I know based on the title there are already doubters. ” How can any Bible student make such a ridiculous statement?” When taken in complete context of the scriptures the confusion over the Trinity is eliminated.
I have always had an insatiable curiosity. As a young lad in church this curiosity focused on the scriptures. I can remember hearing teachings from the pastor and elders that did not line up with what I read in my Bible. And, of course the most confusing was the teaching on the Trinity. You see, even as young boy in Sunday school I attended “the old men’s class.” My age group was always cutting up, eating pizza, or playing games. I was hungry for the Word not pizza. I could eat pizza at home.
What fueled my curiosity the most was no one had an affirmative answer on the Trinity. I was told that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are “one” person. In my childlike faith I would say, “How can that be when Jesus is in the water, The Holy Spirit is descending from heaven in bodily form like a dove and a voice comes from heaven saying This is my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased ?” I would say, “three distinct individuals in three different geological locations and they are one?” The deacon would say, “Well brother Gilbert, there are somethings that God don’t want you to understand. “WHAT ?” My Bible says, If I lack wisdom, just ask God and He will give it to me in bunches, James 1:5. Months would go by, and I would ask again, If Jesus died on a cross and God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one, how was God alive to raise Jesus from the dead? The precious elder saint would say, ” There are things in the Bible we will never understand until we get to heaven. ” “So God’s word leaves me in confusion when Jesus says, “It is given to me to know the mysteries.”
I have never lost my curiosity of the Trinity. I know you legalists are saying, “the word Trinity is not even mentioned in the Bible.” Your right, neither is automobile, do cars exists?” I started reading some of the long exposés on the Trinity found on the web and almost got a headache. One writer said the Trinity did not exist in the beginning, in Genesis. He needs a King James Bible.
Before I waste time addressing every aspect presented out of confusion, the beginning of the Trinity will be explained as well as much more. The Holy Spirit had taught me much about the Trinity through the Bible but, culmination of my confusion peaked when I was studying the holiness of God. Even in our best comprehension of the holiness of God, we still can not grasp the full meaning. Old testament prophets withered in their holiness when exposed to God. Isaiah, said, “Woe is me !” The prophet goes on in chapter 64:6. But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags.. this he said in their comparison to God. So this begs the question, how can God take the sin of the world to the cross and still be holy? The bible says, … made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin.. 2 Cor 5:21. If God becomes sin, He ceases to be Holy, that my friend is impossible. God will not surrender His holiness for anything or anyone, so how does this work, how does this happen? Just as the Bible teaches, the Son of God did this. Jesus died on the cross because the Father could never do it. That familiar verse John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world… I believe Jesus, the Son, saw the Father’s love for His creation and the sinfulness of man. Jesus knew his Father could never take man’s sin upon Himself in atonement. Jesus knew His Father’s righteousness and the source of His power and knew there was no way the Father could become sin and surrender His power and control of everything. Jesus stepped up and said,” I will do it, I will be the payment, my blood will be for the remission of the sin,” John the Baptist said of Jesus, “Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29 He was looking at Jesus. The bible says in John 1:18, No man hath seen God at any time. So much confusion, so many questions and no real answers
The scriptures seem to present the fuel for all the confusion. I will assure you, its not the scriptures that cause the confusion, its our lack of understanding the scriptures and not taking them on their face value. Nevertheless, lets look some scriptures and see how we misinterpret them. Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created. Jesus is identified in Col 1:16 as the subject, For by Him were all things created. There you have it, the only way for Jesus to create all things and God to create anything is for them to be one person. Jesus says in John 10:30, I and the Father are one, these words are in red in my bible. This is where a lazy Christian excepts tradition over doctrine because its easier. So Jesus and God are one, not two, one? This is what I was taught. Then comes a problem. In His departing prayer found in John chapter 17 Jesus prays for his disciples in verse 11 as He is speaking to the Father, that they may be one, as we are, again in verse 22, that they may be one, even as one are one. Is Jesus saying we are all going to be God? God forbid, yet because of the confusion in the Trinity, tele-evangelists have used this verse to say, YOU ARE LITTLE GODS !!! Wrong !!! Any bible student worth their salt knows that being one means unity, agreement, like-mindedness. We can not be deity, yet we can be in agreement. Jesus and the Father were always, totally in agreement focused on the same objective with the same method. Not one in number, two distinct personalities with two distinct geographical locations. Its no wonder the heathen laughs at our ignorance and our lack of understanding of who God is.
If I were to say that Jesus is the son of God you would have no problem with that. Yet, if I said Jesus was not God, your about to hang up. If you believe Jesus was God there are numerous scriptures you have to twist and bend to come to that conclusion. I told a pastor friend of mine that I was writing about the Trinity and the Holy Spirit had revealed some real interesting things in the scriptures. He laughed, and said, “yeah right !!” Consider this scripture Matthew 16:13 Jesus says, Whom do men say that I the son of man am? That’s absolutely amazing that Jesus would ask this question! Not really, He knew the confusion there would be over the Trinity. Then he brings the question down to his group of disciples. Matthew 16:15, But whom say ye that I am? Peter says in vs 16, Thou art the Christ the son of the living God. Jesus told Peter that flesh and blood, man, had not revealed this to him but Jesus’ Father which is in Heaven had revealed this to him. This is amazing in that Jesus did not correct Peter and furthermore, Jesus said the Father, God, was in heaven not standing before you. Jesus put a geographical distinction between Him and the Father. In Matthew 14:33 Peter has just walked on the water with Jesus and Jesus gets into the ship and the waves cease notice what the disciples say, Of a truth, thou art the Son of God. Again Jesus does not add anything to their statement or correct them. Look how much smarter the demons are as compared to the theologians. Multiple times the demons recognized Jesus look at Matthew 8:29 And behold they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God?
For me to say that Jesus was not God, He was the Son of God most ignorant preachers would scream “BLASPHEMY !!!!” Yet they are so caught up in traditional teaching they can not see the scriptures. To say that Jesus was the Son of God and not God in no way challenges His deity. You may say there were many sons of God so that in and of itself puts Jesus in that category therefore, Him being in that category annuls His deity because they are not deity. On one point you would be right, they are not deity. The difference between them and Jesus is that Jesus is the, only begotten Son. Remember this verse, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life ? How many times have you quoted this verse and overlooked the significance of, only begotten ? Begotten is used four times in the gospel of John. What does begotten mean? It simply means “born”. Jesus is the only Son born of God. Have you never noticed Col 1:15, speaking of Jesus, Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature ? See that word “born”? When something is born that means that something alive comes out of something alive. Jesus was the firstborn, look at Genesis 1 vs 3 And God said, Let there be light and there was light. The first thing God spoke, the first words out of the mouth of God was “light”. Jesus was and is that “Light”. Is it not amazing that John, who states that Jesus was the only born out of God Son goes on in chapter 1 to say that Jesus was “that Light” in verses 7-9 four times. And each time “Light” is capitalized to show its deity. Also John writes in verse 14 of chapter 1 And the Word (deity) was made flesh. Now check this out in Genesis 3 vs 8 Adam and Eve had just sinned and were hiding, And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden…. How does a voice walk ? And the Word was made Flesh.
I’m gonna leave it here for now and entertain comments…