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 because “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.
The first hint that God was more than one is 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 prophesized 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 not only God, but further, He was one and the same as the Father!
The Prophet and Apostle John recognized that Jesus was God, and wrote: “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" (John 1:1-5).
When doubting Thomas saw Jesus after His resurrection 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 when 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 this salutation that Peter, an eye-witness, believed Jesus was God.
Jesus Himself identified as God when He was questioned by the Jews: “Then the Jews 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!” (John 8:57-58). When we search the scripture diligently we discover that “I am” is the same name that God used when He identified Himself to Moses (Ex 3:14). The Jews picked up stones to kill Jesus when He identified Himself as God, but He slipped away before they could harm Him.
The apostle Paul, who had met Jesus face to face, 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 told us about the third member of the Trinity, “the Advocate, 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). So, in the pages of the Bible we find scripture that undeniably point to the Trinity, the '3 in 1' Living God, whom we can call upon today for our every need.