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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

HOLY TRINITY GOD EXPLAINED – THE FATHER, SON, HOLY GHOST

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The word Trinity isn’t actually found in the Bible.  It is a name used to confess the Biblical teaching of three clear theses about the nature of God.

One Being
Three Persons
Same Substance

All three of these are critical and can be found in a confession of the Holy Trinity.  This is a definitional aspect of the doctrine if you remove that you don’t have the doctrine anymore.  T
we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. 
An easy explanation for this concept. Think of God as water. The water has three states: solid, liquid, and gas. Even though water has these three states, it is still water. However unlike water God can operate as the father, son, and Holy Ghost/Spirit (spirit of God) at the same time and have 3 distinctive personalities. 

“There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God, who is love, is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation.” 

According to this central mystery of most Christian faiths, there is only one God in three Persons: while distinct from one another in their relations of origin (as the Fourth Council of the Lateran declared, "it is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds")[9] and in their relations with one another, they are stated to be one in all else, co-equal, co-eternal and consubstantial, and each is God, whole and entire.


IN THE BEGINNING
The Bible explains how all 3 work simultaneously to create the world we live in now in both Genesis and John. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:1-2. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2  With these verses we know that the father spoke the word, which was Jesus and the Holy Spirit made it happen since he is the power of God. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:3-4 The execution of light and separation of light from the darkness was done by the Holy Spirit.

Trinitarian theologians believe that manifestations of the Trinity are made evident from the very beginning of the Bible. Genesis 1:1-3 posits God, His Spirit and the "creative word of God" together in the initial Genesis creation narrative account. While the Fathers of the Church saw Old Testament elements such as the appearance of three men to Abraham in Book of Genesis, chapter 18, as foreshadowings of the Trinity, it was the New Testament that they saw as a basis for developing the concept of the Trinity. One of the most influential of the New Testament texts seen as implying the teaching of the Trinity was Matthew 28:19, which mandated baptizing "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". Another New Testament text pointing to the Trinity was John 1:1-14, in which the inter-relationships of the Triune God are reflected in the gospel author's description of "the Word", again showing the elements of the Triune God and their eternal (always was, always is, and always shall be) existence. (Revelation 1:8


“On the basis of the Holy Scriptures we teach the sublime article of the Holy Trinity; that is, we teach that the one true God, Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4, is the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, three distinct persons, but of one and the same divine essence, equal in power, equal in eternity, equal in majesty, because each person possesses the one divine essence entire, Col. 2:9, Matt. 28:19. We hold that all teachers and communions that deny the doctrine of the Holy Trinity are outside the pale of the Christian Church. The Triune God is the God who is gracious to man, John 3:16-18, 1 Cor. 12:3. Since the Fall, no man can believe in the “fatherhood” of God except he believes in the eternal Son of God, who became man and reconciled us to God by His vicarious satisfaction, 1 John 2:23; John 14:6.


HOW DOES THE HOLY TRINITY WORK IN OUR LIVES?

God as the father is one who creates destinies by speaking it in Heaven. Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Through his blood, our sins are cleansed. Through his name, we can pray to God, the father. The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God who is in us to help us to have Christ in us. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 So build a relationship with all 3 personalities of God. Once you do that see how your life is going to change.

CONCLUSION

Don’t kid yourself, theologians are educated, men.  They have read the Bible and they have read the ancient creedal definitions of the Trinity.  If they honestly just don’t agree with the interpretation and want to confess a different belief, then why use the word “Trinity”?  It’s a free country, other groups such as Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals,  and Jehovah’s Witnesses openly deny the Trinity.

Seventh-Day Adventist’s, on the other hand, have chosen to use the word “Trinity” but define it in a fundamentally different way.  That is dishonest to themselves and to the public, this much is fact.  Why the deception?


In my opinion, the reason they do this is because they want to be viewed as evangelical by the Body of Christ.  Such a distinction opens their playing field and makes it easier to bring in new converts.  Also, they don’t want SDA laity to know their Church denies the Trinity otherwise many would analyze the Churches teachings with greater scrutiny.  When a core confession of the Church on the very nature of God is nothing more than a political statement what does that reveal about the deeper issues of deception at play?  If the root of belief itself is rotten how can the fruit be wholesome?

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