Friday, April 14, 2017

The Biblical Basis For The Trinity

  • Defining The Trinity:
         1.) God is three persons (The Father, The Son, And the Holy Spirit).
         2.) Each person is divine.
         3.) There is only one God (Deuteronomy 32:39; Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6-8).
  • Further Explanation Of The Trinity:
          -Each of these Persons are completely divine in nature, but one figure does not equal the entire Godhead.
          -Each person is distinct at the same time.
          -The three persons are related to each other but are distinct at the same time.
          -The Doctrine of the Trinity is known as one of the "mysteries" of the Christian religion.
  • Biblical Texts Demonstrate The Unity Among The Three Divine Persons Of The Trinity (John 10:30; Matthew 28:18-21; 1 Corinthians 8:6-8; 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Isaiah 42:1; Isaiah 48:16; Ephesians 4:4-6).
  • Jesus Christ Is Eternal; Co-Eternal With The Father (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6; John 8:56-59; 17:5; 2 Timothy 1:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:3; Revelation 1:17; 2:8; 22:13).
           -The "word" mentioned in John 1:1-3 can only be a reference to Jesus Christ because the pronoun "He" is describing the noun "Word." Another verse in the same context states, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..." (John 1:14).
  • Comments On John 8:58:
           -"Jesus himself affirmed his eternal existence, when he said to the Jews: “Before Abraham was born, I am” (Jn. 8:58). The present tense form, ego eimi (“I am”) stands in contrast to the aorist form “was born” (genesthai — to begin to be, to come into existence). The two expressions contrast the eternal and the temporal. The Jews certainly understood what Christ said, i.e., that he claimed eternality, therefore, the status of being God. That is why they sought to stone him. The expression “I am” points one back to Exodus 3:14, where Jehovah identifies himself as the “I AM,” i.e., the self-existent One." (
  • Jesus Is God In The Flesh (Colossians 2:9; Romans 9:5).
  • Jesus Is Called Emmanuel, Which Is Translated To Mean "God Is With Us" (Matthew 1:23).
  • Jesus Christ Has Two Wills---Human And Divine; He Is Both Fully God And Fully Human (Philippians 2:5-11).
  • "Let Us Make Man In Our Image, After Our Likeness..." (Genesis 1:26):
            -The plural pronoun "us" can only be a reference to the Trinity because we are made only in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27); not angels or anything else.
  • Jesus Is Divine Because He Is The Son Of God (John 5:18; 19:7).
  • Jesus Was Called The Lord Our Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5-6).
  • Only God Can Forgive Sins, But Jesus Christ Also Has The Power To Forgive Our Sins (Mark 2:5-7). So He must also be God. 
  • The Only Way That You Can Honor The Father Is If You Honor The Son (John 5:23).
  • Thomas Called Jesus Christ "God" (John 20:28):
            -The original Greek translation of John 20:28 literally reads, "The Lord of me and the God of me."
            -If Thomas was speaking blasphemy, then why did Jesus Christ never rebuke him for making such a statement? Instead, Thomas' profession of Jesus' identity as God was accepted (John 20:29).
  • The Holy Spirit Is A Person/ Is God (Acts 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
  • Jesus Christ And The Holy Spirit Pray For Us/ Can Answer Our Prayers (Romans 8:26-28; Hebrews 7:25).
  • Titles Shared By The Father And The Son Jesus Christ:
            -King of Kings (Deuteronomy 10:17; Daniel 2:47; Revelation 17:14), Lord of Lords (Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 136:3; Revelation 19:16), the only Savior (Isaiah 43:10-11; Acts 4:12; Titus 2:13; 3:4-7), The First and The Last (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 22:13), I Am (Exodus 3:13-14; John 8:58), The Alpha and The Omega (Revelation 1:8; 22:13-16), Rock (Isaiah 8:14; 1 Peter 2:7-8), Shepherd (Psalm 23; Hebrews 13:20-21), and Lord (Psalm 110:1; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Peter 1:1; Jude 4). 
  • Identical Functions Of The Father And The Son:
            -Both are worshiped by angels (Nehemiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:6); both are unchanging (Psalm 102:27; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8); both created everything (Nehemiah 9:6; Hebrews 1:10); both can answer prayers (Matthew 6:6-14; John 14:13-14; Acts 7:59); both give eternal life (John 10:28; 1 John 5:11); both judge the world (Psalm 96:13; John 5:22). The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit sanctify Christians (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).

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