Will The Real God Please Stand Up? by James Merritt

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2 CORINTHIANS 13:14

“WILL THE REAL GOD PLEASE STAND UP?”

INTRODUCTION

1. IN THE 1950S, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR TV SHOWS
WAS A GAME SHOW CALLED “TO TELL THE TRUTH.” A
PERSON IN A CERTAIN PROFESSION WAS BROUGHT IN, ALONG
WITH TWO OTHER PEOPLE, AND THEY WERE ASKED
QUESTIONS BY A PANEL OF CELEBRITIES TO DETERMINE WHO
THE PERSON REALLY WAS.

2. THE JOB OF THE THREE CONTESTANTS WAS TO TRY TO
FOOL THE CELEBRITIES INTO SELECTING THE WRONG
PERSON. WHEN THE CELEBRITIES MADE THEIR CHOICE, THE
MC WOULD THEN SAY: “WOULD THE REAL ___ PLEASE
STAND UP?” AFTER A MOMENT OF SUSPENSE, THE REAL
PERSON WOULD INDEED STAND UP.

3. IF YOU ASK GOD THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST, AND THE
HOLY SPIRIT THE QUESTION: “WILL THE REAL GOD PLEASE
STAND UP?” THEN ALL THREE WOULD HAVE TO STAND IN
ORDER TO TELL THE TRUTH. NOW BEFORE I GET TOO FAR
AHEAD OF MYSELF, LET ME SHARE WITH YOU THAT THE BIBLE
TEACHES THREE TRUTHS ABOUT GOD, ALL OF WHICH ARE
NECESSARY TO KNOW GOD, NONE OF WHICH CAN BE DENIED.
I CALL THEM: “TRINITY TRUTHS.”

A. THERE IS ONE GOD—ETERNAL AND INDIVISIBLE.

B. THIS ONE GOD IS THREE PERSONS—EACH
DISTINCT FROM THE OTHER.

C. EACH PERSON IS FULLY GOD—CO-EQUAL,
CO-EXISTENT, AND CO-ETERNAL.

4. ADMITTEDLY, THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A DEEP SUBJECT THAT
CALLS FOR SERIOUS THOUGHT AND CONTEMPLATION. BUT IT
IS WELL WORTH IT, FOR AS CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON
ONCE SAID: “NOTHING WILL SO ENLARGE THE INTELLECT
AND MAGNIFY THE WHOLE SOUL OF MAN AS A DEVOUT,
EARNEST, CONTINUED INVESTIGATION OF THE WHOLE
SUBJECT OF THE TRINITY.”1

5. THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY MAY BE THE GREATEST
DISTINCTIVE CHARACTERISTIC OF CHRISTIANITY. NO OTHER
RELIGION IN THE WORLD IS, OR EVER HAS BEEN, A
TRINITARIAN RELIGION. JUDAISM, ISLAM, THE UNITARIANS,
AND THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, ALL DENY THE DOCTRINE
OF THE TRINITY. EVEN THOUGH THE WORD “TRINITY” IS NOT
FOUND IN THE BIBLE, THE TRUTH O ...


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