2004-01-25 - The Trinity

Part 3

  1. The Great Truth: "God the Triunity"

    1. The Triunity in the Old Testament

      1. The Truth is Revealed in Names in the Old Testament.

        1. "In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) This name "Elohim" is a plural noun. As we noted last time, Plural, in English, means two or more. In the Hebrew, we have three terms referring to the grammatical number: singular,meaning one; dual, equaling two; plural, meaning three or more. Therefore "Elohim" is a plural noun meaning three or more. …Moses used this name, "Elohim," 500 times in the Pentateuch. (Stringfellow, Alan B., ed., Through the Bible in One Year, Vol. 3, Great Truths of the Bible, p. 19. Copyright © 1981) 7

        2. "And God (Elohim) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness—so God (Elohim) created man in His own image, in the image of God created He them—"(Genesis 1:26-27). "This is another use of the plural noun, indicating the Trinity at work in the creation of man—yet indicating one God in the phrase, "in His own Image." The Godhead is a Trinity in Unity." (Ibid.)

        3. "The man is become as one of us" (Genesis 3:22). Notice the name of the One who spoke, "The Lord God said." … Here the name "Lord" is used (English form). In theHebrew, the name is "Yahweh." "Yahweh is the personal name of God because it means"Redeemer" and was used only after the fall of man. "Yahweh" always relates in a redemptiveway to man." (Ibid.) Here again, note the use of "us."

      2. The Scriptures State the Trinity.

        1. The Holy Spirit is stated in Genesis 1:2: "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."Also in Isaiah 11:1-2 you will find the Holy Spirit named. "A shoot will come upfrom the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge …"

        2. The Son, Jesus Christ, is stated in Psalm 2:7: "I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father." Again in Verse12: "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way …" (Ibid.)

        3. The Trinity is revealed in Genesis 18:1-2 and Isaiah 48:16: "The LORD appeared toAbraham 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." … " "Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit."

To be continued

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