Important Messages

Monday, July 11, 2011

God is a Trinity

I recently started a study called The One True God by Paul Washer and the first chapter of the study is God is One and deals with the topic of God is a Trinity. Going through this study, I found some Scriptures that further support the fact that Jesus is God, which is a particular area of conflict when dealing with cults such as Mormonism or Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The first verse I wanted to share with you is Matthew 28:19:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…”
 Notice here that the word “name” is singular yet it refers to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It does not use the word “names” because the three persons of the Godhead are all One. That is awesome!
 Also, 2 Cor 13:14 states:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
 The literary structure here denotes absolute equality. Notice that the Son is here mentioned even before the Father. If the Father were above the Son as the JWs or Mormons claim, this would be blasphemous. However, this shows that they are co-equal with the Father.
Other Scriptures which denote the same sort of literary structure showing equality between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are:

1 Corinthians 12:4-6:

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

1 Peter 1:2

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Also, compare the following verses from Isaiah with Titus 2:13. Notice in particular the use of the terms “God” and “Savior” in the Old Testament and how in the New Testament the same terms are used in regards to Jesus Christ. Hat tip to my friend Jason for the Isaiah verses.

Isaiah 43:3

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Isaiah 43:11

I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

Isaiah 45:15

Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior.

Isaiah 45:21

Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.

Titus 2:13

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;