Posted by: Craig | 24 March, 2007

Trinity 1,3 or both?

The idea of the Trinity is an area of the Christian faith that is disputed by some Christians and confuses many Christian and non-Christian alike.

First the reasons I am talking about this:

  • The word Trinity does not appear anywhere in the bible leading some to claim the idea is not biblical
  • The concept of the Trinity is difficult to get your head round meaning its very often accepted without understanding why we believe it or causes it to be put aside in for an easier explanation
  • lack of understanding the Trinity has led some to think how could Jesus be God if Jesus was praying to God

Well firstly Trinity is not a biblical term but a theological one used to explain what will hopefully be clearer at the end of this post, just because God is not mentioned in the book of Esther does not mean that God was not obviously involved in what happened throughout. So what follows is a concise explanation of the key evidence that I know of that shows the Trinity to be correct.

Jesus :

  • He was fully human (1 Tim 2:5), with personality (Phil 2:5, Math 8:7, Math 14:14)
  • He was 100% God (Col 2:9, ), Creator(John 1:3)

Holy Spirit :

  • He is a person, always referred to as He not it(John 16:8,12-14, Rom 8:26), has a will(Acts 16:6-7) feelings(Eph 4:30) mind (Rom 8:27)
  • He is God (Acts 5:3-4), Creator (Gen 1:2), Eternal (Heb 9:14)

Father :

  • Is God (Phil 1:2)
  • Is a person with personality mind etc. (This is seen throughout the entire bible)

The reason for the above is because some people claim the Holy Spirit to be just a ‘force’ and that is clearly not so, also if the divinity of Jesus is claimed to not be so then the entire faith that we Christians have falls apart. Now some people say that they are 3 ‘forms’/’states’ of God (this is Modalism) much like water, ice and steam being 3 states of H2O, but this cannot be the case as:

  • The Father sent the Son into the world (John 3:16)
  • The Son prayed to the Father ( John 17:1-6)
  • The Son sent the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, Acts 2:33)

Hence they must each be three distinct persons. The other claim some people make is that they are three seperate Gods (Tritheism), yet again this cannot be true as many times throughout the bible God claims that he is the only God and Saviour (Isaiah 45:21-22; see also 44:6-8; Exodus 15:11; Deuteronomy 4:35; 6:4-5; 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 1 Kings 8:60).

So in conclusion there is ONE God compromising of THREE distinct persons who are each fully God and work as a perfect community.

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