Notes for FaithPoint

These notes are from the Doctrine series. In this message, we discussed the Doctrine of the Trinity.

The Doctrine of the Trinity

The word Trinity is never found in the Bible.

However, the Bible clearly teaches that God in himself or in his very being, exists in the three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet he is one God.

The word trinity means “tri-unity” or “three-in-oneness.”

For a definition: The Trinity is one God who eternally exists in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are each fully and equally God in eternal relation with each other.

Saying that each member of the Trinity is fully God and they share all the divine attributes such as eternality, omniscience, omnipotence, and omnipresence. They are always fully God and they never stop or cease to be God.

Scripture also teaches that there is only one God and there is no one like God. Any claim to be like God is a lie from Satan. A verse that is easily taken out of context that refers to this is Psalm 82:6.

Genesis 1:26 implies that there is a plurality of persons at creation. We see in Genesis 1 that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are both involved in creation. John 1 tells us that Jesus is also Creator and so that means God the Son is also present at creation.

In Matthew 3, we clearly see that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are both present at Jesus’ baptism.

Paul understands that there is clearly a Trinity. He closes out his second letter to the Corinthians with verse 14. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Jude vs 20-21.

We will never fully grasp the doctrine of the Trinity because our minds are finite. However, while difficult to understand, we are responsible for not challenging God but taking the doctrine of the Trinity on faith.

What about other “gods” that were worshiped by the people in the days of the Bible and in our present day. The Bible says that these “gods” are fallen angels who rebelled against God. They hate Jesus and seek their own worshipers.
Practically, these “gods” are demons. Baal, Molech, Allah, Mother Nature, or Mother Earth, Mammon (money), and Aphrodite (sex) are a few. These false “gods” are wrongly worshiped by multitudes of people.

To lie to, sin against, blaspheme, curse, grieve, etc. one member of the Trinity is to do it to all of them. Sinning against one person of the Trinity is sinning against God.

False teachings of the Trinity:

Modalism claims that there is one person who appears to us in three different modes. God “takes turns” in which person he wants to be. Father, Son, or Spirit. Modalism denies the personal relationship within the Trinity. It denies the three separate persons at Jesus’ baptism

Arianism denies the full deity of Son and Holy Spirit.

Arianism believes that because Jesus was the “begotten” son of God then there has to be a time when Jesus did not exist. They believe that Jesus was created. Begotten – does not mean created.

Colossians 1:15 – Paul says that Jesus is the first born or first person of all creation. Paul is not saying that Jesus was created. He is drawing an analogy between an earthly first born son and Jesus. Jesus has all the privileges and authority and rule of God.

Arianism says Jesus is inferior to God. Arianism says Jesus was created but not related to God. It was not until Jesus’ baptism that God adopted Jesus as his son.

Application: There are three distinct persons in the Trinity and the being of each person is equal to the whole being of God. We take this on complete faith because the Bible teaches that this is so.

For further study on the Doctrine of the Trinity, please check out Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology and Mark Driscoll’s Doctrine books.

Here is the video from this study:

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