WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE TRINTY By John M. Alber


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY
ABOUT THE TRINTY
By John M. Alber
Published in the Berea Baptist Banner March 5, 1990.
Several years ago, this preacher received a strange
request from another brother in Christ. They wanted
me to sit down and write a dear brother in Christ and
explain unto him the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity.
Then, just before moving to Hobbs, New Mexico, as the
pastor of the Morris Street Baptist Church, a deacon from
my home church asked me if I had any information on
the Trinity. Most of my books and information were
packed and yet we were able to assist in a small way.
This preacher does not claim to be a theologian and so it
only goes without saying, such could do a far better job
than this person. Immediately, it becomes obvious to
me that in one sermon alone, this subject can not be
exhausted; and therefore, a brief outline of what the Bible
teaches concerning this subject is at hand.
The Trinity! What does the Bible teach about this won-derful
doctrine of the Word of God? We, who are Bap-tist
in name and practice, Independent Baptist in nature
and in our affiliation, have always believed what the
Word of God teaches regarding the Trinity. We may not
be able to completely understand it or explain it, but
nevertheles, we believe the Word of God very clearly
teaches this doctrine. First of all in our thinking today, a
good and proper definition of the term is much needed.
“In the nature of the one God there are three eternal
distinctions which are represented to us under the figure
of persons, and these three are equal” (A. H. Strong).
This Biblical doctrine of “The Trinity” (three in one)
has been discussed, yea defended, and derided through-out
the Christian world for many hundreds of years. It
has become a battleground for truth—truth that can only
be understood by those folk who are born again. Thus,
some folk believe that the doctrine is absurd, a mere
human dogma, irreverent, and at best very illogical. Yes,
the so-called theologicans have argued for years that this
one doctrine of the Trinity is contrary to reason. That
does not surprise this preacher in light of Paul’s state-ment
in First Corinthians, “But the natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know
them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Cor.
2:14). But, for those of us who know the God of the
Bible by the wonderful miracle of the new birth ( John
3:3), we are somewhat awe-struck by its most wonderful
truth, thus recognizing that the Biblical doctrine of the
Trinity is a paradox. It does present many obstacles to
the human reasoning. I am convinced in my own mind
that it is a key to the revelation of Almighty God to man.
“Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest
know that the Lord he is God; there is none else
beside him” (Deut. 4:35). “Hear, O Israel: The Lord
our God is one Lord” (Deut. 6:4). “That all the people
of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and
that there is none else” (I Kings 8:60). “I am the
first, and I am the last: and beside me there is no
God” (Isa. 44:6). All of the above verses of Holy Writ
only give unto us the oneness of our God. That (the one-ness)
in itself is a great and wonderful mystery! Many
other verses from the Bible could be given, but these
will do the job intended—to briefly show that the Bible
teaches the oneness of our Great God.
Elder T. P. Simmons wrote these words in his book,
Systematic Study of Bible Doctrine: “We make no attempt
to deny or to explain away the mystery of the doctrine
of the Trinity. It is a high mystery that human minds can
never fathom” (p. 81). Bro. Simmons is correct in his
brief statement with regards to the Trinity. The Bible
teaches us that there are three persons within the
Godhead: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
That can be proved over and over throughout both the
Old and New Testaments. But first, let us take a moment
and draw our attention to the book of Genesis.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and
the earth” (Gen. 1:1).T. Elohim, the Hebrew word that
is translated in our King James Bible is found here to be
God. It is a plural noun with a singular meaning—in fact,
it literally means more than two. As we shall see, the
Triune God was involved in the creation of the world as
well with the plan of mans redemption. “And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”
(Gen. 1:26). Again, the Bible has used a phrase here that
refers to God as “us”, a plural form, not singular. It is
very interesting that the Hebrew word Elohim is used
about 2,500 times in the Old Testament.
Would you please note with me that each person of
the Godhead is called “GOD” – (1). The Father: “To all
that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and
the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:7). (2). The Son: “Be-hold,
a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matt. 1:23).
(3). The Holy Spirit: “But Peter said, Ananias, why
hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost,
and to keep back part of the price of the land?
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it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why
hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou
hast not lied unto me, but unto God” (Acts 5:3-4).
