The Godhead – The Trinity

 

 

The doctrine of the Trinity is false

 

 

 

Many people all over the world deny the doctrine of Trinity. Obviously not all of them explain their denial in the same way. What follows is a series of statements against the doctrine of Trinity made by some sects and religions.

● Jehovah’s Witnesses. In their book Let God Be True we read: “Satan is the originator of the Trinity doctrine’ (Let God Be True, page 101). According to them, only God the Father is God. Jesus Christ, in His prehuman existence was a created spirit being and thus in the days of His flesh He was not God. The Holy Spirit is the active force of God.

● Oneness Pentecostals. David Bernard says: ‘God is absolutely and indivisibly one …. Neither testament uses the word trinity or associates the word three or the word persons with God in any significant way. ….. The Bible speaks of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit), but it does not use these titles to indicate three persons ‘in’ the Godhead …. the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit describe God’s multiple roles and works, but they do not reflect an essential threeness in God’s nature. Father refers to God in family relationship to humanity; Son refers to God in flesh; and Spirit refers to God in activity. For example, one man can have three significant relationships or functions – such as administrator, teacher, and counselor – and yet be one person in every sense. God is not defined by or limited to an essential threeness ‘ (J. L. Hall and David K. Bernard, editors, Doctrines of the Bible, Word Aflame Press, Hazelwood, MO, USA, 1998, pages 15, 17-18,19-20). According to Oneness Pentecostals, therefore, Jesus Christ is the absolute fullness of the Godhead; He is at once Father, Son and Holy Spirit

● Mormons. Joseph Smith said: ‘I will preach on the plurality of Gods. I have selected this text [Rev. 1:6, in the King James Version] for that express purpose. I wish to declare I have always and in all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods … I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods …. Many men say there is one God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only one God. I say that is a strange God anyhow – three in one, and one in three! It is a curious organization …. All are to be crammed into one God, according to sectarianism. It would make the biggest God in all the world. He would be a wonderfully big God – he would be a giant or a monster’ (Sermon on ‘The Christian Godhead – Plurality of Gods’ delivered on June 16, 1844; quoted in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 370,372). James Talmage, in the Articles of Faith, after quoting the Nicene Creed, declares: ‘It would be difficult to conceive of a greater number of inconsistencies and contradictions expressed in words as few’ (James E. Talmage, A Study of the Articles of Faith, Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), 42nd edition, 1968, page 48). Mormons deny the spirituality of God for they say that God is made of flesh and bones, they deny the immutability of God for they say that God was once a man, then He became God, and furthermore they teach that God the Father had a Father, and God’s Father also had a Father and so on.

● The followers of William Marrion Branham: Branham said, ‘...not one place in the Bible is trinity ever mentioned...It's Catholic error and you Protestants bow to it’ (William Branham, Conduct, Order, Doctrine Q and A, p. 182), ‘Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is offices of one God. He was the Father; He was the Son; He is the Holy Ghost. It's three offices or three dispensations,...’ (Ibid., p. 392).

● The Church of the New Jerusalem. Emanuel Swedenborg said: ‘They who, respecting the Divinity, have an idea of three persons, cannot have an idea of one God; if with the mouth they say one, still they think three; but they who, respecting the Divinity, have an idea of three principles in one person, can have an idea of one God, and can say one God, and also think one God. An idea of three principles in one person is attained, when it is thought that the Father is in the Lord, and that the Holy Spirit proceeds from Him; there is then a trine in the Lord, the Divine itself which is called the Father, the Divine Human which is called the Son, and the Divine Proceeding which is called the Holy Spirit’ (Melton J. Gordon, Religious Creeds, Detroit 1988, page 717).

● The Christadelphian Church: ‘The idea of the Trinity is not one that is found in the Bible.’ (http://www.christadelphian.org.uk/), ‘… the doctrine of the Trinity is contradictory, incomprehensible, and unscriptural’ (God is One Not Three, page 3)

● Christian Science. Mary Eddy Baker wrote: ‘The theory of three persons in one God (that is, a personal trinity or Tri-unity) suggests polytheism, rather than the one ever-present I AM ….. Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God, - that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one, - the same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter. These three express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite’ (Science and Health, page 256, 331-332).

