A Short Bible Study/Proof of the Doctrine of the Trinity
by Pastor Dick Helms, June 17, 1999
As Christians we are often
asked "where is the Trinity in the Bible?". While there are
many great dissertations on this foundational
Christian doctrine, here is a very short study that I pray will help believers better
understand their own faith and also better equip them to defend it to seekers. 1PE
3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to
every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
GOD IS ONE.
THE FATHER (LORD) IS GOD.
DEU 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The
LORD our God is one LORD: DEU 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
ISA 43:10 Ye are my
witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe
me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed,
neither shall there be after me. ISA 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside
me there is no saviour.
ISA 44:6 Thus saith the
LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am
the last; and beside me there is no God.
THE SON (JESUS) IS GOD.
JOH 1:1 In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
JOH 10:30 I and my
Father are one. JOH 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him
(The Jews knew that Jesus claim in vs. 30 was that "He
was God". Ergo, they wanted to stone him, the appropriate scriptural punishment
for such blasphemy.)
COL 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness
of the Godhead bodily.
THE HOLY SPIRIT (HOLY
GHOST) IS GOD.
ACT 5:3 But Peter said,
Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to
keep back part of the price of the land? ACT 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own?
and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing
in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
GOD IS ONE.
EXO 20:2 I am the
LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
bondage. EXO 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
If one truly believes that the Bible is
God's Word, and that it is without error and true and trustworthy in all aspects,
then one must believe each/all the following.
That God is one.
That the Father is God.
That the Son (Jesus) is
That the Holy Spirit
(Ghost) is God.
The only logical way to
reconcile these seemingly contradictory teachings is to understand God as One God,
eternally existent in Three Persons. The Doctrine of the Trinity. God Three in
One. Never forget MAT 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men
this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he
went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God
descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my
Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (MAT 3:16-17)
For there are three that
bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
(1 JOHN 5:7 KJV)**
Amen and Amen!
** Most modern
translations/versions (except the NKJV) of the Bible have removed this
verse or reduced it to a footnote to the text. While the doctrine of the Trinity stands
firm without it, this verse is historically a part of time tested/proven Scriptural
text/doctrine and is the sole singularly complete statement of the doctrine of the Trinity
in the Bible. Perhaps the "oldest" manuscript is not necessarily the
COLOSSIANS 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil
you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ.
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