FYI: The Doctrine Of The Trinity

FYI: The Doctrine of the Trinity

RecentlyI wrote an article warning about the. ONENESS DOCTRINE. Now I must deal with and clarify the TRINITY.

Even though the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible yet the doctrine of the Trinity is found throughout the Bible. In Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Notice the word “Us” which refers to more than one person in the Godhead. Another instance of the word “Us” is in Genesis 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8. Isaiah 48:16 has a prophecy about the coming Christ. Notice the Trinity in this verse: The Son is speaking saying, “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me.” Notice all three members of the Trinity is mentioned.

The doctrine of the Trinity is clearly seen in the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:16. The Son is being baptized; the Father giving His approval; and the Spirit descending upon Christ. In the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, Jesus said that we are to be baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Peter said we are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:1-2). Paul say’s in His benediction, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Cor. 13:14).

The Doctrine of the Trinity Summarized

1. The Trinity is not belief in three gods. There is only one God, and we must never stray from this. 2. This one God exists as three Persons. 3. The three Persons are not each part of God, but are each fully God and equally God. Within God’s one undivided being there is an unfolding into three interpersonal relationships such that there are three Persons. The distinctions within the Godhead are not distinctions of His essence and neither are they something added on to His essence, but they are the unfolding of God’s one, undivided being into three interpersonal relationships such that there are three real Persons. 4. God is not one person who took three consecutive roles. That is the heresy of modalism. The Father did not become the Son and then the Holy Spirit. Instead, there have always been and always will be three distinct persons in the Godhead. 5. The Trinity is not a contradiction because God is not three in the same way that He is one. God is one in essence, three in Person.


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