Is the Trinity mentioned in the Bible? How can there be three in one?
THE BLESSED TRINITY
The word ‘Trinity’ is not mentioned in the AV which I use.
However, it is quite plain that there are three personages in the Godhead and
that all three are required for our salvation. Here are some verses referring to
the three personages of the Godhead.
Although the word Trinity is not used in the Bible, there is much Biblical support for this concept. In Genesis, God says "Let US make man in OUR image" (emphasis mine). However, there is not more than one God (Isaiah 48:9-12) So, how can this be? The word for God often used in the Old Testament, Elohim, is a plural term. So, it is possible to conclude that God is present in three persons who are NOT separate Gods. Jesus Himself stated that before Abraham existed, "I AM". He would not have been accused of blasphemy by the religious leaders if He were implying that He was a created being separate from the Father.
There are many references in the New Testament equating Jesus Christ with God. The Holy Spirit, too is equated with God. (Jn 14:16-17) Probably one of the best verses to support the Trinity is Matthew 28:19 "Go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." God probably would not have asked people to be baptized in those names if they were not one with God. The Trinity is a perfect example of a holy mystery. We can't fully understand it, but by faith we can believe it to be true.
If asked to describe the concept to a non-Christian, the best example I could think of is what St. Patrick used to teach the Irish; the shamrock has separate leaves that are part of the rest of the plant. It's an imperfect analogy, but the best explanation I can think of. I would also recommend the creed of St. Athanasius. Though it is an old document, it explains the nature of the Trinity quite well. YSIC,
Those who do not accept the Trinity doctrine reject it in part because the word "Trinity" is not found in Scripture. Of course, there is no verse that says "God is three Persons" or "God is a Trinity." This is all quite evident and true, strictly speaking, but it proves nothing. There are many words and phrases that Christians use, which are not found in the Bible. For example, the word "Bible" is not found in the Bible.
More to the point, opponents of the Trinity doctrine claim that a Trinitarian view of God's nature and being can't be proven from the Bible. Since the books of the Bible are not written as theological tracts, this may seem on the surface to be true. There is no statement in Scripture that says, "God is three Persons in one being, and here is the proof. . ."
However, the New Testament does bring God (Father), the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit together in such a way as to strongly imply the Trinitarian nature of God. Three Scriptures are quoted below as a summary of the many other biblical passages that bring together the three Persons of the Godhead. One Scripture is from the Gospels, another is from the apostle Paul and a third is from the apostle Peter. The words in each passage referring to each of the three Persons are italicized to emphasize their Trinitarian implication: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19]. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all [2 Corinthians 13:14]. To God's elect. . .who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood [1 Peter 1:1-2].
Here are three passages in Scripture, one on the lips of Jesus, and the other two from leading apostles, each bringing together the three Persons of the Godhead in an unmistakable way. But these are only a sampling of other similar passages. Among others are the following: Romans 14:17-18; 15:16; 1 Corinthians 2:2-5; 6:11; 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18-22; 3:14-19; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 1:6-8; 1Thessalonians 1:3-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; Titus 3:4-6. The reader is encouraged to read each of these passages and note how God (Father), Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit are brought together as instruments of our salvation. Certainly, such passages show that the New Testament faith is implicitly Trinitarian. Of course, it's true that none of these passages say directly that "God is a Trinity. . ." or "This is the Trinitarian doctrine. . ." But they don't need to.
As mentioned above, the books of the New Testament are not formal, point by point treatises of doctrine. Nonetheless, these and other Scriptures speak easily and without any self-consciousness of God (Father), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit working together. The writers show no feeling of strangeness in joining these divine Persons together as a unity in their salvific work. Systematic theologian Alister E. McGrath makes this point in his book Christian Theology:
The foundations of the doctrine of the Trinity are to be found in the pervasive pattern of divine activity to which the New Testament bears witness. . .There is the closest of connections between the Father, Son, and Spirit in the New Testament writings. Time after time, New Testament passages link together these three elements as part of a greater whole. The totality of God's saving presence and power can only, it would seem, be expressed by involving all three elements. . . [page 248]. Such New Testament Scriptures answer the charge that the Trinity doctrine was only developed well into the church age and that it reflects "pagan" ideas, and not biblical ones.
