Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
WE BELIEVE IN HOLY TRINITY Isaiah 44:1-8 Vs.6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his redeemer “I am the first and the last; besides me there is no God”
The exile of Israelites in Babylon persisted for decades, they could not believe that God would ever redeem them. They saw the destruction of Jerusalem, some of them were even born in Babylon. God in His time, asked King Cyrus to release them back to their homeland. Prophet Isaiah reminded the people of their disobedience, for which they were sent in exile.
Israelites always remembered that, Lord God is the one who redeemed them and they knew who they were, and to whom, they belong. Lord God reiterates that He was the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, because He was present at the creation, even before the creation. It was the Lord who created all that was made. He is the one who reigned forever, who was with the Son and the Holy spirit, and was in existence from everlasting to everlasting. This portion clearly reminds us of Revelation chapter 1:8 where apostle John is giving a testimony of the word, who was Jesus Christ second person in Trinity.
There could not be any more emphatic proclamation, that Lord God will not share His Glory to any other created being. In the book of Revelation we see that Jesus, the second person in the Godhead, authoritatively declares, “I am the first and the last – do not be afraid.” We know that the spirit of God is entrusted with the completion of the work of the Triune God. The longsuffering, faithful God of Israel, who redeemed them out the Egyptian bondage, restored them from Babylonian captivity, is the same Savior, who emptied himself of his heavenly glory, came to earth in the likeness of the sinful man, saved us from the captivity of the Satan and the bondage of sin. May he be the Alpha and the Omega in our lives, from this day forward to the end of our lifetime. Amen.
Loving Father, I praise and thank you for the faithfulness you showed to the people of Israel, and know that you are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so also be my everlasting hope, comfort and redeemer. Amen.
Thought of the day Doctrine of Trinity holds that One God but three co-eternal and co-substantial persons.
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