The Trinity : God in three persons
Part 1 The Trinity Points to Ponder : Points to Ponder What is the Trinity?
Misunderstandings about the Trinity?
What Early Christians believed about the Trinity?
What does the Bible say about the Trinity? What is the Trinity? : What is the Trinity? What Christians believe:
There is only ONE God and this ONE God exists as ONE in THREE Persons.
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit Coming to Grips : Coming to Grips Early Christians used this diagram to visualize the Trinity. Coming to Grips : Coming to Grips The Trinity . . .
Distinct but One.
Not three names for the same Person.
The Father is God.
The Son is God.
The Holy Spirit is God. The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father, the Father is not the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit is not the Father. The Son is not the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is not the Son. Yet they are ONE! Coming to Grips : Coming to Grips The Nature of Divinity . . .
One absolutely perfectly divine being.
His “being” is what God “is” in relation to the universe.
The 3 are called Persons because they relate to one another in personal ways. What the Godhead is NOT : What the Godhead is NOT The Trinity is not . . .
Not 1 God in 3 Gods
Not 3 Persons in 1 Person
Not 3 Persons in 3 Gods What is the Godhead? : What is the Godhead? One God in Three Persons
Therefore . . .
The Father is God – the first person of the Trinity
The Son is God – the second person of the Trinity
The Holy Spirit is God – the third person of the Trinity. The Son and Holy Spirit are submissive to the Will of the Father. Yet none are superior to the other. None are inferior to the other. Is the Trinity a Biblical Word? : Is the Trinity a Biblical Word? The word “Trinity” is not found in scripture. Yet the concept of “One” God manifested in “Three” Persons is clear.
The first known use of the word comes from Theophilus, sixth bishop of Antioch, Syria in his writings about 168 A.D. Why Study the Trinity? : Why Study the Trinity? Most cults have an aberrant view of the Godhead.
Heresies about the Godhead.
God is an “actualized” human.
Jesus and Satan are brothers.
Jesus is the same as Michael the Arch Angel.
Jesus is a created being.
Jesus is not equal with God.
Jesus was not a divine being.
Jesus is the Father – just appeared in a different mode. What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity There is ONE God Deuteronomy 6:4
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Isaiah 43:10
"You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity The Father is God . . .
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity The Son is God . . .
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
"I and My Father are one." What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity The Son is God . . .
But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him.” 7 And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” 8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity The Holy Spirit is God . . .
But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.“ What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity More than 60 passages mention the 3 persons together.
When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." What the Bible Says about the Trinity : What the Bible Says about the Trinity The Baptism of Jesus . . .
Jesus goes down into the water
The Holy Spirit descends in the form of a dove.
The Father expresses His satisfaction from Heaven. It is obvious that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct. Misunderstandings about the Trinity : Misunderstandings about the Trinity Misunderstanding # 1:
Because the word “Trinity” does not occur in the scripture the “Trinity” does not a biblical doctrine.
The concept is found in the scriptures. The word “incarnation” is not found in scripture either but we know it is true. Doctrine is the important issue.
Many early church writings defend the doctrine. Misunderstandings about the Trinity : Misunderstandings about the Trinity Misunderstanding #2:
Christians believe in 3 Gods.
Christians are not polytheists. Scripture asserts there is only 1 God. Yet scripture refers to 3 distinct personages of that one God. Therefore we must accept it even though it is beyond our understanding. Misunderstandings about the Trinity : Misunderstandings about the Trinity Misunderstanding #2 (cont . . .)
Christians believe in 3 gods
God is not 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
God is 1 x 1 x 1 = 3 Summing up the Facts : Summing up the Facts The Trinity is a profound doctrine that cannot be fully understood or explained.
It must be accepted by Faith just as God is accepted by Faith.
Without the Trinity the Christian doctrine of Salvation cannot not stand.
Some groups claim to believe in the God of the Bible but deny the Trinity.