The Triune God of Christianity

This essential biblical teaching is a profound and deep understanding of the eternal God of the universe.  He condescends these truths about himself just enough for us to be able to understanding Him to this degree.  This understanding allows us to know and understand him on the deepest level in our time in this world.  It also helps us see faiths that know Him and religions that do not know him.  Helps discern false teachings and truth in more clear terms.  The following is known as The Trinity.

It is so profound and at the deepest level of our understanding; it is best that our finite freshly minds can understand of our infinite and eternal creator of the universe.  Anything deeper is incomprehensible for our limited intellectual sinful minds to grasp.  The term “trinity” is not in scripture because it is a word used to describe the triune God described in scripture.

Christianity can be described as Monotheistic Trinitarianism.  Belief in One God made up of three ‘persons’.  The word ‘persons’ does not accurately describe what makes up ‘the trinity’ but it helps.  It is NOT faith in three different gods. It is NOT One God with three different ‘masks’ (Modalism/Oneness Pentecostalism). It IS the following:

  1. One Singular God Being (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 3:20; 1 Timothy 2:5).
  2. That single God being is made up of three ‘persons’ ( Genesis 1:1,1:26,3:22, 11:7; Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
    1. The Hebrew word  “Elohim” is a plural noun.
  3. Each of the three ‘persons’ is unique within the God being (John 14:16-17). 
    1. The LORD is distinguished from the Lord (Genesis 19:24; Hosea 1:4).
    2. The LORD is distinguished from the Son (Psalm 2:7, 12; Proverbs 30:2-4).
    3. The LORD is distinguished from the Spirit (Numbers 27:18; Psalm 51:10-12).
    4. The Son is distinguished from God the Father (Psalm 45:6-7; Hebrews 1:8-9).
  4. The three Distinguished persons of God
    1. God The Father (John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2).
    2. God The Son (John 1:1, 14; Romans 9:5; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20). Also read Jesus Is God
    3. God The Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16).
  5. Each ‘person’ is unique in “subordination” and “tasks”
    1. The Father is the ultimate source or cause of the universe (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11);  divine revelation (Revelation 1:1); salvation (John 3:16-17); and Jesus’ human works (John 5:17; 14:10). The Father initiates all of these things.
    2. The Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Son, (John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7, John 16:13-14).  The Holy Spirit is the means by whom the Father does all things (Genesis 1:2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104:30); divine revelation (John 16:12-15; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Peter 1:21); salvation (John 3:6; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2); and Jesus’ works (Isaiah 61:1; Acts 10:38).
    3. The Son is subordinate to the Father. (Luke 22:42, John 5:36, John 20:21, 1 John 4:14). The Son is the agent through whom the Father does all things.   (1 Corinthians 8:6; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17); divine revelation (John 1:1, 16:12-15; Matthew 11:27; Revelation 1:1); and salvation (2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 1:21; John 4:42).
    4. This is an internal relationship and does not deny the deity of any Person of the Trinity.

Simply Put:

There is One triune God that is made up of three co-equal, coexistent ‘persons’, with unique order and tasks: The Father is God, the Son Jesus Christ is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

Best illustration and diagram of The Trinity:

 

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