If we look at Scripture with an open mind regarding what it says about the being we call God, it's clear that he is shown to be Triune in nature. We can confidently say that the Trinity, as a truth regarding God's essential being, has always been a reality. Perhaps it was not completely clear in the dim ages of man, including even in the Old Testament. But the Incarnation of the Son of God and the coming of the Holy Spirit revealed that God was Triune. This revelation was made in concrete fact, in that the Son and the Holy Spirit broke into our world at definite points in history.
The fact of the Triune revelation of God in historical time was only later described in the word of God we call the New Testament. James R. White, a Christian apologist, says in his book The Forgotten Trinity: "The Trinity is a doctrine not revealed merely in words but instead in the very action of the Triune God in redemption itself! We know who God is by what He has done in bringing us to himself!" (page 167).
Written by Paul Kroll, 1999
Bailey Gertrude E NSSC
NO, the trinity is not mentioned in the bible. (If you believe that God
is one in three persons.) If you do believe that God is one (Duet. 6:4)
however, you can see how he manifests Himself in different ways. As I am a
son, father and husband, I also am considered to act differently when I am
playing the role of each of these differently. I serve in different
ROLES....not PERSONS. Jesus Christ was 100% God - 100% man. The FULLness of
the godhead dwelt in Jesus bodily. Hence, what you see is what you get. Just
as (doubting) Thomas only saw the role of the son in Jesus, he didn't accept
his role also as the father until after his resurrection..."my lord AND MY
GOD." I believe this is a subject that must be REVEALED, not merely taught
by man's wisdom. Just as we are commissioned to baptize in the name of the
father and of the son and of the holy spirit (not names), we see the
apostles understanding when they baptized in the NAME OF JESUS. For he was
the begotten son in flesh, but also the father and holy spirit on
location...FOR HE IS ONE. Check the "Christian" history books yourself. The
term "trinity" was invented by the Catholic Church (as well as infant
baptism...scary!!!) Stay on guard. Read the bible for yourself. The ONE God
manifested himself in THREE different major roles, not THREE persons in ONE
The word Trinity is not found in the Bible. The concept however is. A lot of people get confused about the Trinity. I explain it like this. The Trinity is like an egg. There is know difference in the way they work. An egg is made up of egg shell, egg white, and egg yoke. Now matter how you slice them they are egg. The shell is egg, the white is egg, the yoke is egg. You can have just the shell and it is still egg. You can have just the white , and it is still egg. you can have just the yoke and still it is egg. Separate they are egg, together they are egg. The Trinity is the same. God the Father, God the Son And God the Holy Ghost. The father is God, The son is still God and the Holy Spirit is God. They are all God regardless of being together or separate. But we must also realize just because the egg yoke is egg, the yoke can be nothing but egg and yoke, the yoke cannot become shell, the shell cannot become white, the white cannot become yoke. They can all be Egg but they cannot take on the individual identity of the other.
The same is with the Trinity. They are all God. But the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Ghost is not the Father. Jesus is God but Jesus is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. The Father is God, but the Father is not Jesus or the holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but The holy Spirit is not the Father or Jesus. They are three separate entities in one GOD! Only God has the power to be all of them and give them all the power to be him and still they do not become each other. That is why Jesus identified each one separately. He knew he could never be His Father or the Holy Spirit. But He knew that He wanted all to be present and accounted for when it came to Baptism. Justas all three were there when He was Baptized. Of course Jesus was there, And The Heavens opened and The Father was there because He said "this is my beloved Son in who I am well pleased. And the Holy Spirit was there in the form of the Dove. God gave us this example, to follow because He wants us to know that they can all be God but they cannot be each other.
The Trinity is mentioned in the Bible. It is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. How there can be three in one has been a mystery to me.
The three-in-one concept is one of God's great mysteries. To think about it,
once boggled my mind, until one day a person suggested I liken it to an egg.
There is the shell, the white and in the middle, the yolk. By the very same
reasoning it is three-in-one, so it is with the Trinity. The "Trinity", like the
term "rapture" is never used directly in the Bible but it does make many
references to the Father being in the Son and the Son being in the Father. In
Genesis, the term "we" is used before man was created. Man was created on "our"
image. Who comprises "our"? Who is "we"? Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
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