Unity and Trinity of God - Page 3

  • First, the Trinity is intimated in the plural names of the Deity. Elohim is the plural term for God, although it is used with a singular verb. This implies both the Unity and Trinity of God.

  • Second, there are personal, plural pronouns used in relationship to God. In Genesis 1:26, God said, "Let 'us' make man in 'our' image, after 'our' likeness." Genesis 11:7 - "Go to, let 'us' go down, and there confound their language." Isaiah 6:8 - "Who will go for 'us'?" These plural pronouns cannot refer to angels, since man was not made in the likeness and image of angels.

  • Third, there were both Theophanies and Christophanies where God and Christ took upon themselves visible forms in order to communicate a message or perform a function for man. See Gen. 16:7-14; 18:1-20; 22:11-18; 31:11, 13; Exodus 3:2-5; 14:19; 23:20; 32:34; Numbers 22:22-35; Judges 6:11-23; 13:2-25; I Chronicles 21:15-17; I Kings 19:5-7; II Kings 19:35; Zechariah 1:11; 3: 1.

  • Fourth, there were the acts of the Holy Spirit. See Gen. 1:2, Judges 6:34, plus His work with all the prophets.
Trinity Taught in the New Testament
The doctrine of the Trinity is clearly taught by all writers of the New Testament. The more pronounced passages are as follows:

  • 1. At the baptism of Jesus as administered by John the Baptist: The Father spoke from heaven, the Son was baptized, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descended (Matt. 3:16, 17).
  • 2. In the baptismal formula, Jesus commissioned the disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:16, 17).

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