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   Some Christians are startled to discover the foundational concept of understanding the nature of God, the Trinity, is–as a word–nowhere found in the Bible.

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   Here, I believe¹, is the most dramatic human encounter with the 3-in-1 Christian God that’s recorded in the Bible. It’s found in Luke 2:25-29.

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For that and more, you must use the DOOR.

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      “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit² was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for him the custom of the Law, then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

‘Now, Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond-servant

depart in peace, according to Thy word;

      For my eyes have seen Thy salvation,

      Which Thou hast prepared in the presence

      of all peoples,

A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES³,

And the glory of Thy people Israel.'”

–Luke 2:25-32 (NASB)

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   ¹ This comes out of a personal early morning devotional reading, not a systematic study… I invite your response to my assertion.

   ² Note the 3 blued-in sets of words. The Holy Spirit, invisibly at work, sets up the encounter; the dependent baby Jesus is visibly held and humanly “felt” by Simeon; and “God,” must represent the Father, the invisible caring “one” invisibly out there, who’s able and willing, to be–at least at point in human history–the designated earpiece for “God-directed” prayers–even for those later offered for a short time by God-the-Son. All this refers to the “one God” undivided in a wondrous way beyond our understanding.

   ³ This line is all in caps, put that way by editors of the New American Standard Bible, indicating that these words are recorded earlier in the Old Testament. Further, note the mention of “gentiles,” a strong suggestion that the door of invitation to meet, accept, and serve God is going to be opening wider for the non-Jews.