Unity and Trinity of God - Page 2

Both the Old and New Testament writers were very clear on the unity of God, which holds that the divine nature is undivided and indivisible. The unity of God does not consist of parts, nor can God be divided into parts. God's being is non-complex Spirit that is both single and simple. Man is compound, having both a material body and an immaterial spirit and soul. Other than in Christ Jesus, God is not complicated with matter in his being. Since God is Spirit, He is not susceptible to parts or division. This unity, however, is not in conflict with or contradictory to the conception of the Trinity.

The Trinity of God Discussed
The word "trinity," as such, is not mentioned in the Bible. The doctrine of the Trinity of God has not been produced by logic or natural theology. The term "trinity" did not come into usage until the second century A.D. It was first used possibly by Theophilus of Antioch about 181 A.D. and later by Tertullian in 220 A.D. Although the term was not in usage, faith in God as Trinity was being confessed and expressed. The earliest creed of Christendom, known as The Apostles' Creed, expressed faith in God the Father Almighty, in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord. and in the Holy Ghost. The Nicene Creed, formulated in 325 A.D.. amplified the faith of the Trinity. By the time Athanasius formulated his creed, Christianity was shouting the trinitarian faith to the world as they confessed:

How did this faith in the Trinity develop?
It developed by intimations of the Trinity in the Old Testament.

There is no contradiction in the Old Testament that would forbid or hinder faith in God as Trinity. Although the Trinity of God is not taught in Old Testament Scriptures, it is not condemned. Rather the Trinity is implied and intimated in four different ways.

©1978 by R.O.Corvin
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