The Trinity - (the Plurality of Persons in the Godhead) and defending the divinity of Christ

 

The doctrine of the Trinity is a doctrine that confuses many people. However, just because it may seem confusing for us to comprehend, this does not mean that we should not seek to understand what the Bible clearly teaches about this concept and accept it by faith. The following is a short, clear video about this topic from Carl Gallups which should help most people to understand that the Bible gives clear answers about this topic. We can trust God's teachings about this subject and accept it in faith:

Why the Teaching of the Trinity is so Crucial

 

The teaching of the Trinity is a teaching that is crucial to the integrity of Christian faith, and historically Satan's attacks on the doctrine of the Trinity have focused on the three-fold sovereign personality of God and/or His deity in three persons. By distorting our understanding of the Trinity, the devil ultimately seeks to destroy our faith in Jesus Christ, which is the real focus and rationale for Satanic attacks that seek to confuse the issue of "one, in essence, three in person". The Trinity is often a good "litmus test" for our Christian faith. To accept it, one must accept not only the existence of God but also the distinctiveness and divinity of Jesus Christ, the true touch-stone principle that divides believers from unbelievers. For a person to believe that God the Father alone is God, and not believe that Jesus is a member of the Godhead in the same way that God the Father is, is to "deny the Son", and this is a very dangerous route of unbelief to take as we read in 1 John 2:22-23 which tells us:  "Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is an antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either, he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also."  John tells us very clearly that "No one who denies the Son has the Father" (1 John 2:23). 1 John 5:7,"For there are -three- that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."  (Trinity = TriUnity)

 

 

What does it mean to "deny the Son" as we read about in 1 John 2:23? What could it mean to "deny the Son"  if not to deny either His Person or His work as our Savior? 

Therefore if someone accepts the totality of Jesus' Person (in His divinity and humanity), but yet

1. denies the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sin, that individual is not a true believer just because he/she does accept the totality of who Jesus is -- for he/she is unwilling to appropriate the grace and forgiveness that comes from acknowledging Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. 

Likewise, if someone is willing to accept that Jesus died for our sin, but....

2. denies the reality of Jesus Christ's humanity, this individual is also believing heresy because if one wrongly assumes the sacrifice for sin was only apparent, there can be little appreciation for what our Lord actually did for us. 

Finally, accepting the sacrifice of our Lord on the cross and recognizing the fact that He was indeed a genuine human being (and is) is wonderful,  but yet if this same person....

3. 
denies Jesus Christ's divinity
, how is this person not denying who the Lord truly is in His true Person and the fact that only God could live a perfect life? And if you are denying who He is in His essential divinity, how are you not also denying the Father, failing to understand the true nature of the Father's sacrifice as well? If you deny Jesus Christ His divinity when He is divine, how are you not diminishing Him in every way, especially in terms of what bearing our sins on the cross entailed for Him? Furthermore Jesus told us "I and the Father are One" (John 10:30), so that belief in who Jesus is (undiminished deity and true humanity in one Person forever) and what He has done for us (dying for our sin on the cross that we might be saved), is inseparable from genuine and saving faith in God the Father as well.  For "even the demons believe" in the existence of God (Jas. 2:19), but believers have given over their will to the WILL of God by accepting the truth He has given us in scripture about Himself and His Son. To deny that truth is to deny the TRUTH. Jesus is the "truth" and failing to accept either His word or His humanity or His deity is to deny and willfully refuse the essential truth about Him clearly provided in scripture --  and that by that denial to choose death over life.   

Here are just a few important passages that clearly teach in scripture the divinity of Jesus Christ

 

1. Jesus is explicitly called God:  He is "Immanuel", "God with us", for as  Matt.1:23 clearly tells us "Behold the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated 'God with us'"; also in the Old Testament in Isaiah 9:6 we read where it is prophesied that Jesus Christ, the Son of God will come into the world and one of His names shall be called "Mighty God"; plus see also Rom.9:5 - "Christ came, who is overall the eternally blessed God" ; Tit.2:13 - "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ"; Heb.1:8 - "But to the Son He says 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever";  1Jn.5:20 - "...And we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."; and John 20:28 - Here Thomas proclaimed Jesus as God and stated "My Lord, and my God!"

