SECOND WEEK OF STUDIES
Unity and Trinity of God
Unity of God Defined|
By the unity of God is meant that there is but one God and that the divine nature is undivided and indivisible.
Trinity of God Defined
By the Trinity of God is meant that there are three eternal persons in the one divine essence, known respectively as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Unity of God Discussed
There are three great religions in the world that are monotheistic: Judaism, Christianity, and Mohammedanism. Monotheism is in contradiction to Tritheism, which proclaims that there are three distinct and separate Gods - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to Polytheism, which is a belief in a multiplicity of gods; and to Dualism which teaches that there are two independent and equal divine beings with one representing good and the other evil.
The Bible Asserts the Unity of God
The major objective of the Old Testament is to prove that there is but one God and there is no other. In no sense does the New Testament deny or contradict this major contention of there being one God only.
Jesus clearly upheld the claim of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4, when He answered one of the scribes who had asked, "Which is the first commandment of all?" And Jesus answered him, "The first of all commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord" (Mark 12:29). In the mind of Christ, there was no conflict about the unity of God. This unity He also recognized in His great, high priestly prayer: "That they might know thee the only true God ... And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glow which I had with thee before the world was" (John 17:3-5).
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