January 17, 2018- Trinity Pt 1

The Trinity: Part 1

The Trinity is not: Polytheism—the worship of multiple deities.

·         This is how Islam sees the Trinity (misunderstands the Shamah)

o   Deuteronomy 6:4

·         Mormons believe you can ascend into godhood so they also do not believe in the Trinity, at least in the way that is Biblically understood.

·         Jehovah’s witnesses do not believe in the Trinity because they believe that Jesus is an angel and that the Holy Spirit is just a force, not an actual person. (Arianism- Jesus is less than fully God, there was a time that Jesus did not exist.)

·         Others who do not believe in the Trinity within the umbrella of what would be called ,Christianity:

o   Iglesia ni Cristo

o   Christadelphians

o   Christian Scientists

o   Dawn Bible Students

o   Living Church of God

o   Oneness Pentecostals

o   Unitarian Universalists Christians

o   The Way International

o   The Church of God International

o   United Church of God

o   Members Church of God International

The Trinity is not Modalism:

·         1 God, 3 masks

o   God exists as one of the three at one particular part in history. He cannot exist as both the Father and the Son, or the Father and the Spirit, or the Spirit/Son

The Trinity is not split personalities:

·         When Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane to the Father, He was not just talking to himself.

Bad Examples of the Trinity: What do these sound like?

·         Egg: Yolk, White, Shell

o   This analogy denies the unity of the God-head. The problem with this analogy is that an egg yoke is of a very different substance than a shell. Also, the egg is made up of three distinct and unalike parts. This analogy actually teaches the heresy of tritheism (polytheism)

·         H2O- Water, Ice, Vapor

o   This analogy denies the distinction of the God-head. The problem with this analogy is that no one molecule of H2O can actually exist as solid, liquid, and gas at the same time. As a result the water molecule must change forms. A single molecule cannot simultaneously exist in three different states. This analogy actually teaches the heresy of modalism.

·         A 3-leaf Clover- 3 leaves that make up one clover

o   The problem with this analogy is it denies the unity of the God-head. The analogy breaks down because the three cloves are overly distinct and cannot represent the unity of God. As a result, this analogy can easily lead to tritheism in which there are three different gods which might share some like substance.

·         A man: father, son, husband

o   The problem with this analogy is that it denies the distinction of persons in the God-head. The analogy breaks down because I can simultaneously be a father, husband, and son to any one person. In reality, I change my role depending on who I am interacting with. As a result, this analogy actually teaches modalism.

 

                                                                    

The Trinity Is:

·         God eternally existing as three persons- Father, Son, Holy Spirit—and each person is fully God, and there is one God.

·         God the Father- Genesis 1:1; entire Bible

·         God the Son- John 1:1-4; John 20:28 (Thomas doubted, but then believed); Hebrews 1:3 (Exact representation of God) “meaning that God the Son exactly duplicates the being or nature of God the Father in every way: whatever attributes or power God the Father has, God the Son has them as well.´  -Grudem Systematic Theology

o   Bonus Verses:

§  Hebrews 1:8

§  Hebrews 1:10

§  Titus 2:13

§  2 Peter 1:1

§  Romans 9:5

§  Isaiah 9:6 (Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God)

§  Colossians 2:9

·         God the Holy Spirit-

o   Matthew 28:19

o   Acts 5:3-4

o   1 Corinthians 2:10-11

o   1 Corinthians 3:16

Examples of the Trinity in Scripture:

Creation-

·         The Father spoke (Gen 1:1)

·         The Son carried out these words (John 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2)

·         The Holy Spirit moved over the face of the waters (Gen 1:2)

Creation of Man- Gen 1:26

The Father and Spirit send Me- Isaiah 48:16

The Baptism of Jesus- Mark 1:9-11

The Great Commission- Matthew 28:19

 

 

 

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