 

2. Jesus is worshiped as God  (see: Matt.28:9; Phil.2:10)

3. Jesus is the Creator (Men can create small things like buildings etc. but only God would be capable of creating the universe, mankind, creatures etc. Colossians 1:16  tells us: "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers."  please see also: Jn.1:3; Col.1:16; Heb.1:1-3; 1:10 - and God created the world: Gen.1-2) 

4.  Jesus is sent from heaven and comes from heaven -- which can only be the case if He is God. ( John 6:38-58)

5. Jesus is One with God (Jn.10:30)

6. Jesus has always been "face to face with God (Jn.1:1; cf. Jn.1:18)

7. Jesus is the only Son of God (Matt.17:5; Heb.1:5-9), entering the world for us from His prior presence with God the Father (Jn.1:14)

8. Jesus has all the divine attributes of God and is equal to God (cf. Matt.28:18; Jn.1:48; 14:6, Jn. 5:18)

9. Jesus is the exact image of God (Col.15; cf. 2Cor.4:4; Heb.1:3) 

10. Jesus is eternal like God (Jn.8:58; Heb.13:8)    

Since the earliest days of the Church, denying the divine nature of Jesus has been a prominent and common heresy. You cannot truly follow Him without accepting the truth of Him.

 

That God should take on true humanity and constrain Himself to human limitations, suffering, striving, fighting, and dying for us - that we might live with Him forever, is truly "good news". Only God could do this, and scripture is quite clear to all those who are seeking the truth that Jesus was, is, and always will be God. He also became, of His own free will, a true man, having taken on this mission and accomplished the sacrifice of the cross to cleanse us from our sins and so to give us the opportunity to come to God through Him and His work.


To be a believer in and follower of Jesus you have to:

1. believe who He is (truly human and truly divine)

2. believe what He has done (dying for your sins and rising from the dead for your eternal life)

3. follow Him faithfully in this life.
 So do not allow yourself to be deceived by unbelievers who want to sow seeds of doubt in you and who seek to teach you otherwise. Do not follow such false teachers for the safety of your soul. 


BEWARE OF FALSE TEACHINGS IN THIS AREA:

 

2 Peter 2:1"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.";

 

1 Timothy 6:3-5"If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing.  He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain." (Also see: 2 Cor. 11:13-15, 1 John 4:1, Jude 1:4, 1 John 2:26-27, Romans 16:17, Gal. 1:6-9, Acts 20:29-31, Matt. 7:15-20)

What God has chosen to reveal about this doctrine of the Trinity, He has revealed carefully and gradually. A large part of the reason for this guarded revelation of this doctrine (beyond our human limitations in comprehending it), could be the all too obvious fact that wrong ideas about the nature of the Trinity have historically posed such a dire threat to the entire basis of our Christian faith. Just a little leaven in the loaf and Satan can make the Trinity be an association of "gods" (and so no different from paganism) or one "god" with three hats (thus completely eliminating the importance and virtue of Christ's incarnation and sacrifice.)  Heresies of the past have sought to deny the full and equal divinity of Christ and thus casting Him as subordinate in essence to the Father as hyper-Arianism does. Thankfully in His loving wisdom, God has told us what we most need to know without giving us either information that could be misinterpreted, or less than accurate illustrations that might do more harm than good. 

 

No specific term for the triune nature of God occurs in the Bible.  The inspired writers of the New Testament clearly felt that the existence of one God, in three distinct persons, the doctrine which we now call "the Trinity", was a relatively straight-forward concept and accessible enough (even with a quick reading of the scripture). As W. Scott Taylor stated in agreement with this truth: "Plurality of Persons in the Godhead is the only coherent interpretation of the plain meaning of words as taught by Jesus." The Apostolic Fathers, the generation that followed the actual men who actually penned the New Testament, also felt that merely quoting scriptures was an entirely adequate way of discussing the relationship between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

Not until the late second and early third centuries did the term "Trinity" itself come into general use. This term "Trinity" helped as a way of defending (against a variety of heresies which sought to deny various aspects of the unique triune nature of God) what earlier generations of Christians had taken completely for granted based upon their common sense approach to reading the Bible: that God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all God and all co-equal and co-eternal, yet at the same time they are - in what we may call a "personal" way - also distinct from each other with different, unique roles in the Plan of God. 

