These Three Are One: The Doctrine Of The Holy Trinity

  Look at vs.3: “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.”  And yet Gen.1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Therefore, Christ is God!  This first chapter of John’s Gospel is a beautiful revelation of the person of Jesus Christ.  It abundantly testifies to his deity.

  Let us turn, next, to 1 Tim.3:16. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh”.  In their efforts to erode this doctrine from the Bible, heretics have, in many modern versions, translated this passage as “He who was manifest in the flesh.”  But not only is such a reading a corruption of the true Greek text, it is also absurd! Think about it: what is so mysterious about, “He was manifest in the flesh”?  This is true of all men!  You and I are manifest in the flesh!  Ah, but God manifest in the flesh – that is the mystery of godliness!  “And the Word (the Son) was made flesh,” Jn.1:14 says.  The Son, therefore, was God: God manifest in the flesh.  Jesus Christ is both God and man.  As God, he had no beginning, having always existed, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, from all eternity; as man, he had a definite beginning in time.

  Now on to Heb.1:8.  “But unto the Son he (God the Father) saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever”.  In this passage, which is a quotation from Psa.45:6, God the Father calls his Son, “God”!  And yet, we know, for Scripture is so plain on the matter, that there is only one true God.  Then, there can be only one way to understand this: the Godhead is one, but there is more than one person in the Godhead.  The Father is God, and the Son is God.  And (as other Scriptures reveal) the Holy Spirit is God, as well.  Is this a mystery?  Most assuredly it is!  And yet it is true; for God has spoken.

  Jesus Christ is “over all, God blessed for ever” (Rom.9:5).  And Tit.2:13 says, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”  This verse is not referring to two persons, God the Father and then the Saviour Jesus Christ, but to one person, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is “the great God and our Saviour.”  For it speaks of his “glorious appearing.”  It is CHRIST who shall appear one day, in power and great glory, not God the Father, as many Scriptures make plain.  And so we find that he is expressly called “the great God.”

  “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God, and eternal life.”  These are the words of 1 Jn.5:20.  What do they tell us?

  “That we may know him that is true” – this is God the Father (Jn.17:3).

  “And we are in him that is true” – this is the Son, as is expressly stated: “even in his Son Jesus Christ.”  Now note, both the Father and the Son are here described as “him that is true.”  And then, removing all doubt, it says, “This is the true God, and eternal life.”  Who is meant?  Both the Father and the Son!  Compare the passage with Jn.1:1,2.

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