● Judaism: ‘ …..  the Jews have always regarded the doctrine of the Trinity as one irreconcilable with the spirit of the Jewish religion and with monotheism’ (Jewish Encyclopedia, ‘Trinity’) 

● Islam: the Qu’ran says: ‘O people of the Book! commit no excesses in your religion: nor say of Allah aught but truth. Christ (Maseeh) Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) an Apostle of Allah and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Apostles. Say not "Trinity": desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is One Allah: glory be to him: (for Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs. Christ (Maseeh) disdaineth not to serve and worship Allah nor do the angels those nearest (to Allah): those who disdain His worship and are arrogant He will gather them all together unto himself to (answer). But to those who believe and do deeds of righteousness He will give their (due) rewards and more out of His bounty: but those who are disdainful and arrogant He will punish with a grievous penalty; nor will they find besides Allah any to protect or help them’ (Qur'an 4:171-173 Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)

● The Baha’is: ‘We believe that God is one person in agreement with Judaism and Islam. We cannot accept the idea that God is both three and one and find this foreign to the Bible which Christianity claims as its source. Not a few Jewish scholars are in complete agreement with us on this point as is the Koran’ (quoted in Walter Martin, The kingdom of the Cults, page 254). To the Baha’is, Jesus was only one of nine manifestations of the divine being and appeared in His era of time to illumine those who lived at that time. Today Baha’u’llah, the last great manifestation of the Divine being, is the source of revelation.

The Family/Children of God: ‘I don’t even believe in the trinity. You can’t find that word in the Bible…. ‘ (Disciples and Friends Only 631:130, ‘Islam’)

The Way International: ‘ … historians of Church dogma and systematic theologians agree that the idea of a Christian trinity was not part of the first century Church …. It gradually evolved and gained momentum in late first, second and third centuries as pagans, who had converted to Christianity, brought to Christianity some of their pagan beliefs and practices. Trinitarianism then was confirmed at Nicaea in 325 by Church bishops out of political expediency’ (Jesus Christ is not God, pages 25-26).

The Unification Church: ‘According to the principle of creation, God's purpose of creation can be realized only through the four position foundation which is established by forming the three objective purposes through origin-division-union action. Accordingly, in order to fulfill the purpose of creation, Jesus and the Holy Spirit must establish the four position foundation centered on God, be becoming one body in unity through the action of give and take, each as the object of God, substantially divided from His dual essentialities. In this manner, Jesus and the Holy Spirit become one body centered on God; this is called "Trinity". Originally, God's purpose of creating Adam and Eve was to form a trinity by uniting them into one body in love as the True Parents of mankind, thus establishing the four position foundation centered on God. If they had perfected themselves without the fall, forming a trinity as the True Parents centered on God, and had multiplied children of goodness, all their descendants would have grown to become married couples of goodness centered on God, each pair forming a trinity with God. naturally, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth would have been realized centering on the first human couple, in accordance with the realization of God's three great blessings to them. However, due to the fall, Adam and Eve established the four position foundation centered on Satan, thus resulting in a trinity centered on Satan. Therefore, their descendants have also formed trinities centered on Satan, and have brought about a human society of corruption. Therefore, God must work to have all fallen men born anew through the True Parents of mankind, Jesus and the Holy Spirit--one as the second Adam and the other as the second Eve--and then having all form respectively a trinity centered on God. But because of the undue death of Jesus, he and the Holy Spirit have fulfilled only the mission of spiritual True Parents, by forming the spiritual Trinity centered on God. Since Jesus and the Holy Spirit have undertaken the mission of spiritual rebirth only, the saints still remain in the position of their spiritual children, having been restored through the spiritual Trinity only. Christ must come again in flesh in order that he may become the True Parent both spiritually and physically, by forming the substantial Trinity centered on God. He will then, by giving them rebirth both spiritually and physically, have all fallen men form (by couples) substantial trinities centered on God, after having liquidated the original sin. When fallen men have established the four position foundation in the original form centered on God, then the Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be restored through the realization of God's three great blessings to man’ (Divine Principle, part 1, chapter 7). Young Oon Kim, professor of systematic theology at the Unification Theological Seminary, stated, "Unification theology starts with the fact of polarity as the main clue for understanding the essential nature of God. Hence it is not primarily interested in defending the Trinitarian doctrine of the fourth century creeds" (Unification Theology, p. 53).