God is one. God is also three. There is no contradiction between these statements. The simplest, best, and most traditional definition of the Trinity is that God is one in essence and three in person. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all God, yet at the same time, they are all unique.   

What the Trinity is Not

 

We can better understand what the Trinity is by first considering what it is not

 

1.  God is one in essence, but that does NOT mean that only one person of the Trinity is deity: 

God is three in person, and all three persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are divine. 

Heresies of the past which have challenged the divinity of the members of the Trinity include: 

Adoptionism heresy (asserting that Christ is the Son of God only in the sense of adoption)


Ebionite heresy (teaching that Christ had only a human nature empowered by God's Spirit), and


Unitarianism heresy (which asserts the uni-personality of God, denying the deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit). But the Bible teaches that all three members of the Trinity are a deity. 

a) The Father is God (Matt.6:9; 1Cor.8:6; Eph.3:14-15):

"I am the Alpha and Omega," says the Lord who is God," "He who is and was and is coming, the Almighty."  Rev. 1:8

b) The Son is God (Jn.5:18; 10:30&33; Rom.9:5; 1Cor.8:6; Col.2:9; Heb.1:3):

"The Word existed in the beginning: The Word was both present with the [Father] God [before creation] and the Word was God. This same One was present with the [Father] God in the beginning."  John 1:1-2

c) The Holy Spirit is God (Gen.1:2; Ps.139:7; Acts 5:3-4; 1Cor.12:11; and compare Heb.3:7-11 with Ps.95:7-11 where the LORD is speaking):

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom."  2nd Corinthians 3:17 

 

 

2. God is one in essence, but that does NOT mean that the Trinity is only one person (merely displaying three modes or aspects of Himself):  God is three in person, and all three members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are distinct persons rather than manifestations of a single, multifaceted person. 

Heresies which have challenged these distinct personalities of the members of the Trinity include: 


Modalism heresy (the idea that Christ and the Spirit are mere 'modes' of the Father's personality), and


Docetism heresy (the notion that Christ only seemed real and was in reality merely a phantom of sorts representing the Father's plan). But the Bible teaches that all three members of the Trinity are distinct persons: the Father is a unique person in His own right (for He is distinct from the Son):

a.)  The Father is a unique person in His own right (for He is distinct from the Son):

"I was looking, as my vision occurred that night, and behold – with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming up, and He approached the Ancient of Days [i.e, the Father] and they brought Him before Him."  Daniel 7:13

b.)   The Son is a unique person in His own right (for He is distinct from the Father):

"Behold, I have arrived - in the scroll of Your book it is written about Me - to do Your will, O My God."  Hebrews 10:7  (Psalm 40:7-8)

c.)    The Holy Spirit is a unique person in His own right (for He acts as a distinct person):  

"And the Spirit helps us in our weakness in a similar way. For we do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us also with anguished supplications which words cannot express."  Romans 8:26  


3.  God is three in person but that does NOT mean that there is any inferiority or disparity of status, activity, or substance between the members of the Trinity (as would inevitably be the case in any human association): 

God is one in essence and all three members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are co-equal, co-eternal, and co-substantial partners in one and the same essence. 

Heresies which have challenged the co-equality of members of the Trinity include: 

Subordination heresy (which alternatively asserts that either Christ or the Spirit are by nature inferior to the Father), and

Arianism heresy (which teaches a Christ not entirely equal in divinity to the Father). But the Bible teaches that all three members of the Trinity are co-equal partakers of the same essence:

a) They all possess a full and equal share of the status of deity (as seen from the equal rank accorded to each in the formula for the profession of faith at baptism):

"Then Jesus came over and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me, so go and make all nations my followers by baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and by teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you."  Matthew 28:19-20

b) They all possess a full and equal share of the eternal function of deity (as seen from their joint participation in creation):


"Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our pattern.'" Genesis 1:26

c) They all possess a full and equal share of the substance of deity (as seen from the attribution of goodness to all three members in the apostolic benediction of 2nd Corinthians, where grace, the policy of the goodness of God, love, the natural consequence [or emanation] of the goodness of God, and fellowship, the ultimate result of the goodness of God are attributed to the Son, Father and Holy Spirit respectively):

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of (the [Father]) God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."  2nd Corinthians 13:14  

 

4.  God is three in person but that does NOT mean that the Trinity is composed of three (or more) different "gods": 

 

God is one in essence, and all three members of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are the sole joint partakers of that same essence rather than three similar beings of a similar essence. All so-called Christian sects which elevate saints and angels to the status of divinity essentially belong to this heretical category (after the manner of pagan pantheons, which also possess numerous "deities" of lesser and greater rank). But the Bible teaches that all three members of the Trinity alone share the same unique essence:

a) The Father is revealed to be uniquely God:

"You were shown these things so as to know that the Lord, He is God, and there is no other besides Him."  Deuteronomy4:35

b) The Son and the Father are revealed to be uniquely God:

"I and the Father are one."  John 10:30

c) The Holy Spirit and the Son and the Father are revealed to be uniquely God:   

"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another comforter to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, for it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He abides with you, and will be in you."  John 14:16-17  

 

The Unique Roles played by the Individual Members of the Trinity in the Plan of God

 

To understand the nature of the Trinity, we need to examine the function of the Trinity as described in the Bible, for the Trinity members all have specific roles in the Plan of God. This will help us to gain Biblical insight into the true nature of the Trinity.


The Father (the 1st Person of the Trinity):

Origin: The term for and idea of the Fatherhood of God, a designation well known from the New Testament, is also found in the Old Testament from the Pentateuch onward. The word Father is first used for God in Deuteronomy 32:6:  "Is He not your Father? The One who bought you? He is the One who made you and established you." Later in verse 18 of the same chapter, God is referred to as "the Rock who fathered you". The concept of the fatherhood of God can also be seen in Exodus 4:22, where Israel is referred to as God's "firstborn son".


Significance
: The use of the name "Father" is clearly intended to be taken as an analogy from human experience. Like the father who sired us, He is our creator. Like a father, He is our authority figure, our trainer, disciplinarian, and teacher (Heb.12:5-11). And, not to be underestimated, He is the One who cares for us and loves us deeply, who protects us, keeps us safe, and wants only what is truly best for us (regardless of what we see as best). Being human, our earthly fathers had strengths and weaknesses, and despite their best intentions had to act on the basis of imperfect information about what was best for us. But our heavenly Father represents the perfect ideal of fatherhood. He acts toward us always in perfect love, and all He does for us is without question for our ultimate good, for whether He disciplines us or blesses us, He does so in the perfect knowledge of who we are, and of all that is in our hearts.


Person
: The Father is often referred to as the 1st person of the Trinity (i.e., the authoritative "I" person), because He speaks to us as "I", directly manifesting His authoritative will as our God, creator, and ruler of the universe (e.g., Ex.3:14-15; Is.46:9-10).



2)  The Son (the 2nd Person of the Trinity):

 

Origin: Along with the holy angels (Job 38:7 [not NIV]), we believers are all "sons" of God (Rom.8:14; Gal.3:26; 4:5; cf. Jn.1:12; 1Jn.3:1-2). This widespread franchise of sonship is based upon the paternal position of the Father relative to all His obedient creatures, but there is only one "the Son of God (our Lord, Jesus Christ)". Though Christ's incarnation was, in a veiled fashion, prophesied and foreshadowed by ritual and sacrifice, it remained in Old Testament times very much a mystery until the time of His actual first advent. Now it stands clearly revealed that the archetypical Son of God is our Lord Jesus Christ and that the Old Testament parallels are types that look forward to this revelation: e.g., Adam is the son of God (Lk.3:38) – Christ is the preeminent "last Adam" (1Cor.15:45; and cf. the "Son of Man [i.e.,'adam]" of Dan.7:13-14 as well as New Testament usage); Israel is the servant of God (Is.42:18ff.) – Christ is the suffering Servant who takes away the sins of the world (Is.42:1; 52:13 - 53:12); Israel is God's son – Christ is the Son (Hos.11:1 fulfilled at Matt.2:15); finally, though Solomon was David's direct descendant, Christ is his ultimate descendant, the Messiah, the Son of David who is also the Son of God (Ps.2:7-12; 110:1).

