The Triune God

Triune God

The Jewish, Latter Day Saints, Jehovah Witness and Muslim and some Christian denominations believe in monotheist where the Bible support the triune God. The common objection how can there be three gods?   

 On researching the Bible in Genesis chapter one verse it iswritten,” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The Hebrew word for God is Elohim El meaning God means; A noun with plural but it is always used with a singular verb when it speaks of the true God. Hence, the three in one God and it used in singular foam 2,600 times throughout the Old Testament. For example, Genesis 1; 26, “ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image” “Then God said (singular verb), ‘Let us make (plural verb). In short, God is a triune God.  

 

Base on Psalm 110; 1 it appears that God is  communicating  to Himself; The LORD says to my Lord: Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” Psalm 110; 1 NASB  This is the declaration of the Lord to my Lord Psalm 110; 1 Holman Christian Standard Bible The Lord (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool. Psalm 110; 1 Amplified Bible (AMP) 

 

 To understand the  two Lords you need to go back to Hebrew. In which I am no expect in this field. For example, LORD it  means YHWH or Yahweh or JEHOVAH the Hebrew word is  {Yehova (Jehova}. It  is best known from the famous “I AM” interaction with Moses (Ex. 3, 13- 14) meaning the God of the past, present, and the  future Jesus uses I AM eight times In the John Gospel; There about 6,800 times LORD is referred in the Bible.

 

Lord; Adonaim; a Hebrew name for God;  Adonaim is the plural of Adon, meaning “Lord, Lord, LORD, master, or owner” (the word Adon derives from a Ugaritic word meaning “lord” or “father”).  In the Tanakh, the word Adon can refer to men and angels as well as to the LORD God of Israel (e.g., Exodus 34:23). God is called the “Lord of lords”(Deuteronomy 10:17) and Psalm 8:1 mentions God as “YHVH our Lord.”


The plural form Adonaim, like the plural form Elohim, is regularly used with singular verbs and modifiers, so it is best to construe the Name as an “emphatic plural” or “plural of majesty.” When the plural is formed using a singular possessive ending (“my Lords”), it always refers to God, and occurs over 300 times in the Tanakh in this form. Adonim & Elohim: Except for “YHWH,” the two most-common names/titles for God in the Biblia Hebraica (Hebrew Bible) are “Adonaim,” which expresses authority or the exalted position of God, and “Elohim,” which expresses concepts of creative divinity. Except for the name “YHWH,” it may be argued that the titles “Adonaim” and “Elohim” say more about the God of Israel than any other name. Certainly, all that the names embody deserve considerable deliberation.. In short, God is a triune God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is same person.  


 For example,  the sun can be uses for both heat and lit yet  it still the sun. It helps the plant grow so can eat and enjoy the plants yet can yet it creates a desert waste land as well yet still the sun. It can produce lovely panorama view in sky to be enjoyed by all, yet if were stuck in middle of the  desert,  yet it would  kill you yet still the sun. You can enjoy the sun from a far yet if went too close it kill you instantly yet still the sun. Jesus is like the sun He wears human clothes so walk beside him. Yet, if displayed His full glory we would die.  In short, God has many titles yet still the same God. 


While the Bible does not use the word trinity; however, there’re several references; for example, when Jesus was baptize in the Jordan River the Holy Spirit descended like  a dove and the Father in heaven uttered these words, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” or another example where Jesus utter these words to His disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”Is this doctrine? If can be omnipresence why is so difficult for God to have three distinct personality?


Why is the triune God is important in our Christian belief, and doctrines even thou word trinity it not found in scriptures; however, for example in Genesis 1; 26, says,  “Then God {Elohim} said, Let Us make man in Our image,” Psalm 110; 1, also says, “The LORD says to my Lord: and Matthew 3: 16-17 says these words, “ The heavens suddenly opened for Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him. 17 And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!


Jesus was constantly praying to His Father, He also stated these words, fourteen times in John Gospel the Father and our one.”  As Jesus declares to his disciples,” Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.” Lastly in Matthew 28,19,  “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” known as Great Commission.


It appears that the Fathers, the Son and the Holy Spirit, were constantly communicating with each other, and a relationship is important to them. If there were only, monotheist would not be lonely? 


Think about families and churches are built on strong human relationship family values. How often do hear from young people but want go out with friend’s relationship matter to them? Or a young person joins a gang resulting from a broken relationship within theirs homes, .and they’re  seeking for relationship that often found in street gangs. If God set these standard when He create the heavens and the earth. Why would he have same standard with Himself?

 

Remember when God create Adam God saw Adam was a lone, and needed suitable help meet, and put him to a sleep, and took a rib from his side As Bible declares, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” An elderly man told once the reason God took ribs from the ma  because the woman was meant to be beside him not behind him nor ahead of him. In short, God about relationship and worship and put on mankind heart to worship Him. St. Augustine penned these words “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

 When researching I found  John Calvin “Institutes of the Christian Religion very helpful. 

Book one chapter 13 section 5, “all would concur in the belief that the Father, Son, and Spirit, are one God, and yet that the Son is not the Father, nor the Spirit the Son, but that each has his peculiar subsistence.” 


Book one chapter 13 section 19, “the most perfect unity of God that the Son may thereby be proved to be one God with the Father, inasmuch as he constitutes one Spirit with him, and that the Spirit is not different from the Father and the Son, inasmuch as he is the Spirit of the Father and the Son.”


Book one chapter 13 section It is as follows: —When we profess to believe in one God, by the name God is understood the one simple essence, comprehending three persons or hypostases; and, accordingly, whenever the name of God is used indefinitely, the Son and Spirit, not less than the Father, is meant. But, when the Son is joined with the Father, relation comes into view, and so we distinguish between the Persons. 


 Is this triune doctrine important most definitely, is it a salvation issue definitely not? I knew a personal care that came in to care for mother who love Jesus and believe in the atoning work of Christ, yet she attended United Pentecost Church believes in the oneness of God not triune God. Yet, we had some great conversion around dine room table about Christ atoning work and she very wise woman.  Yet, I know another person who loves Jesus, and believe Jesus redeemed him from his sins. Yet, he will not attend church due the pressure fellow believer because of his belief oneness of God. I thought of passage in 1 Corinthians 13; 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly. All denominations have errs in their doctrines. Yet, verse 12 – 13 concludes, “but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. All who profess Christ as Lord and Savour do not corner all of scripture? Calvin once said 20% of what he wrote is in err even thou he believe 100 % what wrote. He also would correct any mistakes he made. A student of scripture you always examine  

the scriptures daily and be as accurately when present it

 knowing that you will make  errors understanding of it

 

Calvin  penned these words, : We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.”

 

 

 

 

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