There Is One God Who Eternally Exists
In Three Distinct Persons:
God the Father
God the Word (Son)
And God the Holy Spirit
I. There is Only One God
A. Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD
our God is one LORD:
B. Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism…
C. Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King
of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the
first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
D. Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid:
have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it?
ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea,
there is no God; I know not any.
E. 1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore
the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice
unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world,
and that there is none other God but one.
F. Galatians 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew
not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
II. The Bible makes it clear there is only one God; yet
He is Spoken of in Plural Terms in Many Scriptures
A. “Let us”, “our image”, “our likeness”, One
God plural persons- Genesis 1:26 And God said, LET US make
man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over
every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
B. “His own image” singular for one God-
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
C. Genesis 3:22; And the LORD God said,
Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and
evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of
the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
D. Plural “let us”- Genesis 11:6-7 And the
LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be
restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go
to, LET US go down, and there confound their language, that
they may not understand one another’s speech.
E. Matthew 28:19; Baptism in the name of God
(singular ” the name” for the THREE UNITED PERSONS AS GOD)-
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
THE NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
III. We know Only God is the Creator of Everything and
yet each person of the Triune Godhead are given credit for Creation.
A. Father God as Creator
1. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God
created the heaven and the earth.
2. Acts 17:24-30 God that made the
world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of
heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
(25)Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as
though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life,
and breath, and all things; (26)And hath made of one blood
all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the
earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and
the bounds of their habitation; (27)That they should seek
the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him,
though he be not far from every one of us: (28)For in him we
live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your
own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (29)
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not
to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver,
or stone, graven by art and man’s device. (30)And the times
of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men
every where to repent:
3. Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our
father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel
acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our
redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
B. Jesus the Word as Creator
1. John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(2)The
same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were
made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
2. Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men
see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all
things by Jesus Christ:
3. Colossians 1:14-17 In whom we have
redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
(15) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn
of every creature: (16) For by him were all things created,
that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or
principalities, or powers: all things were created by him,
and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him
all things consist.
4. Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at sundry
times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the
fathers by the prophets, (2) Hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all
things, by whom also he made the worlds (3) Who being the
brightness of his glory, and the express image of his
person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the
right hand of the Majesty on high;
5. 2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly
are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of
old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6. Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God,
so that things which are seen were not made of things which
C. Holy Spirit as Creator
1. Genesis 1:2 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.
2. Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD
were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the
breath of his mouth.
3. Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath
garnished the heavens…
4. Job 33:4 The spirit of God hath
made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
IV. Only God is Omnipotent (All powerful); Each Person
of the Godhead is given this Attribute in Scripture
A. The All Powerful Father is God
1. 2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a
Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty.
2. Luke 1:37 For with God nothing
shall be impossible.
3. Revelation 19:6 And I heard as it
were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of
many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,
Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
B. The All Powerful Son is God
1. Jesus is God – called the Almighty
God, who was, who is and who is to come: Revelation 1:8 I
am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the
Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the
2. Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts
had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of
eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,
holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to
3. Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give
thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and
art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great
power, and hast reigned.
4. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto
me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather
glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
C. The All Powerful Holy Spirit is God (The
Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God)
1. Job 33:4 The spirit of God hath
made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
a. Psalms 51:11 Cast me not
away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
b. Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near
unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the
beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now
the Lord GOD, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
2. Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and
spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto
Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
3. Judges 14:6 And the spirit of the
LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would
have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told
not his father or his mother what he had done. (Spirit of
the LORD came mightily- the Holy Spirit giving him the
supernatural strength of God)
4. Judges 15:14 And when he came unto
Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the spirit of
the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were
upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and
his bands loosed from off his hands.
5. Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is
upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to
the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight
to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
6. Power of the Holy Spirit IS the
power of God; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 And my speech and my
preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but
in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: (5) That your
faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the
power of God.
a. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit.
b. 2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the
Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty. (18) But we all, with open face beholding
as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the
same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
V. Only God is Omnipresent (Be Everywhere
Simultaneously – Created beings can not be in every place at
the same time.)
A. Omnipresent Father
1. Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the LORD
are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
2. Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man
are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.
B. Omnipresent Son
1. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
I AM WITH YOU ALWAY, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
a. Jesus declares He is in the
midst of every gathering of believers in His name yet He is
at the same time He is seated at the right hand of the
Father; Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
2. Hebrews 10:12-13 But this man,
after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat
down on the right hand of God; (13) From henceforth
expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
3. Galatians 4:6 And because ye are
sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your
hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Jesus can only be in every
believer at the same time because he is omnipresent and only
God is omnipresent)
4. John 14:23 Jesus answered and said
unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my
Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make
our abode with him.
C. Omnipresent Holy Spirit
1. John 14:17 Even the Spirit of
truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him
not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you. -( In who? In every believer
at the same time.)
