My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, today we shall take a journey into our spiritual faith and explore our understanding of the foundations of our Christian faith. In particular, the doctrine of the Trinity. A doctrine that was first established in the Nicene Creed to counter heretical teachings of breakaway sects of the church
Look at the world outside these doors, and we realize the turmoil and immoral life that exist around us. We assume that these doors of this church exist as a haven and regeneration of our faith. Basically, we come every Sunday for our spiritual boost before walking out the doors. However, the reality of this view is far from what scripture provides for us. These halls of worship are not only a haven for personal regeneration, but it equips us to become beacons of spiritual strength and integrity that empowers us to face the uncertainties of the world outside. How we equip ourselves within these halls of theological understanding provides the objective reference to hold on as our guide to be steadfast against the enticements that skew our views and tempt us in our most secret and lustful desires that leads us into a downward spiral of immorality.
Understanding the foundations of the Christian worldview is wrapped in accepting GOD’s existence and his active participation in our daily lives. Other worldviews provide teachings within moral and ethical boundaries but do not provide spiritual coherency to the knowledge of their gods. The reality of these beliefs does not lessen their inherent values, but their doctrines exist out of their nature of reasoning. Every human being on this planet exercises that choice in what they accept as their truths. These views are a part of our inherent values, which happens to be the foundation of the Christian worldview; that all of us are created in the image and likeness of God. We are given these attributes to discern moral values within a boundary that fits the standards of their reasoning. Whereas, as Christians, we are attributed with God’s moral boundaries, which is the foundation of our objective beliefs.
So what makes the Christian worldview spiritually meaningful in our life. What makes God of the Bible the one and only true God over all creation? Do we attribute our beliefs based on fact and evidence, or is it the combination of faith and trust grounded and supported by fact and evidence?
I believe it is a combination of all factors that provide Christians with the undeniable truth to their faith. Many worldviews subscribe to a Creator narrative and view their creator as a god or gods. Some view their creator as unknowing and unapproachable, while others attribute their gods as assigned sovereign overlords over different material realities. At the same time, others view spiritual enlightenment as achieving a state of nothingness with this cosmos. However, the Christain worldview reveals a God who seeks to reveal himself to his creation. He seeks to have an intimate relationship and promises his creation eternity in his presence. The GOD of the Bible makes himself known through endless revelations and actions that seek to bring his creation into his kingdom. The God of the Bible does not hide but teaches, animates his actions in approval or disapproval towards his creation, he pours his love upon us through his interaction, patience and steadfastness, and his grace in his loving action to redeem us.
The revelation of God in the Bible gives us the foundations of his majesty and reality to who GOD is. The Trinity is the foundation of the majesty of the being that exists in God. Denying the reality of this being is to deny the very existence of God. Why is that so? The GOD of the Bible is far greater than any know worldview, as it brings together what many other worldviews view their beliefs; that the creator of this universe is incomprehensible and far beyond any mortal ideology of systemization what they see their creator as. If worldviews agree that the creator is far beyond human comprehension, then why does the idea of the Trinity not fit that category. This is why non-believers have allowed their tainted objective views to misguide their epistemology or knowledge of a GOD to the fact that GOD is far more extraordinary than human comprehension.
The representation of their creator is limited and founded within subjective views that either originates from one individual or compression of a broad scope of gods that eliminates intellectual reasoning. If Buddhism is true, it ultimately focuses on one man’s teachings, who sought to detach from a world he considered incomprehensible. He did not like the world; therefore, he sought to disengage from it. He did not like what he saw to he sought to free himself from its reality. Islam focuses on one man’s teachings, who subjectively claimed divine authorship of his teachings, which coincidentally parallels much of the many teachings during his period, one of which was the early church.
Whereas the Christian worldview views GOD from centuries of prophecized teachings that were revealed through sixty-six books, from approximately 35 different authors over a period of 5000 years depending on which scholarly interpretation and written since 500 BCE, again depending on which scholastic version prescribed to but the point here is that the consistency and accuracy of the written Word of GOD have been exact and produced results that match what was written. GOD revealed his Word through the prophets, who passed them down through the generations. These truths were written prior to the outcome and not post revelation, meaning they were documented and passed down before the outcomes were revealed.
So how does it provide the revelation of the Trinity? The answer lies in the revelation of GOD himself in his written Word. Scripture has revealed the existence of the plurality of the GODHEAD in the opening verse of Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” “Re-set bara elo-him samayim eres” The world GOD here is denoted by the Hebrew word elo-him which also is considered a plural within the Hebrew translation. However, the word ‘created’ – bara, associates the prior word elo-him as a singular. The opening verse begins with an statement that contradicts itself, or so it seems; however, the scripture continues to reveal this constant association of a plural God against a singular action. Was it a mistake, or was there divine revelation?
In Genesis 1: 26 – “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…….” The word us is a clear indication of the plurality of the speaker, and it clearly shows that there is more than one in the verse it is referring to.
In Genesis 11: 7 – “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” In the tower of Babel episode, we again see the plurality of the use of the word ‘us.’
In Deuteronomy 6:4 (the Shema) – “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (sama yisra el yehova elo-him yehova ehad) Again the use of a particular word points to the plurality of the Godhead. For one, the Hebrew word is ‘ehad‘, which denotes a cluster, like a cluster of grapes. This is a direct reflection that there was already the establishment for the mystery of who the creator was in the Old Testament. However, the answer is not revealed…..yet.
This mystery is answered in the New Testament, with numerous references to the persons of the being of GOD. The New Testament reveals the complete revelation of G-O-D in the Trinity. Each member of the Trinity is revealed in these following verses
John 6:27 (Jesus Speaks) – “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”
Romans 9:5 – 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 3:16 – 16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
All the persons in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are clearly seen and answer the plurality of the GOD of the Old Testament.
As in John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Whom is the Word is revealed in John 1:14 – “14 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.” Since the beginning, Jesus Christ has been and has existed together within the Trinity.
How about the Holy Spirit? Well, let us look at Genesis 1: 2 – “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water. Therefore placing the ‘Spirit of God’ inside the creation narrative who exist outside creation: “for he was hovering over the face of the waters.” The presence of the Trinity in the creation narrative reveals the Trinitarian GOD.
The combined and complete understanding of the scriptures reveals the Trinity. The Bible reveals GOD in ‘being’ in harmony in three persons, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit.
We cannot allow secular views and thesis or concepts to dictate the divine nature of the essence of GOD because GOD is far greater and glorious and magnificent than any philosophical or academic mortal intellect to answer this question. It is not, 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 3 or 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1, for to do that is to place the glory of our great and glorious GOD on the same platform of mortals intellect and comprehension.
The inerrancy of the divine Word of God reveals the nature of the Trinity, who acts within the GODHEAD as the true nature of the essence and being of GOD, in three persons.
When we leave through these doors today, take these truths as part of God’s revelation to our spiritual empowerment that our GOD is the God of love, compassion and grace, who has, is and will reveal himself in our lives. Our faith is the key to opening the doorway to His glory. Don’t allow foolish secualr views enforce our faith. It is our spiritual choice to believe in faith to a GOD that is far greater and glorious than any humann view. It is within His Word that he reveals himself and it is in His Word we embrace as our pillars to the revelation of unswayed faith in Him.
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Excellent article. It answers alot of the questions related to the Trinity reference in the Old Tstament.
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