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The One True God and the Trinity

Day Four
by Gini Crawford, MSW
www.BecauseOfGod.com

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The doctrine or principle of the Trinity is: God is One God, but He exists eternally in three persons; each person is fully God. God's Word teaches us the One True God is: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The word trinity is never used in the Bible. It is a man-made technical term used to define the foundational truth of Who God is. (Matthew 28:19)

Have you ever heard of the Trinity?

When I first became a Christian, I was taught about the Trinity, and just kind of took it on faith. However as I became more familiar with the Bible, I began to see God being One but in three persons all throughout it. I think the idea of the Trinity is difficult for us to comprehend fully because our reasoning is from an earthly perspective. But we need to remember, God is God! He is incomprehensible. His ways, His thoughts, His reasoning, His power, His love, and so on, are so far above ours. Why wouldn't He be three persons, since He is so much greater in all ways than we are? In Isaiah 55:8-9 God states,

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor 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®

God the Son

God the Son, who is Jesus Christ, explains the One True God to us. In God the Son - the word huios or "son" in the Greek language means relationship of Son to Father, or likeness of character but never birth. God the Father is Spirit, so no man has seen Him at anytime. (John 4:24) The New Testament, very plainly teaches that Jesus has revealed God to us - He is God in flesh. Jesus said in John 14:9, "he who has seen Me has seen the Father." Many places in the Bible it is hard to tell whether the passage is talking about God the Father or God the Son. This is because of the doctrine of the Trinity.

No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him. John 1:18 NASB®

We are created in the very form or image that Jesus, the One True God chose for Himself. (Genesis 1:26-27; Philippians 2:6-8) That's pretty amazing to me! How about to you? However, there is a huge difference, Jesus has God's essence and nature because He is God, we don't!

Did you know Jesus Christ physically shows God to us? (John 14:7-11) Jesus was in the Garden of Eden talking to Adam and Eve. He appeared to Hagar in Genesis 16 as the angel of the LORD, and so on. (Temporary appearances by God the Son to humans are called theophanies.) About 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ willingly let go of His rights (not His deity) as the One True God, took on flesh and blood, lived a sinless life as a man that was full of weaknesses, ills, needs, and temptations, suffered on a cross for our sins, and after 3 days victoriously rose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:6-8; Hebrews 4:14-16) He did all of this so He could intimately know you, abundantly love you, and relentlessly care for you.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us ... And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace ... To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness ... The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this ... Isaiah 9:6-7 NASB®

What has always amazed me was not that Jesus Christ is God but that He willingly became a Man. Have you ever thought about how sacrificial it was for the One True God to step out of eternity to become one of us, to deal with evil people, and then to die by one of the most tortuous deaths wicked humans could invent? And if that wasn't enough, God whose character is completely absent of sin, whose whole being instinctively abhors sin, took our sin upon Himself! 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells what the One True God did for us.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NASB®

Does it amaze you that the One True God became a Man to suffer and die for you?

God the Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit is called our Helper. He empowers us to live for God. The Spirit represents Jesus to us. This is because He is Jesus Christ's proxy in the world while Jesus isn't here in bodily form. Jesus' disciples were worried about Him leaving them, so Jesus tells them about His Helper, the Holy Spirit. He assures them that His Helper will live within them, and also guide, empower, and teach them (and us too). This is because the Helper hears from God the Father and God the Son directly. (John 14:16-17, 26, 16:13-15; Acts 1:8; Titus 3:5)

Did you know you have a hotline to God because His Spirit lives within you? What does it mean to you that the Holy Spirit is your Helper?

 

Life Application:

Today we learned about a fundamental doctrine - God is One but eternally exists in three persons. If you don't accept as true the doctrine of the Trinity then you don't know the One True God. Look up and read each of these passages from God's Word which describe the fact of the Trinity. Write down one insight for each section.

  • God is One God: Isaiah 45:5-6, 21-22 also Mark 12:29-30; Deuteronomy 6:4-5
  • Jesus is God in the OT: Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23 (Immanuel - God with us)
  • Jesus is God in the NT: John 1:18; John 14:7-11; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3
  • The Holy Spirit is God: Exodus 31:3; Isaiah 11:2; John 16:13-15; Acts 5:3-4

 

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