Jesus Christ and the Trinity
by Gini Crawford, MSW
How can Jesus be God? There is only one God, isn't there? God's Word teaches us that God is One God, but He exists eternally in three persons. He is God the Father, God the Son (The word "Son" in the Greek language is an expression of character not birth.), and God the Holy Spirit. This principle is called the Trinity. The word Trinity is never used in Bible, but it explains one of the most important principles in the Bible about God - that He is three persons in one.
I think the idea of the Trinity is hard for us to understand, because our reasoning is from an earthly perspective. It is the teaching where most off-shoots from Christianity get misguided and become cults. We need to remember God is God! His ways, His thoughts, His reasoning, His knowledge, His power, His justice, and His love are so far above ours. Why wouldn't He be three persons, since He is so much greater in all ways than we are? God said, in Isaiah 55:8-9,
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."NASB®
Look up each of these passages from God's Word that describes the fact of the Trinity. God is One God (Mark 12:29-30 also Deuteronomy 6:4-5); Jesus is God in the OT (Isaiah 9:6); Jesus is God in the NT (John 14:7-11); the Holy Spirit is God (Exodus 31:3); the distinctiveness of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
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