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First,we should reason and understand that the New Testament undoubtably teaches there is only ONE God, and that Jesus claimed to be God and that Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit during the creation process. To many those are big statements, but that is why I am writing this article and being so bold to what the Bible teaches up front. Anyone who says the Trinity is not taught in the Bible or that Jesus did not understand and clearly show he was “God in flesh” does not understand the clear teaching of the Bible as shown in this article. Also, you can research yourself the many different versions including the actual Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic using an on-line bible like Bible.com. I have a separate teaching on the Reliability of the Bible for those interested and you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We should start by establishing that there is only one true God in all existence that is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. Most people want to put the Almighty God in a box and try to think of him in human terms when he is the Alpha and the Omega, the Lord of Lords, the creator of the Universe. Many, many verses in both the Old and New Testament teach there is only one God and I could take 10 pages showing you. Let me just reference a few New Testament examples. Jesus himself taught there was only one true God in Mark 12:29: “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one… John 17:3: Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.The entire Bible overwhelmingly confirms there is only one God.
JESUS IS BOTH MAN AND GOD IN FLESH?
The Bible teaches Jesus was not just a man, but also God in Flesh. Let’s start with John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1. A little later, John 1:14 shows the “Word” is Jesus as he became flesh and made his dwelling among us, 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. There are 3 important things in John 1:1 verse about Jesus and the Father:
- Jesus was “in the beginning”-He was present at creation. Jesus had existed eternally with God.
- Jesus is distinct from the Father—He was “with” God.
- Jesus is the same as God in nature—He “was God.”
Was Jesus really present at the creation (unlike any other life, man or prophet) as John 1:1 seems to teach? Yes. Colossians 1:16 clearly teaches that God created “all things” through Jesus Christ. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. Hebrews 1:2 says, “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:3 even says Jesus “Sustains all things” in the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
In addition, Jesus himself clearly claimed to be God in flesh by:
- Accepting worship. Only God should accept worship and there are many verses that show Jesus was worshiped and when he was worshiped, he did not correct anyone. Matthew 14:33: “Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 9:18: While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Luke 24:51-53: While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.Matthew 2:11: And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Even Angels worship him as shown in Hebrews 1:6: And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” Angels never worshiped a prophet or a man. But the Angels knew Jesus was God or they would not have worshiped him. We (his servants) will also worship Jesus (the Lamb of God on the Throne) in the future as stated by Revelation 22:3: No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.
- Forgiving sins. Only God can actually forgive all of man’s sins, correct? Well, Jesus forgave sins many/many times in the Bible. Mark 2:5-7: When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Mark 2:8-11 continues: … Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” Also, Jesus forgave sins of a sinful woman who came to Jesus while He ate at Simon the Pharisee’s house. Seeing her reverence, Jesus compared her love with Simon’s lack of love. Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”(Luke 7:48). The New Testament Gospel (Gospel means “good news”) is “My friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you” (Acts 13:38). The only way this is possible if Jesus is God.
- Claiming “Before Abraham was, I am” See John 8:58 if you want even more proof that Jesus knew he was God. “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!” “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.Jesus was clearing referring back to Exodus 3:14 where God told Moses “I am who I am”: God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”. Jesus clearly claimed to be the great I AM of the Old Testament! He confirmed it again in John 13:9 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am.
The above 3 items with Jesus was claiming to be God, is why the Jews numerous times tried to kill him throughout his ministry and the main reason why they ultimately demanded he be crucified. It’s also why Pilate put on the cross “King of the Jews” and refused to change it. Pilate knew that Jesus was claiming to be the God of the Universe just as the Bible clearly teaches.
Did God die? Of course not. The human body of the 2nd person of the trinity died. This death was the FINAL sacrifice so no longer do we need Priests to do animal sacrifices to forgive our sins. Why? Jesus has been resurrected in victory and his death was a substitute for YOUR sins. Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”As Hebrew 6:19-20 states, Jesus is the High Priest forever: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, … Jesus himself clearly showed his blood is the “good news” gospel, the new covenant/promise of how our sins are now forgiven Mathew 28:26: This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. The Old Testament foreshadowed this new promise and God, through his grace, has provided us a Savior by coming to earth himself as Jesus (God in Flesh, Emanuel, God with us) as a free gift for our salvation: Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Jesus simply gives us no choice. He is either the Lord (God) as he claims, a Lunatic or a Liaras famously stated by C.S. Lewis. He cannot just be a prophet because he clearly claimed to be Divine many/many times. Even Thomas (after Jesus death on the cross) said to the resurrected Jesus: “My Lord, and my God”in John 20:28 and Jesus did not correct him, but instead affirmed his statement: Then Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas replied, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We can only conclude that Jesus knew and confirmed he is our Lord and our God.
HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON? (Newand Old Testament)
Also, remember the Holy Spirit or Spirit of God is a person, not a force (as incorrectly taught by some). He’s God and the 3rd person of the Trinity as proven by both old and New Testament scripture. We are not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). The Spirit can be sinned against (Isaiah 63:10) and lied to (Acts 5:3). We are to obey Him (Acts 10:19–21) and honor Him (Psalm 51:11). He was personally involved in creation (Genesis 1:2), empowers God’s people (Zechariah 4:6), guides (Romans 8:14), comforts (John 14:26), convicts (John 16:8), teaches (John 16:13), restrains sin (Isaiah 59:19), and gives commands (Acts 8:29). Each of these works requires the involvement of a person rather than a mere force, thing, or idea. The Holy Spirit’s attributes also point to His personality. The Holy Spirit has life (Romans 8:2), has a will (1 Corinthians 12:11), is omniscient (1 Corinthians 2:10–11), is eternal (Hebrews 9:14), and is omnipresent (Psalm 139:7). A “force” could not possess all of these attributes, but the Holy Spirit does.
Trinity means Tri-UNITY. One God/3 persons. Unity and monotheism are vital to understanding the Trinity.
OLD TESTAMENT FOCUS
In Genesis 1:1-2 we read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” In the very beginning of God’s revelation of himself we read of two Persons—God and the Spirit of God.
In the Bible, both God the Father and Jesus are called Shepherd, Judge, and Savior. Both are called the Pierced One—in the same verse (Zechariah 12:10). Christ is the exact representation of God the Father, having the same nature (Hebrews 1:3). There is some sense in which everything the Father does, the Son and Spirit also do, and vice versa. They are always in perfect agreement at every moment, and all three equal only One God (Deuteronomy 6:4). Knowing that Christ is God and has all the attributes of God aids our understanding of Jesus as the Creator.
Elohim is a plural name (single verb) may hint toward the Trinity as well.
Back to some of my favorite verses in the Bible, in Exodus 3:13-14, Moses says to God, “Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God’s answer to Moses is, “I AM THAT I AM…Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Here God, when asked to identify himself, says, in effect, “I AM, I AM, I AM. Potentially having them tell the children of Israel that the Triune God has sent you?
In Deuteronomy 6:4, the great Sh’ma prayer of Judaism, God says, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” Again we see the three in one, The LORD, God, the LORD—one.
In Isaiah 6:3 we see that the Lord of hosts is not merely holy, but “Holy, holy, holy.” Again one Lord, but three times holy.
Also, the “angel of the Lord” in the Old Testament speaks as God, identifies Himself with God, and exercises the responsibilities of God (Genesis 16:7-12; 21:17-18; 22:11-18; Exodus 3:2; Judges 2:1-4; 5:23; 6:11-24; 13:3-22; 2 Samuel 24:16; Zechariah 1:12; 3:1; 12:8). In several of these appearances, those who saw the angel of the Lord feared for their lives because they had “seen the Lord.” Therefore, it is clear that in at least some instances, the angel of the Lord is a theophany, an appearance of God in physical form. The appearances of the angel of the Lord cease after the incarnation of Christ. Angels are mentioned numerous times in the New Testament, but “the angel of the Lord” is never mentioned in the New Testament after the birth of Christ. It is logical that Jesus would be active and manifest in the world in the Old Testament. Whatever the case, whether the angel of the Lord was a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ (Christophany) or an appearance of God the Father (theophany), it is highly likely that the phrase “the angel of the Lord” usually identifies a physical appearance of God.
Here’s the most convincing to me (Rick’s personal opinion) Plsalm 110: “The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand… “(personal name of God Adonai, …) God is having a conversation with David’s Lord!! In Matthew 22:44, Jesus confuses the Jewish experts in the law with this. So, Jesus shows that He is BOTH David’s son and David’s Lord. Later in the Psalm (Psalm 110:4) God says “You will become a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” which is what Christ became. The final sacrifice that only God’s sacrifice could become.
So yes, I believe Abraham and the prophets were always worshiping the One and Only Triune God although they may not have explicitly thought of that this way.
In conclusion, we can see that the Trinity is clearly taught in the Bible because it clearly teaches there is only one God and that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost all are 3 separate persons with the same divine nature. One God/Three Persons. The one true God is the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The Trinity was not a teaching created by others later since it is clearly in the text of the Bible; a Bible that I can show you is a reliable Bible that you can trust. The true Jesus does not leave us a choice. If we deny he is the 2nd person of the Trinity… if we deny he was God in Flesh… if we deny he was at the point of creation… if we deny he can forgive sins and we should worship him… then we deny the only true Jesus and only true Gospel and the only true God. The Almighty Father, the King of Kings and our only Savior.
