Saturday, July 15, 2006

GOD IS NOT A TRINITY HERESY



THE FALSE TEACHING THAT GOD IS NOT A TRINITY

This heresy can be found in the cults such as - Jehovah's witnesses - Unitarians - Oneness Pentecostals - Mormonism

What does the bible say?

The term "trinity" is not in the Bible, but the doctrine is
Matthew 28:19
John 14:16
John 14:26
John 16:7-15
2 Corinthians 13:14
Ephesians 4:4-6
1 John 5:7

The Old Testament teaches that God is one in a plurality.
Though the Old Testament does not fully reveal the doctrine of the Trinity, it does teach us that God is a plurality.
It is left for the New Testament to open up this revelation fully.

Genesis 1:1 - The Hebrew word for God here is elohim. This is a plural noun, but the verb is singular, teaching that there is one God in a plurality.

Genesis 11:6-7 - Here again God is spoken of in the plural and in the singular at the same time.

Deuteronomy 6:4 - This verse could be translated, "Jehovah our elohim is a united Jehovah." The word "one" refers to a unity. The same word for one is used in Genesis 2:24, speaking of the oneness of a husband and wife. This verse summarizes the Bible's teaching about God. He is one but exists in three Persons.

Psalm 45:6-7 - According to Hebrews 1:8-9, God the Father is speaking in Psalm 45, and He is referring to the Son as God.
Sometimes people ask, "If Jesus Himself was God, why did He address the Father as God?" The answer is that Jesus addressed the Father as God for the same reason that the Father addressed the Son as God-because they are both God!



Baptist confession of faith - chapter 2 - God and the Holy Trinity

The Lord our God is the one and only living and true God; Whose subsistence is in and of Himself

- Who is infinite in being and perfection; Whose essence cannot be comprehended by any but Himself;

- Who is a most pure spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or passions

- Who only has immortality

- Who dwells in the light which no man can approach, Who is immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, in every way infinite, most holy, most wise, most free, most absolute;

- Who works all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and most righteous will, for His own glory;

- Who is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth;

- Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;

- Who is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him;

- and Who, at the same time, is most just and terrible in His judgements, hating all sin and Who will by no means clear the guilty.
God, having all life, glory, goodness, blessedness, in and from Himself, is unique in being all- sufficient, both in Himself and to Himself, not standing in need of any creature which He has made, nor deriving any glory from such.

- On the contrary, it is God Who manifests His own glory in them, through them, to them and upon them. He is the only fountain of all being; from Whom, through Whom, and to Whom all things exist and move.

- He has completely sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do through them, for them, or to them whatever He pleases.

- In His sight all things are open and manifest; His knowledge is infinite, infallible, and not dependant on the creature.

- Therefore, nothing is for Him contingent or uncertain.

- He is most holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands.

- To Him is due from angels and men whatever worship, service, or obedience, they owe as creatures to the Creator, and whatever else He is pleased to require from them.

In this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are one in substance, power, and eternity; each having the whole divine essence, yet this essence being undivided.

The Father was not derived from any other being; He was neither brought into being by, nor did He issue from any other being.

- The Son is eternally begotten of the Father.

- The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.

- All three are infinite, without beginning, and are therefore only one God, Who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties, and also their personal relations.

- This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and our comfortable dependence on Him.

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