“THREE THAT BEAR RECORD”
“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
The doctrine of the trinity has always been believed and preached in the Christian Church as we can tell by the writing of our beloved John. The oldest confessions of the Christian faith emphatically declare a belief in the trinity, and most importantly, we find it declared from Genesis to Revelation. It sheds light not only on our personal experience with God, but also reveals the roles that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit play in our salvation.
This orthodox Christian doctrine is referred to as Trinitarianism. Trinitarianism differs from Tritheism. While the former affirms the Three-Oneness of God, the second declares that there are three distinct gods, acting separately and independently of one another, becoming a plurality of gods. Trinitarianism also differs from Unitarianism, which make the Father, Son and Holy Ghost of temporary essence, fulfilling their mission and returning to the original Monad. Various forms of this idea have resurfaced through the centuries denying the divine essence of the Holy Ttrinity.
The first verse in the Bible declares the trinity. The word “GOD” comes from the word, Elohim, with literally means “The Mighty Ones”. Alone, El, means The mighty one, and is used to express a single characteristic of Elohim as we find in El-Shaddai. Thirty times in the first chapter of Genesis, twenty-two hundred times in the Old Testament is the plurality of the divine nature declared by this word alone. Without academics, one must come face to face with the language of Genesis 1:26, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…..”. Us and Our are plural and yet One! In the New Testament, we find all three present at the Baptism of Jesus and we hear the Father speak to the Son on numerous occasions as on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Concerning doctrine, this is of utmost importance for our rightly dividing the word of truth. According to Ephesians, chapter one, we are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son and quickened by the Holy Spirit. They agree in one, for all that the Father Chose, the Son redeemed and all that the Son redeemed will be regenerated by the Spirit(Romans 8:30). None will be lost or else, Christ is a failure.
Our experience with our God will agree with these truths. We are taught by our Lord to pray to the Father, “Our Father which art in heaven”; since we see through a glass darkly and many times know not what to pray for as we ought, the “Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26); and even today, Jesus intercedes for undeserving sinners who approach the throne of grace and “seearcheth the hearts”, making “intercession for the saints according to the will of God”(Romans 8:27). Though man may say that he will not believe in a God that he can not completely understand, we would suggest that the God that man can completely understand is no God at all!!