THE THREE IN ONE
THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF THE TRIUNE GOD
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
– 1 John 5:7
1. Early Church Controversy
a. The controversy was in liberal Alexandria, Egypt
b. Can’t always believe the history books: they say Trinity started in 3-4th century
c. Arius – Taught Jesus was begotten of the Father, therefore he had beginning (Col 1:15)
i. Jesus was before Abraham and the world – John 1:1-3, 8:58, 17:4-5
ii. Begotten – def. to procreate, to generate
iii. Jesus is the only begotten Son – John 1:14,18, 3:16
iv. A.D – The year of our Lord is from his birth, but was he begotten there?
v. He was begotten at his resurrection (2nd Adam) – Psalm 2:6-8 & Acts 13:33
d. Arianism today: Jehovah’s witness, emptied out Jesus (Kenosis), Unitarians
e. This doctrine is in Statements of Faith, but statements don’t prevent heresy
2. What is a Trinity?
a. The word ‘trinity’ is not in your Bible, be careful to use it, but 1 John 5:7
b. Trinity def. – it means a union of three, a group of three, a triad, God in the definition
c. Natural trinities – Time, space(height, width, depth), matter(solid, liquid, gas) Rom 1:20
d. Three in one is not illogical – it makes sense; 3=1 does not make sense
e. Biblical doctrine: We serve One God comprised of three distinct persons (no gods)
f. Wrong views of the Godhead
i. Tritheism (polytheism) = there are many (three) gods (Mormons)
ii. Modalism = One God wearing three masks
iii. Arianism = Jesus is created by God and is a lesser god (Jehovah’s Witness)
iv. Partialism = The three persons are part of God, but not fully God
3. We Serve One God
a. The prophets said there is one God – Isa 43:10-11, 44:6,
b. Our God is one Lord – Mark 12:29
c. There is but one God – 1 Cor 8:6, Eph 4:6, 1 Tim 2:5
d. The devils believe in one God – James 2:19
4. Jesus is God
a. “I and the Father are one” – John 10:30,
b. The image of the invisible God – Col 1:15, John 14:9
c. “fullness of the Godhead bodily” – Col 2:9
d. First and the Last – Isa 48:12, Rev 1:11,17
5. There are Three in One: God (Father, Son, Holy Ghost) – 1 John 5:7
a. All called God – Phil 1:2, Col 2:9, Acts 5:3-4
b. All called Creator – Isaiah 44:24, Col 1:15-17, Job 33:4
c. All indwell – 2 Cor 6:16, Col 1:27, 1 Cor 3:16
Written by Justin Johnson ~ Grace Ambassadors
I might add that the modern Grace community are Arians or Jehovah Witnesses, with a dash of Mormonism thrown into the mix.
So who raised Jesus from the dead since there is only one God?
“I and the Father are one” – John 10:30
Therefore, if Jesus was separate from God and emptied himself, in reality it also means God emptied himself because he and the father are one.
Quit trying to justify Arianism.