3 in 1? The Mystery of the Trinity
The Mystery of the Trinity
What the Bible Says:
Many are searching for answers to the mystery of the Trinity (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit). Fortunately we can turn the pages of the Bible to inform us as “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim 3:16). Since scripture is God breathed, we can rely on the truthfulness, integrity and reliability of it to aid us in our quest for knowledge of God. In the pages of the Bible we find scripture that points to the Trinity, the '3 in 1' Living God, whom we can call upon today for our every need.
The first hint that God was a more than one was in Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God (Elohiym) created the heaven and the earth." The word Elohiym means God plural, as in the Hebrew language there is no word for two; all counts of multiples begin at three.
The second Member of the Trinity's birth was prophesied centuries before it happened by the prophet Isaiah: For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Is 9:6). Here we see unequivocally that Jesus was the long awaited Messiah.
Jesus identified Himself as God 3 times. In John 8:57,58 we read that Jesus identified Himself as God when He spoke to the Jewish leaders. They said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and You have seen Abraham? Truly, truly, I tell you, Jesus declared, before Abraham was born, I am. When we search the scripture (Ex 3:14). It enraged the Jews that Jesus identified Himself this way, and they picked up stones to kill Him; however, He seemingly vanished in the blink of an eye before they could harm Him; it was not yet His divinely appointed time to die. In John 18:6 we read that the guards were terrified of him and they fell to the ground when He identified Himself as God in the garden of Gethsemane. and He identified Himself for the third time when He was on trial for His life. As He stood before the High Priest and they asked Him if He was the Christ, He replied “I am”.
When doubting Thomas saw Jesus after He was resurrected He cried: “My Lord, and my God!” (John 20:28); and in a salutation to other believers, the Apostle Peter acknowledged that Jesus was God in his salutation to other Christians; he wrote, “Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ…”. There was no doubt upon reading these words that Peter, an eye-witness to Jesus’ ministry, His death, and His resurrection, believed Jesus was God. Later, the prophet John identified Jesus as God, when he penned the words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (1 John 1:1-5).
Paul, who met Jesus face to face after His resurrection wrote, “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16). Indeed as Paul stated, it is a mystery that has challenged Biblical scholars down through the ages.
Before Jesus was crucified, He spoke about the third member of the Trinity, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you (John 14:26). There are many other instances of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament as well as the New; you will find them if you look for His presence starting with His works at the beginning of creation. You are encouraged to diligently search thru scripture to get to know the Triune God; a loving Father, the Savior His Son, and the Holy Spirit who resides in us today.