                 wisest human who ever lived apart from The Lord Jesus Christ
                 Himself, the man who wrote Ecclesiastes used the plural
                 number in writing the word for Creator. In Ecclesiastes 12:1 as
                 well as in Genesis 1:1,26,27, the plural is used in reference to
                 The Triune God creating all things. All three Persons of The
                 Godhead were active in creation.

                 Here's how each Person of The Trinity or Godhead participated
                 in creation. God, The Father planned and said, "Let us make
                 man in our image." God, The Son Who is called The Word (Jn.
                 1:1-3) pronounced [said or spoke seven times in Gen. 1] (Gen.
                 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24 cf. Ps. 33:6-99; 148:1-5; Eph. 3:9; Col.
                 1:16) and it was done. Life was produced by The Holy Spirit
                 breathing (Gen. 1:2; 2:7; Job 26:12,13; 33:4; Ps. 104:30).
                 All the stars, all the planets, all the galaxies, and all the
                 universes in outer space were created by The Holy Spirit. Yes!
                 Each Person of The Trinity or Godhead participated in creation.

                 Some Bible teachers and preachers claim it is not essential to
                 believe in creation in order to be saved. And yet Jesus, when
                 He confronted the Jews who sought to kill Him, said, "For if
                 (and it is not true) you; were continually committing trust in
                 Moses, you; would ever continually commit trust in Me. For
                 that one wrote about Me. But if (and it is true) you; are not
                 committing trust in the writings of that one, how will you;
                 commit trust in the declarations belonging to Me?" (Jn.
                 5:46,47).

                 Since God's Son, The Lord Jesus Christ is a Co-creator with God,
                 and if one does not believe or commit trust that He created all
                 things, how can that one commit trust to Christ for salvation?
                 Paul wrote, "But apart from faith |it is| impossible to please |Him|!
                 For it is absolutely necessary for the one approaching God to
                 commit trust that He exists, and He becomes Rewarder of
                 Retribution to the ones diligently continually seeking Him"
                 (Heb. 11:6).

                 So if God rewards with positive retribution the one continually
                 committing trust in the existence of The God of the Bible, Who
                 opens His Written Word claiming to be the Creator, what shall be
                 the negative retribution to the one refusing to acknowledge, let
                 alone commit trust, that He indeed is The Creator Who has
                 provided salvation?

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