 

Confutation

 

The Godhead consists of God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is commonly called the doctrine of Trinity. Therefore, we affirm that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and the Three are one God. So the Godhead is not comprised of one Person alone, that is, the Father, but also of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. These Three Divine Persons are one God from all eternity.

Before I show you the Trinity from the Scriptures, I want to say something about the word ‘Trinity,’ which does not occur in the Holy Scriptures. The word ‘Trinity’ comes from the Latin word Trinitas, which means ‘triad’ or ‘state of being three-fold’, which was coined by Tertullian of Carthage (one of the so called Church Fathers), toward the end of the second century after Christ, to explain the scriptural concept that the Godhead consists of Three Divine Persons, that is, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Therefore the fact that the word ‘Trinity’ does not occur in the Scriptures is relative because, as we have already seen and as we are going to see better in a few moments, the concept of a Triune God is abundantly present within the Scriptures. Just as the expression ‘the immortality of the soul’ does not occur in the Bible, yet in the Bible is present the concept of the immortality of the human soul, so even though the word ‘trinity’ does not occur in the Bible, in it is present the concept of the Trinity.

 

Verses of the Scripture supporting the concept of the Trinity

 

● Matthew wrote: “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17). In this event, which occurred at the Jordan river, we see the Father who spoke from heaven, the Son who was on earth who was baptized by John, and the Holy Spirit who descended like a dove and alighted upon Him. This was a clear manifestation of the Trinity, all of the Three Persons of the Godhead being referred to.

 

● Jesus said to His disciples: “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:15-17). Jesus, while He was still on earth with His disciples, was the Comforter, whom God had sent to comfort those who mourned, but since He had to go back to the Father, who had sent Him, He prayed the Father that He might give them another Comforter, that is, the Holy Spirit, who would be with them forever. And at the appointed time His prayer was heard, for the Father, in answer to the prayer of His Son, sent the Spirit of truth to meet the needs which arose after the departure of His Son. The concept of the Trinity is present in the words of Jesus.

 

● Jesus, before He was taken up into heaven, said to His disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…” (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism, which I remind you does not purge a man from his sins because it is just ‘an appeal to God for a good conscience’, must be administered in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus would never have commanded to do such a thing if He and the Father and the Holy Spirit were not one, that is to say, a Trinity in Unity.

 

● Paul says to the Romans: “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). In these words we find God the Father who raised up Jesus; the Son who was raised up by Him; and the Holy Spirit whom He sent forth into our hearts and by whom He will quicken our mortal bodies. Here also the concept of the Trinity is expressed very clearly.

 

● Paul, at the end of one of his epistles to the Corinthians, wrote: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Corinthians 13:14). As you can see, here also the Three Persons are mentioned separately; however, notwithstanding this, they are one.

 

● Paul said to the Ephesians: “There is …. One Spirit …. One Lord, …. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4,5,6). Also from these words we learn that the Three Persons of whom the Godhead consists, are distinct from one another yet in perfect unity with one another.

 

● Paul said to the Corinthians: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Please note that Paul first of all mentions the Spirit, secondly the Lord Jesus Christ and then God. Also these words make it clear that the Three Divine Persons, even though they are distinct from one another, are one God.

 

● The Scripture condemns the three blasphemies against the Three Persons of the Godhead. Those who blaspheme the name of God commit a sin (for it is written: “Do not blaspheme God” Exodus 22:28 – NIV), as well as those who blaspheme against the Son of Man and the Holy Spirit. However, while those who blaspheme against God and the Son of Man can be forgiven, those who blaspheme against the Holy Spirit cannot obtain the remission of their sin for Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation” (Mark 3:28-29 – The NIV reads in verse 29: “But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin”). These words of Jesus make it clear that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person distinct from the Son of God and from the Father. That’s why when we speak about the Son we don’t refer to the Holy Spirit and vice versa, and that’s why when we speak about the Father we don’t refer to the Son nor to the Holy Spirit, because the Three are distinct from one another. In order that you might understand this concept, I tell you this: we can’t affirm that the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins because this is not true, for the Scripture says that it was Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross and not the Father. Neither can we affirm that the Holy Spirit died for our sins because this is not true either. Nor can we affirm that the Holy Spirit baptizes believers with the Holy Spirit, because the Scripture states that it is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with fire. However, even though we must mention separately the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and their characteristics, we know that the Three are one. Brothers in the Lord, that’s a mystery, that’s why our words cannot explain it fully.

