It shouldn’t surprise us; should it? That as we grow closer and closer to the return of Jesus Christ that the enemy would increase his assault not only upon the Word of God but also upon the character of God.
We only think that politicians are artists at the “smear campaign”, maligning the character of their opponent so as to sway you to their side, their perspective, their agenda. Believe me; they have nothing on the enemy of your soul, the author of the smear campaign! Jesus called him, “the father of lies” (John 8:44). The ferocity with which he seeks to smear the word of God, the name of God & the character of God never ceases to amaze.
However, let’s not “be ignorant of our enemy’s devices” (2 Corinthians 2:7). I’m not sure how it is that certain things enter into the “trending” arena, but it seems as of late I’m hearing more & more question marks surrounding the “Tri-unity” of God.
What does the bible truly say about the Trinity? Is it even possible for me to understand the infinite complexities of Who God is? Obviously, it’s impossible to detail such an exhaustive subject as the Trinity in summary, but let me start with this…
The bible says that without faith it’s impossible to please God. Everything about our relationship to God & with God is rooted in faith. From salvation to sanctification, it’s by grace through faith. Therefore, we would be foolish to think that we’re going to gain perfect understanding of every detail of everything that God has revealed of Himself to us. As a matter of fact; God has said, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)
What does that mean? It means we’re not always going to understand everything God has said to us, or revealed to us. That’s ok. I don’t have to understand everything He’s said. But I do need to believe everything He has said. As a father, there are many things that I’ve shared with my children. Some of which they understand, some of which they do not. However, their lack of understanding doesn’t in any way hinder them from believing me, nor does it in anyway diminish the reality of what I’ve revealed. They simply trust me. So to with you and me & our relationship to our heavenly Father. I really don’t understand everything He’s revealed to me, but that’s ok, I trust Him.
So what about the Trinity, does the bible truly demonstrate Three Persons of the Godhead? Yes. Is there only One God? Yes. How can this be?
To be honest, I don’t know. But I don’t have to, I trust God implicitly, unreservedly & wholeheartedly.
There are many illustrations, however each one eventually breaks down. People speak of man as a lesser trinity (body, mind & spirit yet still one person). People speak of how we do math. 1+1+1=3. True. But 1x1x1=1, so how do you want to add it up? Again, there are many illustrations people have sought to give to help us gain insight, they all fall short. At the end of the day we’re called to trust in the word of God.
It’s interesting, even in the book of Genesis, as early as the creation we read this. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” (Genesis 1:26) Who was God speaking to? “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” The Hebrew word in that passage for “God” is “Elohim”. In the Hebrew when those two little letters “im” are added onto a word, it makes it a plural form. “Cherub” = one angel. “Cherubim” = multiple angels, make sense? God was speaking amidst the counsel of His own will! We see this plural form of the word “God” over & over again throughout the Old Testament.
There’s a phrase that’s used known as “progressive revelation”, meaning that some things in the Word of God are revealed with greater and greater clarity as time progresses. The Trinity is certainly one of those things. In the 45th Psalm we read this, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” (Psalm 45:6-7) Wait, what? “Therefore God, Your God…” Clearly, we have an allusion to the second Person of the Godhead (The Son). The author of Hebrews picks this up and makes it clear in the very first chapter of his letter.
Perhaps one of the clearest pictures we have of the Trinity in the scriptures is found at the baptism of Jesus. In Matthew chapter 3 we read these words, “When He had been baptized, Jesus 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. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17)
Plainly we have the Son (Jesus being baptized), the Spirit of God descending like a dove and the voice of the Father from heaven, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Paul the apostle made common reference to the Triune God. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
So rest assured, though I can’t give you an exhaustive work concerning the Trinity (a word, which I might add isn’t in the bible) in a brief article, the bible clearly demonstrates three distinct Persons of the Godhead all the while maintaining unapologetically, “Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.” (Isaiah 44:8)
Remember, the Word of God never defends itself, it only declares itself. It’s up to you and me personally, individually to decide… will we believe it? Don’t be shaken in your faith, stand firm on the word of God and great will be your reward!