God Is Three In One
There is only one true and living God, yet He has expressed Himself in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This has been a very difficult concept for people to understand. Do not be concerned if it seems difficult for you to comprehend.
God is above and beyond our finite understanding. We know only what He has chosen to reveal to us.
DEUTERONOMY 29:29 NKJ
29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Not Multiple Gods
DEUTERONOMY 6:4 NKJ
4 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
ISAIAH 43:10 NKJ
10 ". . . Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.
ISAIAH 45:21 NKJ
21 . . . And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me.
ISAIAH 46:9 NKJ
9 Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
ISAIAH 44:6 NKJ
6 "Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: `I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God.
Scripture is very clear, especially in the Old Testament, (which is not as complete a revelation of God as we find in the New Testament [John 1:17-18]), that there is only one God.
It is interesting, though, to note that Isaiah 44:6, while saying there is no God besides Him, seems to include more than one Person.
Not Essential To Salvation
Nowhere does the Bible indicate that we will be saved, or lost, because of our correct understanding of this doctrine of the Trinity.
(It is important to know that receiving and acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and God, is essential to salvation.)
We accept as members of the Body of Christ all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, whether they agree with anything else we teach, or not.
There has been much confusion and strife in the Body of Christ about the subject of the Trinity. It is not our desire to cause strife, or to promote argument. This is simply an attempt to shed some light on what Scripture says.
GENESIS 3:22 NKJ
22 Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever" --
Although Genesis 3:22 does not tell us whom God is speaking to, it seems that He is speaking to Himself -- saying "man has become like one of Us," -- indicating more than one divine Person.
MATTHEW 3:16-17 NKJ
16 Then Jesus, when He had been baptized, came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Three distinct Persons seem evident in Matthew 3:16-17: Jesus, the Spirit of God, and the One from heaven saying Jesus was His beloved Son.
ACTS 2:32-33 NKJ
32 "This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
33 "Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Again, three Persons are mentioned in this passage. Jesus, Who in Scripture claims to be, and receives worship as God, the Father God, and the Holy Spirit.
2 CORINTHIANS 13:14 NKJ
14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
Why are three Persons mentioned in 2 Corinthians 13:14 if they are not somehow separate and distinct?
Literally hundreds of Scripture verses indicate that God is more than one member. Yet, God is one in unity, one in purpose, and one in nature.
Do not spend too much time trying to figure it out. Whatever you do, do not argue about it!
You do not have to understand everything about God to obey Him and worship Him.
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