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 THE TRINITY: Yahweh/YHWH is the TRIUNE God


Setting of "plurality" but NOT polytheism: "University" = "unity" plus "diversity". Conceived for the USA seal in 1776, "E Pluribus Unum" = out of many (diversity), one. The philosopher's dream for a proper mankind is "unity in diversity". We have an example in the divine realm (as elucidated within Christianity") in the Divine Trinity (not the Satanic trinity). Our God manifests or expresses Himself simultaneously as 3 beings, all 3 of whom are in constant existence...having always been in constant existence (never created). The first indication is in Genesis in 1:1 with "God" being the plural name Elohim and then Genesis 1:26, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness'..." Both Elohim and Adonai, in Hebrew, are examples of "compound unity" names...indicating "several or many in one".

Take the verse Deuteronomy 6:4 where Moses said, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our GOD is one LORD." In Hebrew it is, "Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad." The Jews call this verse the SHEMA. The SHEMA shows us that God, Elohim, is a UNITY in PLURALITY. The Hebrew word Elohim is a plural form, being a UNITY in PLURALITY. The "ELOHENU" of the SHEMA is "our God" and is a plural word form. The "Adonai," The Lord, is also a plural word. So the SHEMA clearly identifies God as a plural unity. The final word in the SHEMA is Echad, and this settles it once and for all because Echad is a "compound unity" meaning "several or many in one." Yachid is another Hebrew word for "one" and it means "an absolute, indivisible unity." Because yachid is used hundreds of times in the Hebrew of the Old Testament Bible, it is never used to describe the "oneness" of God...echad is used.

We must keep clearly in mind that Moses was, himself, one of the great men of the entire history of mankind...surely Moses had intellect and knowledge on a par with the greatest minds of human history. He was given personal instruction by God; so, it is inconceivable that Moses was simply careless in his choice of words.

Theological word: The theological word, Trinity, is never used in the Bible, and the doctrine of trinitarianism is never explicitly taught in the Bible (the Holy Scriptures). The phrase, "grandfather Abraham" does not appear in the Bible in describing grandchildren of Abraham. But the evidence of parenthood and genealogy is clear in the Bible. So, the doctrine of the Trinity is put fourth through correlating Biblical themes and evidence, as above. The emperor Constantine, by the Edict of Milan, made Christianity the religion of the empire. He moved the seat of the empire from Rome to Byzantium & renamed it Constantinopolis (modern day Istanbul). He called a council of 318 bishops at Nicaea in 325AD to hammer out church variations of the doctrine of the Trinity (unfortunately, the effort was marred by political pressure...fallen human actions...from Constantine). The result was a 316 to 2 vote in favor of the Athanasian position that God and Jesus are of one substance (resulting in the Niceen Creed...affirmed/ratified at council of Rome in 341 & council of Constantinople of 381). [The christianization of the empire caused the empire to consider Jerusalem as highly important rather than just a trouble spot.] So, political pressures continued in religion.

Elements of Trinity: When one thinks about it, God has an amazing desire for intimacy with people/humans. God variously exists/functions or has aspects or manifestations of Himself as The Father of people, The Son (Jesus) as Savior and a potential brother or friend to people. And The Holy Spirit (The Holy Ghost) is potentially as an intimately, internally-indwelling power source in people...God's persona in three expressions or manifestations.  As to Jesus, The Savior: a savior not quite God would be like a bridge broken at its distant end, and one not quite human like a bridge broken at its beginning. And, it would smack of polytheism (more than one God). So, pay close attention! Essential doctrinal elements of the Trinity are:

  • God is one (Christianity is not polytheistic...there is only one God).
     
  • Each of the 3 within the "Godhead" is deity...manifested & not created.
  • The one-ness of God and the three-ness of God are not contradictory.
     
  • The Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is eternal.
     
  • Being one & manifesting as 3, each of the 3 is of the same/equal essence, none being superior or inferior to another, each manifestation having different roles/aspects.
     
  • Being one & manifesting or expressing as 3 = each person of the Trinity is different in function and personhood & not one person with 3 distinct modes that switch on & off.
     
    > God did not become incarnate, the biologically functional human-vessel manifestation of Jesus became incarnate (He had a biological body). So, we might thank God (Father) for our salvation, but we don't thank God the Father for dying on the Cross.

     
    > Jesus was begotten via Divine biological, earthly manifestation but not created anew.

     
    > Jesus, fully God, became incarnate for about 33 years (John 1:14...the Word became flesh) as fully human (body, soul, & spirit...otherwise he would not be an actual redeemable human & could not have qualified as The Redeemer). Jesus the God-man: exactly how he was both God and man...how the two natures (spiritual & human) were existing in one human person...is not yet a clear thing in my mind (it is a "mystery"...and likely to remain so). But, it required that He be indwelt by the Holy Spirit when baptized by john the Baptist. That incarnate biological human body disappeared as mysteriously as it was begotten.

