2What is the “Godhead?” If they are all one, why can’t we sing, “have a little talk with Jesus.” If they are 3 in 1 what are the things that separate them, and what are their specific jobs? Don’t their jobs overlap at times?
3Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.
4Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord (Jesus), one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
5These 3 circles are separate and distinct from one another, yet they are one. An egg consists of a shell, white, and yolk, but these 3 combined are one egg.Man is made up of body, soul, and spirit, but these 3 combined are one person.
6Eph. 4:4 says there is one body. 1 Cor. 12:12-20 and Rom. 12:4-5 teaches there are many members that make up that one body and that we all have different roles within that one body. Even though we are many members, we are all to be of one mind and purpose (1 Pet. 3:8, Phil. 1:27; 2:2, 2 Cor. 13:11).Similarly, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are of one mind and one purpose, and they are in perfect unity. However, they have different roles.
7Ephesians 3:9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
8John 1:3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
9Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
10Job 26:13 By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; Psalm 104:30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth.
11In the N. T. the Father is the head of Christ (1 Cor In the N.T. the Father is the head of Christ (1 Cor. 11:3) and our prayers are to be directed to Him (Mt. 6:6).Jesus taught and followed the will of the Father (Jn. 5:30; 8:28). Jesus is the one that died for us, and He is our mediator and intercessor (1 Tim. 2:5; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25).The Holy Spirit was the power behind the miracles (Rom. 15:19) and He revealed the Word of God (1 Cor. 2:12-13). He is also our intercessor (Rom. 8:26-27).
12All three have a function in our baptism All three have a function in our baptism. When we are baptized, our sins are forgiven because of Jesus (Acts 2:38), and we are united with Him (Rom. 6). The Holy Spirit seals us (Eph. 1:13-14), and we can know that all these things happen at our baptism by us putting our faith in the working of the Father (Col. 2:12) who created this plan of salvation for us (Rom. 5:8-11). Though there are different persons in the Godhead, each of them serve a different role, yet they are equally Deity.
13Jesus is Deity John 10:30 I and my Father are one Jesus is Deity John 10:30 I and my Father are one. John 8:58 He says that I AM John 8:24 You will die in your sins if you don’t believe Jesus is God *Luke 4:8 Jesus says to worship God *Rev 22:8-9 Says you are to worship God *Mt. 8:2 Jesus accepts worship, which means He is God. John 20:28 Thomas says my Lord my God without being corrected. Heb. 1:4-9 Destroys the teaching that Jesus was an angel, and God calls Him God.
14Holy Spirit is DeityHe speaks, hears, resists, wills, and guidesActs 5:3-4 HS is called GodJohn 16:13 Hears and guides into all truths1 Tim. 4:1; Acts 10: HS speaks John 14:26 HS teachesActs 16: 6-7 HS forbids1 Cor. 12:11 HS willsEph. 4:30 HS can be grievedActs 15:28 It seemed good to the HS.Acts 13:2 HS says separate to MERom. 15:19 Power behind the signsMt. 12:31 Do not blasphemy the HS
15If they are all one, why can’t we sing, “have a little talk with Jesus
16After all Jesus was given all authority over heaven and earth (Mt After all Jesus was given all authority over heaven and earth (Mt. 28:18) and we are told that whatever we do in word or deed, we are to do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col. 3:17), which means do it by His authority. Jesus also says:
17John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
182 John 1:9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.
19Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
20Hebrews 2:12 .. "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.“Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
21James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering. Let him pray James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.Acts 16:25 But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
221 Corinthians 14:15 What is the conclusion then 1 Corinthians 14:15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
23A good question to ask ourselves is, would I teach what this song is teaching to someone else?
24JUST A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in,And then a little light from Heaven filled my soul;It bathed my heart in love and wrote my name above,And just a little talk with Jesus made me whole.ChorusNow let us have a little talk with Jesus.Let us tell Him all about our troubles.He will hear our faintest cryAnd He will answer by and by.Now when you feel a little pray’r-ful yearning,As your heart unto heaven is turningYou will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.’
25I may have doubts and fears, my eyes be filled with tears, But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night;I go to Him in prayer, He knows my ev'ry care,And just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
26TELL IT TO JESUSAre you weary, are you heavy hearted?Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.Are you grieving over joys departed?Tell it to Jesus alone.RefrainTell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,He is a Friend that’s well known.You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
28If they are all one, why can’t we sing, “have a little talk with Jesus
29Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Away with you, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.' "
30Matthew 14:33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God.“Luke 24:52 And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
31Psalm 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD Psalm 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
32Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
33Ephesians 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
34Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
35Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
3620 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, If we are to give thanks always to God the Father, how is there anytime left to pray to Jesus or the Holy Spirit?If we are to thank the Father for all things, how is there going to be anything left to thank Jesus for?
37Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.If in everything we make our request know to God, what is left over for us to pray to Jesus or to the Holy Spirit?
38Matthew 6:5 " And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites Matthew 6:5 " And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
39Matthew 7:11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
40John 14:12 " Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
41John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
42John 16:17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?" 18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what He is saying." 19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'?
4320 "Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 21 "A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
44John 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing John 16:23 "And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 "Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
45John 16:25 " These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; 27 "for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 28 "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father."
46Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
47Matthew 6:14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
481 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
49Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
50If we were to confess our sins to Jesus or to the Holy Spirit do you think those sins would be forgiven?
51If we could pray to all three members of the Godhead then why did Jesus only pray to the Father during His earthly ministry?
52According to Thayer a mediator is: “one who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant.”1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
53Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
55Ephesians 3:11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
56Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.Romans 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.Jesus is called our advocate in 1 Jn. 2:1.
57Gary Workman:1 Timothy 2:5 has been adduced as an implication that we might pray to Jesus since He is our Mediator “between God and men.” But this does not mean that we speak to Jesus and then ask Him to speak to God. Our Mediator, Intercessor, Advocate and High Priest said, “Pray to thy Father” (Mt. 6:6). And early Christians understood it. They bowed their knees “unto the Father” (Eph. 3:14) and “lifted up their voices to God” (Acts 4:24). The Old Covenant also had a mediator and high priest (Moses and Aaron) but Jews could pray to neither one. We do not have an inherit right to pray to our Mediator any more than they could pray to theirs. One should no more pray to Jesus as Mediator or Intercessor than he should pray to the Holy Spirit who specifically intercedes for us in prayer (Rom. 8:26-27).
58Wayne Cox wrote:The idea is not that we speak to Jesus first, and then He takes our request to God, but that we have direct access to God by the blood of Christ (Heb. 10:19). Jesus, as our High Priest (Heb. 3:1) is the “bridge builder” between God and man, the mediator we so desperately need (1 Tim. 2:5). Because of His redemptive and mediatoral work, we can come to the throne of grace with boldness (Heb. 4:16). “Boldly” is the same word translated “confidence” (Heb. 3:6) and literally means “freedom of speech, openness.” We have open access to God and can approach Him with confidence, not because we are deserving, but because of the sacrifice of Christ.
59John 14:13 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.NIV John 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
60Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, "Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!" 57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
61Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
62"Acts 7:59 and Rev. 22:20 are often referred to as evidence that we pray to Jesus. But if Stephen's request and John's "Come, Lord Jesus" authorize us to pray to him, do requests made to heavenly angels and elders authorize us to pray to them as found in (Rev. 7:13,14; 10:8,9)? Can we base our prayers on the extraordinary experiences of Gideon (Judg. 6:17-18,22) or Manoah (Judg. 13) or Mary (Luke 1:26-38) or Abraham (Gen. 18) or Lot (Gen. 19)? Remember that both Stephen and John were inspired men who at the very moment of these sayings were caught up in heavenly visions (Acts 7:55-56; Rev. 22) in which Jesus was personally manifested. Therefore, their statements to our Lord can in no way serve as a pattern for our practices today.
63"Our instructions as to how to pray are very clear in the New Testament. Jesus, who is our mediator, intercessor, advocate and High Priest, said: "Pray to the Father" (Matt. 6:6,9; Luke 11:2) and "ask of the Father in my name" (John 15:16; 14:13-14; 16:23-24). Paul, to whom both Jesus and an angel once appeared, said that we should give thanks always "in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father" (Eph. 5:20). And those early Christians understood these things for when they prayed they bowed their knees "unto the Father" (Eph. 3:14) and "lifted up their voice to God" (Acts 4:24). In the inspired history book of Acts we find it was God to whom they always prayed (Acts 12:5; Acts 16:25; Acts 27:35).
64"In light of all of this, Christians should neither practice nor advocate praying to Jesus. This will necessitate screening some songs that are commonly in our hymn books. "I Must Tell Jesus," "Tell It to Jesus Alone," and "Just a Little Talk with Jesus" do not represent scriptural views. These songs do not advocate praying THROUGH Jesus, but praying TO Jesus. How utterly wrong it is, therefore, to encourage people to "have a little talk with Jesus" and "go to him in prayer," saying that "just a little talk with Jesus made me whole.“"In the area of prayer (as with all other Bible matters), let us practice what the New Testament teaches. And it clearly teaches that we may not pray to Jesus, too!