Let me pray: “Father, may those who really seek you, please open their mind to what you want us all to know. Who are you? What is your nature? How do we please you? Answer these questions to each person’s heart. May your truth be revealed as we open our minds to the one true God. We pray to the one true God. In Jesus name. Amen.”
The Triune Nature of The One True Living God of All Creation
Reflected Everywhere in Creation
- NATURE: Nature’s reflections of the Triune
- There are 3 primary colors; red, yellow and blue (corrected from show where we had green vs. yellow. Sorry!)
- There are 3 physical dimensions; height, width and depth.
- Electrical power we use in homes throughout the United States has 3 wires. These are white (low and return), green (ground) and black (hot/supply power).
- Water has 3 atoms that make it up 2 being Hydrogen and 1 oxygen. This literally reflects Earthly existence with 2 sources of light. The Sun which is of course a creation of God that reflects his light by the moon (the holy spirit) and upon the Earth, representing the Christ.
- To create a fire you need fuel, oxygen and heat.
- On Earth all matter exists in 3 states (solid, liquid and gas), this identically reflects the trinity in that the liquid and gas are God and Holy Spirit and the Solid the Born physical Son of God, Christ!
- We experience time itself as a 3-part system; past, present and future. Even in the day itself we have 3 primary time periods; work, rest and play.
- There are 3 main properties of subatomic particles; charge, mass and spin.
- There are 3 different spin ratios for particles; 0, ½ and 1.
- There are 3 electrical charge potentials for particles; +, – and 0.
- There are 3 main types of stable particles; proton, neutron and electron.
- The ratio ofthe mass of the proton and the electron is 1836 which is 3 multiples of 3!
3 x 6 = 18, 3 x 1 = 2 and 3 x 2 = 6.
Even the ratio to 7 digits has this with 6 occurrences of 3 multiples; 1836.1526724.
- The first possible geometric shape of course represents the trinity; the triangle.
- If we take the 3 well known principles of the very well-known equation E=MC2 and transform it mathematically we get = C then we see that the Light of God is indeed reflected when Christ walked the Earth such that the power of his father within him was the square root of his physicality as divided into the energy given to him by his father God.
Why the square root? Because he is in the physical at this time and walking upon the surface of the Earth and not on the heavens and Christ’s power is controlled by his physicality thus is divided into it.
- HUMAN: The Triune manifested within the Human!
- 3 bones in the leg; Tibia, Fibula and Femur.
- 3 bones inthe arm; Humerus, Ulna and Radius.
- Each finger of the hand has 3 joints.
- The Pelvis (pelvic girdle) is composed of 3 bones; Ilium, ischium, and pubis.
- There are 3 bones in the human ear: malleus, incus, and stapes
- The three subunits of a nucleotideare a nitrogenous base, a sugar and a phosphate group.
- The muscles in the human body, there are three kinds, smooth, striated, and cardiac.
- There are 3 types of muscle cells in the human body; skeletal, cardiac and smooth.
- Three energy systems used by the body: ATP, Lactic acid and Aerobic.
- The Tree of Life on Earth has 3 separate Domains: Eukarya, Eubacteria and Archaea.
- The least legs a chair or table can have and stand up is 3.
- There are 3 branches of Government in The United States; Judicial, Legislative and the Executive. Showing that we do indeed Trust in God!
- Even western eating utensils; Knife, fork and spoon.
- The Human has an energy field known as the Mer Ka Ba which stands for Mind, Spirit and Body.
The Mind part of the Merkabah or simply the Mer is also again 3 bodies; The Soul body, the Mental body and the Causal or learning body. The Ka is literally the Holy Spirit of God that fill us ALL and gives us ALL life for ALL of these bodies.
The body or BA here referenced is that which is meant to be in reference to the bodies that primarily are involved during life on Earth; these are also actually 3 bodies! These 3 are the Astral or dream body, the etherical body which is the blueprint for the physical body and of course the physical body.
- Also, the Merkabic field has 3 components which are the Star-tetrahedronal Field, the Double Toroidal Field and the Accretion Disc.
THE STAR-TETRAHEDRONAL MERKABIC ENERGY FIELD ABOUT A HUMAN
THE HEALTHY CHRIST ROTATION STAR-TETRAHEDRONAL STRUCTURE
THE HEALTHY CHRIST TOROIDIAL ROTATION OF THE MERKABIC FIELD
- BIBLE: The Triune manifested within the Bible!