There should never be any doubt whatsoever to the child
of God that the Bible in these few verses calls each per-son
of the Godhead, God. Furthermore, these verses of
Holy Writ are but a few of the many that so refer to each
person of the Trinity.
Next, would you turn your attention with me and note
that each person of the Godhead is called “Lord.” (1).
The Father: “At that time Jesus answered and said, I
thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because thou hast hid these things from the wise
and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes”
(Matt. 11:25). (2). The Son: “Therefore let all the house
of Israel know asuredly, that God hath made that
same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and
Christ” (Acts 2:36). (3). The Holy Spirit: “Now the Lord
is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is liberty” (II Cor. 3:17). Now again, from the
reading of these three verses of Holy Writ, there ought
never be any question as to the fact that each person of
the Godhead is called Lord. Nevertheless, it ought to be
once again pointed out, there are many more of these
self same kind of verses.
Furthermore, would you again turn your attention
with me and note that each person of the Godhead is
called “Creator” (1). The Father: “For thus saith the
Lord that created the heavens; God himself that
formed the earth and made it; he hath established
it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be
inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else”
(Isa. 45:18). (2). The Son: “All things were made by
him ( Jesus Christ – see verse one and fourteen); and
without him was not any thing made that was made”
( John 1:3). (3). The Holy Spirit: “By his spirit he hath
garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the
crooked serpent” ( Job 26:13). “And the earth was
without form and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved
upon the face of the waters” (Gen. 1:2). These few
short verses prove to my personal satisfaction that all
three persons of the Godhead had a part in the creation
of this old world that we call Earth.
Lastly, would you note with me that each person of
the Godhead is called “The Comforter”. The Father: “I,
even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou,
that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall
die, and of the son of man which shall be made as
grass” (Isa. 51:12). Also, see verse 3 as well. (2). The
Son: “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come
to you” ( John 14:18). (3). The Holy Spirit: “And I will
pray the Father, and he shall give you another Com-forter,
that he may abide with you for ever; 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” ( John 14:16-17).
Thus, the Word of God tells us very plainly that there
is but One God, but that there are three “Persons” who
are shown to be God. Thus, human reasoning implies
that the two thoughts are very much irreconcilable. But
you must remember, that the word “Trinity” literally
means “Tri-unity.” Now, the “Trinity” can be found
throughout the entire Old Testament—that is to the care-ful
student of the Word of God. Within the New Testa-ment,
there is not and should not ever be any question
as to the “Trinity.” As already pointed out, in the Old
Testament there are numerous passages of Holy Writ as
with Genesis 1:26-27 that gives to us a plural noun when
talking about our wonderful God. But in the vision of
the glory of Almighty God which Isaiah the prophet
describes in chapter 6 of his book, he speaks of God as
“the King, (Jehovah) of hosts.” The Apostle John states
that the glory seen by Isaiah was that of the Lord Jesus
Christ ( John 12:41), while the Apostle Paul adds that the
message given to the prophet was that of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 28:25). “These things said Esaias, when he saw
his glory, and spake of him” ( John 12:41). “And when
they agreed not among themselves, they departed,
after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake
the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fa-thers”
(Acts 28:25).
“And God said, Let us make man in our image”
(Gen. 1:26). “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw
also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted
up, and his train filled the temple. . .” (Isa. 6:1).
Then, throughout the Old Testament Holy Scriptures,
there are many different references to more than one
person of the Godhead. In the second Psalm, the Psalm-ist
unites the Father and the Son in the coming wrath,
judgment, and the universal reign of our God. Then,
when one picks up the New Testament, it becomes some-what
evident that some Old Testament saints were aware
of the existence of the eternal Son of God. “Abraham
rejoiced to see my day” ( John 8:56). “Moses. . .Es-teeming
the reproach of Christ greater riches than
the treasures in Egypt” (Heb. 11:24,26). “They (the
children of Israel) drank of that spiritual Rock that
followed them; and that Rock was Christ” (I Cor.
10:4).
Now, as we somewhat turn our attention to the New
Testament Scriptures, one will immediately find a very
strong emphasis for the Biblical doctrine of the “Trin-ity”.
