|The Holy Trinity
By Bishop Terry Crews
"There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one"
(1 John 5:7).
Knowing God is man's greatest privilege in life. A person's concept of God has all to do with his or her faith and
stability. If we have the wrong concept of God, we are wrong in every way. We believe in the Holy Trinity and stand
on this truth; and that this doctrine is sufficiently evident in our English versions, in language laymen can
understand. We believe the only way one can possibly understand differently is by wrestling the Scriptures.
"The original word Elohim, God, is certainly the plural form of El, or Eloah, and has long been supposed, by the most
highly learned and pious men, to imply a plurality of persons in the divine nature. As this plurality appears in so
many parts of the sacred writings to be confirmed to three persons, hence the doctrine of the Trinity, which has
formed a part of the creed of all those who have been deemed sound in the faith, from the earliest ages of
Christianity" - Adam Clarke, (Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:2,10).
The Trinity in the Old Testament
In our English versions of the Bible, plurality of the Godhead is not as frequently recognized by the ordinary reader
in the Old Testament as in the New Testament; however, they make the trinity absolutely clear in the very first
chapter of Genesis. "In the beginning God," Verse 1; "and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water,"
Verse 2; also God was in communication with others when He said, "Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR
likeness," Verse 26. "And the Lord God said, Behold man is become as ONE of US" (Genesis 3:22). "Let US go
down, and there confound their language" (Genesis 11:7).
The Third Person
The New Testament makes it clear that the other person with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit in creation was
Christ Jesus the Word.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made"
"God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these
last days spoken unto us by his Son; whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world"
"Thou Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands"
Paul referred to Jesus the Son of God, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature. "For
by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in the earth. Visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him" (Colossians 1:15-16).
Thus, Jesus Christ was clearly the one in reference in the Old Testament. There are many other references in the
Old Testament of the Spirit of God also.
The Trinity in the New Testament
Evidence of the Trinity in the New Testament is definitely clear and to further verify the doctrine and the Old
Testament. The New Testament abounds in references to prophesies which confirm the doctrine.
"The angel answered, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore, also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
When John baptized Jesus, "He saw the Spirit of God . . . lighting upon him: and to a voice from heaven saying, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:16-17; John 1:32-34).
Jesus commanded His followers to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost
"Behold I send the promise [the Holy Ghost] of my Father upon you..." (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,5; 2:32, 33).
"I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter (John 14:16).
The Comforter, which is the Holy ,Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, he shall teach you all things..."
The epistles abound in statements that are clearly Trinitarian.
Read (Romans, Chapter 8; 1 Peter 1:1-3; Jude 20-21; Revelation 2:7).
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all,
Amen" (2 Corinthians 13:14).
Jesus is God
"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne O God, is forever and ever..." (Hebrews 1:8). "Consider the Apostle and High
Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his
house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house
hath more honor than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God"
(Hebrews 3:1-4). "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified
in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1 Timothy
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world..." (Ephesians
1: 3-4). "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). "He is
before all things..." (Colossians 1:17.) "Before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58). This associates Jesus with Him who
appeared to Moses in the burning bush. "...I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead, behold, I am
alive for evermore..." (Revelation 1:17-18).
Men and Angels Worship Him
"When he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him" (Hebrews
1:6; Luke 2:13-14; Revelation 4:8-11; 14:7).
"God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God" (Philippians 2:9-11).
Men Are Forbidden to Worship Men or Angels
"And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet and worshipped him. But Peter took him
up, saying, Stand up, I myself also am a man" (Acts 10:25-26; see also Acts 14:11-15. "Let no man beguile you of
your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen,
vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18).
The Holy Ghost is God, a Person
Whereas the King James Version uses the name Holy Ghost in the New Testament, others use Holy Spirit. Yet the
King James refers in both terms sometimes in the same verse (John 7:39). The Holy Ghost is referred to as a
person by Jesus Himself. He is called a Comforter. The pronouns He, Him, Himself are used in reference. He
comforts, reproves of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. He will guide into all truth. What He hears He
speaks. He will show you things to come. (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:7-8,13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-5). He speaks (John
15:26); gives utterance to others to speak, thereby edifying the speaker, also reveals mysteries (Acts 2:4; 1
Corinthians 14:2, 4). "The Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called
them" (Acts 13:2).
So, we believe and affirm: There is but one living and true God, the great Creator, and there are three persons in
the Godhead: The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
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