 

Significance: Building on the idea of fatherhood as discussed above, sonship denotes the idea of a special and unbreakable relationship with the Father, one of dutiful subordination to the Father's will, but also one of special privilege, inheritance, and shared authority. A son (especially a king's son) is often more accessible than a father. The role of mediator between the king and His offending subjects can only be played by someone who is on a par with both the Father-king and creature-subjects: only a Son (incarnate) can be sent on such a mission of reconciliation (cf. Matt.21:33-40)

 

Person: The Son is often referred to as the 2nd person (i.e., the accessible "you" person), because He is accessible to us, having appeared in the flesh to forge a relationship with us on the Father's behalf (e.g., Jn.15:14-15), and having gained access to the Father for us (Jn.14:6; Eph.2:18; 3:12).

 

3) the Holy Spirit (the 3rd Person of the Trinity): 

 

Origin: From the first chapter of the Old Testament (Gen.1:2) to the closing chapter of the New Testament (Rev.22:17), the word "spirit" is used to refer to the God the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew and Greek words for "spirit", ruach and pneuma respectively, have the core meaning of "wind" or "breeze", and, again, there are important points to be garnered from the name analogy.

 

Significance: The wind is a potent, invisible force. Though we perceive it and experience its effects, we can neither see where it has come from or where it is going to (Jn.3:8). It can have everything from a gentle, warming influence to a powerful, chilling effect. "Wind" is thus an aptly descriptive analogy for the Holy Spirit's role in the plan of God: His invisible yet powerful support of good (Zech.4:6; 1Cor.12:3) and restraint of evil (Gen.6:3; 1Cor.12:3; 2Thes.2:5-8) in the furtherance of the plan of God must not be underestimated.

 

Person: The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the 3rd person of the Trinity (i.e., the unseen "he" person), because unlike the Father, He does not speak directly to us, and unlike the Son, He has not been made manifest to us; instead, like the wind, He is unseen by us, but, like the wind, that does not mean that we do not experience His power in a very personal and dynamic way (Jn.14:16-17; Gal.5:22-26). The Spirit is not at all  "inanimate" or "impersonal" even though "wind" is a fitting description of His invisible yet powerful role in our Christian lives. He acts in a very personal  way towards us and towards the other members of the Trinity (Jn.3:5; 14:15-17; 14:26; 15:26; 16:8-11-15; Acts 5:3, 5:9; 13:2; 16:6-10; Rom.8:26; 1Cor.2:10; Rev.2:7), and as our Comforter-Encourager (Jn.14:16; 16:7). The relationship of  leadership (Rom.8:4; Gal.5:16 & 18), encouragement (cf. Jn.14:16; 16:7; cf. 2Cor.1:3-7) and empowerment (Lk.24:49; Rom.15:13) we receive from the Holy Spirit are some of the most "personal" and "animating" relationships we shall  ever experience this side of heaven.                                                                                                                                          

 

Trinity Roles Explained:  When we are one day face to face with God, we shall "know even as we are known" (1 Cor. 13:12).  Until that time our understanding of God in three persons is essentially dependent upon the way the Bible reveals the Trinity in the process of carrying out God's plan for human history. Below are several aspects or examples of the different roles taken by the Trinity for administering God's plan:

1) The Plan of God:  authorized by the Will of the Father  (Eph.1:11; Rev.4:11), executed by the Word, the Son (Heb.1:2-3; Jn.1:1-3), administered through the Wisdom and power of the Spirit (Is.11:2; Zech.4:6).

2) Creation of the World:  directed by the Father (Gen.1:1 &3; Rev.4:11), carried out by the Son (1Cor.8:6; Col.1:16; Heb.1:2), empowered by the Spirit (Ps.33:6b; Prov.8:27-31).

3) The Revelation of the Word:  the Father expresses the Word  (Is.55:11; also 40:8; 45:23), Christ is the Word (Jn.1:1-3; Heb.1:3), the Holy Spirit reveals the Word  (1Cor.2:10-16).

