As I stated in a previous blog, I am reading Christian Beliefs: 20 Basics every Christian Should know by Wayne and Elliot Grudem. Here of are some of main points of Chapter 3 titled “What is the Trinity.”
What is the Trinity? – The Bible’s View
God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) , and God the Holy Spirit, have eternally existed as 3 distinct persons, but are only 1 God. This is called the doctrine of the Trinity, and is difficult to understand completely. Although the Bible never specifically mentions the word “trinity,” the idea is affirmed through out the Bible.
- Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
- 16 After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water ; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17 and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)
All 3 persons of the Trinity are present at once, performing 3 distinct activities. God the Father was speaking, God the Son was being baptized, and God the Holy Spirit was resting on the Son.
Jesus affirms that all 3 members of the Trinity are distinct in their personhood.
- “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 18:19)
Jude also affirms the 3 members of the Trinity are distinct persons.
- 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. (Jude 20-21)