Introduction to the Trinity of God, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost!

(Ver 1.2)  Today is a basic Bible lesson about the trinity of God or we could also say the revealed triune nature of God.   I generally do not teach Bible Basics, but I realize that not everyone knows everything and there are new Christians coming into God’s family every day that need to learn the basics.  So I will occasionally teach on basic Bible concepts that everyone should become intimately familiar with.  By building a strong foundation on the Word of God, you are better able to defend your faith to others who may raise questions to why you have chosen to believe the Bible.  Plus if you do not know anything the Bible says you are not able to share with others to help them enter into the truth.  So today I want to introduce another basic foundational Bible concept.  How can one God be viewed three different ways?  It is really not too difficult to understand these three personalities of God, if you research them in your Bible.  They are easily seen, frequently named and only ignored by the people who do not want to accept them.  God is called first and foremost a spirit (John 4:24).  Therefore every other minifestation of God must originate from His Spirit.  You see one manifestation of God is just a title for the Spirit of God.  God the Father is just His title or a name for the Spirit of God who procreates and has children.  God is the Father of all spiritual beings (Heb 12:9).  If you have a spirit (and you do), it came from God’s Spirit.  This designation delates the responsibility of spirits to the Father God.  Then there is God the Son.  This manifestation of God occurred when the Spirit of God came upon Mary the virgin and she conceived a male child named Jesus (Luke 1:35).   The body of Jesus came about as a union of the Seed of the Spirit of God and the egg in Mary’s womb.  The combination of these two produced a child that was not God, but yet had the Spirit of God in Him.  It is really rather confusing, if you get technical about it.  You see the Bible says that No Man has ever seen God (1 Jn 4:12).  But, we know many men and women saw Jesus Christ when He was here on earth.  But, they technically all just saw the body that contained the Spirit of God and they never actually saw God.  The plot thickens however, because Jesus did say “when you have seen me, you have seen the Father” (Jn 14:7).  So Jesus did not separate Himself from the Father at any time.  Jesus repeatedly said that He and His Father were One (Jn 10:30).  So when Jesus walked the face of the earth and spoke to the people, whatever He said was God speaking, because Jesus was God in the flesh.  Or we could also say the Spirit of God was in the flesh of Jesus.   I think I will begin this lesson by establishing Bible verses that clearly declares that there is only one true God who created everything.

Deu 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

This is a classic verse written in the Law of Moses.  God declares that He is One Lord!  The children of Israel widely accepted this verse and believe in this One Lord!  However, when He visited them personally in the flesh, they put Him to death on a cross.  Why didn’t they recognize their God?  That is an obviously good question to consider.  It seems the Nation of Israel is still stumbling over the same things as they did back then.  I have talked to Jews and they hate Christians and put them down as a false religion.  Little do they know they are the one in the false religion now.

Mar 12:29  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one  Lord:

Jesus, who was God in the flesh did not contradict the Old Testament law, but further confirmed that there was only one Lord God.  Many times people have a tendency to limit what God can do and put God in their religious box.  God can do some very radically different things other than what you can think of with your simple natural mind.  In fact God has already done some very radical things that we are just now discovering in the Bible.  But, these people in Jesus’ day did not recognize their God, because they did not expect Him to be standing in front of them in this form.  I guess they had read about God in the burning bush, or in the cloud on top of the mountain meeting with Moses and they think that this is the way God always talks to men.  So heaven forbid if God does something so new or radically different to come in person in the flesh and stand before them and speak!  That just doesn’t make any sense, does it?  Of course the Jews were not privy to all of the facts either.  They did not know that the angel Gabriel had visited Mary and said that she a virgin, would conceive a child by the Spirit of God.  They were not privileged to know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the city of David and the prophesied birth place of the Messiah.  The Jews only knew that Jesus was a man from Samaria and a city of Nazareth.  They understood how, He had grown up like every other child in the region and nothing appeared to be different or unique about him.  They assumed Jesus was just like the other children in the family of Joseph and Mary and no different than His brothers or His sisters.  The Jews made wrong assumptions and never attempted to find out the truth by asking relevant questions.  They were deceived by Satan and they killed the God of their salvation.  Thank God, they did because we now are saved because of it.  Obviously, God knew how they would react and what they would do, since He purposely chose this specific time in human history to be born into the world.

Mar 12:32  And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:

Here is a verse of scripture that confirms what the Jews believed.  They knew that the Bible said there was only One True God!  This scribe declares that there are no other true gods except Him.  But, yet he was talking to him personally and never saw it either.  That to me is a very sad story.

