The Trinity

By: Woody Godbey

The Divinity of Christ has been slandered and attacked from the very start of His ministry here on earth. Is He the Son of God? Is He God or a created being? I have a friend who was invited to preach at a certain church but was told that he couldn’t say anything about the Trinity or Jesus Being God. My friend turned down the invitation, praise God. The Divinity of Christ and the Trinity are denied by most cults and they both are major doctrines. No one can fully understand or comprehend the Trinity but for me, I wholeheartedly believe that the Bible teaches that God is Triune, and that Jesus is God. The nature of God is three persons of one essence. Those three are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Those who deny the Trinity, have a whole lot of other problems with scripture. Those who deny that Jesus is God have a problem with eternity!

The Trinity is taught in the first verse of the Bible. Genesis 1:1, In the beginning God (Elohim) created………Elohim is the plural form for God which speaks of the Trinity. Then in verse 26, it says: “Let us make man in our image.” Who is “US” if not the Trinity? Another corrupt doctrine is to say that Jesus is the Father or that The Father is Jesus. In other words, one continues to change Himself to the Father to the Son to the Holy Spirit.

Another reason that can’t be true is because John 1:18: says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him”. Jesus also said, “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form” (John 5:37). These two scriptures teach us an important fact: The Father has not directly spoken to or been seen by any human being at any time.

But if you look through the Old Testament, you see many occasions when God was in direct contact with human beings. Here are a few verses you can look at for an example, Genesis 2:16-17; 6:13-14; 12:1; 17:1; Exodus 3:4-6; 33:11, 22-23; Numbers 12:6-8; Deuteronomy 4:33; Jeremiah 1:4-10. Every one of those passages we see a divine being interacting with people. But according to Jesus, this divine being could not have been God the Father who is Spirit.

In Matthew 11:27, Jesus said that He came to “reveal” the Father. Jesus really opened a can of worms in John 10:36, by claiming to be the Son of God, When He announced that, he was contradicting one of the Jew’s most treasured doctrines, that God is composed of strictly one divine being. They did not understand that God is a family, composed of the Father, Son and Spirit (John 1:18; Romans 1:4; Philippians 2:6-11). If the One who revealed Himself to the patriarchs and Israel in the Old Testament was not the Father, then who was He? Did Jesus preexist before Bethlehem?

Scripture clearly shows us that the God who interacted with humans in the Old Testament was the One who became Jesus Christ. The Bible reveals that before Jesus was born to Mary, He was the One John called “the Word” (John 1:1, 14). This title perfectly describes His function before being born as a human being. “Word” in John 1:1 is a translation of the Greek word Logos, meaning “a word” or “something said”. That includes both the thought and the spoken word.

The use of Logos to describe Jesus before His human birth gives us insight into His Old Testament identity. The Word was, essentially, the being in the God family who served as the spokesman. He has always been responsible for communicating the will of the Father to human beings, during Old Testament and New Testament times. When God’s voice or revelation was given, it was through the Word, who became Jesus Christ, or an angel. The Father has never spoken directly with human beings. Jesus made His identity very clear, sometimes even to the point of being physically harmed.

In John 8:56 Jesus said He knew Abraham. Since Abraham had lived and died nearly 2,000 years before, this statement offended the Jews Jesus was talking to. They considered it blasphemy that a mere man (as they viewed Him) “not yet fifty years old” had the audacity to claim He had known their patriarch Abraham (verse 57).

Now for the real shocker. This is Jesus response, “Verily, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (verse 58). Yep, Jesus just claimed that He predated Abraham. That must have blown their socks off, but He gives them even a greater shock when He claims to be the Great “I AM”. This was actually a divine title of God! When God had appeared to Moses from the burning bush, God had identified Himself as “I AM WHO I AM” and “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). By identifying Himself as “I AM,” Jesus claimed that He had eternally existed. Jesus identified Himself as the God of Abraham and Moses, and the One who led Israel out of Egypt which is also affirmed by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.

Jesus’ disciples, those closest to him, testified that Jesus is God. Peter writes “our God and Savior, Jesus Christ” in 2 Peter 1:1; Thomas addresses Jesus as “My Lord and my God!” in John 20:28; and John called the Word/Jesus, “God” in John 1:1. Also, the apostle Paul calls Jesus “the great God and Savior” in Titus 2:13.

I have some bad news for those who say they are Christians but do not believe that Jesus is God. That bad news is, you are not saved! Jesus is God incarnate which means God took on a fleshly body. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and was crucified on an old rugged cross to pay for the sins of man. He was raised to 3 days later, instructed His Disciples and Ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is making intercession for us. Thank you, Jesus,! God Bless!