UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY
We know that God exists and that Jesus is God (for proof that God exists, the Bible is God’s Word and Jesus is God, go to https://www.christiantrainingonline.org/our-ministries/india/articles/). Does that mean we have two Gods, God and Jesus? No. They are different, although they are the same. As Christians, we believe in the Trinity, that God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all God. They are three separate personalities but one God. There is only one God, but in the unity of the Godhead there are three eternal and co-equal persons, the same in substance but distinct in person. Many deny the Trinity. In doing so they then deny the deity and divinity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Some also claim the Bible is untrue for it clearly teaches God is triune. How can we prove the Trinity and the Holy Spirit exist?
The Trinity is impossible to understand with our limited intelligence. We are a tiny speck on a tiny planet in the midst of the whole universe. The fact that we cannot understand all there is to understand about our Creator should not surprise or alarm us! There are many things our minds cannot understand. This is one of them. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
PROOF FROM REASON If the Trinity isn’t true, why would the writers of the Bible make up such a thing? If they were creating a new religion and trying to convince others to believe in their religion, why would they ever make something so hard to understand a key feature? Who would even think of such a thing in the first place? The Trinity is not something man could or would invent on his own. The only explanation is that God revealed this truth to the writers of the Bible and they faithfully recorded what He revealed.
PROOF FROM THE BIBLE The Bible records that the Father is God (John 6:27), the Son is God (Hebrews 1:8; John 10:27-30; 14:8-10; 17:3-5; Philippians 2:5-11) and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; John 14:16-17, 26). All three are referred to as equal (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus says we are to “baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). He doesn’t say in the “names” (plural) but in the “name” (singular). These three are all one. We have proof the Trinity exists.
Matthew 28:18 Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
What difference does it make if the Trinity is true or not?
Does it bother you that there are some things about God that you can’t understand? Why or why not?
Although we can’t totally understand the Trinity, taking it by faith can bring great assurance. What comfort do you find from the doctrine of the Trinity?
What difference can awareness of the Trinity make in your life today?
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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