As for the Trinity, which is not fully understandable, some say, ‘God cannot be honoured through a concept that ‘nobody fully understands.’ Christians must know the God whom they worship. There is no room for mysteries concerning God!’ These are vain words spoken by people who wilfully forget or do not know that Zophar the Naamathite said: “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven – what can you do? Deeper than Sheol – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea” (Job 11:7-9 - NKJV). Know this, it is not true that there is no room for mysteries, because there are many mysteries concerning God, His nature and His way of working things. However, although there are divine mysteries which have not been revealed to us or we cannot fully comprehend, we are fully persuaded that we have known God, for John says: “I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father” (1 John 2:13) and also: “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7). However, it is evident that this does not mean that to us all is clear and there are no more mysteries concerning God, because it is also written: “For we know in part” (1 Corinthians 13:9) and also: “For now we see through a glass, darkly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). But one day we will know just as we also are known.

To God be the glory forever. Amen.

 

The perfect unity existing between the Son and the Father

 

In the days of His flesh Jesus spoke in various ways about the perfect unity which existed between Him and the Father. Let’s see what He said: “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30); “It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me” (John 8:17-18); “Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake” (John 14:11); “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him” (John 5:19-23); “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man” (John 5:26-27); “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me” (John 12:44-45); “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (John 14:7); “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27); “All things that the Father hath are mine” (John 16:15); “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me” (John 17:22-23).

Now in order to explain to you this perfect union and collaboration which existed and which still exists between the Son and the Father, I will compare some verses of the Scripture with some others.

 

● One day Jesus spoke to the Jews about His resurrection in this way: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19); so according to these words of Jesus, He Himself would raise His body up. Peter said to the Jews: “And [ye] killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses” (Acts 3:15); so according to Peter it was God who raised Jesus from the dead.

 

● Jesus, in speaking to His disciples of the coming of the Holy Spirit, said: “But the Comforter, which [who] is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26), and also: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which [who] proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26). Therefore, according to Jesus, the Holy Spirit would be sent by the Father and also by the Son (however, the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father, as Jesus Himself said).

 

● Jesus, in speaking about His sheep, said: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28), and in the prayer He addressed to God on the night He was betrayed He said: “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him” (John 17:1-2). Therefore, the One who gives eternal life is Jesus. However, Paul says to the Romans: “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23), and the apostle John says: “God hath given to us eternal life” (1 John 5:11). Therefore it is God who gives eternal life. So we can affirm that eternal life is given by the Father and also by the Son.

 

● Jesus said: “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). Please note that Jesus said that He himself will raise the believers from the dead. However, it is also written that God will raise us from the dead, for Paul said to the Corinthians: “And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power” (1 Corinthians 6:14).

 

● Paul says to the Romans: “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:6). Therefore the One who called us is Christ. However, Paul himself in the same epistle says that those whom God foreknew “he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified ….” (Romans 8:29-30). Therefore we have been called by God and by Jesus Christ.

 

● Paul says to Timothy: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). That means that Paul was counted faithful by Jesus Christ who put him into the ministry of the Word. However, the same apostle says to the Thessalonians: “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4). Therefore Paul was put into the ministry by God as well as by Jesus Christ.

 

● Paul said to the elders of Ephesus: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). Therefore it was Christ who gave the ministry to Paul. The apostle confirmed this to Timothy when he said: “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12). However, Paul says to the Colossians that it was God who gave him the ministry: “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God” (Colossians 1:25 – The NIV reads: “I have become its [of the Church] servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the Word of God in its fullness”).

 

The Three work together in perfect accord

 

The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit work together in perfect accord.

 

Man was created by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

 

In the book of Genesis, in regard to the creation of man, we read: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ….” (Genesis 1:26). As you can see, God, when He spoke, used the plural pronoun ‘us.’ Who did He speak to? Perhaps to angels? Not at all, for angels are creatures. He spoke to the Word and the Everlasting Spirit who were with Him.

 

We were made in the womb of our mother by God and the Word and the Holy Spirit

 

David said to God: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13 - NIV). Elihu said to Job: “The Spirit of God hath made me” (Job 33:4). And John says about the Word of God: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).

