Trinitarian Revelation of God Discussion

Trinitarian Revelation of God Discussion

“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1: John 5: 20-21

For many years Christians have wrestled with the true meaning of “Trinity.” Oden (2009) wrote, “God’s own Spirit is sent in order to enable faith, hope, and love in those who are willing to hear and respond to the divine Word.” The definition of Trinitarian is a person who believes in the doctrine of the Trinity. Furthermore, the doctrine of the Trinity is the Christian belief that: There is One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Confusion often arises when a person attempts to parse the Three for the purpose of establishing each one as independent of each other. Oden (2009) pointed out a heresy called “tritheism,” which is rejected by Christian writers.

Essentially, (in Christian theology) the doctrine of or belief in the three persons of the Trinity as three distinct gods. On the other hand, according to Oden (2009), classical Christianity views the history of salvation as an inclusive three-fold movement from beginning to end. The Trinity is Christianity’s most unique, defining, incomprehensible, and awesome mystery. It is the revelation of who our Almighty Creator actually is—not just a god, but an infinite Being existing in eternity as three co-equal, infinite Persons, consubstantial yet distinct.

In Trinitarian doctrine, God exists as three persons or hypostases, but is one being, having a single divine nature. … “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” do not name for different parts of God, but one name for God because three persons exist in God as one entity. They cannot be separated from one another.

Whether God is Triune or not can be answered by searching the Scriptures, particularly in the following Bible passages:

“I and the Father are one.” John 10: 30 ESV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1: 1

“For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,” Colossians 2:9

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” John 15: 26

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1: 14

“23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” John 12:23

Oden, Thomas C. (2009). Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology. New York, NY: HarperOne


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