MASTERPIECE CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES INTL.
THE TRINITY DOCTRINE
The bible teaches a trinity unit. The word "trinity" is a term used to denote the Christian doctrine that exists as a unity of three distinct from the other, yet related in essence. Each is divine in nature, but each is not the totality of the Godhead. Each has a will, loves and says "I", and "You" when speaking. The Father is not the same person as the Son who is not the same person as the Holy Spirit who is not the same person as the subsistences, or persons. The word "subsistence" means something that has real existence. The word "person" denotes individuality and self-awareness. The trinity is three of these. Though the latter term has become the dominant one used to describe the individual aspects of God known as the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Included in the doctrine of the trinity is a strict monotheism which is teaching that three exists in all the universe a single being known as God who is self-existent and unchangeable (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8). It is important to note that the doctrine of the trinity is not polytheistic as some of its critics proclaim. Trinitarism is monotheistic by definition and those who claim it is polytheistic demonstrate a lack of understanding of what it really is.
God is three persons.
Each person is divine.
There is only one God.
Many theologians admit that the term "person" is not a perfect word to describe the three individual aspects found in God. When we normally us the word person, we understand it to mean physical individuals who exist as seperate beings from other individuals. But in God there are not three entities, nor three beings. God is trinity of persons consisting of one substance and one essence. God is numerically one. Yet, within the single divine essence are three individual subsistences that we call persons. Basically, the universe consists of three elements: (Time, Space, and Matter). Each of these is comprised of three 'components' Time consists of (Past, Present, Future), Space consists of (Height, Width, Depth), Matter consists of (Solid, Liquid, Gas). As the Trinitarian doctrine maintains each of the persons of the Godhead are distinct, yet they are all each, by nature, God. With time, for example, the past is distinct from the present, which is distinct from the future. Each is simultaneous. Yet, they are not three "times", but one. That is, they all share the same nature: time. Note that there are three sets of threes. In other words, there is a trinity of trinities. If we were to look at the universe and notice these qualities within it, it is fair to say that these are the finger prints of God upon his creation the word"Trinity" is not found in the Bible, but does not mean that the concept is not taught there. The word "Bible" is not found in the Bible either, but we use it anyway. In finality, man who God made in his image after his likeness and his kind is the ultimate example. We are tripartai spirit ,soul and body. Likewise, the words "omniscience"means"all knowing" and "omnipotent" means "all powerful" and "ominipresence" means "present everywhere"are not found in the Bible either, but we use these words to describe the attributes of God. So say the trinity isn't true because the word isn't in the Bible is an invalid argument.
Another important point about the Trinity is that it can be a difficult concept to grasp. But this is not necessarily an argument against its validity. On the contrary, the fact that it is difficult is an argument for its truth. The Bible is self-revelation of an infinite God. Therefore, we are bound to encounter concepts which are difficult to understand especially when dealing with an incomprehensible and understandable explanation of God's essence and nature is not possible. What we have, however, is derived from the scripture the truths that we can grasp and combine them into the doctrine we call the Trinity. The Trinity is, to a large extent, a mystery. After all, we are dealing with God himself. There is apparently, subordination within the Trinity in regard to order but not substance or essence. We can see that the Father is first, the son is second, and the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father (John 5:26). The Father sent the son (I John 4:10). The son and Father send the Holy Spirit (John 14:25;15:26). The Father creates (Isaiah 44:24), the son redeems (Galations 3:13), and the Holy Spirit sanctifies (romans 15:16). The subordinate of order does not mean that each of the members of the godhead are not equal or divine. For example, we see that the Father sent the son. This does not mean that that the Son is not equal to the Father in essece and divine nature. A wife is subject to her husband but this does not negate her humanity, essence, or servant to do his will. Jesus Said, "For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but of that who sent me." (John 6:38). Does this mean that the one sent must, therefore, be of different nature than the one who sent him? Of course not. Critics of the Trinity will see the subordinate as proof that the Trinity is false.
For example: God the Father is omniscience "all knowing" (Mark 13:31,32) Jesus said, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the son, but the Father (only). This one thing Jesus does not know if he were the Father he would know all things. We will show that salvation and the baptism in the Holy Ghost are two separate blessings, furthermore in our biblical teachings.