 

 

 

the FATHER

the SON

the HOLY SPIRIT

Name

Yahweh ; "I AM"

Jesus of Nazareth

Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost

as if likened
to a business situation

when acting as: the founder;
the owner,

or the Board chairperson setting the goals, plan, the "will"

when acting as: president
or CEO (chief executive officer) in position to save, inspire, & rescue the company

when acting as:
chief operations officer by coaching, guiding, enabling through proper execution of resource budgeting

as to:
divine essence

each same...He is the Head...the Father, source of perfect love,grace, and mercy; His is the divine and perfect Will;
God is "one".

each same...was a man for 30+ years & God is the Head of Jesus & Jesus is God as the Savior toward God's Will (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1; Romans 1:5; Hebrews 1:8); was indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:32) at baptism. God is "one".

each same...H. S. not man-like & not Father-like; came like a rushing wind;
H. S. is the empowerer of the individual indwelt believer to choose to incline (1) toward the Will & (2) follow the Savior; He translates circumstantial information & The Word & speaks personally but in a "wee small voice" toward The Way of Jesus that leads to the Will of God; God is "one".

as to a vineyard example (John 15:1-8)

is the gardener who prunes

the main vine [the true vine] (people are the branches)

not mentioned (the vine sap?)

as to:
personhood & function

each different

each different

each different

as to:
fundamental roles

has The Will, the agenda

saved mankind & is perfectly obedient;
is on mission to save make, shepherd, and be The Head of believers & guide to right relationships (righteousness)

is perfectly obedient;
is enabler of persons to become (say "yes") and be believers;

is a promise of the Father
(Luke 24);

is a gift to every believer
(Acts 2:38)

 as to presence in the lives of God's chosen people

 BC: present but spoke thru prophets

AD: present but speaks thru The Word, prayer, circumstances, and the church

BC: present but not realized & not incarnate

AD: has all authority on heaven and earth and is the Head of The Church 

BC: did not indwell all of the chosen; He only came upon especially chosen individuals for God's purposes

AD: He indwells each believer (by doing so He baptizes & causes the new birth) and is the agent by whom God "speaks" to the believer 

as to:
the truth of a person's
profession of Christian faith
 

simply desires (and set the way) for all to be saved and "draws" toward "saving belief"

died to cancel sin for all & to redeem all; is author of one's faith; convicts of need to say
"yes" to Jesus belief;

only one knowing sincerity of profession
(Matthew 5:21)
 

 enables to say "yes" to salvation

as to:
eternality
 

yes, Psalms 90:2 

yes, John 1:2
Revelations 1:8, 1:17
 

yes, Hebrews 9:14 

as to:
power
 

yes, equal:
I Peter 1:5
 

 yes, equal:
2 Corinthians 12:9

 yes, equal:
Romans 15:19

as to the WAYS of God 

constitutes God's ways 

lived the example and spoke of the ways of God 

instructs one as to the ways of God 

as to the believer's intimate relationship with Jesus 

wills it 

desires it for you and
leads into knowledge of it
 

enables the believer
into the relationship and as to the mind of Christ

 

as to:
love
 

 originator of love;
His nature is love;

possesses the will to extend love; is love I John 4:16

is the embodiment of perfect love on earth & commands & leads to love of others 

the conduit for pouring out love into the believer's heart
Romans 8:26-28 & works to enable love for others
 

as to:
omniscience
 

yes, total, 100%
Jeremiah 17:10
 

 yes, 99.99999%
Revelations 2:23

(Jesus doesn't know the time of His return...only the Father knows); John 14:28; Mark 13:32; John 5:19; & I Corinthians 15:28)

yes, 99.99999%
I Corinthians 2:11

(only the Father knows the time of Christ's return)

 

 as to:
holiness

equal,
Revelations 15:4
 

 equal,
Acts 3:14

equal,
Acts 1:8
 

as to:
benevolence
 

 thru it, God leads man toward repentance, toward "belief"
Romans 2:4

thru God's benevolence,
Jesus cleanses believer,

Ephesians 5:25
 

 thru God's benevolence,
the Spirit instructs and enables the believer,

Nehemiah 9:20

as to:
creation of the world
 

He conceived it and created it 

 He was there from the beginning

hovered over it at beginning 

 as to:
creation of Man

formed the man
Genesis 2:7
 

created man and man created for him Colossians 1: 

his breath gives man life
Job 33:4
 

 as to:
Baptism of Christ

is well pleased by it Matthew 3:17 

came up out of the water and saw the Holy Spirit
Matthew 3:16
 

descended onto
(pierced into) Jesus
Matthew 3:16 and Mark 1:9
 

 as to:
death of Christ

He conceived of and engineered the plan and agreed that such a way was the only sufficient offset for the sins of mankind 