Jas 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

The devils and Satan know there is one God!   They are extremely fearful of Him.  In fact they are doing everything they can legally do to try to keep the plan of God from coming to pass.   It is funny how many men and women in the world are so passive toward God.  They could care less if there is a God, they are consumed with their own agendas.  People’s priorities sure need to change, don’t you think?

Mal 2:10  Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Here is an interesting verse of scripture.  It tells us that there is one true Father God.  Then it also says there is only One True God who created us!  The Bible is a very complex book and tells us many things that are difficult to wrap our minds around.  The trinity of God is one of these concepts that is difficult to fully grasp.  How can one God be manifested in various ways using different names and titles?  You see this verse calls God the One Father, but yet Jesus in John 8, in talking to the Jews said “ye are of your father the devil”.  So obviously Jesus did not see them as his true spiritual brothers.  Jesus clearly said that He had a different spiritual Father than they did.  This partly demonstrates an ongoing problem of many religions in the world today.  The Jews thought that God was their father, but Jesus declared something that was completely different than what they thought.  So they were wrong and Jesus was right.  Many people today want to be all inclusive and say every religion is just another path to the same god.  But, they are also wrong.

1Ti 2:5  For there is one  God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

You see the Bible declares something very different than what people think.  That is why Christians are many times accused of being narrow minded.  Those who see the truth, know that there are not many paths that lead to God.  For example, this verse in 1 Timothy declares the opposite.  God says there is only one path way to God and that is through the man Christ Jesus.  The Messiah Jesus was God in the flesh!  God came to the earth personally to accomplish everything that He needed to accomplish and He did it personally to insure that it was done correctly.  The term “mediator” is an interesting Greek word so let’s look up the definition and see what it reveals:

From G3319; a go between, that is, (simply) an internunciator, or (by implication) a reconciler (intercessor): – mediator.

The word “internunciator” carries a meaning of someone who speaks on the behalf of someone else.  “Inter” can mean between and “nunciator” is someone who speaks.  So Jesus became the one in between man and God who is authorized to speak to each party legally.   So a “mediator” is someone who is also a go between the two parties often times in a legal battle.  Both of these titles fit the situation the human race was in.  We needed someone to plead our case for us, because we did not have a legitimate case without this help.  God provided Himself an intercessor, a spokesman for the human race when we had no chance of salvation.  Because God became a man, every man and woman now has a chance to talk with God personally.  Humans were incapable of saving themselves and we were in dire straits without a hope of any future.  God provided the way out of our dilemma, before we ever understood what a dilemma we were in.   

You cannot be narrow minded when you read the Bible, if you are you will not be able to accept some of the radical concepts that God introduces you to.   God is One God, but comes to us in different ways.  The Bible says that No Man has ever seen God, but that doesn’t mean we cannot know Him.  God being a Spirit, makes it difficult for natural men and women to grasp all of the hidden qualities of His personalities.   What we must do is become open to what God wants to do and realize that whatever He does will probably be different than anything we could have imagined.  Learn the lesson of the Jews who did not recognize their God when He chose to walk in their presence in the flesh.  You see the Bible says God is not a Man!  But, that does not mean that God cannot become a man if He chooses to do so.  Jesus Christ is a body that contains the Spirit of God, but I do not believe that this body limits God in His spiritual form to only the body of Jesus.  In fact the Bible clearly tells us that every Believer who has accepted Jesus as their Lord now has the Spirit of God living on the inside of them.  So obviously God is bigger than the body of Jesus Christ alone.  Part of God is in me right now!  If you are a believer, then part of the Spirit of God is also in you!  Because the Jews put limits upon God and would not let Him out of their box, they were unable to see Him clearly.  Do not be guilty of putting God in your box and miss Him either!

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

There are so many verses that declare and name God as being One!  This verse speaks of two parts of the trinity as both being this One God.  God the Father, is the father.  But, Jesus Christ, the Son of God is also this same One Lord!  This One Lord Jesus Christ created all things.  So you cannot separate the two manifestations of God and say they are two different Gods, they are just two personalities of the same One True God.

