Is the Holy Trinity real?

February 28, 2020

 

 

 

I joined a Christian group on Facebook, and I see a lot of questions about the Holy Trinity. So, in this piece, I will try to explain what the Holy Trinity is.

 

There are lots of articles that talk about the Holy Trinity, so I won't start something from scratch, I would just collate articles that I agree with.

 

What is the Holy Trinity?

 

This is from

 

https://www.christianity.com/god/trinity/god-in-three-persons-a-doctrine-we-barely-understand-11634405.html

 

We believe that the one God eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, co-equal and co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and attributes, and worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience. Matthew 3:16, 17; Matthew 28:19, 20; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 13:14.

 

Here are the verses mentioned in the article.

 

Matthew 3:16

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16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment, heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.

 

Matthew 28:19

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19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

Mark 12:29

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29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

 

John 1:14

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14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 

Acts 5:3-4

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3 Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?

 

4 Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God."

 

2 Corinthians 13:14

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14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

 

This is from https://www.everystudent.com/forum/trinity.html

 

The Bible clearly speaks of: God the Son, God the Father, and God the Holy Spirit. But emphasizes that there is only ONE God.

 

If we were to use math, it would not be, 1+1+1=3. It would be 1x1x1=1. God is a triune God.

 

Thus, the term: "Tri" meaning three, and "Unity" meaning one, Tri+Unity = Trinity. It is a way of acknowledging what the Bible reveals to us about God, that God is yet three "Persons" who have the same essence of deity.

 

Some have tried to give human illustrations for the Trinity, such as H2O being water, ice and steam (all different forms, but all are H2O). Another illustration would be the sun. From it we receive light, heat and radiation. Three distinct aspects, but only one sun.

 

No illustration is going to be perfect.

 

I agree with what the authors wrote here. The word Trinity is not in the Bible, but it talks about God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit in an equal deity.

 

There are tons of Bible verses that support the concept so we cannot deny that the concept of Trinity is in the Bible.

 

Is Trinity About Believing in Three Gods?

 

No.  The concept of the Holy Trinity is not about having three Gods. It's about One God that has three persons of equal deity.

 

The https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/the-trinity/is-the-trinity-three-different-gods/ explains why the Trinity is not three Gods in detail. Here's a portion.

 

The New Testament portrays each member of the Godhead as distinct Persons in passages such as the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:18–20 Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

 

Believers are to go into the world and make disciples and baptize them in the name (singular, not "names") of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus placed Himself and the Holy Spirit on the same level as the Father.

 

Why am I passionate about this?

 

The reason why I share my belief about the Holy Trinity is that it supports my faith that Jesus is God.

 

Let's go back to Matthew 28:18–20 ESV

 

18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

 

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

 

These verses prove Jesus' deity.

 

Jesus said He has all the power and authority, and He said that He is eternal.

 

If the concept of Trinity does not exist, then why would Jesus have all the power? What happened to the power of God the Father? What happened to the power of the Holy Spirit? Why is Jesus eternal and all-powerful if He is not God?

 

Or it is better to believe that Jesus has the power because He, the Father and the Holy Spirit are one.

 

Let’s Sum It Up

 

The word Trinity is not in the Bible, but the relationship of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit prove that it exists.

 

There's no good way to explain the concept of Trinity. It is something that is perceived by faith.

 

I still believe deep knowledge of scripture and doctrines are not required for Salvation. Our faith in Jesus is enough for us to go to heaven. Jesus saved us because of love. Salvation is His gift to us, and we don't need to work for it. However, it is also good to aim to understand the key concepts of faith.

 

Thank you for reading this devotional story, and I pray that it encouraged and empowered you in your walk with Christ. Please read other devotional stories on the website. You might find Beautiful Places, Beautiful God, Beyond Fathom and Get Ready appealing.

 

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