Thursday, March 16, 2023

What Is the Trinity?

The Trinity is a doctrine in Christianity that describes the nature of God as a unity of three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This belief is central to the Christian faith and is based on the teachings of the Bible and the traditions of the Church.

The Father is considered the first person of the Trinity and is often described as the creator and sustainer of the universe. He is the source of all life and the origin of all things. The Son, also known as Jesus Christ, is considered the second person of the Trinity and is believed to be the incarnation of God in human form. He lived on earth, died on the cross, and rose again, providing salvation for humanity. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity and is believed to be the presence and power of God in the world. The Holy Spirit guides and empowers believers, and it is through the Holy Spirit that people can experience a personal relationship with God.

Although the three persons of the Trinity are distinct, they are also one in essence and share the same divine nature. The Trinity is often described using the term "three persons in one God" or "one God in three persons." This is a mystery that is difficult to understand fully, but it is an essential belief of the Christian faith.

Christians understand God the Father to be the source of the Godhead itself. He is unbegotten and ungenerated. He is the fountain of divinity. The Son is eternally begotten (generated) from the Father. The Holy Spirit proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son.

What the Trinity is NOT:

1. It is not polytheism. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct Persons/Personalities, but share precisely the same eternal, divine essence (being).

2. The Trinity is not composed of “parts” like a three-leaf clover. God cannot be divided or reduced. A more apt representation would actually be space, which consists of height, width, and depth. Without height, there can be no width or depth; without width, there can be no height or depth; and so forth. Likewise, God's nature cannot be represented by 1+1+1=3, because God is One and not three. 13=1 might be a better comparison.

3. The Trinity is not “modes.” In other words, God is not three “manifestations” or “forms.” He is one being with one form and that form is Spirit. Modalism as is found in Oneness Pentecostalism is kind of a hybrid doctrine between traditional Christianity and classic Unitarianism. It teaches that God is a bit like water, which can take the form of a solid, liquid, or gas. This is not an accurate reflection of what the Bible teaches about the nature of God. The Father and the Son are distinct Persons. The Father can't “become” the Son and vise versa. Furthermore, the Son lacks nothing that the Father has, and the Spirit lacks nothing that the Son has. The Three possess the same being, powers, and attributes.

Where Does the Word “Trinity” Come From?

The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, but it was a term coined to describe God's nature as revealed in the Bible with a single word. It is the English transliteration of Latin Trinitas. The earliest reference actually belongs to Theophilus, the Patriarch of Antioch, and not Tertullian, as some have suggested. The corresponding Greek word Theophilus used was Τριάδος, mentioned by Theophilus in the 2nd century in reference to Theos ("God" - the Father), the Logos ("the Word" - the Son), and Sophia ("Wisdom" - the Holy Spirit).

It should come as no surprise that the word Trinity is not found in our Bibles, as it isn't a name or title for God, but purely a systematized description of what the Bible reveals. “Substitutionary atonement” is also not found in our Bibles, yet is the very basis of our faith. Theologians “systematize” a doctrine to find a coherent description of what the Bible teaches on a particular subject. For example, the doctrine of faith alone (sola fide) was not systematized until the 16th century, but that doesn't mean the Bible doesn't teach the doctrine. It simply means that it wasn't a major focus of intense study until that time. In fact, there are dozens of references to the doctrine of sola fide in the early Church even though it wasn't systematized until much later. Regarding the Trinity, the reason it became a major subject of focus in the 2nd through 4th centuries was because it was during that time that numerous sects came on the scene either denying that Christ was God (Arianism) or denying that the Father, Son, and Spirit were distinct Persons (Sabellianism).

What Does Scripture Say About the Trinity?

