The Biblical Doctrine of the TrinityWhy is this, like most others, a poor representation of the Trinity?
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”What are the key, absolute “essentials” of our faith?
The TrinityA Pretty Important “Baseline” Belief of Our FaithRemember Our Tennis Court Boundary Line Analogy?
Arguments Against the Trinity Being a Biblical Doctrine•John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God , and the word was a god.” (New World Translation) (But see John 1:14)•The Trinity is not a biblical term, it was first used in the 3rdcentury, a doctrine of the Trinity was not set until the 4thcentury•Early church leaders invented the doctrine and included it in the various ecumenical creeds, the idea of the Trinity is a perversion of
Definition•God eternally exists as three persons•Each person is fully God•There is one God
Scriptural BasisThe Trinity is “progressively revealed” in ScriptureOld Testament: A partial revelation (the Trinity is not explicit, but implicit)Gen. 1:26Gen. 3:22Gen. 11:7Isa. 6:8
Abraham and the Three Visitors (Gen. 18:1-15)The Bible says, “The Lord appeared to Abraham,” but when he looked up, “he saw three men.” The three speak in a single, unitary voice. As Ambrose (4thC.) commented on this passage, Abraham “saw Three and worshiped One.” In Eastern iconography the appearance of the three visitors to Abraham is used as a symbolic representation of the Trinity Is the Trinity Seen in the Old Testament?Watch the Video: Trinity in the OT: https://t5NKSse0Y
Matt. 3:16-17Matt. 28:191 Cor. 12:4-62 Cor. 13:141 Pet. 1:2Jude 20-21New Testament: A more complete revelationWatch the Video: Trinity in the NT: https://h?v=OaXjVU05odE
Summarizing the Biblical Teaching•God is Three PersonsThe Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, etc.John 1:1-21 John 2:1Heb. 7:25John 14:26Rom. 8:27John 16:7
Is God a “person’’? Yes, God is a person. But, when we say that God is a “person,” we do not mean that He is a human being. God is “Spirit” (Jn 4:24), He is “the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). When we say God is a person we mean that God possesses “personality” and that He is a rational Being with self-awareness. Theologians often define personas “an individual being with a mind, emotions, and a will.” God definitely has an intellect (Psalm 139:17), emotions (Psalm 78:41), and volition (1 Corinthians 1:1). So, yes, God is a person.