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Evidence For The Trinity

Are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit really three in one? What does the Bible teach? View this article in PDF format.

By Ben Jones

  • Just because we can’t comprehend it, doesn’t mean it’s not true. (Is. 55:8-9) It is the very height of egoism to say that because an idea in the Bible doesn’t make sense, it is false.
  • Heretical groups denied the deity of Christ early on- this caused the church to crystallize and formalize the idea of the Trinity.
  • Claiming to be God, or equal w/ God was the whole reason the Pharisees wanted Jesus crucified! (John 5:18)
  • Trinity is diversity in operation. There is a degree of subordination involved- in relation, not in nature. The Father works through the Son by the Spirit. Son sent by the Father, Holy Spirit sent by the Son. (same with marriage- husband is the head of the wife, but they are equal in value and importance!)

Old Testament

  • Elohim à plural word in Hebrew used for God. No other God than Yahweh.
  • God uses the plural pronoun to describe Himself: Gen. 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Is. 6:8
  • God created heavens and earth, Spirit of God moved over the waters.
  • Prophecy of Messiah by Isaiah calls Him “Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,” etc. Is. 9:6
  • Messianic Prophecy in Is. 7:14 -> His name shall be called Immanuel, which means “God With Us.” Matt. 1:23
  • Is. 48:16

New Testament

  • Col. 1:17 – in Him all things hold together
  • John 1:1-3, 14 -> “monogenes” which means “only one of family”, “alone, only”, “unique” (‘teknon’ is child, ‘gennao’ is beget, generate)
  • Matt 28:20 – omnipresence of Jesus: “I am with you always”
  • Heb. 1:3 – exact representation, omnipotence
  • John 20:28 – “My Lord and my God”
  • Heb. 1:6 – Let all the angels worship Him; He accepted worship
  • Titus 2:13 – “our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”
  • Holy Spirit
  • Acts 5:3-4 “lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God”
  • 1 Cor 2:10; 6:11, 19
  • Col 2:9 – “For in Him, all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form” (deity is ‘theotetos’ which is the essence of God)
  • Matt. 28:18-19 – states all three, but unites them into one singular name. ‘in His name’
  • Acts 2:32-33 – early church Trinity idea
  • 1 Cor 12:4-6 – varieties of service for the same Lord
  • 1 Peter 1:2 – all three
  • 2 Cor 13:14 – all three
  • John 1:18 – Jesus has explained God
  • First-born: “prototokos”, can mean 1) First in Time, 2) First in priority- Ps. 89:27
  • John 8:58 à Ex. 3:14
  • John 14:7-11
  • Role of Spirit in John 14:18-20
  • Jesus limited Himself in time and space, and also knowledge