Discussions about God sometimes evolve from random conversations with friends. When this happens in the circles I socialize with I really enjoy it because sports and politics usually override group conversations. Many times when these biblical topics arise, the discussions include questions regarding truths that I totally believe and have some knowledge of.
I always try to communicate to others what I know about these truths, but on many occasions I realize my lack of knowledge on the subject. The Bible contains sixty-six separate books with God’s word spoken from the beginning of time. That’s a lot of information!
Thankfully, most Bibles today include indexes, cross-references, maps, charts, notes, biographies, dictionaries, time lines, and some even contain study plans. All this added information helps me, the reader, better understand complex facts pertaining to God’s Word.
So when discussion concerning the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as Three-in-One came up, turning to the Bible is the best place to go.
Throughout my life I’ve recited the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
I believe in all it says, including text specifying who God, Jesus and Holy Spirit are. In biblical study these three grouped together are referred to as the Trinity.
But unless we turn to the Bible, it’s hard to understand how three separate entities can be one in the same. In the book of Matthew, Jesus stated:
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
“In the name of,” is singular in this passage. Jesus did not say “in the names of,” which would be plural. He directly refers to all three as one. The word Trinity does not occur in scripture, however, we do find many other Bible passages to three equal one.
1 John 5:7 (KJV) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The Word, a term accepted and understood by Hebrews as meaning scripture, is considered holy and personifies God. The apostle John used the Word to let us know that Jesus is God.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John also tells us in scripture that The Word [God] became human in the form of Jesus. However, it was a different John, the prophet John the Baptist, that confirmed to many Pharisees and Sadducees who Jesus is while at the Jordan River.
John 1:14,15 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”)
John the Baptist was baptizing at the Jordan River when he spoke those words. People were coming from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and the whole region of the Jordan to hear him and be baptized. Though John’s actions worshiped God, his words stated he was not the one with true authority.
It is at the Jordan River that John baptizes Jesus, and the Trinity as a whole is present.
Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
During the last years of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection on earth, John the apostle was an eyewitness to Jesus. John wrote with authority the accounts of Christ’s life; to prove conclusively that Jesus is the son of God, a divine deity and second member of the Trinity.
John 10:30 I [Jesus] and the Father are one.
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirt are not one in the same, but in essence they are the same. I once heard the Trinity explained to me by comparing it to water.
H2O comes in three forms. Solid as ice, liquid as water, and airlike as gas. When we look at and touch these elements, our senses note their differences yet we learn they are all made of the same thing – a chemical compound made of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.
In the same way each part of the Trinity has its own purpose but in essence, they are all God.
If you would like more verses regarding the Trinity, please visit this post from BibleStudyTools.
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