He agreed to come to earth as a man, to play the role, to live and speak THE TRUTH, to be the Light of the world, and to undergo the details of all of the prophesies and suffer the death. He came 50 days later, at Pentecost, to indwell believers therefrom, on into all the future ages
Acts 2:1

 

 

as to:
Sin
 

declared and defined sin 

 came to reveal sin

is always busy among people, and thru people and other means, urging the conviction of sin within the mind of a person (that person becomes CONVINCED...convicted)
"shouts" a warning to the believer about to fall off course
 

 as to redemption of mankind

willed the process 

willingly came, fully as a man, as the Father's obedient servant to accomplish The Father's will 

came onto/into Jesus (as enablement ?...John 5:19) at his baptism (Mark 1:9) 

as to salvation of an individual, role 

foreknowledges
The Elect
 

(1) paid the redemption price and (2) "knocks on the door"...is the beckoner to you to make a choice...for the "yes" hearer to say "yes" 

LEADS individual to Jesus:
works thru those used to carry the Gospel that the message be conveyed

...quickens the mind and spirit of the "hearer"
...enables the "yes" hearer to hear
..."saves" the "yes" hearer by enabling him to say yes

 

 as to THE TRUTH

defines and declares TRUTH  

His life and words represent it.
He is THE TRUTH
 

the believer's indwelling force for the discernment of the TRUTH.
 

as to THE PRESENT AGE 

created and knows it and has a will and purpose for it 

has all authority over it 

is active in it 

 as to prayer

loves, solicits, receives it 

intercedes for the believer in behalf of it, as requested 

aids the believer in discerning what, how, and why to pray; will intercede for believer, as asked, when believer does not know how or what to pray; our helper in prayer.
 

as to a person's skill of discernment 

creates varying intellectual capacities of individuals 

is the authority and sets the example for discernment 

provides discernment for the believer
 

 as to vengeance

"It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. Romans 12:19 

 is a shield from it for the believer

 no role

as to Judgment 

authority and measurer of proper appeasement 

 passes all final judgment (John 5:22 & 27)

no role
 

as to the peace of the believer 

wills it 

brings, offers
presents it
 

is the conduit for incorporating it
 

 as to spiritual gifts

 

 

distributes the particular gifts to particular believers
 

as to advancement of the
career/work life of the believer
(such as studying in medical school, college, etc.)
 

gives the talents and wills success for person & mankind 

has all authority in Heaven & on earth and can authorize a "best" application in earthly realm for each step for each issue 

 provides enablement (sharpening of mind, memory, motivation and determination)....somewhat related to prayer and strength of spiritual relationship so as to discern direction

as to Kingdom Work
on earth
 

origin of The Will for it 

has all authority to see that The Will is carried out 

following that Pentecost episode after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Spirit comes to & enables the believers, the servants, to be yielded, to be available, and to be used to carry out The Will. The Spirit uses circumstances, other people, and His prompting to lead believers in this work. 

as to the believer's glorification of God 

He desires it,
receives it,

and loves it
 

He intercedes and leads/delivers it via the believer (John 15:5) 

He infuses the power to do so
(originating in Jesus) into the believer

(Philippians 4:13)
 

as to God speaking to believers 

He "speaks" 

He is the interceding link 

He resides within the believer and gives the message through The Word (scripture), prayer, circumstances, and the Church. 

as to knowing the will of God for yourself 

He "wills" that you know it  

He loves you toward desiring to know it 

He guides and enables you into seeing, hearing, understanding what God's will is & what the mind of Christ is as to God's will
 

as to doing the will of God for yourself 

it is His will that you come to know it 

He loves you toward desiring to do it 

He enables you to say "yes" in your decision to do it and enables you to do it. 

as to:
the local church
 

has His will for it 

is the Head of it  

manifests himself as the enabler within each believer for actions and experiences toward the common good of "the body of believers"...the church. The church can be too distracted by worldliness to "hear". I Corinthians 12, Acts 2:38 

as to:
Resurrection from death
 

He wills that the children of God come to Him and His kingdom after their death (has possibly willed that all come to Him) 

He is the actual mechanism for the resurrection of God's children
(John 11:25)
 

no role 

 as to:
the believer discerning
the TRUTH of The Word of God, the Holy Scripture

He breaths (is the origin of) The Word 

He was The Word in living form...we should focus on the record of how He lived His life as an example for mankind 

He guides the believer into The Truth of The Word as the Counselor/teacher of it
(John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7, 13)
 

Some Christian churches do not subscribe to standard Trinitarian doctrine...see this file at Bible Tools in order to see how/why persons MIGHT argue against a key belief in the huge sea of well-considered thought & belief in our faith. I have heard that both (1) the Trinity and (2) crucifition of Jesus were such unacceptable issues to Mohammed & (1) so worrisome to him that Christianity might devolve into a polytheistic religion that Islam was born in his mind.

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(posted August 1998; latest addition 19 October 2015)