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.
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:
“…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.”
“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.”
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.”
“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.
If you are sure that what someone is teaching is false, you should then refute the teaching.
“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.”
“This testimony is true. For this cause reprove them severely that they may be sound in the faith…”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.”
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:
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.