  • All three Persons were present at creation: God the Father (Gen. 1:1), God the Holy Spirit (Gen. 1:2), and God the Son (Gen. 1:3; cf. Jn. 1:1–3).
  • All three Persons were involved in the incarnation of Christ as foretold at the Annunciation (Lk. 1:35).
  • All three Persons were involved at the baptism of Christ (Mt. 3:13–17; Mk. 1:9–11; Lk. 3:21–22; Jn. 1:29–34).
  • All three Persons were involved in raising Christ from the dead (Rm. 6:4; Gal. 1:1; Jn. 2:18–19; 10:18; Rm. 8:11; 1 Pt. 3:18).
  • All three Persons were involved in founding the Church (Acts 1:4–8).
  • All three Persons dwell in us who believe (Jn. 14:23; Rm. 8:9–11; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 3:17; 4:6; Col. 1:27; 2 Tim. 1:14; Rev. 3:19–20; cf. Jn. 14:10–11).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One True Faith


Many Ways To God? Aren't All Religions Basically The Same?

How Is Christianity Different? - By Jack Graham

Jesus The Only Way To Heaven - By John MacArthur

Jesus Versus The Ultimate Predator - By Todd Wagner

What Makes Christianity Unique?

With All Of The Different Religions, How Can I Know Which One Is Correct?

How Is Jesus Different From Other Religious Leaders?

The Resurrection: Game Changer - By Jonathan Pokluda


That's My King - By Dr. S.M. Lockridge

Jesus Died! - By Paul Washer

God So Loved - By Jaci Velasquez

Speechless - By Steven Curtis Chapman

How Many Kings - By Downhere

Listen To Our Hearts - By Geoff Moore

One Way - By Hillsong United

Friday, February 3, 2017

Age Of The Earth


The 10 Best Evidences From Science That Confirm A Young Earth

1,426 Articles Supporting Biblical Creation And A Young Earth

Helium Evidence For A Young World Overcomes Pressure


Science Confirms Biblical Creation - By Dr. Jason Lisle

Evidence For A Young Earth - By Dr. John Baumgardner

Starlight And Time - By Dr. Russel Humphreys

Astronomy Reveals 6,000 Year Old Earth - By Dr. Jason Lisle

Evidence For A Young Earth - By Dr. Marc Surtees

The Age Of The Earth - By Kent Hovind

Reliability Of Scripture


Is The Bible Reliable?

Is The Bible True?

Five Reasons The Bible Is The Most Important Book On Earth

Every Supposed Biblical Contradiction Answered

353 Prophecies Fulfilled After They Were Originally Written

Four Reasons I Think Jesus Really Existed - By Trent Horn

Horus Manure: Debunking The Jesus/Horus Connection - By Jon Sorensen

Did The Accounts Of Jesus Evolve? - By Joe Heschmeyer

Why The Resurrection Was Not A Conspiracy - By Karlo Broussard

What Year Was Jesus Born? - By Jimmy Akin

Easter: Myth, Hallucination, Or History? - By Edwin M. Yamauchi


300 Prophecies That Jesus Fulfilled

Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries That Authenticate The Bible

Forbidden History: Dinosaurs And The Bible

Confirming The Bible Through Archaeology - By Dr. Steven Collins

Evidence For God



How Great Is Our God - By Louie Giglio

Indescribable - By Louie Giglio

Alistair McGrath - Atheist Turned Christian

Is God A Delusion? - By William Lane Craig

The New Atheists: Old Arguments New Attitude - By Greg Koukl

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Father

Blessed [is] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who is comforting us in all our tribulation, for our being able to comfort those in any tribulation through the comfort with which we are comforted ourselves by God . . . 

(2 Corinthians 1:3–4, Literal Standard Version)

The Son

[Jesus,] who is the image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation, because all things were created in Him, those in the heavens, and those on the earth, those visible, and those invisible, whether thrones, whether lordships, whether principalities, whether authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him, and He is before all, and all things have consisted in Him. And He is the head of the body—the Assembly—who is a beginning, a firstborn out of the dead, that He might become first in all [things] Himself, because all the fullness was pleased to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself—having made peace through the blood of His Cross—through Him, whether the things on the earth, whether the things in the heavens. 

(Colossians 1:15–20, Literal Standard Version)