Trinity of God is a scriptural concept used to express the collective unity and character of God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It is considered to be a divine mystery beyond human comprehension.
Some believe that "Jesus Christ" is the only entity of God; that He is God Father, the Savior, and the Holy Spirit, all in one being.
Others believe there are three entities in one collective unity: "God the Father," "God the Son," and " God the Holy Spirit."
Either way, the various views do not affect God's Plan of Salvation.
Before understanding the Trinity, it is first essential to understand the Oneness of God:
The three members of the Godhead (forming a Trinity) are easily identified in the following Scripture:
"And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the Heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him. And there came a voice from Heaven, saying Thou art my beloved, Son in whom I am well pleased," (Mark 1:10-11).
The above Scripture identifies the "Father," the "Son," and the "Holy Spirit as individual entities."
"Jesus, God the Son" (who had been baptized)
"The Holy Spirit" (descending upon the Son)
"The Father" (speaking from Heaven)
In the following Scripture, Stephen saw "God the Father," and "Jesus," together in Heaven:
"But He, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into Heaven, and saw the Glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55).
Stephen saw "God the Father" and "Jesus" at the same time, in Heaven. The Scripture tells us the "Holy Spirit" was in Stephen, again revealing a Trinity.
In the Bible
The reference to God is usually to "God the Father."
The Reference to either The Word or Jesus is to "God the Son."
The reference to the Holy Spirit is to "God the Holy Spirit."
Most Bible Scholars believe the Hebrew word Echad, means, a "unified oneness." God uses the "Echad" terminology in the very first chapter of the Bible to reveal a plurality in the Godhead: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26).
Perhaps a good illustration of the unified Oneness of God would be an egg containing a yolk, egg white, and shell. Jesus was referring to this type of Oneness when He prayed: "That they all may be one as thou Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may be one in us" (John 17:21).
Although the term Trinity is not seen in Scripture, the structure is found throughout the New Testament.
In the Trinity view, the Father is considered to be the first person of the Godhead, the giver of all things. James 1:17 says, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights."
It is the Father's will we are carrying out when we are obedient to God, and we do so under the administration of Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me" (John 6:38).
We are the Father's children. When we have a need we go to the Father: "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children; how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him" (Matt 7:11?)
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead. Many Scriptures are confirming that Jesus is God, "God the Son."
In Matthew Jesus is called Emmanuel, meaning "God with us" (Matt 1:23).
"Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God" (Phil 2:6,).
He is God come to earth. "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58).
Jesus is the express image of the Father: "... He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" (John 14:9)
It is through Jesus that we gain access to the Father:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
The names of those who have received Him are written in His book in Heaven.
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev 13:8)
In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is described as the "Comforter."
(John 14:16). The Greek word for Comforter is Parakletos, which means our teacher, our guide and our helper. He comes to us in a Spiritual form, to comfort during sorrowful times, trials and tribulations.
The Holy Spirit is there beside us and in us at all times. "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever" (John 14;16).
We can talk to the Holy Spirit and seek His guidance, asking for an inward witness concerning different matters. "For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say," (Luke 12:12,).
Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
"The word of wisdom; Word of knowledge; Discerning of Spirits; Prophecy; Divers kinds of tongues; Interpretation of tongues; Faith; Gifts of healing; Working of miracles;" (1 Cor 12:7-10).
The Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is, Love; Joy; Peace; Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness and Self-control," (Gal 5:22-23).
Why is it so difficult for our educators and society, in general, to understand that love and respect for one another taught from a young age can solve much of the world's hostility and social problems!
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov 22:6).
Love is the answer!
True loyalty springs from the heart and is wrapped in love. It is often in our most private moments that true loyalty, or the lack of it, is made known.
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