The issue of the holy trinity concept has sparked so much controversy in Christendom ever since it began, in this sermon therefore, we are going to look at it from a biblical perspective.
Below are the 3 questions often asked about the holy trinity.
- Was Jesus God?
- Is the Father greater than the Son?
- Are there three persons in one God?
Now let’s get down to answering this questions accordingly from biblical perspective.
Was Jesus God?
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16.
First and foremost, I want to remind us of the fact that; the same ideology of thinking that Jesus was the Creator God.
As evidenced in the above scriptural text, there was a controversy, as recorded in John 10:30, between Jesus Himself and the Jews, when He tried to make them understand that He and the Father are One.
And the Jews response in John 10:33 was: “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”
But to resolve the issue, Jesus went on to remind them in John 10:34-36 of what their Torah; (the Jewish scripture) says about human beings being “little gods”.
Now to understand and be able to explain this point better; let us examine the surrounding verses of where Jesus quoted the above scripture from.
I said, “you are gods, and all of you are the children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.Psalm 82:6-7
Now the confusion in the above scripture comes from the following verse; which shows that even though human beings are called gods, they will still die one day.
And this makes the above scripture more contradictory because as we all know; a god is immortal and at such cannot die.
But if we let our thoughts swing that way; then we must have forgotten God’s original intention before He began the art of creating mankind:
Then God said, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness;Genesis 1:26
And in coming to the knowledge of this scripture; some of us will quickly jump to the conclusion that our physical nature or stature is the image and likeness of God.
But I hope such people remember that we are made up of two elements; dust of the earth and breath of life as it is written in Genesis 2:7
And at the point of death these two elements must separate; The dust eturns to the ground while the spirit returns to God Who made it.
So the scriptures (Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, John 4:24) helps us to understand that; the image and likeness of God in us is that Spiritual essence that returns to Him after we die.
Because God is not a human being but Spirit.
I believe we can now come to the perfect understanding of why that scripture tells us that we are gods; and afterwards added that we will still die like mortals.
From there, we can go on to understand that since Jesus, unlike any other human being; had this Spiritual essence without limits or was not given the Spirit by measure as it is written in (John 3:34)
God was therefore the One living inside the human body of the Master called Jesus Christ.
Thus, we must all live with the understanding that, so long as we individually possess that image and likeness of God; it is not a blasphemy (as the Jews thought) to call a human being a god.
But you will see where the mistake is made when you get to the last question of this sermon.
Is the Father greater than the Son?
You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.John 14:28.
When you carefully study the above text in it’s whole context; you will find Jesus always talking about doing everything in the company of the Father.
And concludes by confessing that the love He has for the Father is the reason He always obeys Him.
And as He revealed to the apostle John:
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, Who is in the bossom of the Father, He has declared Him.John 1:18
Permit me to use the illustration below to help you have a better understanding of this point.
Consider an earthly father who has a company or firm. And he knows that all the workers therein are just hired; while his brothers and sisters also have a family of their own. He sees the need to beget a son, who will take over this company; as well as inherit all his properties when he retires to take his rest.
Now because of the son going to be an heir to all that the father has; the father will in no way consider or think his son to be inferior to himself.
Rather he will train the son by making him work, at first, in the company with the other workers.
And in so doing grow into a responsible and most importantly humble and obedient young man.
Once the father is lucky enough to achieve this aim; and above all things end up having a son who loves him as well as he loves him too.
(Because he knows that so long as the son loves him he will be able to obey all the instructions he will give to him before and after his retirement).
Thus on the fateful day the father is retired, documents of the company and every other possessions he acquired; will begin to bear the name of the son.
This now puts the son in the shoes of his father, which means that everybody that worked in the company; and obeyed the father as the owner must now continue in the same way to obey the son:
Jesus said to them, “if God were your father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent me.John 8:42
And of course anyone who goes contrary to that is fired.
“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.John 3:36
From the above illustration, we can understand that Jesus was right in saying that the Father is greater than Himself.
Because during that time He was in the process of being trained in His Fathers company to become the Man who will take over His Father’s property very soon.
and since He was able to live up to His Fathers expectation and took over when the Father retired, He therefore became greater as it is written in Philippians 2:5-11
Are you mistaken about the Father’s retirement and rest? Then take wisdom from (Genesis 2:1-2).
And Who else must watch over the work of the Father except the Son Who was glorified:
“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. (John 3:35).
Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Mathew 28:18)
Are there 3 three persons in one God?
Most Christians rejected and are continuing to reject the ‘holy trinity Concept’.
