Summary: The doctrine of the Trinity has caused the most confusion as far back as the first century with many not being unable to, or not wanting to, fathom its reality, thus dismissing Christianity. Using the Bible as our text, we examine this vital doctrine.
The Trinity Conundrum
As we began this new year, the Lord laid upon my heart the need to look at what defines those who God considers His remnant, and the main determinate was that these churches and believers got away from all the religious trappings of the formalized church and began to go back and remain faithful to the basics of the faith.
Teachings were no longer about the ills of society, how to become better citizen or how to survive in the world of that day or even of our own day, nor were they about a form or method of governance, but rather it centered upon the Lord God from His word, and His word alone.
Now, while I’ve taught on the doctrine of the Trinity in the past, as I have all these doctrines that we’ll be looking at throughout this year, this one doctrine of the Trinity is probably the most important teachings there is, because without a proper understanding we will never grasp the importance of what Jesus did, and how God not only works in our world, but also in our lives.
This became evident just the other week as I looked at our how we as believers are called God’s representatives. And using how we have been made in the image and likeness of God, and now through Jesus’s death we’ve been restored to that relationship with God, a pastor on one of my social media sites, and who had recently graduated from divinity school, said I was doing damage to the doctrine of the Trinity.
Now, I never take these statements lightly and wanted to know more about his reasoning, and once I found out his reasoning, and trying to explain how it is not blasphemy as he mentioned, I realized that this doctrine may be something that is being be glossed over even in Christian Universities. But just to make sure, I followed up with some apologist and pastors, where some commented on the soundness of what I presented.
Now, in our time together, there’s no way that I am going to explain the fullness of God and of this vital doctrine, because there have been books and even volumes written on this subject, which is probably why the vast majority of Christians would never undertake such a monumental task.
Therefore, as a teacher and pastor, what I have tried to do is take this doctrine and break it down to its essentials so that everyone can get an understanding.
Now, I have put this in a writing entitled Bible Cliffnotes, which can be found on my webpage “spiritualtransformationseries.com.” This will give you more than what I will be addressing today, because of our limited time.
Now, out of all the doctrines, the Trinity has caused the most confusion. The doctrine says that God is one and yet eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This definition has had people as far back as the first century scratching their heads either being unable to, or not wanting to, fathom its reality, thus dismissing Christianity and this doctrine as a whole.
But the Trinity is neither irrational nor impossible. It may be beyond the reach and scope of our complete understanding, but consider, how can we as finite human beings with limited brain capacity understand an infinite God with unlimited capability.
Even the Lord tells us about our shortcomings in this area.
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God’s nature goes beyond our ability to completely understand, and that’s because we know of no other being like God. However, this shouldn’t stop us from thinking and exploring its possibility. The mystery of the Trinity invites us to come and study and partake of biblical revelation.
And this is what I hope to do in our time together, and that is give you a logical working understanding of what the Bible says about God as a Trinity.
However, before we dig into this doctrine of the Trinity to see if it’s biblical, or a religious fantasy, it may be good to look at its importance.
The concept of the Triune God, or Trinity, is one of the foundational teachings of Christianity and is considered a bedrock of the Christian faith, because it shows the person and deity of Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully human.
Why is it important to know that?
First, if the doctrine of the Trinity isn’t believed, then a person’s salvation is at stake. If Jesus was not fully human and fully God, then He would have inherited the sin nature of Adam and could never have been a perfect sinless sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven, which means that we would never come into a right relationship with God, thus being forever separated from Him.