Sunday, July 8, 2007

The #Bible Teaches There Is Only One #God, Yet That Three Distinct Persons Are God

1) The Bible teaches there is only one God:

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

Isaiah 43:10 "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.

Isaiah 44:6 "This is what the LORD says—Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

Isaiah 44:8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses.  Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."

Isaiah 45:6 so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:21 Declare what is to be, present it—let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Saviour; there is none but me.

Isaiah 45:22 "Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. 

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

2) The Bible teaches three distinct persons are God:

A) The Father is God (Theos)

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

B) The Son is God (Theos)

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In this passage, Jesus did not become God after He ascended and the Father seated Him at His right hand, but was already God in the beginning. This verse uses the same exact word for God, to describe both the Father and Son, and the absence of the article does not necessitate or imply the word "God" means two different things in the same sentence.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God, and eternal life.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

C) The Spirit is God (theos)

Acts 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Acts 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

That the Holy Spirit is a person, not just like the "soul" of God the Father or Christ, is evident in that he is spoken of with the personal pronoun "he", that he has a name, and that he is distinguished from the Father and son at the same time (see below).

D) These three are distinct from one another

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,
Luke 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.

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: 

When one blasphemes these facts, they are either promoting the worship of more than one God, which is idolatry that results in eternal damnation (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), or they are rejecting the deity of two persons the Bible says are God, which will also result in one dying in their sins (John 8:24, 58; Rom. 10:9-13).

Since these Bible facts are what is meant by the word "trinity", or "triune", those who blaspheme the teaching God is "triune", or a "trinity", are blaspheming these Bible facts, and therefore the God they proclaim.

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