The Holy Trinity
Let’s start off with what the scriptures have to say about the number of God(s) that there are.
Romans 3:30 seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Mark 12:32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
Galatians 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Psalms 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
As we can clearly see from the scriptures above there is only one GOD. Some people will tell you that there are 3 Gods, this is clearly wrong. The scriptures listed above unmistakably speak of one God and only one God.
Now let’s look into who or what makes up the Godhead
It is written, 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Let’s break this down:
There are three separate Persons of the Trinity:
1. God the Father.
2. God the Son, which is Jesus. The Word is Jesus. It is written, his name (Jesus) is called the word of GOD-Rev 19:13. Also it is written, in the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with GOD, and the Word (Jesus) was GOD. Note, Jesus is the Word, and He is God. And the word (Jesus) was made flesh, and dwelt among us-John 1:1,14.
3. God the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit.
Here in Matthew we read that 3 different personalities are listed here as well, this makes up the Trinity.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the (1) Father, and of (2) the Son, and of the (3) Holy Ghost:
One then might ask, "What does it mean when the verse, 1 John 5:7, says that these three are one?" This is answered in the following verses.
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one (or united), even as we are one: (17:23) I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
The true believers in Christ are one, in the same way Jesus and His Father are one. The body of Christ is one, made up of individuals, yet united by one Spirit. In the same way, Jesus and His Father are one, yet separate persons. We are to be one (or joined) in Christ, though we are separate persons, yet Jesus dwells in us. In the same way that Jesus and we (the true believers), are one, yet separate persons. The Father and Jesus are one, yet separate persons.
Here are some more examples which are substantiated by many verses.
Isaiah 61:1 The (1) Spirit of the (2) Lord GOD is upon (3) me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there (1) am I: and now the (2) Lord GOD, and his (3) Spirit, hath sent me.
Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put (1) my (2) spirit upon (3) him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: (11:2) And the (1) spirit of the (2) LORD shall rest upon (3) him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the (1) Spirit of (2) God moved upon the face of the waters. Two Persons of the Trinity are noted here.
Job 26:13 By (1) his (2) spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
Job 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the (1) spirit of (2) God is in my nostrils;
Job 33:4 The (1) Spirit of (2) God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
1Cointhians 12:4 now there are diversities of gifts, but the same (3) Spirit. (12:5) And there are differences of administrations, but the same (2) Lord. (12:6) And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same (1) God which worketh all in all.
Psalms 50:1 <A Psalm of Asaph.> The mighty (1) God, even the (2) LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the (1) LORD of hosts hath sent in his (2) spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
Because of the three Persons of the Trinity, we can now understand why God uses the word "Us" in the following verses.
Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us (plural), to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Us refers to more then one – The Trinity
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us (more then one) make man in our (more then one) image, after our (plural) 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. Again we have the Trinity.
Without question, the Bible shows that the Godhead is one and consists of three separate Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe in a triune God, (not three Gods) but one eternal God in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God; and these three are united in that one great Being called God, Who is the Creator and ruler of the Universe. Genesis 1; Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20; Colossians 2:9; Matthew 28:19.
(1) We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of the Father in all eternity. John 1:1; Proverbs 8:22-23; Romans 1:3-4.
(2) We believe that, in the fulness of time, Jesus Christ came in the flesh into the world, begotten of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. John 1: 2-14; Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:18.
(3) We believe that, for the Redemption of mankind from sin, Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; rose on the third day; ascended up into Heaven and is sitting at the right hand of God, from whence He shall come again to raise the dead and judge the world. Matthew 27:6; 28:1-7; Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 7:55; 1:9; Hebrews 12:2; John 5:26-29; 11:25; Matthew 25:31-46.
(4) We believe in the 'second appearing' of Jesus Christ the Lord, Who will come in the air to raise the righteous dead and translate the living saints to Heaven, to take part with Him at the 'marriage supper of the Lamb.' 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 Corinthians 15:15-58; Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:1-10.
(5) We also believe that Jesus Christ the Lord is coming again, with all His saints, to reign upon the earth a thousand years, and at the close of the millennium the wicked dead shall be raised and will be brought for final judgment and sentenced before the 'great white throne of God.' Zechariah 14:5; Jude 14; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-9; John 5:27-29; Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:5-7; 11-15.
THE HOLY SPIRIT:
(1) We believe that the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father and the Son, and that He is the teacher, leader and indwelling Comforter of the Church of Jesus Christ on earth. Matthew 1:18; John 14:26; Acts 2:1-4; 9:31; 13:2; Romans 14:17; 15:13.
(2) We also believe that the Holy Spirit was the inspiration of the Bible: the Old and New Testament, and by whom holy men of God spake and wrote. 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16.
** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.