 

The apostle Paul was sent to preach by God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

 

The apostle Paul says to Titus: “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour” (Titus 1:1-3), so he makes it clear that he was sent to preach by God the Father. However, the same apostle says to the Corinthians: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 1:17), so according to these words Paul was sent to preach by the Son of God also. And according to these words of Luke: “So they [Barnabas and Saul], being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 13:4), he was sent by the Holy Spirit. So the Three, that is, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, with one accord sent Paul to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles.

 

As for our salvation, we have to say that the Three, that is, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, worked together in perfect accord

 

The Father sent the Holy Spirit, as it is written: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name …” (John 14:26), who has convicted us of sin, of righteousness and of judgement, as it is written: “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8); then He drew us to the Son, for Jesus said: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44) and also: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me” (John 6:37); and the Son set us free from our sins, as it is written: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1)

 

The process of transformation into the image of the Son of God, which one day began in us and which is still going on, is accomplished by all the Persons of the Godhead

 

Here are the Bible verses which confirm what I have just said. Paul says to the Philippians: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). He says to the Corinthians: “Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you” (2 Corinthians 13:3) and also: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

 

The work of sanctification is accomplished by God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 

The following verses of the Scripture confirm this. Paul says to the Thessalonians: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The writer to the Hebrews says: “For both he [Christ] that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). And Peter says in his first epistle that we are “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:2).

 

As for the guidance, we have to say that we are guided by God and His Christ and the Holy Spirit.

 

The following verses of the Scripture confirm this. In the Psalms it is written: “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Psalm 48:14). In the Gospel according to Matthew, it is written that Jesus said: “And do not be called teachers; for One is your teacher, the Christ” (Matthew 23:10 – The IBRV reads ‘guide,’ that is, ‘guides’ instead of ‘teachers,’ and ‘Guida’ that is, ‘Guide’ instead of ‘Teacher’, anyway our Teacher is our Guide). In the Gospel according to John, it is written: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).

 

We believers acknowledge that we know in part, we acknowledge that the knowledge of this mystery is too lofty for us to attain; the Scripture declares to each of us: ““Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven – what can you do? Deeper than Sheol – what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea” (Job 11:7-9 - NKJV). At the moment, we can only examine the verses of the Scripture which refer to the Trinity, but we cannot offer a complete explanation as to how the Three are one. However, know this, we do not believe that there are three gods, because we are not polytheists as many people are, but we believe there is only one God, in Him we trust, Him we know, Him we love, Him we serve, He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; there is also one Lord, who is the Son of God; and there is one Spirit, who is the everlasting Spirit of our God, who dwells in our hearts, by whom we cry: Abba! Father! These Three Persons are one God from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.

 

The Three are One and dwell in us

 

Now let’s see some verses of the Scripture which show us that the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit dwell in us.

 

The Word teaches that God the Father dwells in us

 

Jesus said: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). John says: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). And Paul says: “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

 

The Word teaches that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, dwells in us

 

Jesus said: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4-5). Paul says to the Ephesians: “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Ephesians 3:14-17). The same apostle says to the Colossians: “To whom [the saints] God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). He says to the Galatians: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20), and to the Romans: “And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10), and to the Corinthians: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

 

The Word teaches that the Holy Spirit dwells in us (bear in mind that He is called also the Spirit of God and Spirit of His Son)

 

Jesus said: “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:17). Paul says to the Romans: “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). He says to the Corinthians: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6), and to Timothy: “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” (2 Timothy 1:14). James says: “Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?” (James 4:5 - NKJV).

Brothers, as you can see, these verses of the Scriptures show clearly that God and Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwell in us. How can we understand all this? We can’t, at the moment we can only accept this by faith. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His works!

 

Conclusion

 

In conclusion, I urge you, brothers, to hold fast the doctrine of the Trinity, because all those who forsake it fall into serious doctrinal errors which are the consequence of the denial of the Trinitarian concept of God. Know this, departure from the doctrine of the Trinity has been and is one of the major sources of heresy in the Church.

Therefore, I exhort you to beware of those who, even though they claim to be Christians, deny in one way or another the Trinity. Put inside your heart all the verses of the Scripture which support the concept of the Trinity, and all those which attest to the divinity of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit, so that you may have all of them ready on your lips when you are asked questions about the Trinity and you have to refute those who oppose the truth.

 

 

 

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