Remember, that the New Testament is hid within
the pages of the Old Testament and the Old Testament
is revealed in the New Testament. The two Testaments
must always agree! Therefore, it should not surprise us
that the New Testament is much clearer on this subject
matter before us today.
(1). In the Incarnation (Deity taking upon self, hu-man
flesh) one can see the “Trinity”. Luke 1:35, “And
the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy
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highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that
holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God.” “For that which is conceived
in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring
forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS:
for He shall save His people from their sins. . .Be-hold,
a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matt. 1:2-
21,23).
(2). In the baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ one can
plainly see the Biblical doctrine of the “Trinity.” “It came
to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and pray-ing,
the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost
descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him,
and a voice came from heaven which said, Thou
art my beloved Son (literally, this is My Son, the Be-loved
– cf Isa. 42:1); in thee I am well pleased” (Luke
3:21-22). As the eternal Son of God is submitting to bap-tism,
the Father is said to be speaking from Heaven, and
the blessed Holy Spirit of God is descending upon the
Lord of glory.
(3). In the redemptive work of Almighty God, one
can also see this Biblical doctrine of the Trinity coming
out. The work of the Father is seen in First Peter where
we are told, “Elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father, through sanctification of the
Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:2). The work of the Son is
seen in Paul’s writing to the young preacher, Titus. “But
after that the kindness and love of God our Sav-iour
toward man appeared, Not by works of righ-teousness
which we have done, but according to
his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regenera-tion,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he
shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
Saviour” (Titus 3:4-6). Again, the Apostle Paul speaks
unto the Hebrew Christians and has this to say about
the Saviour’s work: “How much more shall the blood
of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered
himself without spot to God, purge your conscience
from dead works to serve the living God” (Heb.
9:14). The work of the Holy Spirit of God is seen in John
6:63 where we are informed that it is His special minis-try
to quicken the flesh and bring to life those that the
Father loved and the Son died on the Cross for. “It is
the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth noth-ing:
the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit,
and they are life” ( John 6:63).
In the Gospel of John and chapter 3, one of the most
frequently used passages of Holy Scripture today, we can
very clearly see this Biblical doctrine of the “Trinity.”
(1). John 3:3-12 the Holy Spirit of God is seen as the
One that is regenerating the lost sinner. (2). John 3:13-15
the Son of God is pictured as the One that is redeeming
the lost sinner by His one act. (3). John 3:16 the heav-enly
Father is revealed as the One who loved the sinner
and gave His only begotten Son as the gift unto His own.
(4). In the Great Commission that our Lord gave unto
His church before He left this world, one can very clearly
see the doctrine of the “Trinity.” Matthew 28:19, “Go ye
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost.” It should be noted here that this one verse
in Matthew agrees with what Moses taught in Genesis
1:1. In the name (singular) and then the apostle lists three
Persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. Here
in Matthew 28:19, the plain meaning of the Holy Bible
is noted: unity of the Trinity. A. T. Robertson comments
on this single verse in Matthew 28:19 and says, “Bap-tism
in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, in the name of the Trinity.”
(5). In the doxologies of the New Testament, the stu-dent
of the Bible can also see this doctrine. Jude 20-21,
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep
yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy
of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Further-more,
we have the words of the Apostle Paul in Second
Corinthians, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God, and the communion of the
Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (II Cor. 13:14).
There are so many other references to the three Per-sons
of the eternal Godhead within the New Testament
that time and space in this message would not permit.
Ephesians 2:18; 3:14-19; 5:18-20; Philippians 3:3; I
Thessalonians 5:18-19, etc., are but a few examples of
what I mean. The one thing that is very certain in all of
these verses, the three Persons of the Godhead are dis-tinguished.
Thus, the Bible teaches to us plainly that each
person of the Godhead is co-equal, co-eternal and co-existing
and that they have always so been. The evidence
as given in the Bible is overwhelming and thus, there is
more than sufficient proof given therein to prove this
Biblical doctrine. Literally, what one must be willing to
do is to accept the Bible as the final word (authority) and
rule for faith practice. Oh beloved, forget what the theo-logians
have written, yea, even the preachers themselves
and you search out what the blessed eternal Word of
God says about this subject. If our word is not in agree-ment
with what the Word of God says, then, beloved, it
is your duty as a born-again Christian to reject what is
said.

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