THE TRINITY MADE SIMPLE
Thank you for listening to the Narrow Way Christian Ministry's online Church service, today’s sermon is a part of the understanding the Gospel series, and I would like to start by reading a scripture from the book of (1 John 5:7) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
The title of my sermon is the Trinity made simple, and the purpose of this short sermon, is to explain the biblical doctrine of the Trinity in a simple, and understandable manner. Many people are confused by this simple concept, and false teachers have created many heresies that complicate and confuse people in regard to this doctrine. I was myself very confused when it came to the subject, because of false teachers and corrupt Bible versions, after much research and study I was still unable to see the truth, and I was even once convinced that the Trinity was an unbiblical concept. However I eventually decided that the only way to be certain of the truth of this matter was to humble myself before God, and ask Him to show me the truth, and if you are struggling with this issue, I strongly advise that you do the same thing.
The Bible says in (Matthew 7:7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. I prayed to God, and said that I did not care about being right or wrong in my belief, but I just wanted to know the truth about the trinity. I asked God for the truth, and just as He promised, God gave it to me, and in this sermon I will share the understanding that I received after God opened my eyes to the truth of the Trinity doctrine.
THE TRINITY IN SCRIPTURE
The first thing that I would like to say, is the word trinity simply means three in one, and although the word trinity does not appear in scripture, the concept certainly does and the apostle John wrote extensively about God’s triune nature, and his inspired writings give us the most details on this subject. The simplest way to explain the traditional and biblIcally correct teaching of the Trinity is this. There is only one Almighty God and creator of the world. In the Old Testament He was known by many names including Jehovah, I AM, The Lord of Hosts and others. Scripture teaches us that the one and only Almighty God of the Bible, is made up of three distinct persons which are God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but the Bible also teaches that these three are one. Although this may seem complicated it is best explained by saying, all three persons of the trinity are equally God, but are distinct from one another, for example the Father is God, but the Father is not the Son, The Son is God, but the Son is not the Father and the Holy Spirit is God, but is neither the Father or the Son.
To show clearly from scripture, that the God of the Bible is one God consisting of three distinct persons is easily done, and I will now list several scriptures that show exactly this. I will begin by quoting the same scripture from the introduction of this sermon found in (1 John 5:7) For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
This scripture is self-explanatory, and perfectly describes the three in one trinity concept; it both differentiates the three persons of God, yet explains that they are all one. The next scripture is found in the book of (John 1:1-3) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
This verse explains clearly that Jesus (the Word of God) was both with God in the beginning, and He was God, showing a clear distinction of persons. It also describes Jesus the Son of God as the creator of the world, which is consistent with the story of creation. For example the Bible says in (Psalm 33:6-9) By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
This scripture clearly explains that God the Father spoke the world into existence through His Son the Word of God Jesus Christ, and this is further reinforced by an additional scripture describing Jesus found in the book of (Colossians 1:15-17) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
So we see clearly from those scriptures, that Jesus the Son of God is eternal, and himself God, and that He was present with God the Father at the time of creation. Now at this point of the sermon I would like to discuss the Holy Spirit in regards to the God head, and trinity doctrine. I would like to note that many do not believe that the Holy Spirit is in fact God, but many rather chose to believe that the Holy Ghost is just a force. or expression of God. but when speaking of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said in the book of (John 15:26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
So you can see from that scripture, that the very doctrine of Jesus Christ the Word of God, denies that the Holy Spirit is merely a force of God, but rather refers to the Spirit as He, clearly making a separation between the Spirit of truth, Himself, and the Father, and also confirming the personage of the Holy Ghost.
Another scripture that perfectly illustrate Holy Spirit being the person of God, yet distinct from Jesus, is found in the book of (Matthew 12:31-32) Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
There are many other scriptures that can be used to prove the Trinity is in fact a biblical doctrine, but for the sake of time and simplicity, I have chosen to use only these few to make my point. I would also like to note that there is a false doctrine known as oneness, or modealism, which denies the triune nature of God, and teaches that God is one person that appears, or manifests Himself in three different modes. However this doctrine is easily proven false by many scriptures, some of which I will now list. The first scripture that disproves the oneness doctrine is found in (John 8:17-18) It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
So from that scripture alone, you can clearly see that Jesus uses the example of two distinct persons to describe Himself and God the Father, yet Jesus also says in (John 10:30) I and my Father are one, Which once again, confirms the trinity doctrine, and destroys the heresy of modealism. The final scripture I would like to use to disprove the oneness, or modalist doctrine is found in the book of (John 5:30-31) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
And although there are so many scriptures that could be mentioned that disprove the oneness concept, I have chosen only these few for the sake of time and simplicity. However I believe that these few scriptures are a sufficient as an explanation to the truth of this matter, and that so far I have shown that the Bible clearly teaches the trinity doctrine, and that all three members of the Godhead, are all equally God yet are distinct from each other. I would like to conclude by saying, that people will often accuse believers of the Trinity doctrine, of polytheism, or believing in three different Gods, but this is simply not the case.
JESUS THE ONLY GOD
The trinity doctrine is the belief in one Almighty God consisting of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and these three being one. For anyone listening that is confused or unsure of the nature of this concept, I would like to attempt to explain the trinity to you, by using a worldly analogy. The trinity teaching can be likened to an egg, for example, a single egg consists of three distinct parts, the egg shell, the egg white and the egg yoke. These three parts are different from each other, yet they all are equally an egg. And although there are three parts to an egg all these parts make up a single egg. If you were to crack a single egg, and place the shell next to the yoke and the egg white, no one would be foolish enough to accuse you of having cracked three different eggs, likewise it is also folly to accuse someone who believes the traditional trinity doctrine of worshiping three different Gods. I would also like to note that the best proof of the trinity lies in us, yes human beings are a the best testimony to the truth of the trinity concept. The Bible teaches in (Genesis 1:26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and in (Genesis 1:27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The Bible teaches that every man, women and child was created in the image and likeness of God, and we ourselves attest to the truth of the trinity doctrine, because we as human beings consist of a body, a soul and a spirit, and these three distinct parts of our being, make us one in the image of our creator, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which is the Almighty triune God. I would like to finish this sermon with one final scripture from the book of (John 7:16-18) Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.