Tuesday, April 3, 2018

For some, The Concept Of The Trinity, Triune Nature Of God Or The Godhead Is Hard To Reconcile.

For some, The Concept Of The Trinity, Triune Nature Of God Or The Godhead Is Hard To Reconcile.

How can God be three in one? Does the trinity imply three Gods? And, when Jesus prayed on earth, was He praying to Himself?

You cannot be an authentic Christian without believing in the Trinity.
It's a doctrine taught in the Bible only one explanation makes sense for this truth about the nature of God.

Before we answer these questions, let's explain commonly misunderstood interpretations of the Trinity. The most common fallacy of the Trinity states, God is like three substances: liquid, ice, fog - people say these are three substances but have different functions. The problem with this interpretation is that it omits the persons of God's Triune nature. Three substances are not the same as three persons, which comprises the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are one essence - always in complete agreement & identical consciousness.

The early church struggled with this concept and it wasn't until the Council of Nicea that people came to a conclusion about the divinity of Christ - that Christ was not created.

It's important to emphasize: the God the Father is not God the Son and God the Son is Not God the Holy Spirit. So, how is it these aren't three Gods? Again, three persons, but one essence, not substance, but essence. Some say 1+1+1=3; a more accurate numerical interpretation is 1x1x1=1.

We see an indication of the Trinity in Genesis 1:26-27 when God said let us make man in OUR image. Who was the Father talking to? I believe the Father was talking to the Heavenly council; Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

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Consider further this line of evidence. All Three Persons are called God in different places in the Bible.
How could the Son and the Spirit be called God unless they somehow share in God's essence? But if they share in God's essence, they are God alongside the Father.
Finally, all three Persons are associated together on an equal basis in numerous passages:
  • Jesus' baptism—Matthew 3:13-17 (voice of the Father, Son baptized, Spirit descending like a dove). 
  • Salvation—1 Peter 1:2 (chosen by the Father, sanctified by the Spirit, sprinkled with the blood of Jesus). 
  • Sanctification—2 Corinthians 13:14 (grace of the Lord Jesus, love of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit). 
  • Christian Baptism—Matthew 28:19 (baptized in one name, yet three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). 
  • Prayer—Ephesians 3:14-21 (strengthened by his Spirit, know the love of Christ, filled with the fullness of God). 
  • Christian Growth—2 Thessalonians 2:13 (chosen by God, loved by the Lord, sanctified by the Spirit). 

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