1Jn 5:7  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

This is one of the greatest scriptures in the Bible directly naming all “three” members of the trinity and calling them all One!   However, the Son of God is called the Word of God and that is a revelation that you need to get a hold of.   In John the 1st chapter, God tells us that God and the Word are one in the same.  Then in verse 14, God tells us that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.  So we can now begin to understand how God could become a man in the flesh and still be God Almighty.  I guess I should address the fact that this verse is widely reported to be false because it is not found in every manuscript.  However, this is the ploy of Satan to attempt to delete these words to cause doubts in the minds of people.  You see you can find this basic information in several other verses in the Bible and therefore I am confident in their truth.  Check in John 5:37  and see God the Father being a witness of God the Son.  Read about Jesus being called the Word of God in Revelation 19:13.  Look at 1 John 4:14 where it speaks of God the Father and God the Son.  Look at John 15:26 where Jesus the Son of God describes the Spirit of God coming forth from the Father God to “testify” of the truth of Jesus.  A witness is always someone who testifies so again we see the trinity in very revealed self-evident terms.  There are many verses in the Bible like this but I’m not going to do all of your Bible study for you, so you go and search and find them.

So this has just been a simple introduction to the subject of the trinity of God.  I concentrated mostly on scriptures that declare that God is One True God.  But, I also introduced you to that fact that God can do things differently if He wants to.   It is interesting that God always worked in the Old Testament through a mediator, a go between.  Either Moses, or another prophet would go to God and get the message that He wanted them to hear.  God used this principle of a go between for hundreds of years.  But, when God became the “go between” in the form of Jesus Christ, they wanted nothing to do with him.  God did something the same way that He had always done it, but implemented it in a different way and they automatically rejected Him because He was so different than what they thought.  Jesus Christ became the Moses of His day on earth and God’s own people refused to listen to Him.  I guess being “narrow minded” applies to many people in the world.  Everyone thinks they know what they need to know and when God does something different, we like to criticize it and brand it as a false teaching.  What the Jews should have done was to search the scriptures and find out what God was going to do and then verify if what Jesus said went along with it.  Instead of thinking they knew what was right and what was wrong, they should have been open to the truth.  We as Christians also need to search our Bibles and see what God is going to do and remain open to Him potentially doing something that we did not expect Him to do.

Finally, the Bible says that Satan will do everything that he can to deny the deity of Christ.  The antichrist we are told in 1 John 2:22 will deny that Jesus is the Christ.  It goes on to say that this antichrist will deny the existence of both the Father and the Son.  There is a major reason for this denial, which I cannot get into today in this lesson.  If it were not important God would not have warned you about this.  It is clear to me that Satan will do everything in his power to deny the trinity of God and will cause many people to fall into deception to believe this lie that there is not a trinity.  You need to understand that this is why it is important to know and study this subject so that even you will not be deceived when this occurs.

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About agapegeek

Using the Bible to understand the Bible! Advanced Bible study for mature Chrisitians who want to grow.

Posted on April 29, 2010, in Bible Basics, Bible Study, God, Understanding and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I don’t quite understand Genesis 3:14. If the serpent was not literally a snake, then why does the snake crawl around on his belly with no legs?

    • I think the better question would be, if God is omniscient why did He create a beast with legs to take them away after it spoke to a woman to deceive her? Why didn’t God knowing what the snake would do just create it the way He wanted it to be already? Then ask yourself do snakes talk now? Ever seen a talking snake? No, you have not and there is no mention of God cursing the physical snake to be speechless in the Bible.

  2. Thank you very much, agapegeek! You have explained the Holy Trinity very well. I will pray for other people who still do not believe it. I hope that they may be enlightened. God bless.

  3. Hi, actually my question is “Is our Lord JESUS praying to Himself”. Since the doctrine of Trinity states that GOD the Father and LORD JESUS is one and the same person means that our LORD JESUS on many occasion prays to Himself especially at gethsemane and when HE gave up His spirit on crucifixion. Also on many occasion He refers to the Father as a different person. Thank you for your time also, and for the reply.

  4. To whom LORD JESUS is praying to, if HE is GOD the Father why is he praying to Himself?

    • Who do you pray to? If you are a Christian, the Bible says that you have the Spirit of God inside of you (1 Jn 4:4). Do you still need to pray when God is there with you? I believe that you do by Jesus’ example alone. If God became a man like you and I then He showed us by His example that we also need to pray. Jesus, who is described to be God in the flesh, is praying to the Spirit of God and His Father that is also in Him. Jesus can do whatever He likes as the Son of Man and the Son of God. The Bible says that Jesus as a man laid down His deity powers to become like us (Php 2:7). Therefore, the Spirit of God anointed Jesus to do the miracles that He performed as a man (Acts 10:38). This is why Jesus prayed and why the internal Spirit of God responded to Him. I’m really not sure what your question is. Are you saying Jesus was not God? Or are just asking if Jesus was God why pray to God? So the purpose of your question may change my response and add more detail. But, so far I have not said anything that I needed to take back regardless of the purpose of the question. Thanks for your time and your question.

