I recently had an argument with a person who calls himself a “Christian”, yet denies the clear teaching of the Bible on the Holy Trinity. I’m going to show few Bible verses that teach the concept of the Trinity but first we have to ask this group of Christians few questions:
In John 17:5, when praying to the Father, Jesus said: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” – John 17:5
It is clear in this verse that Jesus was “WITH” the Father before the creation of the world. If He was “WITH” the Father, then doesn’t it only make sense that He is “NOT” the Father?
Colossians 1:19 says, “For it pleased the Father that in him (Jesus) should all fullness dwell”
This is another verse that distinguishes Jesus from the Father. If Jesus is Himself the Father, then what sense does this verse make?
John 20:21 says, “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
It’s clear in this verse that Jesus was SENT by the Father. So how can He be the Father? Was He the worse communicator ever?
John 14:16-17 say, “16 And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 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.”
These two verses show us the Triune nature of God. Jesus said, “He will pray the Father”; how can He be the Father if He will pray to Him (the Father)? He said He will give them “The Holy Spirit”. How can the Holy Spirit be Jesus?
After reading and studying all these verses, the only way for “Unitarian Christians” to be right is when they admit that Jesus was the worse communicator in history. But if they believe in that, then they are heretics! Period!
This individual also asked me, “If they are three in one indeed, what are their individual names?”
I find this question a bit ridiculous because I don’t believe in three different Gods, but rather ONE God consists of “Three Persons”. How can they have different names when they are one/the same? God has only One Name, that’s “YAHWEH” or JEHOVAH. What about Jesus you may ask?
To answer this question we have to explain what does the Name of Jesus mean?
The Name of Jesus (or Joshua) derives from the Hebrew word “Yahoshua or Yehoshua”, which literally mean “Yahweh is Salvation/Savior”. It is also worth mentioning that Jesus’ Name starts with the syllable “Yah/Yeh/Jah” (depending on how you want to write it in English), which is the short of Yahweh (See Psalm 68:4). So the three of them share the same name (Yahweh) or Jesus since it is a Name that Yahweh Himself gave to Him (Luke 1:31) – He came for that very purpose “To save”.
Now, I am going to try my best not to write a long article because I know that some people are too lazy to read and often miss the whole point. So, I’m just going to make it short by citing few verses that prove that the concept of the Holy Trinity is indeed biblical.
What is the Trinity?
The Trinity is the idea that the singular God exists in three distinct persons without losing His singular nature. It consists of the Father, the Son (the Word) and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The word Trinity itself is not found in the Bible but its concept does.
Now let’s consider the followings:
Does the Bible teach that there is ONE God? Yes.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: – Deuteronomy 6:4
Does the Bible call the Father, God? Yes.
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. – Isaiah 63:16
Does the Bible call the Son, God? Yes.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. – Matthew 1:23
The Father Himself calls the Son – God, “But unto the Son he (the Father) saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.” – Hebrews 1:8.
So how can they be the same?
Does the Bible call the Holy Spirit, God? Yes
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? 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 God. – Acts 5:3-4
Does the Bible equate the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit? Yes.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. – 1 John 2:23
Now let’s go back to Deuteronomy 6:4 and let’s explain what this verse actually says in the original Hebrew Bible, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD”:
“The LORD” here is the Hebrew word “Yahweh” as I already mentioned above which means The Great “I Am”.
The word “God” here derives from the Hebrew word “Elohim”, which is the plural for God (not royal plural). It is also used in Genesis 1:1 and ironically, in Genesis 1:26, He said, “And God said, Let US make man in OUR image (not images), after OUR likeness (not 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.”
And the word “One” is from the Hebrew word “Achad”, which is a singular unit, made of several.
Based on this explanation, the literal translation of Deuteronomy 6:4 should be:
“Hear, O Israel, YAHWEH, Your God who presents Himself in the PLURAL is but ONE God”
So as we see, the Bible clearly shows us that it teaches the doctrine of the Trinity. We may not be able to comprehend this truth entirely but God declares it, the Bible declares it; so it is the truth. If you are a Christian who believes otherwise, then you are a heretic, Period!
The only way for “Unitarian Christians” to be right is when they have to admit that Jesus is the worse communicator ever in history.
3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus also was baptized. And while he was praying, the heavens opened, 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice (the Father) came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; in you I take great delight.” – Luke 3:21-22
14:16 Then I (Jesus) will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; – Genesis 19:42
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. – Psalm 110:1
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him (Son of man) near before him (Ancient of days). – Daniel 7:13
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him (Christ) Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? – Matthew 22:43-45
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, AND the love of God, AND the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. – 2 Corinthians 13:14
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, AND the Lord Jesus Christ. – Romans 1:7
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, AND from the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:3
The list goes on and on…