Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Monday, July 27, 2009

On the Trinity

While the word “trinity” is not in the Bible, the Bible explicitly and implicitly teaches the concept. The Old Testament explicitly teaches that God is one God – primarily in the shema (Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one! – Deuteronomy 6:4). The New Testament explicitly teaches God exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 8-10; especially 10:30 and Colossians 1:15-20).

On the surface, we are either faced with a contradiction between the two Testaments, or a deeper teaching. Since the Word of God is complete and without error, we are faced with a deep teaching that can only be understood through comprehensive illumined Bible study. Although Tertullian was the first to give the doctrine of the Trinity its name and later church councils creedalized it, it has always been revealed in Scripture.


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