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A Triune God

Posted on: August 8, 2012

One of the greatest mysteries of Scripture is what’s known as “The Trinity”.  The Trinity is made up of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  Although the word “Trinity” is not found in the Scriptures, the Trinity is at the very heart of the Christian faith. God is a triune God.   God is one in essence, one in Godhead but 3 in person.  He is 3 persons yet one God.

The following 3 statements are taught in Scripture:

  1. God forever exists as 3 persons – Father, Son, Holy Spirit
  2. Each person is fully God.
  3. There is one God.

God reveals Himself as 3 persons in both the Old Testament and New Testament.  In Genesis 1:26, He says, “let us make man, after our likeness”. Who is He speaking of?  He is speaking of the Son and the Holy Spirit.  In Romans 1:7, we are told that God is our Father.  In Colossians 2:9, we are told that Christ is all God in a human body. In the book of John 14:16,17, Jesus speaks of giving us the “Comforter”, who is the Holy Spirit.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are equal in deity and power yet they have different primary functions when relating to the world and creation.

For example:

  • God the Father planned deliverance and salvation and sent His Son into the world.
  • God the Son obeyed the Father and carried out redemption for us.
  • God the Holy Spirit transforms us after salvation.  He gives us a new spiritual life and dwells inside us giving us strength and understanding.

There are many mistaken views about God and the Trinity.  Scripture is often misinterpreted and taken out of context.  One of these mistaken views is called Modalism.  In Modalism, it teaches that there is only one God but that God appears in different “modes” or forms, such as the Son and the Spirit.  It denies the fact that God is three distinct persons as clearly reflected in the Scriptures.  When Jesus was baptized, the Trinity was represented all at the same time.  God spoke from heaven and the Spirit descended in the form of a dove when Christ was baptized.  If Modalism were true, then the baptism of Christ is compromised and doesn’t make sense.

Another mistaken view is called Arianism.  Arianism was developed by a bishop named Arius.   Arius died in A.D. 336 and his teachings were condemned by the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325.  Arius taught that Jesus, the Son of God, did not always exist but was “created” by God and also was inferior to God.  He based his views largely on the wording “only begotten” as written in John 3:16.  The word “begotten” is a derivative of the word “beget”.  Beget means to procreate or to generate.  So Arius believed that if Jesus was created than He didn’t always exist.

There is little debate that God the Father is fully God.  But what about the Son and the Holy Spirit?  Although Jesus is called the Son of God, he was not created by God.  Christ is the eternal Son and existed from the very beginning.  There are many references calling Jesus “God” in the Bible.  John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning the Word already existed.  He was with God, and he was God.  He created everything there is.  Nothing exists that he didn’t make.”  Jesus is the “Word”.  Romans 9:5 also states that Jesus is God, “…and he is God, who rules over everything…”.

The Holy Spirit is also a distinct person and not just a force or power.  The Holy Spirit is referred to as “He” in John 14:16,17.  The Holy Spirit has many personal activities such as teaching, bearing witness, interceding or praying on our behalf to God, distributes gifts to believers, and he knows the thoughts of God.

It is interesting to note that all three persons of the Trinity took part in creation. When God the Father spoke, His glory was manifested in creation.  The Bible tells us that all things were created through Christ, the Son of God.  The Holy Spirit hovered over the surface of the earth in Genesis 1:2 as God was forming the world.

We as human beings can never fully understand God.  God is infinite, as we are finite, or limited.  God has always existed and will always exist.  He is eternal just as the Son and the Holy Spirit are eternal.  God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.  That is where our faith comes into play.  We trust God and learn of Him and His ways through the Scriptures.  What we don’t understand we put our faith and trust in the Lord and continue studying His Word and spending time with Him through prayer and meditation on a continual basis.

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14 Responses to "A Triune God"

Loved your message on the Triunne God, so good to see someone who has a good grasp of Theology. As you say Michele , at the Baptism of Jesus we have there all the proof we need and all your scripture references back your contention. It`s sad when people try to disect and break up the scripture ,when it`s so clear in all its purity.

Thanks really enjoyed
Ron

Thank you Ron! So glad you were blessed by it. It was a writing assignment for a course I’m taking in theology. I got a good grade on it. 🙂

very well presented, thank you!

Thank you so much! Many blessings to you!

Excellent post! Love your writing. God bless!
Tricia

Thank you Tricia! I was accepted for a scholarship to study Theology through the Christians Leaders Institute. I am enjoying it alot and I am learning SO MUCH!!! God bless you sis and much love to you too. 🙂

Hi Michelle,

Just checking in on you my sister. I pray all is well and that you are still seeking God through prayer and His word on today.

Keep hope alive! Keep the faith, knowing that you will reap a harves in due season if you faint not.

God bless my sister.

Debra

Thank you Debra. And yes things are going much better right now. God has answered a few of my prayers this past week. He is amazing!! God bless you sister. 🙂

Amen!!!!!
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!
THANK YOU JESUS!!!

I love my sister.
Keep praying and keep believing!

BREAKTHROUGH!!!! BREAKTHROUGH!!!

God bless!

Debra

Amen to that! I owe it all to Him. God is my everything. Bless you sister!

It’s an incredible thought that the Triune God was involved in the creation of all that is, as you rightly show in Genesis 1.

It’s an even more incredible thought (to me at least) that the Triune God is involved in my re-creation as a child of God in Ephesians 1.

Yes, I agree! Thank you for commenting and God bless!

Hi Michele, thank you for a well thought out message, perhaps I can clear up some of the mystery of the Trinity as They are called to day. The name Trinity like Dinosoar, D.N.A, Aids, Rapture etc is a modern word, They are called The Godhead in the Scriptures Jesus is also refered to as the Word or Living Word 1 John1 and in other Scriptures.

Colossians 2:9 For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Acts 17: 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

1 Jonn 5: 7 For there are three that bear witness in Heaven: The Father, The Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

Christian Love Anne.

That’s awesome Anne! Thank you for contributing. Many blessings to you sister! 🙂

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A little about me........my name is Michele and I am a born-again Christian. I was saved as a teenager and graduated from a Christian high school. I am a mother of one son who is the world to me. Despite my upbringing, later in life I fell into a life of self destruction which led me down many dark paths. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic and I have a great passion for Christ and His amazing power to heal even the worst cases. I am living proof of the miracle of God's power to change your life and way of thinking. Nothing is impossible with God.

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