The Holy Trinity or Godhead

Genesis 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 Genesis 3:22  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever:

 Genesis 11:6  And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.   11:7  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

 Isaiah 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 "Let US make man in OUR image": Three plural pronouns, (We, Us, Our) used six different times in four different passages: Gen 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isa 6:8. The unanimous opinion of the early church was that the Father was talking to Jesus.

 The Jews consider the verse in Deut 6:4 as one of the most sacred. (Deut 6:4: "Hear, O Israel! Yahweh is our God, Yahweh is Echad”). The Holy Ghost could have used a Hebrew word that represented the numeric or solitary oneness of God ("yachid" or "bad"), but he used the Hebrew word “Echad”. God also used the word “echad” in Genesis 2:24 when indicating that a married man and women become one. It is clear that a married couple still have separate identities and bodies, but they act as one or agree as one.

 Genesis 2:24  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 Deuteronomy 6:4  Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 Genesis 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

 Genesis 19:24  "Then Yahweh [on earth in human form] rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from Yahweh [in spirit form in heaven] out of heaven. Genesis 19:24. In this text Abraham is visited by three individuals, one being Yahweh and the other two angels. Here we have the Son of God on the earth (Jesus) and God in heaven (father) sending down fire from heaven. This incident when Abraham met with Yahweh is what Jesus referred to when he said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad." (John 8:56) The unanimous opinion of the church Fathers was that Jesus visited Abraham in Genesis 18 and 19.

 Micah 5:2  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

 God the Father says that the Messiah shall come forth from Bethlehem unto himself. Would it not seem strange to state that I will come forth unto myself?

 John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  1:2  The same was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

  After reading the following verse, how can a reasonable person think that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one single being or deity?

 John 5:17  But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.  5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.  5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.  5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.  5:21  For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.  5:22  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:  5:23  That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.  5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.   

 Would Jesus speak in the “second person” if he and the Father were the same entity?

 John 8:54  Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:  8:55  Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.  8:56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.  8:57  Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?  8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

 John 19:7  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

 Philippians 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 Mark 8:38  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

 All three members of the Holy Trinity identified at one time. Jesus was being baptized, the Holy Ghost came in the form of a dove, and the Father spoke from heaven.

 Luke 3:21  Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.

 Jesus refers to his Father being in Heaven while he is on the Earth

 Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 Does one entity or deity need two thrones in heaven?

 Revelations 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

 Jesus instructs how Christians should be baptized. Would he mention all three members of the Trinity if they were not three separate deities?

 Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 The Oneness people often assert that the doctrine of the Trinity was created at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The truth is that early heretics such as Sabellian attempted to corrupt the Church’s view on the Godhead by introducing the oneness views. In response to these heretical attacks, the early church fathers gathered to create the Nicene Creed to document the established views already held by the church. There are also many well documented references to the Trinitarian views of the early church from 70 AD through 325 AD.

 Warnings of “New revelations” about the Holy Trinity or Godhead:

 Another doctrine that Satan has attempted to introduce into the Trinitarian Holiness ranks is that of a “created Christ”. This doctrine teaches that Jesus did not exist as an individual being (or Deity) prior to the virgin birth. They falsely base these views on the verses in Isa 53:1 and Isa 63:5 describing the arm of God and preach that the Father sent his right arm to earth to become Christ. This doctrine is probably more dangerous that the classic Oneness view as it truly denies the immortality and Deity of Jesus Christ. Sadly this doctrine has been propagated by those that were at one time well respected and honored in the Pentecostal Holiness ranks. The Apostle Paul made it clear that we should not head anyone that preaches a Gospel contrary to that presented in the Bible. These confused people also come against the statements of the  “Council of Nicea” to argue against the Trinitarian views (like the Oneness) and against God being “uncreated” (immortal) to support their lies.

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.  Gal 1:9  As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

 Colossians chapter one, quickly refutes this “created Christ” view as it states that by Him “Jesus” were all things created. How could he have created all things if he didn’t exist before the virgin birth?

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

From these scriptures, I think we can fairly state that that the Holy Trinity or Godhead is made up of three distinct entities: God the Father, the Son of God (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (comforter) with all three being equal, distinct, sharing the same divine nature, and existing from all eternity.

 I’m reminded what Jesus said in Mark 12:34 when thinking about how some of the Oneness groups hold close to the standards of Holiness but do not accept the Godhead as the true trinity, but a uni-personal God that takes on different roles at different times. God will be the ultimate judge to determine how much this inaccurate “Oneness” interpretation matters in the end, but it is a fearful thing to fall in the hands of a living God

 Mark 12:34  And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

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