[CF Devotionals] 2004-01-11 - The Trinity

Part 2

  1. Basic Scriptures

    Before we look at specific verses, I just want to remind you that neither the word Trinity nor Triunity are found in Scripture. They are simply the labels that have been assigned to the clear doctrinal teaching found in God's Word.

    Obviously, I'm not giving all references, only a sampling. As with the previous teachings we will first look at the Old Testament. Also, I'd like to refer you to Genesis, Chapters 1-3 to consider the creative work of the Triunity.

    Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth." But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel - because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there, the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:1-9).
    "The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. … When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home" (Genesis 18:1-2,33).
    I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him" (Psalm 2:7, 12).
    The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" (Psalm 110:1).

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"" (Isaiah 6:8).

  2. The Nucleus of this Truth

    "This truth of the Bible is a pure revelation from God. There is only one God-not three. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. God, the eternal Father did not make the Son and Holy Spirit. God, the eternal Father did not make the Son and Holy Spirit as His creations at His set time. In other words, God the eternal Father, the eternal Son and the eternal Holy Spirit always have been. The Godhead is a Trinity in Unity." (Stringfellow, Alan B., ed., Through the Bible in One Year, Vol. 3 Great Truths of the Bible, Copyright © 1981 by Virgil W. Hensley, Inc. Publisher, Tulsa, OK, p. 19)

    Some find the best illustration of the Triunity is in1 Thessalonians 5:23, which states.

    "I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

    This is seen as showing how we are "not three persons, but a three-in-one person. God is three in One." All illustrations fall short, because God is infinite and we are finite. We will never be able to grasp the fullness of this great truth.

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