Summary: A biblical defense of the Trinity.
Should You Believe In The Trinity?
A Biblical Defence Of The Trinity
False teachers have always attacked the central and fundamental doctrines of the faith: the Virgin birth, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the Deity of Christ, and the Trinity. These fundamental Bible truths were, before the eighteen hundreds, adhered to by all the major religious bodies (though there have always been minority groups who reject these things).
The reformation movement had produced many religious organizations, and these adhered to many of the fundamental truths. But after the eighteen hundreds we see the birth and rise of several groups that rejected nearly all these Biblical truths. The most well known of these groups are the Jehovah’s Witnesses. These, more than any I know, have constantly and consistently attacked and mocked the concept of Jesus being God, and the idea of there being a three in one God. Here is just one quote…
"the dogma of the Trinity is not found in the Bible, nor is it in harmony with what the Bible teaches" (Reasoning from the scriptures; page 424).
Does the Bible teach the doctrine of the Trinity? Is such in harmony with the scriptures? In this lesson we shall, briefly, examine certain scriptures that teach the following:
1. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are called God.
2. All three personalities posses divine attributes.
3. The Trinity by association, implication, and clear statements.
I. Father, Son And Holy Spirit Are Called God
A. The Father is God (John 1:18; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Cp. John 4:23-24; 5:18).
"No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him" (John 1:18)
"But to us there is but one God, The Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him" (1 Corinthians 8:6)
B. The Son is God (Hebrews 1:8 cf. 1 Timothy 3:16).
"But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne O God is forever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8)
C. The Holy Spirit is God (Luke 1:35; Acts 5:3-4).
"And the Angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35)
"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost,…thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Acts 5:3-4)
II. All Three Personalities Possess The Same Divine Attributes
A. Each personality is omnipotent.
1. The Father (Revelation 11:17).
2. The Son (Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 1:8).
3. The Holy Spirit ( Hebrews 9:14). He is eternal and therefore is, of necessity, all powerful.
B. Each personality is omniscience.
1. The Father (1 John 3:20).
2. The Son (John 16:30; 21:17).
3. The Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
C. Each personality is omnipresent.
1. The Father (Proverbs 5:21; 15:3; Psalms 66:7).
2. The Son (Matthew 18:20; Revelation 1:13).
3. The Holy Spirit (Psalms 139:7-10).
III. Association, Implication, And Direct Statement
A. Association - The three members of the Godhead are mentioned together in one verse (Romans 8:9; 15:30; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 9:14; 10:29; 1 Peter 1:12; 3:18).