It is my desire to share with you the truth of the Holy Trinity which is comprised of our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Holy Spirit. These three persons have absolute and perfect unity which cannot and never shall be divided. Unfortunately, this subject is not correctly understood by all individuals who profess to be Christian. A failure to understand the truth of the Holy Trinity will result in confusion about Their relationship to mankind and the entire plan of salvation. The profound nature of divine unity has been obscured to the minds of people who walk in the spiritual darkness of false religion.
It is good to be reminded of these truths lest we forget them. We have a sure witness in the Word of God which confirms that there are three different personalities or three different persons in the Godhead of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
We desire to share those scriptures which testify of this truth. It is not only good that you understand this subject but also be able to give an answer to anyone who should ask you about this subject.
God, the Father, has made it so clear that there exist such perfect unity between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, it is recorded in the scriptures that they are “one”. Satan, being the master of deceit and the father of lies, has used, and continues to use, this expression of oneness and unity to confuse people and lead them to not recognize these three persons of the Godhead.
It is insufficient to believe in God only. We must also believe in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. We must recognize them individually and understand their relationship to us in the divine plan of salvation. Listen to the words of Jesus as recorded in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
Let us look at some scriptures which confirm and identify the existence of these three persons of the Godhead.
1 John 5:5-75 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
What is the meaning of the phrase “these three are one”?
Matthew 19:4-64 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
What is the meaning of the phrase “they twain shall be one flesh”?
Are you and your wife one flesh, or does God bind you together as one flesh in unity and oneness? You are not one body, but you ought to be of one mind and purpose. Your unity ought to be so strong that you are inseparable and when we hear the words of one, we hear the words of the other. Even if the wife disagrees in her mind with her husband, she ought to submit to his final decision so that unity is never broken. This unity can only exist in that relationship where both the husband and wife are in subjection to the commandments of God.
The words of the prophet Jeremiah has surely come to pass in our day: Jeremiah 31:22, “How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.” This word “compass” is translated from the Hebrew word, OT:5437 cabab (saw-bab'); a primitive root; to revolve, surround, or border; used in various applications, literally and figuratively (as follows): bring, cast, fetch, lead, make, walk, whirl, round about, be about on every side.”
When Christ is not the head of the man, then the man is not qualified to be the head of the woman. In our world today, many men and women have lost their head and are no longer in submission to the law of God. If you have lost your head, it may be difficult for you to fully understand the unity of the Godhead.
Just as the husband and wife are one flesh, so also are the three persons of the Trinity one Spirit. In the family of God, there must be unity and no division.
Matthew 7:2121 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus speaks of His Father as someone separate from Himself. This fact is confirmed by many scriptures.
Matthew 18:18-2018 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Jesus repeatedly refers to His Heavenly Father as someone who is a different person and as someone to whom He is in submission. Listen carefully to this next scripture.
Matthew 26:36-3936 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Jesus is asking for permission to avoid drinking this bitter cup which He is about to drink at Calvary. He submits to the will of His Father. His will is submitted to the will of His Father. If He and the Father were the same person, then there could be no act of submission. The word “submit” means to yield to another’s authority.
If Jesus was talking to himself about himself we have a dichotomous (contradictory) conversation where appearance and fact are opposed to each other. That would be deception. Jesus is no deceiver.
Matthew 3:13-1713 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Jesus recognized His Heavenly Father; and His Heavenly Father recognized Him as His Beloved Son. I am a father and I am a son; but I am not the father of myself. Jesus was not His own Father.
Mark 9:2-82 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6 For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.
The disciples witnessed the presence of both the Father and the Son. They report that they were present at the conversation of two different persons.
2 Peter 1:16-1816 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
The apostles did not forget what they witnessed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Many years later, they are recording the facts of that experience.
If we have successfully set before you firm evidence of the existence of the Father and the Son as separate persons, then we ought to be able to help you accept that there are also three persons in the Trinity of the divine Godhead. We have a clear statement in our opening text.
1 John 5:7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
These three are in perfect unity of thought and purpose. They never disagree on any subject or issue. The Holy Ghost has been given to us to teach and remind us of those things which the Father and the Son have commanded.
John 15:24-2724 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
The Holy Spirit is the comforter, whom we have received from the Father, whom was sent by the Son. If the English language has any meaning at all, if words have any consistent definitions, then it must be acknowledged that there is a Holy Trinity which consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
“Both” still means two; and these two sent another whom is called the Comforter. The Holy Spirit is sent by Christ, from the Father, to the children of God to bear witness of both the Father and the Son.
John 14:16-1716 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Jesus Christ is our Comforter and the Holy Spirit is another Comforter whom our Heavenly Father has given to us to help us stay saved and keep the victory over Satan. The word “another” is used to refer to an additional person or thing of the same type as one already mentioned or known about.
Jesus said that “the world cannot receive” the Spirit of truth, which is the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit. We know that the world can receive Jesus Christ. That is what repentance and justification is all about. When we receive the mind of Christ, the Spirit of Christ, we will be like Him. We will be holy and pure because we have ceased from sin and do the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. As a child of God and having the mind and Spirit of Christ we become eligible to receive another Comforter, if we will ask God for the gift of the Holy Spirit just as we did ask for the gift of Jesus Christ.
In conclusion:Do you know the three persons of the Holy Trinity and do they know you?
If you are not living in obedience to their commands, they do not know you.