The Holy Trinity is Truth: The Water of Life

It took me a long time to understand why the concept of the Holy Trinity matters, and once I did, the truth of it was made known to me through much scripture-searching, soul-searching and prayer. My prayer was answered, but I’ll get into how it was answered after I address why it is scripturally accurate to teach that God is part of a Trinity. There are way too many people nowadays who are trying to push the idea that the Holy Trinity isn’t the truth. This is a way of denying the deity of Jesus Christ.
.

When I hear this sort of thing online or elsewhere, I take a step back and begin to examine every single word that is said by such individuals. Cults aside. there are just as many people out there who deny the Trinity simply because the Roman Catholic Church recognizes it. They think it is strictly Catholic doctrine, ignoring the fact that many Protestant churches recognize it as well. There’s a good reason for this: the Bible supports the concept of the Holy Trinity.
.
.
For one thing, there are at least 3 dozen references to a consistent triad of Father, Son, Holy Spirit (God, Christ, Spirit).
 .

Don’t believe me? Look ’em up for yourself:

.

Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:3-4; also Luke 1:35; 3:21-22 par.; Luke 4:1-12; John 4:10-25; 7:37-39; 7:14-16; 20:21-22; Acts 1:4-8; 2:33, 38-39; 5:3-4, 5:9, 5:30-32; 7:55-56; 10:36-38, 10:44-48; 11:15-18; 15:8-11; 20:38; 28:25-31; Rom. 1:1-4; 5:5-10; 8:2-4, 8:9-11, 8:14-17; 1 Cor. 6:11; 12:4-6, 12:11-12, 12:18; 2 Cor. 1:19-22; 3:6-8, 3:14-18; Gal. 3:8-14; 4:4-7; Eph. 1:3-17; 2:18, 2:21-22; 3:14-19; 4:4-6, 4:29-32; 5:18-20; Phil. 3:3; 1 Thess. 1:3-6; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Tit. 3:4-6; Heb. 2:3-4; 9:14; 10:28-31; 1 Pet. 1:2; 1 John 3:21-24; 4:13-14; Jude 20-21; Rev. 2:18, 2:27-29.

.

These scriptures establish that while God the Father, His Son jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are three separate entities, they are also connected in a way that makes them “one.” While I don’t agree with Catholic doctrine, they’re not 100% wrong about everything they say, either. Many protestant faiths believe in the Holy Trinity without question, and it’s due to how the subject is addressed.

.

Much like the argument over the Rapture, the word “trinity” is not directly mentioned in the Bible, but in fact was a more modern word that was used in later centuries to describe the triune nature of God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Since Satan is the author of confusion, it’s no small wonder that in the last few thousand years other false teachings have been spread around with just enough truth sprinkled in to make it sound believable. This too, has been spread for a long time. People will say that just because a word that is used to describe God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as a “trinity” doesn’t actually exist in the Bible means that it’s not true. That’s like saying “automobiles” don’t exist because the Bible didn’t mention them. Over the millennia since the events of the New Testament occurred, these scriptures have been studied and debated by theologians ever since. They’ve come up with terms to describe aspects of the Bible, and “trinity” is one of those words.

.

So when you hear someone claim that Jesus is a separate entity, they’re partly correct. While He walked on earth, He was separated from God, but after His transfiguration, He ascended into heaven and took His place at the right hand of the Father. Jesus has many titles – High priest and King in the order of Melchizedek, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Son of God and Redeemer, Holy Intercessor, the Holy Word, and so on.  If you study the Bible, you know that Jesus is far more than any definition in the dictionary. He is described in ancient Hebrew texts as “the image” of God. He has been there since creation and the founding of the earth, and even before that. He is a part of God.
.
The Holy Spirit is often seen as a “force” emanating from God only rather than a specific entity. If that’s true, then why does the Bible say the Holy Spirit can be “grieved” if you keep repenting for the same sin over and over? The Holy Spirit IS from God, but like Jesus, He (the Holy Spirit) is a part of God that functions on His own, as per the will of God. He has a specific job with certain things to do that is His own. He is described in the ancient texts as the “Presence” of God. He’s a part of God.
.
And there is God Himself, the great  ‘I Am.” He is unknowable. We cannot comprehend Him. He is also all-powerful, so it behooves us to go by the Bible and the words of the prophets and especially of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.  If they say God is Jesus Christ, I believe that 100%. Same, yet separate.
 .

