.:IS THE TRINITY A BIBLICAL CONCEPT?
While the Watchtower Society admits that the doctrine of the Trinity “has been the central doctrine of the churches for centuries.”—Should You Believe in the Trinity, p. 3, they deny that it has any basis in the Bible. They argue: “Moses reminded the Israelites that ‘Jehovah our God is one Jehovah.’ (Deuteronomy 6:4) Jesus Christ repeated those words. (Mark 12:28-29) Therefore, those who accept the Bible as God’s Word do not worship a Trinity consisting of three persons or gods in one. In fact, the word ‘Trinity’ does not even appear in the Bible.”—KNOWLEDGE That Leads to Everlasting Life, p. 31
Notice how in trying to refute the Trinity doctrine, the Society misstates it (“three...gods in one”). While it is true that the word “trinity” is not found in the Bible, this does not mean that it is not a Biblical concept. The word “theocracy” is not found in the Bible, yet it is a Biblical concept found prevalent in the history of the nation of Israel as recorded in the Old Testament.
Although the doctrine of the Trinity was not formulated into liturgical worship until it was codified in the creeds of the fourth century, the concept of the Trinity can be found throughout the Old and New Testaments and in the writings of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. In the Scriptures, we read that there is only one God (Isaiah 43:10-11; 44:6,8; 45:21-23; 46:9), and yet the Father is called “God” at 1 Peter 1:2, the Son is called “God” at John 20:28, and the Holy Spirit is called “God” at Acts 5:3-4. The Scriptures also reveal that each member of the Trinity has the attributes of Deity and performs activities that only God can perform. Note the following charts:
Notice that the word “name” is singular (not plural i.e., “names”). Also, the definite article “the” is placed in front of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thus implying plurality within unity. The Trinity is not Modalism—the view that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all one person; nor is it Tritheism—the view that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three separate Gods. Although the Trinity cannot be totally comprehended, it can be apprehended and seen illustrated in the world of nature. Take, for example, an illustration involving three candles. Even after lighting each candle, they are still separate and distinct. However, when one combines each of the three flames together, they become one flame. In the same way, each member of the Trinity is separate and distinct, yet they are one God. As Walter Martin founder of the Christian Research Institute put it:
IS THE HOLY SPIRIT A PERSON?
THE JEHOVAH WHO WAS SEEN BY OLD TESTAMENT BELIEVERS IS JESUS.
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” —John 14:9
THE JEHOVAH WHO CREATED THE UNIVERSE “ALL ALONE” IS THE JESUS WHO CREATED EVERYTHING THAT HAS EVER EXISTED.
IS JESUS YOUR “ONLY LORD”?
If Jesus is not the “only true God,” but is rather just a “second God” under the True God, according to this passage, He must be a false God. While all other so-called “gods” (1 Cor. 8:5) are not “gods” “by nature” (Gal. 4:8), Jesus is by “very nature God” (Phil. 2:6).
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