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Explaining the Trinity Doctrine: What is the Trinity Doctrine? What does the Bible teach?

Many people have asked the question, What does the Bible teach about the Trinity Doctrine?   Some people say the Bible does not teach the Trinity Doctrine, however with a proper understanding one will see that the Bible does teach the Trinity Doctrine.  The Bible teaches that there is only one God who has been revealed through 3 distinct personages known as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The following information will help explain the Trinity Doctrine in simple terms.

Explaining the Trinity Doctrine in the Bible

  1. The Bible teaches that there is only one God. (Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6-8, Isaiah 45:22)
  2. The Bibles teaches that there is one who is called the Father (God the Father) and is identified as being God. (1 Peter 1:2)
  3. The Bible teaches that there is one who is called Jesus Christ and is identified as being God. (John 1:1-3&14-18, John 20:28-29, 1 John 1:1-4&5:20, Philippians 2:5-8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 22:12-20)
  4. The Bible teaches that there is one who is called the Holy Spirit and is identified as being God. (John 14:16-17, John 15:26, John 16:7-15, Acts 5:3-4, Acts 13:2, 1 Corinthians 12:4-18, Hebrews 9:14, Hebrews 10:15-18)

The above points and Scriptures point out that there is one God from eternity who has been revealed as three persons known as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Some people have wrong assumptions and misunderstandings concerning what Christians believe on God and on what the Trinity Doctrine is.  There are people who are against the doctrine of the Trinity at and misrepresent what Christians believe.  What are some of the wrong assumptions or misrepresentations of the Trinity Doctrine?

Some Misrepresentations of the Trinity Doctrine

  1. The Trinity Doctrine is false because it makes no sense.
  2. The word Trinity is found no where in the Bible.
  3. The Trinity Doctrine teaches that there is three gods.
  4. The Trinity Doctrine is a man made doctrine and is not Scriptural.

Now this is just a small list of excuses or beliefs which people use to disbelieve in the doctrine of the Trinity.  For those who are open to examining what the Bible teaches the following will be helpful.  Here is the truth concerning the Trinity Doctrine.

  1. The Trinity Doctrine is not a false doctrine , rather the Trinity makes logical sense.  Just because our minds or thoughts do not comprehend the eternal nature of God does not make it wrong or false.  For example, the Bible states God is from everlasting to everlasting, that God is all-knowing, etc, but does anyone fully comprehend those things?  I would submit to you, no, no one fully understands those things and at times for some people they don’t make sense.  There are many things in the Bible that are true but we may not understand them, but that does not make it untrue.
  2. The excuse or reasoning that the word Trinity is not in the Bible is not reasonable.  The word Bible is not found in English Bibles either, but does that mean the truth of the Bible is not found in the Bible?  The word Monotheism is not in the Bible but the doctrine is.  We base our faith or beliefs in something that is taught in the Bible, not necessary a particular word.
  3. The Trinity is not three gods, that is a misrepresentation of what Christians believe.  Christians believe that there is one God by nature revealed through three distinct persons.  No Christian believes in three gods, and to state this is to give a false witness concerning what Christians believe.
  4. Those who say the Trinity Doctrine is a man made doctrine do not understand the issues.  Any doctrine we have from the Bible came from revelation from God to man, therefore doctrines are taught from man.  Those who object the Trinity say the Trinity is not Biblical, but the problem is that they have not taken the time to examine the Trinity from what the Scriptures teach.

This information is for those who are searching for answers to better understand what the Trinity Doctrine is and to help explain the Trinity Doctrine in simple terms.  The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but the doctrine is.  The Bible teaches that the Father is God, Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God, and all three personages are by nature the one eternal God.  In studying the Bible the Trinity Doctrine takes prayer, research, and growing in the Christian faith.   If you have questions or comments you are encouraged to share them with us.  May God give us guidance and understanding concerning these issues.

Discussion

9 thoughts on “Explaining the Trinity Doctrine: What is the Trinity Doctrine? What does the Bible teach?

  1. 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:
    Matthew 28:18-20 (in Context) Matthew 28 (Whole Chapter)

    Luke 11:13
    If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
    Luke 11:12-14 (in Context) Luke 11 (Whole Chapter)

    Look at these two verses ( NT/KJV) and see if we agree #1 it is the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost that make up the trinity. #2 The heavenly Father (God) gives the Holy Spirit to them that ask. Here is where some people even Christians may be confused, because of the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit. The above verse Luke 11-13 is the only place in the NT with the exact words in capital letters of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is the Comforter even the Spirit of truth, as stated above in your explination.

    When a person accepts Jesus, as the Son of God ( New Birth ) God enters by the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13) because the pereson ask or prayed for God to save his soul. I hope this is of some help, and is not my intention to be confusing. More discussion if would like to contact: God Bless You: Stephen

    Posted by STEPHEN L. MEREDITH | January 8, 2012, 8:48 PM
  2. I believe the Holy Spirit is God’s soul here with us on earth
    We are Baptized in the name of the Father{God}, The Son{Jesus Christ} and the Holy Spirit. THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.

