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The Trinity

He word "trinity" is not found in the Bible, but the concept is. All

cults deny the Trinity. Christians claim it is true. But, what is it?

Is it an office held by three gods (Mormonism) or a pagan concept

borrowed from ancient cults (as the Jehovah"s Witnesses teach)? The Oneness

Pentecostal believers teach that God is not a Trinity but is really one

person who takes three forms. So, which of these is true? None.

The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all creation,

all time, and all places. This one God exists as three persons:

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is not the same person as the

other, yet there are not three gods, but one.

The Bible has many references to a plurality concerning the nature of

God"s existence. Consider the following verses as an example: Gen.

19:24, "Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from

the Lord out of heaven." Notice that the Lord rained FROM the Lord out

of heaven. Amos 4:10-11 says, “I sent a plague among you after the

manner of Egypt; I slew your young men by the sword along with your

captured horses, And I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils;

Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord [YHWH]. 11“I

overthrew you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a

firebrand snatched from a blaze; Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares

the Lord." Notice here that the Lord is talking and says, “I overthrew

you as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah." Sometimes when I show these

verses to Jehovah"s Witnesses (without saying anything else), they

often respond with, "Are you trying to show me the Trinity?" I the!

n say, "You got the Trinity out of that? Wow!"

In the New Testament there are several verses that show God"s

plurality. Here"s two. Matt. 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all

the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the

Holy Spirit," Note that there is one name and three persons. Also, 2

Cor. 13:14, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." These kinds of

verses, and others (see http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinity3.htm for

more) are part of the means by which the doctrine of the Trinity is

derived.

When we "theologians" use the word "person," we are not saying that God

is three individual beings walking around who are actually one being.

That would be a contradiction. Instead, we define a person as having

self awareness, identity, can speak, love, grieve, etc. These are

attributes of personhood and we see all of these attributes, and more, in

the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If you want to see a chart that

exemplifies this, go to http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinity.htm and look

around.

The Trinity is a very important doctrine within Christianity. It is

the correct view of the Godhead and needs to be affirmed by Christians.

Of course, the cults deny the Trinity, often misrepresent it as

teaching three gods, or that it is an office, etc. But the truth is that the

Trinity doctrine is derived from Scripture and is unique to

Christianity.

Finally, the Trinity is important because only in the doctrine of the

Trinity can we have the true incarnation of God (the Word become flesh

as the Son - John 1:1,14). Only the God-man Jesus can offer a sacrifice

sufficient to appease the infinite Father in heaven. No mere man can

do this. No mere angel. Instead, God the Word, in His grace, added to

Himself human nature (Phil. 2:5-8) in order to bear our sins in His

body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) so that He might become sin on our behalf

(2 Cor. 5:21). This way, He atoned for our sins by the shedding of His

blood (Heb. 9:22) and guaranteed that all who trust in Him will receive

everlasting life (John 3:16). Because of what Jesus did on the cross,

we might then have eternal life that is received by grace through faith

(Eph. 2:8). Amen to that!

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By: http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinity.htm

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