- The 3 principles of serving God; Faith, Love and Hope!
- Biblical Triune Truths:
Noah had 3 sons (Gen 6-10), Job had 3 daughters (Job 1:2), the Ark of The Covenant contains 3 objects; a golden jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded and the stone tablets of the covenant (Heb 9:4); Solomon’s Palace had windows in set of 3 (1 Kings 7:4-5); in John’s vision a triple entrance way marked all four sides of the city of New Jerusalem (Rev 21:13); David bowed down before Jonathan 3 times (1 Sam 20:41); Daniel prayed 3 times a day giving thanks to God (Dan 6:10, 13); Israelite men were required to appear before the Lord 3 times a year (Deut 16:16); Jesus answered Satan’s threefold temptation by citing 3 scriptural passages (Matt 4:1-11); Paul experienced 3 shipwrecks (2 Cor 11:28) and prayed 3 time to the Lord for the removal of his “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor 12-7-8); Moses stated “Now let us take a 3 day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God.” (Exod 5:3, 3:18; 8:27); the fleeing Hebrews went 3 days with finding water in the Desert of Shur (Exod 15:22). When the Hebrews traveled from Mount Sinai for 3 days and the people began to complain (Num 10:33-11:1). When the Hebrews neared the Jordan River they were informed, “3 days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own” (Josh 1:11; cf. 3:1-4). The men of Timnah were stumped by Samson’s riddle for 3 days (Judg 14:14) and King Rehoboam gave Jeroboam and the delegation of Israelites a 3-day waiting period as he considered their petition for less stringent royal demands (1 Kgs 12:5; cf. 12:12).In the New Testament Jesus told the Jewish populace at the Temple, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in 3 days” (John 2:16), a fact that his disciples later recalled (v. 22). Moses’ mother was able to conceal her baby for three months (Exod 2:3; cf. Acts 7:20; Heb 11:23); the ark remained at the house of Obed-Edom for 3 months (1 Chron 13:14). 3 months after Judah visited the supposed shrine prostitute, he learned that she was really his daughter-in-law Tamar who was pregnant with his child (Gen 38:24). Asa’s reforms were celebrated in Jerusalem in the 3rd month of his fifteenth year of reign (2 Chron 15:10). Ezekiel received a message from the Lord concerning the fate of Egypt in the third month of the eleventh year of his exile (Ezek 31:1) and the Lord revealed through Amos, “I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still 3 months away” (Amos 4:7). Jesus’ mother Mary visited Elizabeth, Zechariah’s wife, and stayed for 3 months (Luke 1:56). Paul stayed in Ephesus for 3 months and “spoke boldly” in the synagogue there (Acts 19:8), and subsequently stayed 3 months in Greece (Acts 20:3). Still later after the ship that was carrying him to Rome to stand trial was wrecked in a storm, he and his captives stayed on the island of Malta for 3 months (Acts 28:11). A 3-year period figures in the instructions to the Hebrews concerning their conduct after they enter the Promised Land: “When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regards its fruit as forbidden. For 3 years you are to consider it forbidden; it must not be eaten” (Lev 19:23). As part of the Levitical stipulations with regard to the year of Jubilee the Hebrews were forbidden to sow or reap, to plant, reap or harvest in the fiftieth year for it was to be a holy year for them. In compensation the Lord promises “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for 3 years” (Lev 25:21). After the slaying of his brother, “Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there 3 years” (2 Sam 13:38). During David’s reign a – year famine caused the king to seek “the face of the LORD” (2 Sam 21:1). David’s adversary Shimei (2 Sam 16:5-14) was spared by Solomon on condition that he was permanently confined to the city of Jerusalem (1 Kgs 2:36-38). Every 3 years King Solomon’s trading fleet returned “carrying gold, silver and ivory, and apes and baboons” (1 Kgs 10:22). Isaiah prophesied that “within 3 years… Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble” (Isa 16:14). Isaiah himself went “stripped and barefoot for 3 years, as a sign and portent against Egypt and Cush” (Isa 20:3). Daniel and his 3 friends were schooled for 3 years with regard to the language and literature of the Babylonians (Dan 1:3-5). The Apostle Paul spent 3 years in Arabia apparently to commune with the Lord and receive instruction from him before going to acquaint himself with Peter (Gal 1:18). The third year was also the year that Jehoshaphat went to meet King Ahab of Israel with regard to their joining forces in an effort to regain Ramoth Gilead from the Arameans (1 Kgs 22:1-5). These are some but not ALL of the Triune manifestations in the Bible!
Lastly, I say; their, there and they’re!