I hear you if you say you can’t quite grasp this – they are three separate entities yet they function as one whole on a spiritual level. However, after much prayer the answer finally came to me by way of the Holy Spirit. I say it came from Him because it was an image that just popped into my mind out of nowhere, along with scriptures to support it.

.

What was it?

.

I was given an image of a water molecule floating in space. I knew it was truth as soon as I saw it. Such a simple, eloquent image that explained the Trinity completely to me. God was depicted as a giant Oxygen molecule. The Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit were likened to the two Hydrogen molecules. Separated, they each exist as one entity (one element) but when together, they are in whole “God” as the Water. The Water of Life.

.

The scriptures I was given to back this up are as follows:

.

Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman–
John 4:11-15

“…11 ‘Sir,’ the woman replied, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where then will You get this living water? 12Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. 14But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life.”

.

and here’s a few more….
 .
Jeremiah 2:13
“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.”
.
Jeremiah 31:25
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.”
.
Isaiah 44:3
“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.
.
When you are unable to grasp a concept in the Bible, it’s time to pray about it. An answer will usually come, and when it does, it will be backed up with scripture. At least three scriptures in context with the rest of each chapter will show you if you’ve got a true Word. The Holy Spirit will not tell you or show you anything that is not in the Bible. And it will be plain as day.
.
If someone tells you Jesus is not in the Trinity with God and the Holy Ghost, they’re not being honest. They may not even know it or simply misunderstand, but there are those who are being led by false information given out by others who hope you don’t look it up for yourself.
 .
FTA: How should Christians respond to heresy
.
“In a culture that has a hard time accepting the notion there are objective, transcendent truths about the nature of God, it’s sometimes hard to take a stand for what we believe without offending someone. Non-Christians aren’t the only people who get offended. The cultural acceptance of relativism (and pluralism) has already impacted the Church dramatically. “Doctrine” has become a dirty word. Many current theologians and Christian writers reject the claim any established doctrine of Christianity is objectively true. These thinkers and church leaders have been profoundly affected by the culture around them; those who refuse to relinquish the orthodox teachings of Christianity are seen as rigid fundamentalists. Some “postmodern” theologians believe all classic Christian claims are now up for negotiation…[like the Holy Trinity].”
— Source, J. Warner Wallace, coldcasechristianity.com
.
The author goes on to point out how Jesus and the Apostles dealt with this, and they didn’t hesitate to call false preachers out in order to spare someone’s feelings…
Jesus was not “nice” when pointing out the ones preaching heresy-
.
Matthew 12:34
“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.”in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.”
.

If you are sure that what someone is teaching is false, you should then refute the teaching.
.

Titus 1:7-9
“Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless-not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”
 .
Titus 1:13
“This testimony is true. For this cause reprove them severely that they may be sound in the faith…”
Did you find a false teacher or preacher? Stop following them. Even is part or most of what they say might be truth, it’s very difficult for those who don’t regularly read their Bible to tell the difference.
.
Ephesians 5:11-14
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.”
.
Romans 16:17-18
“Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.”
 .
2 Thessalonians 3:6
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep aloof from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.”
 .
Titus 3:10-11
“Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.”
 .
The article is very long, but if you want to hear it from someone besides me, go visit this
Sourcelink for article & Bible quotes:
http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/how-should-christians-respond-to-heresy/
Author: J. Warner Wallace
 .

Whenever someone tells you that sound doctrine is just something “of man” and “not God,” just remind them that the entire Bible was written by men – divinely inspired men. It has patterns and deep meanings, and it has been studied relentlessly, theorized-about and expounded upon. I’ve heard things from famous preachers like Billy Graham that I know aren’t sound doctrine. Graham is right about 80% of the time, but only when He quotes scripture. That’s a whole new post that I don’t have time for right now, but you get the idea.

.

If you don’t know, look it up. Pray on it. If you look it up and still don’t understand, ask someone who knows their Bible to help you. If that doesn’t clear it up, keep praying on it. Eventually God provides you an answer.

Sometimes the truth is right in front of your eyes and yet you have a hard time seeing it.
When John the Baptist baptized Jesus:

16As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!”  (Matt 3:16-17)

trinity
.

I believe the Word and what it says. If someone tells me something I’ve never heard before, I’ll listen, but they’d better back it up with sound doctrine and multiple scriptures. Bring references — from all parts of the Bible, not just the ones that conform to one’s opinion.

 .

– Jillian

______________________________________________________________________

Water molecule image originally from http://watermolecule.net
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: