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- What Day Is The Sabbath Day
- False Teachers & Doctrine Exposed
- Hades And Hell Fire Truth
- Who Changed Sabbath To Sunday
- What is the Mark of the Beast
- 666 and The Number of The Beast
- The Millennial Reign of Christ
- Who Is The Remnant Church of God
- Jesus And The Crucifixion
- What Is Witchcraft And Wiccans
- Who Is The Antichrist Today
- What Happens When Your Dead
- The Secret Rapture Theory
- Who Is Mystery Babylon the Great
- Colossians 2:16 and the Sabbath
- What Day is the True Sabbath Day
- 666 The Mark Of The Beast
- The Two Witnesses of Revelation
- Daniels 70 Weeks Explained
- What is the Battle of Armageddon
- What is Speaking in Tongues
- Change of The Sabbath to Sunday
- Sabbath in the New Testament
- Daniel Abomination of Desolation
Trinity not in the Bible
The word trinity is a contraction of the words “tri” which means three and divinity which means God. The word trinity was introduced by a Latin theologian called Tertullian, who was one of the early Church fathers who wrote in the early third century to define the teaching concerning the Godhead. He concluded that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were one in essence, but not one in person.
It was about a century later that Arianism, being the controversial teachings of Arius, resulted in the Catholic Church setting out to officially define the relationship of the Son to the Father in the Council of Nicea. Arius was an elder in the Alexandrian church in the early fourth century AD that taught Christ was a created and changeable being. Arianism was condemned in the Council of Nicea in 325 AD. But after the death of Constantine, it flourished again for some decades and almost overcame the Nicene party. Arianism was finally condemned at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD.
Considering the Bible uses the word Godhead (Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9), and since there are so many different and contradictory beliefs and teachings concerning what is known as the trinity, one should ideally use the term Godhead, which still says they are three, i.e. Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
The following is the definition of Trinity from the Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of American English.
“TRINITY, n. [L. trinitas; tres and unus, unitas, one, unity.]
In theology, the union of three persons in one Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
In my whole essay, there is not any thing like an objection against the Trinity.”
Saint Augustine, one of the greatest thinkers of the early church, described the trinity as comparable to the three parts of an individual human being: mind, spirit, and will. They are three distinct aspects, yet they are inseparable and together constitute one unified human being. But is this what scripture really teaches?
The Highest Subject
Few doctrinal subjects have generated more passionate debate among Christians than the subject of the trinity. Churches have split and wars have even been fought over the issues that surround the nature of the Godhead.
Perplexity over the nature of God is not something new. Since creation, man has diligently sought to understand and explain Him. In the book of Job, Zophar uttered the cry of each human heart when he declared, “Canst you by searching find out God? Canst you find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst you do? Deeper than hell; what canst you know?” Job 11:7-8.
The study of God is without rival; the highest subject any mortal can ever even attempt to approach or contemplate. Because God defines Himself as everlasting and the ultimate power, presence and knowledge, this field of study is deeper, wider and broader than any other.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9. Finite human minds will never be able to fully understand everything about the eternal God, anymore than we can jump to the stars with our feeble legs. Therefore, we need to approach this mystery shrouding His person with a large measure of barefoot reverence and deep humility. Like Moses, when he came into God’s presence, we must take off our shoes, “for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5. By laying aside our preconceived ideas, opinions and sectarian training, we can go directly to God’s Word and learn what He has chosen to reveal about Himself.
One Big Problem
If the Bible teaches that there is only one God, then how can God be composed of three persons? Scripture unequivocally declares that there is only one God. For more than 3,000 years, Jews have repeated Deuteronomy 6:4. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.” This sacred passage is called the shema (named after the Hebrew for its first word) and has been held in high esteem and memorized by devout Jews for centuries.
Isaiah gives the testimony of God concerning Himself. “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. …Is there a God beside me? Yes, there is no God; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:6, 8. Jesus also taught about “the only true God” (John 17:3) and Paul said, “For there is one God,” 1 Timothy 2:5 and “there is but one God, the Father,” 1 Corinthians 8:6.
While most agree with this core truth, a heated debate over its deeper implication has raged throughout Church history. Does this mean that there is one person who has three different titles? Or are there three separate persons who mysteriously morph into one being? Is Jesus merely a good man, a creation to redeem us and only the Father is God? Still others hold that the Father and Son are God but the Holy Spirit is only the impersonal force that does their bidding. Each of these conflicting ideas has attracted its loyal followers. Let’s examine the basis for these views and compare them with the Bible.
In the 3rd century, Sabellius, a Libyan priest living in Rome, taught that God is a single person with different titles; known as modalism. Thus, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit represent different hats or titles that God wears, depending on how He wishes to communicate with man at the time. It’s akin to water, which can take on the form of a solid, liquid, or gas.
However, they are not three roles played by one person. The Church recognized Sabellius’ ideas as contrary to Bible teaching and he was quickly excommunicated. Yet he still has adherents today in what is commonly known as the “Oneness” or “Jesus Only” doctrine. The Jesus only teaching claims that Jesus Christ is not only the Son, but also the Father and the Holy Spirit. Isaiah 9:6, in which the Messiah (or the promised Son) is called “The everlasting Father,” is used to provide biblical support for this belief.
The Oneness doctrine, however, overlooks the fact that the Son came to earth to reveal the true character of God the Father to a world groping in spiritual blindness. Jesus prayed to His Father in Gethsemane, “And now, O Father, glorify you me with thine own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was. I have manifested your name unto the men which you gavest me out of the world:” John 17:5-6. And also, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46. Jesus is the only one who could reveal the Father, because He is the express image of the Father (Luke 10:22; Hebrews 1:3).
Thus when the disciples asked Christ what the Father was like, He could say, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” John 14:9. Jesus so mirrored the character of the Father that He perfectly reflected Him, hence the title “The Everlasting Father.” Another reason Jesus is called the Everlasting Father is because this world and everything in it was created through Christ. So in a real sense Jesus is our father (Hebrews 1:2; John 1:3).
Isaiah 9:6 is the only place in the Bible where Jesus is called the Father. Keep in mind that Jesus also calls Himself the Son of man, our brother, our shepherd, our friend and our priest. Building a doctrine on one Scripture is as foolish as building a house on top of a single post. The Bible physically separates the Father and the Son repeatedly. While Christ was on earth, He referred to, “My Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32. He always directed His prayers heavenward to the Father and stated that the Father had His own individual will; “Father, if you be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42. “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34. “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46. Then after He died and rose again, He ascended to “the right hand of God.” Romans 8:34. Only God knows the hour of His son's return. “But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Mark 13:32. John frequently addresses the Father and Son as separate entities. “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3. As did Paul, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 1 Timothy 2:5 and “there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” 1 Corinthians 8:6. And Stephen, “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” Acts 7:55. These and others prove the Father has a separate presence.
In fact, Jesus said that He was not the Father more than 80 times. While always remaining one in purpose and origin, Jesus and the Father are clearly separate and distinct persons. And on more than one occasion, the Father spoke to Jesus from heaven. “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’.” Matthew 3:17. Either Jesus and the Father are two separate individual persons, or Jesus was an expert ventriloquist.
Is Jesus Fully Divine
Another group questions whether Jesus actually possesses all the characteristics of the Eternal God. They stem from Arius, a 4th century Alexandrian priest, who had a different take on God. He taught that prior to making anything else, God created a son who was neither equal to, nor coeternal with the Father. According to this idea called Arianism, Jesus Christ is a supernatural creature, but He is neither fully human nor fully divine. Still others embrace a more immature version of this doctrine, holding that back in the dawn of time, God the Father had some form of cosmic intimate relations with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the product. They reason, “How else can you call Him the Son.”
However, these concepts are totally contrary to the teaching of the New Testament in which Jesus is revealed as the Eternal Creator and not a created being (John 1:1-4). As we compare Scripture definitions for God with the Bible record of Jesus, we see the characteristics of Jehovah are also ascribed to Jesus. Note these powerful examples:
- He is self existent (John 1:1-4; 14:6); only God is self existent (Psalms 90:2).
- Jesus defines Himself as eternal (Revelation 1:8).
- He is, and has, eternal life (1 John 5:11-12, 20).
- He is all powerful (Revelation 1:8).
- He created all things (John 1:3). “In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16.
- Quoting from Psalms 45:6-7, the author of Hebrews states that the Father even calls Jesus God. “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8.
- Jesus is able to forgive sin (Luke 5:20-24) and the Bible says only God can forgive sin (Isaiah 43:25).
- Jesus accepted worship that the Ten Commandments is reserved only for the Almighty (Matthew 14:33; Matthew 28:9).
- Upon seeing the risen Saviour, the converted sceptic, Thomas, confessed, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:26-29.
- Even the angels worship Jesus. “And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.” Hebrews 1:6.
- The Scriptures also teach that only God knows the thoughts of a man’s heart (1 Kings 8:39). But through the Holy Spirit Jesus knew what people were thinking, “for he knew what was in man.” John 2:25.
- Through the Spirit, Jesus is omnipresent. “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.
- He has power to give life. “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25.
- The Greek word (theotes) for Godhead is found only in Colossians 2:9 and means the essence and nature of the Godhead. So this verse states the fullness of the divine nature of the Godhead dwells in Christ in the same manner that Christ dwells within Christians. See also 1 John 4:15
By considering the primary definitions of God and seeing that Jesus fits each one, then Jesus must be fully divine.
Was Jesus Christ Created?
Three common questions asked today are, was Jesus created before the earth, was Jesus created or begotten and was Jesus created by God the Father. Scripture shows Jesus was not a created being and has existed from eternity along with the Father. Here is one verse this controversy arises from. Psalms 2:7 “I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.”
Is this second psalm saying Jesus was nonexistent at some time or prophesying of a future event? Acts 13:33 has the clearest answer, “God has fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you.” In the significant passage of Acts 13:16-41, Paul tells the story of our Lord and Saviour and how he came and died for our sins, but was raised from the dead by His Father in heaven and did not see corruption. Thus this passage declares it was fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. He was born from the dead, and God who raised him demonstrating that He was his Son.
The first verse of John's Gospel says that God's son Christ Jesus, being referred to as the Word here, was with God in the beginning, (a) and (b). John 1:1b does not say that the Messiah is God but was with God. “(a) In the beginning was the Word, (b) and the Word was with God, (c) and the Word was God.” John 1:1 The proper rendering of John 1:1 into English from the original Koine Greek text continues to be a source of vigorous debate among Bible translators, and especially the phrase the Word was God (c). While Jesus is called God in this verse, there is a clear distinction between Him and God whom He was with. The God who Jesus was with is God the Father. Jesus was not the same God He was with but rather Jesus was God in the sense of being divine just like His Father as the title Son suggests that He inherits the characteristics of His Father (Hebrews 1:4). The Father is God and so His Son is God by nature.
Biblical Greek Scholars generally agree that the second time the word God (c) is used in verse 1 that it is used as a qualitative noun to describe the qualities of the Word. Harner says that nouns “with an anarthrous [no article] predicate preceding the verb, are primarily qualitative in meaning.” (The Journal of Biblical Literature, Philip B. Harner, article “Qualitative Anarthrous Predicate Nouns: Mark 15:39 and John 1:1) “The clause could be translated, ‘the same nature as God.’ This would be one way of representing John’s thought, which is, as I understand it, that ho logos [‘the word’], no less than ho theos [‘the God’], had the nature of theos.” (ibid.)
Now, the Bible states that Christ was not created but created all things. John 1:3 states, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” This verse has two direct statements being that Jesus preexisted and created all things and that all things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. Did you notice that John said that not only were all things made through Him but also that without Him nothing was made.
Paul also confirms what John wrote, “For by Him all things were created.” Paul continues to make sure that we understand what he means by all things. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” Colossians 1:16.
If Jesus created all things then He could not have been one of the created things. Paul adds the following just so there can be no mistake about this fact. “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17.
Who is God?
Is God a person? Is He a thing or perhaps some invisible cosmic force? These are important questions to answer and should be easily answered by anyone who understands and knows God. Surprisingly, many Christians are stumped by these questions because they have been taught that God is some ghostly, mysterious vapor that pervades all nature.
Daniel was given a vision that helps us understand God. He wrote, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” Daniel 7:9.
Someone called “the Ancient of days,” who wears a white garment and has white hair takes a seat on a throne. Shortly thereafter the “Son of man,” (verse 13) comes before Him. The Ancient of days must be God, the Father. So according to the Bible our heavenly Father is a real Person.
John was given a vision of this same event and states, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” Revelation 5:1. Shortly after John saw this, Jesus Christ approaches the throne and takes the book out of His Father’s hand. So again we find that God is a real Person who sits on a throne and has a book in His right hand.
God must be a real Person, for Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8. In another place Jesus warns, “Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 18:10.
We should expect that God is a real Person for we were created in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). When we get to heaven we will find that we resemble God. We will not find a three headed monster with six arms or any other strange thing like that. God’s outward form is very much like our own. This is the biblical description of what God is like.
The author of the book of Hebrews wrote, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” Hebrews 1:1-3. Here we learn that Jesus Christ is the express image of God’s Person. Therefore God must be a person and Jesus Christ is a real Person also.
Paul confirmed this when He wrote, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:” Philippians 2:5-6. The Greek word that was translated “form” means, “the form by which a person or thing strikes the vision, external appearance.” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon). God has an external appearance and His Son Jesus Christ has the same type of appearance.
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus asked His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that you are John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say you that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it unto you, but my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-17.
This passage says that the Father who is in Heaven, revealed to Peter, that Jesus who is on Earth, is none other than His Son. Jesus Christ being the Son of God is so important that John wrote at the close of his gospel, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.” John 20:30-31.
Right after Paul learned the gospel directly from Christ Himself, “straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” Acts 9:20. The apostle Peter, who lived with Jesus and heard His messages firsthand said, “And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.” John 6:69. Christ’s disciples also exclaimed, “we believe that you camest forth from God.” John 16:30. Martha who was a close friend of Jesus and heard many of His teachings said to Him, “Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” John 11:27. Right after Phillip preached the gospel to the eunuch, “said, If you believest with all thine heart, you may. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:37. Mark said who Jesus was in the first verse of his Gospel. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;” Mark 1:1. Even the demons knew, “they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God?” Matthew 8:29 and Mark 3:11-12
Christ said, “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist:” Luke 7:28. John the Baptist testified, “And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34.
Of all the witnesses, the greatest is God the Father Himself. Twice He spoke from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son.” Matthew 3:17; 17:5 Jesus proclaimed, “I am the Son of God.” John 10:36. He said that He is “the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18. According to the Bible Jesus Christ was begotten, which literally means born, and before anything was created and long before God sent Him into the world. (John 3:16-17; 18:37; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:1-9 and 1 John 4:9) How Jesus was begotten is not for us to know but God wants us to know that He is His Son. Jesus said, “For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself.” John 5:26. According to His own testimony, Jesus is the only begotten Son of God and literally received life from His Father.
Paul explained in regards to Christ, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Colossians 1:15. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says, “Christ is called, firstborn of all creation, who came into being through God prior to the entire universe of created things.” Barnes New Testament Notes on Colossians 1:15 says, “the word firstborn - pro-tot-ok’-os - properly means the firstborn child of a father or mother.” Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary says, “Begotten (literally, ‘born’) before every creature.”
The Bible refers to Jesus Christ as “the image of God,” “the image of the invisible God,” and “the express image of his person.” (2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3). An image is never the original but always a likeness or duplication of the original. Christ is the Son of God and therefore the express image of His Father. It would be incorrect to say that the Father is the image of His Son because the Father is the original. In the same manner it would be incorrect to refer to Christ as the true or original God since He is the image of the true God.
The Bible refers to Christ as God’s Son at least 120 times by using the phrase “Son of God” forty seven times. Regarding the genuineness of Christ’s Sonship, He is called “the only begotten” five times, “the firstborn” three times, “the firstbegotten” once and God’s “holy child” twice. Four verses say He was “begotten” prior to His incarnation so this cannot be applied to His birth on Earth from Mary as some have chosen to believe. Four verses say that He “proceeded forth from,” “came out from” or “camest forth from” the Father. The evidence on this subject is overwhelming. Christ truly is the literal begotten Son of God who was brought forth from the Father before all creation.
Who or What is the Holy Spirit?
Some Christians believe that while the Father and Son are truly distinct persons, they only see the Holy Spirit as a cosmic force or essence; an impersonal power conduit or vehicle to do the bidding of the Father and Son.
We can appreciate why the Holy Spirit seems to be the hardest member of the Godhead to visualize and define. Sometimes He is called the Holy Ghost, which leaves people with a “spooky” image. The Scriptures compare Him to everything from wind and fire, to a dove, water and even a defence attorney! Note that every time in the Bible where you find the term, “Holy Ghost,” it should have been translated “Holy Spirit.” Sometimes the translators chose to translate πνευμα αγιον (pneuma hagion) into “Holy Ghost,” and other times they translated the same phrase as “Holy Spirit.”
As we consider the various features of the Holy Spirit, we can quickly see He has all the credentials of a separate and distinct, intelligent being.
The Holy Spirit leads and guides. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13. It’s true that a map or GPS can lead you, but no one calls a map “he.” It would have been very easy for Jesus to simply say, “When it comes,” but Jesus called the Holy Spirit “He” more than 15 times. Why would God go to so much trouble to personify His own inherent power to the extent that it possessed emotions, thoughts and speech independent of Himself.
The Holy Spirit also comforts. “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” John 14:16. Jesus promised before His ascension that He was sending another helper; paraclete is the Greek word that signifies a multi-sided personal ministry as counsellor, consoler advocate, helper, comforter, ally and supporter (John 14:16-17, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-15). These are all traits that usually belong to a person or friend. If the Holy Spirit is merely God’s active force, then John 16:7-8 is nonsense: “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has comes, He will convict the world.” It is obvious from this text that the Holy Spirit would be more personally present after Jesus ascended. If the Holy Spirit is mere energy, there is simply no explanation or logic to why He would not come unless Jesus left.
The Holy Spirit can even be grieved (Ephesians 4:30). Cars have unique characteristics and idiosyncrasies. And one might even seem they to have a “personality” at times, but cars cannot be grieved and cannot speak as the Holy Spirit does. “Then the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go near and overtake this chariot’.” Acts 8:29. There are computer programs that can reproduce speech, but they cannot create inspired thought. The Holy Scriptures were inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21).
We also read in Revelation 1:4-5, a prayer for grace and peace from the Father, the Spirit and Jesus Christ. We must ask, would John have put the Spirit between the Father and the Son if he had not regarded the Spirit as a divine intelligence in the same sense as they are.
If the Holy Spirit is simply some divine force, then why is it even more offensive to blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and even more fatal than speaking against the Son “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” Matthew 12:31-32. By definition, blasphemy is “a contemptuous or profane act, utterance, or writing against God.” The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and hence from God. This is why Peter said that to lie to the Holy Spirit is to lie to God (Acts 5:3-4). It does not mean however that the Holy Spirit is God as Trinitarians claim.
We can clearly see the Holy Spirit is not simply a force, but the third divine person of the Godhead. Though a spirit, He has all the characteristics of a person and individual. The Spirit is plainly portrayed as a being who speaks, teaches, guides, makes choices, witnesses, comforts and can be grieved just as God and His Son can from whom the Spirit comes. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.
Who did His Enemies Say He Was?
The crowd at Christ’s crucifixion said, “He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.” Matthew 27:43. The strongest accusations about Christ came from His enemies and those who condemned Him to death. They all said that His claim was that He is the Son of God. And this is exactly who Jesus said He is (Matthew 26:63-64; Luke 22:70-71). Even the demons knew who Jesus was. “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God? Are you come hither to torment us before the time?” Matthew 8:29.
The Jews even attempted to stone Christ when He assumed the self existent title of Jehovah used at the burning bush. Jesus said to them, “‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’ Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” John 8:58.
The enemies of Jesus also understood and recognized His claim of equality with the Father God when He said “‘My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.’ Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, ... but said also that God was his Father, making Himself equal with God.” John 5:17-18.
Christ boldly proclaimed, “I and my Father are one,” which has caused many to be confused and think that Jesus is the Father or is somehow joined to Him in a way that makes the Father and Son a compound being. The Jewish leaders were outraged by this statement and sought to execute Him because they thought Jesus was claiming to be God Himself. “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” John 10:30, 33. Three verses on we find Jesus denied the charge of claiming to be God and pointed out that His claim was merely to be the Son of God. “Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” John 10:36.
So Jesus did not mean in person as He clarified and because the Father is a distinct person from the Son, and the Son a distinct person from the Father. As Gills Commentary on John 10:30 states, this is further shown from the use of the verb plural, “I and my Father” εσμεν, “we are one.” Jesus had to mean in nature, essence, perfections and in power.
Is Jesus the Son of God?
Most will say, “I have always believed Jesus is the Son of God.” Don’t all Christians believe that? The sad reality is that most professed Christians do not believe Jesus to be the Son of God if they subscribe to their denominational statements of belief.
Almost all Christians state, “Jesus is the Son of God,” but there are different meanings attached to these words. Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus is the Son of God, but when asked to explain, say that Jesus was the first angel that God created and was no different than Lucifer or the other angels. Roman Catholics say that Jesus is the Son of God, but when they are asked to explain, say that He is part of the same substance of God and is the same age as His Father. Others will explain that Jesus is a co-eternal companion of God whom God declared to be His Son even though He is not really His Son. And yet others will tell you that Jesus became the Son of God when He was born in Bethlehem and was not the Son of God in any other sense.
Every one of these explanations denies that Jesus is the Son of God in some way. The Bible says, “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” 1 John 2:22-23. We must not to deny the Son of God just so that we can uphold a Church doctrine that is not taught in the Bible. See also 1 John 5:10-13
Who do you worship?
Jesus included Himself when He said, “we know what we worship” John 4:22. He then explained who He worships. He said, “the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” Jesus worships His Father along with all “true worshipers” John 4:23. Jesus worships His Father because His Father is His God.
Jesus said to Mary after His resurrection, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” John 20:17. Jesus told His disciples that His God is the same God as their God. He also explained who this God is being the Father. He told the disciples that His Father is also our Father, and His God is also our God.
Many Churches are clearly confused. You often hear, “We thank you O Father for coming down and dying for our sins.” And then you hear people closing the prayer “in Jesus name.” Does it make sense to pray to Jesus in His own name? He is our mediator, and He told us to pray to the Father in Jesus’ name (Luke 11:2; John 16:23; Ephesians 5:20). You hear people pray to the Father and end with, “in your name.” The Bible says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5. We are to pray to God, the Father, in the name of our Mediator Christ Jesus. It would appear that people who confuse the biblical distinctions and positions of the Father and Son do not know who they are worshiping and hence are not worshiping in spirit and in truth.
Early Church Error
Probably the most widely held Christian view of God is simply referred to as the “trinity” and has its origins in the Church of Rome and the council of Nicea. This most popular belief teaches the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God and yet there are not three Gods but one God. But the question remains, is this view found in scripture. Let's have a look at some recognised sources on the origin of the Trinity doctrine. (Hover your mouse over the tool tips to read)
The most commonly accessed Encyclopedia on the Internet is Wikipedia. So a “consensus of Modern exegetes” tell us that both the Old and New Testaments do not explicitly contain the doctrine of the trinity. It came into Christendom from another source outside of scripture.
The Encyclopedia Britannica basically says the same thing as the Wikipedia. Both these sources tell us that the idea of the trinity came after scripture and from sources outside of scripture.
The Oxford Companion to the Bible says it “cannot be clearly detected within the confines of the canon”? Is that a nice way of saying that the Bible does not teach the doctrine of Trinity?
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia. And the Encarta Encyclopedia has this to say about the origin of the Trinitarian doctrine. The question begs to be asked. Can we base our faith purely on inference alone? If it is a fundamental doctrine in Christianity, it should surely have enough evidence to have become a doctrine!
The Encyclopedia of Religion. And the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology. Something is fundamentally wrong when the Bible doesn't teach something and it must have come from somewhere.
The International Standard Bible Dictionary. I will leave the reader to define the word “Allusion.”
Getting to the source of the Trinity doctrine. Let's go to the authority which states that it is the source of the idea being the Roman Catholic Church and see if their definition has any Biblical basis.
This Roman Catholic source is clear as to the origin of the trinity doctrine. Scripture does not clearly present the idea of the trinity doctrine. It is a doctrine which came after the canon of Scripture was closed and was developed in the 4th and 5th centuries. The New Catholic Encyclopedia puts it this way. So do we have one God in three parts, or three Gods in one? The Catholic Encyclopedia clears up the matter for us in a masterpiece of theological close reasoning.
“In the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these Three Persons being truly distinct one from another. Thus, in the words of the Athanasian Creed: 'the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and yet there are not three Gods but one God.'”
Biblical Names for the Godhead
Below are some phrases found in scripture for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“God the Father” 13 times
“The Most High God” 11 times
“The Highest” 6 times
“The only true God” 1 time
“Son of God” 46 times.
The “only begotten” 5 times
His “firstborn” 4 times
God’s “holy child” 2 times
“The firstbegotten” 1 time
The Holy Spirit
The “Spirit of God” 26 times
“God’s Spirit” 9 times
“Thy spirit” 4 times
“The Holy Spirit of God” 1 time
Can the following names be considered to be 100% Biblical without being misleading on the truth of scripture in regards to the Godhead? In contrast to the names used in the Bible, here are some of the phrases used by Trinitarians.
“Trinity” 0 times
“Triune God” 0 times
“God in three persons” 0 times
“Three persons” 0 times
“God the Son” 0 times
“God the Holy Spirit” 0 times
Three Persons in the Godhead
The names of God reveal attributes of His nature. God has a long established habit of using various names to describe a person’s character. Jacob earned his name that means “swindler” when he practiced deception to steal his father’s blessing away from his brother Esau (Genesis 27:35-36). At his conversion, Jacob wrestled with the angel and insisted on the blessing of God. Then his name was changed to “Israel,” which means “a prince with God.” Genesis 32:26-28.
Likewise, the names for God found in Genesis and elsewhere tell us volumes about our Creator. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26. The Hebrew word here for God is Elohim. It is a plural noun that is used more than 2,700 times in the Old Testament. This means that inspired authors preferred to use Elohim about 10 times more than the singular form “El” when they described God. Even in the Old Testament book of Daniel, we see a picture of the Father and the Son as two separate persons. “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.” Daniel 7:13. The Son of man, Jesus, is seen coming before the Ancient of Days; who is, obviously, God the Father.
The New Testament writings are sprinkled with the concept of three united, fully divine persons. The apostle Paul wrote that there were three divine persons: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6. He also said, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14. And the author of Hebrews, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 9:14.
We see three persons at the baptism of Jesus in the following verse. “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 3:16-17.
If Jesus is the only person in the Godhead, where did the voice come from that declared, “This is my beloved Son.” Did He trisect Himself into a voice from heaven, the dove wafting down through the sky and His body on the bank of the river? No. This was not simply a clever act of holy smoke and mirrors, but rather a regal reunion.
Unity or Quantity
Most of the confusion regarding the number of beings composing the Godhead springs from a simple misunderstanding of the word “one.” Simply put, “one” in the Bible does not always mean numerical quantity. Depending on the Scripture, “one” can often mean unity.
We see this principle established very early in Scripture. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24. “One flesh” here does not mean that a married couple melt into one human after their wedding, but rather they are to be united into one family. Jesus prayed that the apostles would be one, saying, “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one.” John 17:22-23.
We need to keep in mind that when Moses said, “The Lord is one,” Israel was surrounded with polytheistic nations that worshiped many gods that were constantly involved in petty bickering and rivalry (Deuteronomy 6:4), whereas the God who created is composed of three separate beings who are perfectly united in their mission of saving and sustaining their creatures. As the Spirit is executing the will of both the Father and Son, it is His will also.
The traditional Trinitarian doctrine declares that there are three infinite persons, sharing the same substance, same power, same administrational duties, gifts and operations but making up only one solitary God divided into three parts and so effectively teaches one God with three heads. Is it Biblical to say that there is only one God but three separate entities?
Romans 12:5 says, “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” So does that make us all one single Christian? You would have to say yes if you follow the traditional Trinitarian formula.
The traditional trinity doctrine from the Catholic Church often uses 1 John 5:7 to support their claim but most have missed that there is a very serious problem with this verse. Below we find this verse from two different Bible translations. The first being the King James Version and the second, the New International Version.
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.”
1 John 5:7 NIV “For there are three that testify:”
The latter part of this verse which is found in the KJV and the NKJV and a few others is missing from the majority of Bible translations such as the ASV, ALT, ASV, BBE, CEV, CJB, CENT, Darby, EMTV, ESV, GNB, GW, HCSB, HNV, ISV, LONT, MRC, MSG, NASB, NCV, NIRV, NIV, NLT, NRSV, RSV, RSVA, RV, TS98, TCNT, UPDV, WEB, WNT and the WORNT Bible translations and others.
So why is this text missing from so many translations? Here is what Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible, Adam Clarke, LL.D., F.S.A., (1715-1832) states.
And note the Commentary on the Old and New Testaments by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown. There can be no doubt that the latter part of 1 John 5:7 never existed in the original and inspired words of God.
While on the subject of altered scripture, I am wondering if this is not the only time this has happened. Trinitarians often use the following verse to support their belief stating that by the shared authority of these three that we are commissioned to baptize. However, this verse neither affirms or denies the trinity doctrine. “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.
In any case, I find myself greatly perplexed by this verse, because where do we see the Apostles or anyone else for that matter following the explicit instructions of Jesus Christ here? Here are all verses where anyone was baptized into the name of anyone. Acts 2:38; Acts 8:12; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 19:5; Romans 6:3; 1 Corinthians 1:13; Galatians 3:27. But as you can see, there is not one person following what Christ supposedly instructed them to do. In everyone of these verses we find people baptized into the name of our Lord Jesus Christ only.
The following dictionary explains, “The historical riddle is not solved by Matthew 28:19, since, according to a wide scholarly consensus, it is not an authentic saying of Jesus, not even an elaboration of a Jesus-saying on baptism.” (The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Vol. 1, 1992, page 585). Further research revealed this true as all Bible commentaries and dictionaries I found quoting on this issue claimed that it was added by the Church of Rome once again to support their Trinitarian formula. Below is one of many quotes. This is very disconcerting and I will leave you to decide for yourself what has happened and why.
“The basic form of our (Matthew 28:19 Trinitarian) profession of faith took shape during the course of the second and third centuries in connection with the ceremony of baptism. So far as its place of origin is concerned, the text (Matthew 28:19) came from the city of Rome.” — Joseph Ratzinger (pope Benedict XVI) Introduction to Christianity: 1968 edition, page 82-83.
God Manifested in Nature
Though there is nothing in this world that adequately illustrates God, Paul declares the “invisible things of him from the creation of the world” can help us understand “his eternal power and Godhead.” Romans 1:20. The truth that God is a “tri-unity” of two invisible persons (Father and Spirit) and one visible person (Jesus) is evident even in creation.
The universe is composed of three structures: space, matter and time. Of these three, only matter is visible. Space requires length, height and width to constitute space. Each dimension is separate and distinct in itself, yet the three form space; if you remove height, you no longer have space. Time is also a tri-unity of past, present and future. Two are invisible (past and future) and one visible (present). Each is separate and distinct, as well as essential for time to exist. Man is also a “tri-unity,” having physical, mental and spiritual components. Again, two are invisible (mental and spiritual) and one visible (physical). Cells compose the fundamental structural unit of all living organisms. All organic life is made up from cells that consist of three primary parts: the outer wall, the cytoplasm and the nucleus (like the shell, white and yoke of an egg). If any one is removed, the cell dies.
In each of these examples, the removal of any one component results in the demise of the whole. In like manner, the Godhead contains three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The removal of one person destroys the unity of the whole. Even the gospel story illustrates the interdependency of threes. The sanctuary had three places: the Courtyard, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. There are three stages of salvation: justification, sanctification, and glorification. In Isaiah 6:3, the angels around God’s throne cry “Holy, Holy, Holy” three times; once for the Father, once for the Son and once for the Holy Spirit.
Did Jesus Know All Things when He was Here?
We find in John 21:17 Peter saying to Christ, “you know all things.” So how are we to understand Jesus saying, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” Mark 13:32. Compare with Matthew 24:36. So here we have a problem because Jesus is confessing to not knowing something. And scripture also says, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52. How do you increase in wisdom when you know all things? And “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8. Was Jesus limited by the human body prepared for Him and had to learn things just as we do? So what did Peter mean? Was He right? Because Jesus did not contradict Him. Or is there some way that Jesus could effectively know all things?
We find the answer in many scriptures such as John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which 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." Does this mean that the Spirit of God would literally teach them all things? Obviously not. Could the human mind even contain all the infinite knowledge of God? I will leave you to contemplate the answer. The point to be made here is that the Holy Spirit knows all things and one could know whatever is required through the Holy Spirit whether it be the thoughts of others or any knowledge that is required to complete a task according to the will of God.
And it does not stop with the omniscience of the Spirit of God but also His power. In Matthew 12:22-32 we find Jesus casting out a demon. The Pharisees claimed He did it by the power of the devil. But Jesus being fully man said He did it by the Spirit of God. He then informs them that they can speak against the Son of man and be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Why? Because verse 28 says he did this by the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember that Jesus was the Word made flesh and was fully man. He said “I can of mine own self do nothing.” John 5:30. The Pharisees were not insulting the Son of man but the Spirit of God by whose power the demon was cast out. The Bible also reveals that the miracles Christ performed were done by His Father in heaven. In John 11:40-41 we find scripture indicates that it was through His Father that Lazarus was raised. Christ only knew what He had learned and what His Father had revealed to Him through His Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows all things as does the Father and so Christ could effectively know all things “if” the Spirit of God revealed it to Him.
Thus if Jesus did not know the hour of His return it could only be because the Holy Spirit had not revealed this to Him, and we are not told the reason why this was the case. Scripture also shows that Jesus knew the thoughts of others but to be consistent with other scripture had to be through the Holy Spirit. Peter, Elisha and Daniel all had the thoughts of others revealed to them by God also. (Acts 5:1-4; 2 Kings 5:25-27; Daniel 2:28-30).
Some will respond that Jesus did not know in His human nature but knew in His divine nature. But the trinity teaches that there is one person subsisting in two natures. He cannot have two minds, one that knew something and another that did not. Unless of course you want to make the absurd claim that mind and body are not correlated.
Here is one more example to consider that many have overlooked. Revelation 1:1 states, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” This revelation was given to Jesus Christ by God. Why would Christ need His Father to reveal these things to Him if He knew all things.
Was Jesus All Powerful when He was Here?
Jesus said “I can of mine own self do nothing.” John 5:30. All the miracles Jesus did while here on Earth were done through His Father as also seen in the previous section. Every great miracle that Jesus did was done in a similar manner by His disciples or by Old Testament prophets including walking on water and raising the dead. (Matthew 14:29; John 14:12; Acts 20:9-10; 1 Kings 17:22). This is not a sign that they had all power but a sign that God was with them as He was with His Son. Peter said, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” Acts 10:38. Jesus also said, “The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” John 14:10.
Was Jesus Immortal when He was Here?
The traditional trinity doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is exactly equal to His Father in every way. Thus it is claimed that since the Father cannot die, then His Son cannot die either. But the Bible says there is only One person who cannot die and He is God the Father. The Bible says that when Jesus appears, “he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate [Sovereign or supreme ruler], the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:14-16. This can only be our Heavenly Father for He is the One whom “No man hath seen... at any time.” John 1:18. The Father is the one “who only hath immortality.” Yet we know that one day we will “put on immortality.” 1 Corinthians 15:53.
So when the Bible says the Father “only hath immortality” it must mean immortality in an absolute and unlimited sense. The Father is the only One who cannot die under any circumstances. Jesus was made subject to death and “died for our sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:3. Man can die, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:20. Angels can die, “everlasting fire,” is “prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41. God said to Satan, “I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee... and never shalt thou be any more.” Ezekiel 28:18-19. So it is true that the Father is the only Person who cannot die under any circumstances, which excludes His Son who tasted “death for every man” Hebrews 2:9. So Christ was not immortal when He was here and the primary reason for Him becoming a human was so that He could die for our sins. The Son of God suffered a real death for our sins. (See Isaiah 53:6 and 1 John 2:2.).
Others claim that Christ came down from heaven and inhabited a human body and only the human body died while the divine being from heaven remained alive. By this we would have to conclude that there was only a human sacrifice made for our redemption. It is unbiblical to say that a human sacrifice is sufficient to redeem mankind or that only half of Christ died. If Christ only pretended to die it takes away the necessity of Him becoming a man and He could have done that without becoming one. The author of Hebrews says He “was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death.” Hebrews 2:9. See also Philippians 2:5-9. Christ Himself made it clear to John that He was dead. Jesus said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18. Jesus Christ really “died for our sins according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:3.
Who Outranks Whom
As we venture a little deeper onto sacred ground and consider the mysteries of the Godhead, we notice that there seems to be an order of authority concerning the three persons in the Godhead. Keep in mind that while all three are the same in properties and attributes and equal in glory, it appears that the Father is recognized as the ultimate authority. “And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.” 1 Corinthians 3:23. “But I would have you know, that … the head of Christ is God.” 1 Corinthians 11:3. The Son constantly receives His glory, power, throne and prerogatives as Judge from the Father (John 3:35; John 5:22). It was indeed God the Father that “gave” the Son. In fact, while it might not be wrong, we are never told to pray to Jesus or the Spirit, but instead to the Father in the name of the Son. Yet just because the Father seems to have supreme authority, it does not in any way diminish from the divinity of Jesus and the Spirit. That would be like saying that a corporal is less of a soldier than a sergeant.
Among the three members of the Godhead, we do not see a clamouring for pre-eminence, vying for recognition, or revelling in power. Instead, the exact opposite is true. In fact, the Father, Son and Spirit always seem to be trying to out give and glorify each other. The Father wants to glorify the Son. The Son lives to glorify the Father and the Spirit glorifies the Father and Son (John 17:1, 5; John 16:14; John 13:31-32).
A Tearing at the Godhead
Another point to consider is that sin causes separation from the Creator (Isaiah 59:2). The iniquities of the human race were placed upon the Son of God (Isaiah 53:6). When Jesus hung on the cross, suffering for our sins, every fibre of His being was torn as the eternal relationship with His Father and Spirit was ripped apart. In agony He cried out, “My God [for the Father], my God [for the Spirit], why hast thou forsaken me.” Matthew 27:46. If there had been only one person in the Godhead, there would not have been this excruciating pain of separation to wring the life out of the heart of Jesus.
The real risk in the redemption plan, besides the loss of man, was the breakup of the Godhead. Had Jesus sinned, He would have been working at cross purposes with the Spirit and His Father. Omnipotent good would have been pitted against omnipotent evil. What would have happened to the rest of creation Whom would the unfallen universe see as right One sin could have sent the Godhead and the universe spinning into cosmic chaos; the proportions of this disaster are staggering. For if the outcome of His son was not known, then the sacrifice and anguish becomes beyond comprehension for not only the Son, but the Father also as scripture reveals. Yet the Godhead was still willing to take this fragmenting risk for the salvation of man. This reveals the depth of God’s amazing love.
Final Food For Thought
Roman Catholicism states that the doctrine of Trinity “is the central doctrine of Catholic faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of the Church.” — Handbook For Today's Catholics, p 12.
So one might ask if the “Trinity” could be an ecumenical tactic? Have you noticed how all the worlds Churches are embracing it now? And why now? Could Trinitarian theology be another prophetic peek into the doctrines of demons coming from Roman Catholicism and Antichrist? It is our adversary who hates the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit that would seek to preach the traditional trinity doctrine. The Godhead theology simply proclaims the Father has a Son that is in direct agreement with Him and His Holy Spirit.
Here is a recent video that is hosted by one of our Seventh Day Adventist friends that is a must see and is a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Pope Francis, Bishop Tony Palmer say there are no more protestants and that every christian is a Catholic and that we must put aside our differences and become one. Published on Feb 28, 2014.
It would be pompous and preposterous to pretend that we understand everything about God. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33. If we could completely unpack Him like cracking some genetic code, He would cease to be God.
Nevertheless, there is much about God that is revealed for our blessing. “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever.” Deuteronomy 29:29. What is revealed is that this teaching on the Godhead must be important to God. So is the trinity doctrine true or false? The ministry of Jesus both begins and ends with an emphasis on the three persons in the Godhead. The Father, Son and Spirit are present at Jesus’ baptism and when He ascends to heaven. Jesus commanded His followers to baptize into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The testimony of Scripture indicates that the Godhead is a unity and so can neither be separated into three Gods nor merged into one person. This three not only created us, but loved us and devised an amazing plan to save a lost world from sin to restore us to His presence in paradise.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14.