Trinity Taught in the New Testament
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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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