      • Hi, actually my question is “Is our Lord JESUS praying to Himself”. Since the doctrine of Trinity states that GOD the Father and LORD JESUS is one and the same person means that our LORD JESUS on many occasion prays to Himself especially at gethsemane and when HE gave up His spirit on crucifixion. Also on many occasion He refers to the Father as a different person. Thank you for your time also, and for the reply.

  5. so who was jesus praying to?

    • The Bible is very complicated. I understand your question. How do you separate God the Man from God the Father? The Bible says in Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and Power”. In this verse is all three of the trinity mentioned together playing three separate roles. God the Father anointed God the Son and He was anointed with God the Holy Spirit. How can God anoint Jesus if Jesus is God in the Flesh? You see God is so much bigger than a man. The Spirit of God is omnipresent being everywhere at every time. Yet the Spirit of God stripped Himself of His deity powers in order to become a man born of the Virgin Mary. Jesus was God in the flesh called the Son of God and simultaneously called the Son of Man. Jesus primarily spent time in prayer as an example for us. But clearly the Spirit of God also spoke to Him and told Him what He needed to do and explained the Scripture so that He had great wisdom and understanding. God came to the earth to demonstrate an example for us as Christians to follow. Prayer is a personal time with God and a two way conversation between the natural and the supernatural. The only reason Jesus could do supernatural miracles was because He was in spiritual contact and anointed by the supernatural Spirit of God. God came to the earth as a man in a very limited human capacity. Here is something Jesus said that we should see:

      Joh 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
      Joh 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

      Jesus said the Son can do nothing unless He sees the Father do it first. The Son only does what the Father says to do. In order for the Son to do anything He must first learn what it is that the Father desires. Jesus did not come into the world as the ALL KNOWING God. Jesus was born a child just like you and me and He grew to be a man. Therefore He had to learn and study the Torah just like every other child. This is why He prayed to His Father. I hope you understand. God Bless!

  6. I was never a supporter of the Trinity, never understanding it until I read this article. I can now see why people believe it. God can be 3 people in one. Makes a lot of sense. Greatly appreciate this article.

    But I do feel the need to point out the last text cited, 1 John 5:7.
    Known as the Comma Johanneum, it is commonly accepted to being spurious, or fake. It surprises me that people continue to use this text over and over even though it has been said to be fake for centuries. Well don’t take my word for it. You should probably check some info relating to the ‘Comma Johanneum.’ I would give more credibility to the trinity if this text actually existed. But because people claiming to have God’s spirit continue to use this spurious scripture, I assume the doctrine of the trinity is all but a fabricated story long told. I’m sorry to say it this way, but I have to be frank.

    • I updated the post to include some additional references to the validity of 1 John 5:7. Do not fall into the deception of Satan who is attempting to delete the words of God from the Bible about the Trinity of God. God Bless!

      • I can see what you mean, in view of the fact that Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

        But honestly, the Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed and Athanasian Creed in my opinion are the deception. Because without these the trinity would not exist. The bible does not explicitly teach the doctrine of the trinity. In fact, we can say that it was unknown to Jesus and his followers, for they did not formulate any creed or explicit writing describing the structure and significance of the trinity.

        Choosing a scripture here and there can definitely lead one to believe in a trinity. But unless one does so, there is no way to even idealize such a belief. Not one apostle or disciple explained the trinity the way you have in the article above. What you are doing is assuming they taught it and then composing such idea. And if they did teach it, then there would have been no need for a Council of Nicaea to establish the doctrine, for it would have already existed. Jesus, Paul, Peter and all others would have already been speaking of a “Trinity.” But such word cannot be found in usage until centuries after Jesus rose to the heavens because they did not teach the trinity, or believed it for that matter.

        Those who founded the idea, experimented with words, sharpened phrases, until they had defined the relation of the three ‘persons’ of the Trinity in such a way that they could finally say, ‘Unless you believe this you’re not a true believer.’ And then went about persecuting those who taught differently.

      • You are distracted by a foolish reality of deception. You are focused on the wrong things. You ignore the obvious truth before you. Just because the word “Trinity” does not exist in the BIble does not mean the concept is not clearly taught as a central theme from God’s Word. You claim that Jesus and the disciples did not know about the trinity and you are very ignorant to believe this. Do you know how to read the Bible and see what it says?

        Mat 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

        What did Matthew teach you in this verse? Does Matthew not say God is three different personalities? You can remain in your deceived state if you like. I will not aruge with you any more. I suggest that you change your perspective to what you are searching for and ask God to help you to see the truth. God Bless.

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