4) Christ's First Advent:  Christ is sent by Father  (Heb.10:7), conceived (Matt.1:20), led (Matt.4:1), and empowered (Jn.3:34) by the Spirit as He carries out His ministry of self-sacrifice for our salvation.

5) The Victory of Salvation:  (Matt.12:20; Jn.16:33; 1Cor.15:54-57; Col.2:15; Rev.5:5): the Father sends the Son on the mission (Jn.3:16), the Son  accomplishes the mission (Jn.19:30; Heb.10:7), the Holy Spirit supports the  mission (Matt.3:16; Jn.3:34).

6) Reconciliation of the Believer:  though estranged from the Father  (Eph.4:18; Col.1:21; 1Jn.1:3 & 6), we are restored to fellowship with Him  through the mediation of the Son by means of His sacrifice on the cross  (Eph.2:12-13; Col.1:22; Heb.2:14-15), with the Spirit acting as the agent of our  renewed fellowship (2Cor.13:14; Phil.2:1).

7) Regeneration of the Believer:  the Father holds the key to eternal life (Jn.5:19-26; Rom.5:10-11), the Son purchased access to eternal life by His  death for all who believe in Him (Acts 3:15; 20:28; 2Pet.2:11), the Spirit  quickens or regenerates believers (Jn.3:5-8).

8) Walk of the Believer:  the Father sets the standard of holiness (2Cor.7:1; 1Thes.4:3; Heb.12:14; 1Pet.1:16), the Son is the model  (Matt.16:24; 1Cor.11:1; 1Thes.1:6), The Spirit provides the power to live as God would have us live (Rom.8:4; Gal.5:16).

9) Virtues of the Believer:  the Father gives us the example of love (Jn.3:16; 1Jn.4:7-12) by sending His Son, who is the object  our faith (Jn.14:6; Acts 16:31), so that we look  forward to our resurrection with a hope empowered by  the Holy Spirit (Rom.15:13).

10) Spiritual Gifts of the Believer:  given by the Spirit, with specific ministries assigned by the Son and specific effects decreed by the  Father (1Cor.12:4-6).

11) Prayers of the Believer:  offered to the Father (Matt.6:6), in the name of the Son (Jn.15:16; 16:23), accomplished in the power of the Spirit  (Eph.6:18).   

Concluding Thoughts

 

The Trinity has existed since before the universe was created. Without the Trinity, there would be no universe. You cannot see the Trinity, the Father, Son, and Spirit, but they exist - that is the divine reality. You only exist because of them. 

We Christians walk by faith, what we believe, not by sight/what we can see (2 Cor. 5:7, 2 Cor. 4:18) so that we know, understand, and believe the truth of the Trinity regardless of what any human authority may say. As to the Bible, it definitely reflects and clearly teaches the divine reality of the Trinity. The Bible, written primarily in Hebrew and Greek, does not use this Latin-derived word, but even the most casual student of the biblical text is well aware that Jesus Christ, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit are all constantly present in its pages, and the Bible clearly teaches that they are God. 

 

It would be a terrible thing for any believer to give in to worldly speculation about what the Bible doesn't say instead of seeking God through His scriptures under the guidance of the Spirit. We need to pray for these individuals who have given into worldly speculation, and who have turned from the truths of God's word that they might come back to true understanding.

 

It is important that we don't fall for heretical beliefs about the Trinity because Jesus Christ is the great divider between those who are being saved and those who are perishing (Matt. 10:32-39, 1 John 2:22). True believers must confess "Jesus as Lord" to be saved (Romans 10:9), which necessarily includes acknowledging His whole person of divinity and humanity, and His work on the cross as Savior. He is a true man; He is also God, for "in Christ, all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form" (Col. 2:9). 


If we are truly looking for answers we need to read our Bibles. The Trinity (along with many truths of scripture) may not be found in secular works, but scripture has all the answers for those who seek Him in truth. For more clear scriptural evidence of the Trinity being taught in the Bible, please see the following article: Beware of "Oneness"

 

Article by Dr. R. D. Luginbill

God bless you richly as you seek the truth,

SeriousForTruth Ministry