Attached is a file of verses that help us understand where we get our understanding of our doctrine of the Trinity.  It is not an exhaustive list.  It is meant to be a discussion starter.  I will add to it as discussion on this site brings up new verses.  As you read over these verses remember that our Lord inspired men to write over 2000 years and still maintained this kind of pin point precision.  Our God is an AWESOME God!

Peace!

Tom

  1. October 16, 2008

    Tom, thanks for this. Just last night in my Adult Confirmation class we were discussing the 3rd article of the Apostles’ Creed and the question of the Trinity came up. This document is very helpful in helping our finite minds understand the infinite power that is the Trinity, the only True God.

  2. August 10, 2009

    My mind is racing as well! Be still and know that He is God, right!

  3. August 12, 2009

    I love it! Just be in the Word and pray. He will do the rest. “The One who calls us is faithful and He will do it.”

  4. August 25, 2010

    You wrote – “Name” is singular because there is only one God. Just as in the Old Testament sons were circumcised in the name of Jehovah, the New Testament disciples are baptized into His one Name, but Jesus goes on the describe that one God as “Father”, “Son” and “Holy Spirit”.

    My question is simple. What is that one “Name” into which the New Testament disciples are baptized?

  5. August 25, 2010

    Phillip,

    Father, Son and Holy Spirit is that one “Name”. Jesus isn’t making a mistake. He didn’t forget to say “Names”. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Just as in Duet. 6:4 “Hear O Israel, the Lord (singular) our God (plural), the Lord is one.” God constantly reffers to Himself in plurality, but unity. Its incredible, this doctrine of the Trinity.

    Tom

  6. August 26, 2010

    Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
    10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

    So then, if “Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is that one Name, would you interpret Phillipians to mean that the name of “Jesus” (Y’shua/Yahshua/Yehoshua) is above that name, and therefore would you conclude that baptising in the name of Jesus (See Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:48, Acts 22:16) is superior, or that it is equally valid at the least?

  7. August 26, 2010

    In Philippians, all bow at the Name of Jesus, not because that name is greater, but because it is equal to divinity. In His state of exultation Jesus has all the authority of the Godhead in person and humanity has to bow before Him. Just as they would have to bow before the Father and the Holy Spirit. I would agree that in the book of Acts baptisms done in the name of Jesus were equal and as valid is baptizing in the name of the triune God. But because of heresies that have existed over the centuries and continue today, we rightfully stay consistent with Matt. 28:19 and baptize in the trinitarian names of God.

  8. August 27, 2010

    It is very gratifying to know that there will be a day when all of the controversy will end.

    1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

    In the meantime, we are the sons of God. Our understanding of him is flawed and incomplete, but He knows all things, and He knows all men. We can love Him and serve Him now, even though we do not see clearly.

    1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

    Until then we do well to avoid heresy, that tendancy toward divisivness and factiousness. While discussions of the nature and essence of God (the Godhead, the Trinity, etc.) ought to engender unity (after all, the real issue is the mystery that Three-Are-One) the real consequence is more often division.

    We all ought to confess that we are not able to understand the nature of God, and such honesty ought to give us pause on those occasions when the old nature rises up to declare that “I am right and you are wrong” when in fact we are all wrong and only Jesus is right.

    Thank you for a peacable discourse.

  9. August 27, 2010

    Amen! brother Amen!

    You are right in saying that our claims to understand the nature and workings of Almighty God are futile and flawed. This is why it is so important they we are “firmly rooted” into His word so what we cling to is of His making and not of our making!

    Peace!

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