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“And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NASB)
Much has been misunderstood about the person of The Holy Spirit. We seem to have this inclination that we can call The Holy Spirit an “It” and not a Person of The Trinity, that Trinity being Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Ecclesiastes 4:12 we read; “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” I’ve always liked this verse to apply to husband, wife and God but I don’t think Solomon was the narrow in his vision when he penned it. So if we could look at this verse in two parts it is possible to see what our role in that Trinity looks like.
”And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him.” We can put anyone we want in the role of the one who can overpower him. They could be someone who wants to attack him as a thief or someone who would physically assault him or maybe this could be someone whose method of attack is a verbal assault, in any case if we take a worldview on this the idea is that a one on one attack can lead to damage to him who is alone. Two can resist him suggests that a team against an attack would fend off an attacker better than him who is alone. So…
As Christians we need to understand that when Satan attacks a single believer with temptations of go back into old ways, he chooses to do it when we are alone; just like when he tempted Eve in the garden, and Christ in the wilderness. But if we are in fellowship with other Christians and they know of your struggle they are capable of helping their tempted friend, by way of their advice and counsel and by striving together in their prayers to God (The Father through the saving Grace of Jesus Christ The Son) for him: because when saints stand fast in one spirit, and strive together for the faith of the Gospel, they stand their ground, withstand the enemy, and maintain truth. Amen? (Give it up for John Gill on this one!!)
“A cord three of strands is not quickly torn apart.” Just as two are better than one, so three or more united together is better still; they are able to make headway against an enemy as to be able to conquer him. If a family, a community, or a city, are divided against themselves, they cannot stand; but, if united, in all probability nothing can hurt them. This lesson is seen in a fable of the bundle of sticks the old man gave to his sons to break; which, while fastened together, could not be done; but, when the bond is compromised, and the sticks taken out singly, were easily snapped in two; teaching them that unity among themselves is their greatest security against their common enemy. The same instruction is given by this threefold cord; while it remains twisted together, it is not easily broke, but if the threads are untwisted and unloosed this cord loses its unity and becomes use in the hands of those who use it.
So are people in Christian fellowship, be they many or be they few, while they keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, they can be as terrible as an army storming the gates of hell, so stood fast in their unity of faith that those gates cannot prevail against them. And if this is true of the united love and affections of these Christian soldiers, it must be much more so of the love of Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit; that Divine threefold cord. The Father and Son are united in such mutual unconditional love for one another that having the common thread of an agreeing Holy Spirit to tie this Divine Trinity together makes this a wholeness that our adversary cannot ever break. May we all strive to do likewise, allowing the person of The Holy Spirit to be our common thread in our waking ups and our going to sleeps. Amen? Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and blogs weekly on Freedom Fighter. You can write to Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “The Holy Spirit breathes God’s own desire into me and enables me to intercede for those without Christ.”—Andrew Murray
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. Joshua 1:7