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THE TRINITY

FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS:
1. How can we determine what God is like?

2. Do you agree or disagree with following statement (please explain your

answer):  Because the Bible does not contain the word "Trinity," the "Trinity" is not a Biblical teaching.

Is God Three in One?

God is One:
     Old Testament (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39, 6:4, 39:29; Isaiah 37:20; 43:10;
                           44:6-8, 45:5, 14, 21, 46:9)
     New Testament (John 5:44; Romans 3:30; I Corinthians 8:4-6; Ephesians                                 4:6; I Timothy 1:17, 2:5; James 2:19)

God is Plural
     Old Testament (Genesis 1:26, 11:7; Isaiah 6:8, 48:12,13,16)
     New Testament (Matthew 3:16,17, 28:19,20; II Corinthians 13:14)

Therefore, God's book reveals to us that God is both One and Plural!

Does the Bible teach us that Jesus is God?      

If you said what Jesus said about Himself, what would people think of you?

"Before George Washington was, I am."  (See John 8:58,59)
"I and the Father are one." (John 10:30-33)
Father, glorify me in you presence with the glory I had with you before the world began." (John 17:6)

Do you agree with C. S. Lewis? "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic---on a level with the man who said he is a poached egg---or else he would be the Devil of Hell.  You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse."

Is there anything in the following verses that indicate that Jesus is God?

Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1,14, 20:28; Romans 9:5; Titus 2:13;
Hebrews 1:2-8; I John 5:20; Colossians 1:16,17

Does the Bible teach that the Holy Spirit is God and a person?
     God:  Luke 12:10; Acts 5:3,4;
     A Person:  Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:29, 13:2, 15:28; Ephesians 4:30

Does the Bible teach that the Father is God?
     God:  John 17:1, 3; Romans 15:6; I Corinthians 8:6, II Corinthians 1:3
     A Person:  Matthew 12:50, 18:14; John 3:16; Genesis 6:5,6

Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons?
     Matthew 28:19
     John 17:1-5
     I John 2:1
     John 14:15-17
     Luke 22:32
     Romans 8:26,27

Does the Bible teach that the Father, the Son and the Spirit share equally the same and undivided essence?
     Can you chop God into three equal parts: the Father part, the Son part, and
     the Spirit part?
     Does one God appear in three different forms, like water appears in three
     different forms?

The Trinity

RESOURCES:  THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY by James White; THE TRINITY by

Edward Bickertheth (a classic); BASIC BIBLE STUDIES by
Francis Schaeffer

ASSIGNMENT: 1. Develop your definition of the Trinity.

2. How does the Trinitarian view of God affect your life?  (For example: your prayer life, your spiritual life, your view of salvation, your view of God…..)

 

DEFINITIONS OF THE TRINITY

Gordon Lewis from DECIDE FOR YOURSELF:  "the Lord our God is one Lord.  but within the one divine being exist three distinguishable Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  They share equally every divine characteristic and an eternally unbroken fellowship.  Without in any way altering their oneness of essence and purpose, the three Persons fulfill distinct functions in the great work of redemption."

James White in THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY:  "Within the one Being that is God there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."