    Posted by CAROL | January 28, 2012, 10:21 AM
  3. What about Gen 1:26-Then God said,” Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
    Isn’ t that stating the Trinity? That there is maybe divine beings all of one mindset. Hebrew word for God is elohim, is a plural noun. Just something to think about.

    Posted by Donna 1op | February 7, 2012, 8:14 AM
  4. Yes Donna we can get an understanding of the Tri-Unity in Genesis 1:26. We see God speaking in the plural and man was created in the image of God, not angels, not monkeys lol etc.

    Also you can check out Genesis 19:24 & Amos 4:10-11 in literal translations (KJ, NKJ, ESV, NASB, even the JPS).

    Also Isaiah 48:12-16 showing three being addressed. We see various places showing a unity in how God has been revealed though they would of not understood this in the OLd Testament as we do now through the revelation of Jesus.

    I plan to do a post on this very soon.

    Posted by Kelly Powers | February 7, 2012, 9:02 AM
  5. Mark 12:28-30, (NIV1984) The Greatest Commandment
    28) One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
    29) “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.[a] 30) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] [Capitals added to highlight specific phrase]

    Posted by sonja | June 18, 2012, 12:29 AM
  6. Who did jesus pray to himself? Do your research where the trinity doctrine began.

    Posted by nancy | October 15, 2014, 9:33 PM
  7. When he said let us make God in our image, he was talking to Jesus not some part of a trinity.

    Posted by nancy | October 15, 2014, 9:35 PM
  8. Hello Nancy, thanks for taking the time to share some comments. First, Jesus did not pray to Himself, Jesus when praying prayed to the Father as the Scriptures teach. Second, before you say do research how about responding to the things that were presented in what I have shared, and demonstrate from Scripture what has been shared from BP is inaccurate. Thirdly, when God said “Let Us make man in Our image” this is not stating directly “only” to Jesus, that is a reading into the text that is not stated.

    Consider the following: “26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26-27 NASB) We also read, “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever””. (Genesis 3:22 NASB) Notice in Genesis 1:26 the “Us”, “Our”, and in Genesis 3:22 “one of Us”, thus showing a Unity. Side note, man was created in the image of God, not angels, not animals, etc.

    There are numerous places in the Tanakh that demonstrate God being identified as a Unity:

    “Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven“. (Genesis 19:24) With that we read, “10 “I sent a plague among you after the manner of Egypt; I slew your young men by the sword along with your captured horses, And I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils; Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD. 11 “I overthrew you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a firebrand snatched from a blaze; Yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the LORD.” (Amos 4:10-11 NASB) In Genesis 19:24 there are two whom are called LORD, thus showing a Unity. This is affirmed by what the prophet Amos wrote in 4:10-11 which indicates that the LORD was speaking in the first person and then stated “as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” which is speaking in the third person, thus showing a Unity.

    In Isaiah we read, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” (Isaiah 6:8 NASB) And, “12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob, even Israel whom I called; I am He, I am the first, I am also the last. 13 “Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together. 14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen! Who among them has declared these things? The LORD loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure on Babylon, And His arm will be against the Chaldeans. 15 “I, even I, have spoken; indeed I have called him, I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful. 16 “Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.“” (Isaiah 48:12-16 NASB) Again we read more Scriptures stating “Us” in reference to the LORD, and this is not speaking about angels. Isaiah 48:12-16 is a fascinating text which the speaker is identified as the LORD, the first and last, I am He. In Isaiah 48:16 the LORD states He was sent by the Lord God and His Spirit, which would indicate a Tri-Unity or proof for the Trinity Doctrine. As the New Testament affirms it was the the Father whom sent Jesus Christ into the world to give His life as an atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. (John 1:1-29) And it was through the Holy Spirit that Jesus was supernaturally born through a virgin named Mary. (Matthew 1:18-23, Luke 1:26-35)

    The Trinity perspective has a Scriptural foundation for a base and can be understood logically when examined. Jesus is not God the Father, if that is your view, and those whom hold that view sadly have been deceived. I ask you to look over what I have shared and feel welcome to reply back.

    Posted by Kelly Powers | October 15, 2014, 11:28 PM
  9. The Trinity is summed in scripture, I invite you to examine with me the personage of Holy Spirit. Holy Sprit is the third person in The Godhead thus being the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God Holy Spirit. Look at
    1 John 5:7 . . .the Father, the Word (Jesus, St. John 1: 1-14) and Holy Ghost and these three are one. Holy Spirit is a person; He is referred to by Jesus in John 14:16-18, 26 as He not an “It.” He thinks; He shall bring all things back to your rememberence, He feels; for He is a comforter, He posses intellectual properties; He shall teach you all things, He has personality; . . .But ye know Him; for He dweller in you, and shall be in you; and we can have a personal relationship with Him.

    Posted by Ora | May 15, 2016, 12:31 PM

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