One of the reasons they give is that there is nowhere in the scripture that Jesus spoke about there being a ‘Three in One God’.
But when you examine the scripture John 14:8-21 you will see where Jesus figuratively made mention of the Holy Trinity.
Now I want you to see Jesus discourse above in this simple sequential summary:
- Jesus inside the Father and the Father inside Jesus.
- The Holy Spirit, from the Father and Jesus, inside the believer.
- The believer inside Jesus and Jesus inside the believers.
And when we finally do the math, we have Three Persons: God (the Father) + Jesus (the Son) + the Helper (Holy Spirit), all dwelling inside a believer, who in turn also dwells in all three persons.
I hope we can then see how the Holy Trinity Concept definitely came by.
Now when you go back to the example we gave in the last question, you will discover that it is always impossible for the owner of a company (now retired).
And his son, who now controls the company, to have a direct link at all times with the workers.
And for that reason, there has to be a middle man who links all of them up.
This middle man is the one who will be in the position of supervising and making sure that the workers carry out their work diligently, and produce quality products which will meet up their marketing strategy.
Now it is important to note that retirement does not mean that the father is exempted from what goes on in the company.
Because the son will still make it as a point of duty to report back to the father on the progress of the company as well as still seek advice from him in every occasion.
Now in our example the Father here is God, the Son Jesus, the supervisor Holy Spirit, and the workers believers.
And the Holy Spirit is closest to the believer because He is the One Who helps to perfect the believer works through His supervision as God Himself promised in (Ezekiel 36:27)
To still clarify this holy trinity Concept, the following text helps us to understand that God was never alone during creation:
Then God said, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness;Genesis 1:26
And when you study these scriptures, (Genesis 1:1-3, John 1:1-3, John 1:10-14) you will discover that the three persons that existed in the beginning were the Father, Word and Holy Spirit.
So we can discover from the above texts that God the Father was the Speaker, Jesus the Son was the word of creation Who later incarnated into flesh, and the Holy Spirit Who hovered above the waters was there to assist them.
And All Three were working for one and the same purpose which was to create.
Is the holy trinity and polytheism the same?
At this point, it is worthy to note that so many people will try to make comparisons; which will arise from the fact that since God had companions during creation and all were working for one and the same goal of creating.
It is therefore not wrong for people to identify those companions as gods and goddesses.
This comparison will therefore make them to come to a conclusion that the Holy Trinity and polytheism (believe in more than one God) is the same thing.
And this in every way will oppose monotheism (believe in one God) which is the basic believe of Christianity.
Well such a conclusion would be true only if these gods and goddesses are not being worshipped by their adherents or devotees, in such ways and manners that becomes destructive to the very human beings they are assumed to have created and should be taking care of.
This ways and means which ranges from drinking orgies, sexual abuses, sacrificing the very humans (passing through the fire) etc. as you can see in (Exodus 32:1-6) and ( 2 Chronicles 33:1-9).
Surely, no God in His right senses, would take pleasure in suffering to create; and afterwards turn around to destroy those things he created.
Because there is no purpose or goal he would ever achieve in doing so?
That is why the true God gave us this knowledge when He asked Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac for Him and afterwards replaced Isaac with a ram.
When Abraham mis-thought that God could be so wicked to take away the very one thing He gave to him at old age, and went to the place He told him and tried to slaughter Isaac.
And afterwards gave us a commandment against committing this kind of evil:
‘And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, (Leviticus 18:21)
The worst thing that happens in polytheism is that; the worship of multiple deities switches off the knowledge of the main Creator God from the human mind as evidenced in (Romans 1:18-23).
Therefore what distinguishes the Trinity from polytheism is that; God the Father is worship by His creatures with all amount of holiness.
As He manifests Himself through His Son and His Holy Spirit, in order to salvage, edify and perfect all of them.
And if you ever think that this Creator God destroys His creatures please refer to my sermon on the title: FREEWILL.
Beloved, there is only one Creator God, Who is inside His Son and Holy Spirit, Who in turn is inside those who love and obey Him.
There is none beside or before Him, for if there was; the world today would have been a desert or worst a nothing.
Because the other creator would have been envious and try to destroy His creatures and He will seek a payback by also destroying the creatures of the other creator and nothing they ever created or continue to create will ever sustain.
But since we have only One Creator Who is able to create and even re-create whatever is being destroyed by any other thing he created.
For example Satan who manifests himself as gods and goddesses, who is the thief that comes not but to steal, kill and destroy John 10:10 we still have the world running its course for years we cannot number, even in our wildest dreams, imaginations and sciences.
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