2. Psalms 139:7 Whither shall I go
from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
(8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make
my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
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VI. Only God is Omniscient (All- Knowing)
A. All Knowing Father God
1. 2 Chronicles 6:30 Then hear thou
from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto
every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou
knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
2. Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD SEARCH
THE HEART, I TRY THE REINS, even to give every man according
to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
a. Psalms 7:9 (KJV) Oh let the
wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the
just: FOR THE RIGHTEOUS GOD TRIETH THE HEARTS AND REINS.
B. All Knowing Jesus, God the Son
1. Revelation 2:23 (KJV) And I will
kill her children with death; and all the churches shall
know that I AM HE WHICH SEARCHETH THE REINS AND HEARTS: AND
I WILL GIVE UNTO EVERY ONE OF YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR WORKS.
2. John 2:24 But Jesus did not commit
himself unto them, because HE KNEW ALL MEN,
(only God knows all men!)
3. John 16:29-30 His disciples said
unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no
proverb. (30) Now are we sure that thou knowest all
things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by
this we believe that thou camest forth from God.
a. John 7:14 Now about the
midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and
taught. (15) And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth
this man letters, having never learned?
4. John 21:17 He saith unto him the
third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou
me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things;
thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
C. All Knowing God the Holy Spirit
1. Holy Spirit prophesies the future
and knows it because only God knows the future and Holy
Spirit is God- Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among
themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one
word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto
a. John 16:13 Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all
truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
2. 1 Corinthians 2:10 But God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit
searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. [Because
the Holy Spirit searches ALL THINGS including ALL the deep
things of God the Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know!]
a. Romans 8:26 Likewise the
Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we
should pray for as we ought: but the SPIRIT ITSELF MAKETH
INTERCESSION for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
(27) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit, because HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE
SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.
VII. Only God is The Self Existing Eternal Being (Always
Has Existed and Always Will Exist without being created)
A. God the Father
1. Psalms 90:2 Before the mountains
were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and
the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
2. Exodus 3:14 And God said unto
Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto
the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
B. God the Son
1. The prophecy of the Messiah Jesus
Christ: in Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though
thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee
shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, FROM EVERLASTING.
2. Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and
Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which
is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
3. Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him,
I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon
me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
4. John 8:56-59 Your father Abraham
rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.(57)Then
said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old,
and hast thou seen Abraham? John (58) Jesus said unto them,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.
(59) Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid
himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst
of them, and so passed by.
5. John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(2)The same was in the beginning with God.
6. We know that we have eternal life
which lasts forever because of God’s gift but Jesus has had
eternal life according to Hebrews 13:8 ” … yesterday, and
to day, and for ever.” HE’S ALWAYS HAD ETERNAL LIFE.
C. God the Holy Spirit
1. Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall
the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead
works to serve the living God?
VIII. Each Person of the Trinity Always Do Everything
Simultaneously Each Having Different Roles Working Together
(Not One Person Jumping in and out of Roles Using Different Names)
A. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in Creation
1. Father- Genesis 1:1 In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2. Son- John 1:1-3 In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. The same was in the beginning WITH GOD. (The Unity-
working together) All things were made by him; and without
him was not any thing made that was made.
3. Holy Spirit- Genesis 1:2 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.
B. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in the Conception of Jesus
1. Luke 1:35 And the angel answered
and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) shall come
upon thee, and the power of the Highest (Father God) shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall
be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Jesus).
C. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in the Baptism of Christ
1. Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus, when he
was baptized, (Son) went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God (Holy Spirit) descending like a dove, and
lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying,
(Father) This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
D. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in the Resurrection of Jesus
1. Jesus raises Himself- John 10:18 No
man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have
power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
This commandment have I received of my Father.
2. Father raises Jesus- Acts 3:26 Unto
you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to
bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
3. Holy Spirit raises Jesus- Romans
8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the
dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead
shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.
E. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in the Salvation of Mankind
1. Father draws- John 6:44 No man can
come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
a. Born of the Father- 1 John
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
2. Born again by Jesus the Word-
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but
of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever.
3. Holy Spirit convicts- John 16:8 And
when he (Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
a. Born of Holy Spirit- John
3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the
sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and
whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
F. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in Bestowing the Gift of the Holy Ghost
1. Jesus will pray & Father will give-
John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
2. Jesus receives the gift from the
Father- Acts 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God
exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of
the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see
3. Jesus baptizes- Luke 3:16 John
answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with
water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose
shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with
the Holy Ghost and with fire:
4. Holy Spirit sent by Jesus comes and
fills the house and the people- Acts 2:2 And suddenly
there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,
and it (the sound as a rushing mighty wind Holy Spirit is
referred to as He) filled all the house where they were sitting.
