Chris Jacob (Yaacov) Schaefer ©2009
There is a lot of confusion and disagreement over what exactly is the true nature of the “Godhead.” This has been a point of contention in centuries past and it remains a dividing issue even now.
In my own journey of faith, I was drawn to the Messianic movement that had recently gained momentum in the late 1990’s. The Messianic movement consisted of a motley assortment of believers-- all who were questioning what they had previously been taught. Some had wonderful insights, and had cleared up for me many of the itching questions I had had for many years. Others spewed out desolate teachings, that in my soul I knew were wrong, but could not immediately rebut. So as I searched for fellowship with like-minded believers, it soon became clear that there was much more division (and sometimes more treachery) within Messianicism than there was within Christianity. It is this situation that made this book a necessity.
A very important question: Do we desire to have the same kind of belief and praxis as the 1st Century believers or not? If we do, and believe the first century believers to be the closest to the Savior and His teachings, and if we believe their understanding to be the most accurate, then we should be desiring to believe and and live like they did.
So as we grapple with this heavy topic of the “Godhead”, it may be helpful to look at an account where some believers had their understanding adjusted and expanded by another believer.
Maaseh Schlichim/Acts 19:2-6
2 He [Shaul/Pallu] said to them, "Have you received the Ruach
HaQodesh when you believed?" And they said to him, "We
have not even heard whether there is any Ruach
3 And he said to them, "Into what then were you
immersed?" And they said, "Into Yochanan the Immerser's
4 Then said Shaul, "Yochanan the Immerser truly immersed
with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people, that
they should believe on Him who should come after him,
that is, on Moshiach Yehoshua."
5 When they heard this, they were immersed in the Name
of the Master Yehoshua.
6 And when Shaul had laid his hands upon them, the
Ruach HaQodesh came on them
; and they spoke with
tongues, and prophesied.
This passage dealt with general concept of the Ruach HaQodesh's existence.
Five protocols we can learn:
A. When they said that they never heard of the Ruach HaQodesh, Shaul/Pallu did not call them "heretics" and expel them till they repent. But instead, he found out where they were at, and then continued to present a fuller understanding
B. When Shaul/Pallu asked them if they'd recieved the Ruach HaQodesh, they did not call him a "pagan polytheist" and cast him out of their presence for indicating that there is another
Supernatural Being in in conjunction with YHWH.
C. They did not accuse Shaul/Pallu of having a "private interpretation" when he spoke to them of the reality of the Ruach HaQodesh.
D. When Shaul/Pallu laid his hand upon them for them to receive the Ruach HaQodesh they did not call him a "heretic" or "practicer of magic" nor did they expel him away from their assembly.
E. They did not hinder themselves by remaining shackled by the religious establishment's limited understanding
May we all be teachable.