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The Trinity

Mystery of the Godhead
If God revealed to us all there is to know about Himself,
our finite minds would be overwhelmed by this crushing
tidal wave of infinite knowledge. In mercy, He has not
done so, yet there are certain lofty truths that He has
chosen for us to know and hold as tenets of our faith. The
doctrine of the Trinity falls into this category.
Unlike some religions that claim many, even hundreds of gods, as Christians we worship only
one God. But the nature of our one God is threefold, since there are three distinct personalities
making up the Godhead. This Trinity is composed of the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the
Holy Spirit. Each is separate in person and work, yet all are united in one as God.
While it may not be possible for the mind of man to fully grasp this concept of three in one, our
faith can firmly lay hold of it as it does other spiritually-discerned truths. Through failure to do
this, some have become confused and even denied the reality of the Trinity. But the Bible is
clear in its teachings, and the honest person can avoid confusion by carefully reading the
Scriptures which bear on this subject.
The doctrine of the Trinity begins to develop in the first chapter of the Bible. In Genesis 1:26
we read, “And God said, Let us make man in our image.” The plural forms “us” and “our”
indicate that the Godhead consists of more than one individual.
In our Bible, the Hebrew word Elohim is translated “God.” Throughout the Scriptures it is used
almost invariably in the plural form. It is enlightening to note that in Genesis 1:1, the original
language used the plural form of “God” and the singular form of “created.” This harmonizes
with the rest of biblical teaching on the Trinity, for we see the plurality of God unified in one
action, the creation of the world.
In addition to this obvious plurality of God expressed in the Hebrew, we can also see
confirmation of the oneness of God. In Deuteronomy 6:4, Moses cries out, “Hear, O Israel: The
Lord our God is one Lord . . . .” Some have attempted to use this text to disprove the existence
of the Trinity. But consider the original Hebrew in this verse. The word translated “one” is
eh-ghahd. This same word is used elsewhere (see Genesis 2:24; 34:16; 41:25) in the sense of a
unity consisting of several parts. So here again we see the truth of the oneness and yet plurality
of God taught in the Bible.
In the New Testament, the doctrine of the Trinity is developed much more fully. With the
coming of Jesus Christ to earth, mankind was able to observe the mysterious reality of the

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