5. Holy Spirit gives the “utterance”
Acts 2:3-4 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like
as of fire, and it (appearance of cloven tongues) sat upon
each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
G. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit
Working Together in Bearing Record in Heaven
1. 1 John 5:7 For there are three that
bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy
Ghost: and these three are one
IX. Man can only have an understanding of God by
spiritual discernment: Natural man can not comprehend God
with a finite mind and intellect any more than any can fully
comprehend eternity it is a great mystery only to be
understood by the believer through revelation.
A. 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.
B. 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy
great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the
flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached
unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up
into glory. (Note: God is mysterious not mystical)
C. Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me
of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the
Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom
the Son will reveal him.
D. Mark 4:10-12 And when he was alone, they
that were about him with the twelve asked of him the
parable. And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to
know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that
are without, all these things are done in parables: That
seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may
hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be
converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
E. Matthew 16:16-17 And Simon Peter answered
and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto
thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
X. Understanding of God is From a Cumulative Knowledge
of the Scriptures
A. The Bible doesn’t say in one verse that the
Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are The One God in three
Persons because this knowledge is revealed to those who love
the Truth and will search for it like a pearl of great price:
1. Great Price of giving up your
desired concept of God and accepting His truth which He
reveals about Himself- Matthew 13:45 Again, the kingdom of
heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
2. Giving all you have (give up your
treasure of false doctrine) for the truth- Matthew 13:46
Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and
sold all that he had, and bought it.
3. Love the truth like the pearl of
great price or you will be deceived- 2Thessalonians 2:10-11
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth,
that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send
them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
B. Search the Scriptures (scriptures plural)
1. Acts 17:10-11 And the brethren
immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:
who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
2. Cumulative: Gathering knowledge from
precept and line here and there- Isaiah 28:9-10 Whom shall
he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand
doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from
the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and
there a little:
C. You must continue in the Word in order to
obtain truths : revelation is not from a quick reading but
diligent study with a sincere heart
1. John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to
those Jews which believed on him, If ye CONTINUE in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free. (Many quote verse
32 without understanding the stipulation in verse 31 to continue)
2. Rightly divided truth only comes
from continued diligent study of the word- 2 Timothy 2:15
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
3. Deception and destruction come from
not diligently studying the Word- Hosea 4:6 My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected
knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no
priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
I will also forget thy children.
D. An accumulated knowledge: revelation of God
is written “in the volume of the book” not in one verse-
Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume (or the
roll) of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
1. The Scriptures testify to the deity
of the Godhead but you must search them- John 5:39 Search
the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me.
2. We see that Jesus (The Word) is God
from Genesis to Malachi- Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses
and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the
scriptures the things concerning HIMSELF.
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XI. Scripture declares Jesus and the Father are Equal
A. John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the
more to kill him, because he not only had broken the
sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making
himself equal with God.
B. Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of
God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
XII. Jesus is Equal to the Father and Yet Voluntarily
Submits to His Father Just as Wives are Spiritually Equal to
their Husbands as Being Heirs Together of the Grace of Life
and yet are to Voluntarily Submit to their Own Husbands
A. 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell
with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the
wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together
of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
B. Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
C. Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be
willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will,
but thine, be done.
XIII. Holy Ghost is also Referred to as God: Therefore He
is Equal to the Father and the Son
A. Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath
Satan filled thine heart to LIE TO THE HOLY GHOST, and to
keep back part of the price of the land? Acts 5:4 Whiles
it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold,
was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this
thing in thine heart? thou hast not LIED unto men, but UNTO
B. You are the Temple of the Holy Ghost and
therefore The Temple of God Because The Spirit of God Dwells
1. 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye
not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is
in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of
God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which
temple ye are.
XIV. The Trinity as Revealed in 2Thessalonians 2:13-14 &
A. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
1. [Father-] But we are bound to give
thanks alway to God for you,
2. [Lord Jesus-] brethren beloved of the Lord,
3. [Father-] because God hath from the
beginning chosen you to salvation
4. [Holy Spirit-] through sanctification of
the Spirit and belief of the truth:
B. 2 Thessalonians 2:14
1. [Father-] Whereunto he called you
by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory
2. [Lord Jesus-] of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C. Titus 3:4
1. [Father-] But after that the
kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
D. Titus 3:5
1. Not by works of righteousness which
we have done, [Father-] but according to his mercy he saved
2. [Holy Spirit-] by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
E. Titus 3:6
1. [Father-] Which he shed on us
2. [Jesus-] through Jesus Christ our
XV. The Trinity as Revealed in the Great Commission and
Baptism of Believers
A. Matthew 28:18 Jesus came and spake unto
them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in
1. Jesus has been given ALL POWER; He
is Omnipotent so He is God.
2. Who had the power to give Jesus all
power? Only the Omnipotent Father.
3. Who manifests all power through Jesus?
Only the Omnipotent Holy Spirit.
B. Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
1. The name is singular tense.
2. Yet three names are listed; Father,
Son and Holy Ghost.
3. This Shows the Complete Unity and
Distinct Personality of Each Person of the Godhead as The
One and Only True God.
C. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with
you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
1. The apostles in Acts heeded the
command of Jesus and taught “ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER I HAVE
COMMANDED YOU” including Baptism as in this passage.
This Presentation reveals the Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity as revealed in Scripture and not according to the tradition of men. God reveals himself as He is through His word; line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.
The Bible makes it clear there is only one God from Genesis to Revelation; yet He speaks of Himself in plural terms in many instances. We know by the Word of God that only God is the Creator of everything and yet each person of the Triune Godhead are given credit for creation.
Scripture declares the Father God as creator, Jesus the Word as creator and Holy Spirit as creator. Scripture reveals that only God is omnipotent and yet each person of the Godhead is presented with this attribute. We are taught the all powerful Father is God. And in almost the same breath it is revealed that the Son and Holy Spirit are all powerful as well. It is understood, by the Word of God, that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.
Scripture teaches that only God is omnipresent and yet it clearly declares the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each ETERNALLY PRESENT. Scripture also teaches that only God is omniscient and at the same time emphatically pronounces that the Father is all knowing, the Son is all knowing and that the Holy Spirit is all knowing.
The Bible proclaims that God is the one and only self existing Eternal Being; that is, He always has existed and always will exist without being created or sustained by anything or anyone else. The Bible also proclaims that God the Father, God the Word (Son) and God the Holy Spirit each self exist in eternity past, eternity present and eternity future.
The Old and New Testaments show each person of the Trinity always doing everything simultaneously with each other; having different roles- working together. The Unity of Father Son and Holy Spirit is evidently witnessed in their working together in creation, in the conception of Jesus, in the baptism of Christ, the resurrection of Jesus, in the salvation of mankind, in bestowing the gift of the Holy Ghost, and in bearing record in Heaven. (Not an exhaustive listing.)
The natural man can not comprehend God with a finite mind and intellect any more than he can fully comprehend eternity. It is a great mystery (not a mystical union but a mysterious union) only to be understood by the believer through revelation from God alone. Man can only have an understanding of God by God given revelation. Yet the believer still only knows and sees in part. Only in the here after shall he know even as also he is known. (1 Corinthians 13:12 ” For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”)
The Bible doesn’t explain in one verse that the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are the one God eternally existent in three persons. Understanding of God is cumulative knowledge gleaned from the Scriptures as the Holy Spirit opens the understanding (Luke 24:45). Truth is revealed to those who love the truth and will search for it like a pearl of great price. Search the Scriptures (Scriptures plural), continue in the Word in order to obtain truth. Revelation is not received from a quick reading but diligent study must take place with a sincere heart.
Scripture declares Jesus and the Father as equal, yet Jesus voluntarily submits to his Father just as wives, though spiritually equal to their husbands, being heirs together of the grace of life, are to voluntarily submit to their own husbands. The Holy Ghost is referred to as God also; therefore He is equal to the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son and speaks not on his own but that which the Son gives him to say.
The Trinity is also revealed in the following passages: 2Thessalonians 2:13-14, Titus 3:4-6 and Matthew 28:18-20.
The reality of one God eternally existent in three distinct and yet unified persons as Father Son and Holy Ghost is the teaching of Holy Scripture. Although man called it trinity, the truth is evidently set forth from Genesis to Revelation.
God must be worshipped as who he has revealed himself to be and accepted on his terms. If God is God then he has the right to tell his creatures to believe in him and what to believe about him. People would like to perceive God to be as the image they form in their own mind. If a person believes God is not God, then God in no less God. If a person believes God is God, then he is no more God. If a creature has the power to choose the attributes they prefer God to have, then God is not God but a mere creation of the creature who fancied such a thought.
Believing in God and accepting untrue ideas about God, is calling God by his name but not choosing him as God.
God, who reveals himself, doesn’t seek our opinion or input into his being, character or decisions in his dealings with his creation. He presents himself to his creation with the information they need to know. As creatures we must humbly accept him and his witness of himself and truth as he has chosen to reveal.
When one is not God it is folly to play God by rejecting God given truth such as the Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity because one has decided to have other preferences about the subject. When one is not God and deals with God one must remember that God has more knowledge and therefore should by all means believe and immediately heed the word of God. A wise creature would not say “I can’t figure it out so I won’t believe it till I see it”. A wise creature will “lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21).
Jesus commanded his followers to go into all the world and preach the gospel, teaching all things he has commanded. The Question God is posing to Christians today is: ” WHO WILL GO FOR US?” Each believer must hear ” the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” ( Isaiah 6:8) May each one respond to the Trinity’s plea with a resounding: “Here am I; send me.”
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