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Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity.
I suggest you read this to the end. There are quotes you have probably never given thought to before which are quite astonishing.
One of the most important tenants of true Christianity is the concept of the Trinity. The Trinity is clearly presented throughout The Holy Bible. However, it was one of the mysteries long hidden at God's perogative. I wonder how the ancient Hebrews felt as they worshipped the one true God without fully recognizing this part of His eternal character. It was not until Christ that the mystery of this profound secret was finally revealed:
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him--to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
The doctrine of the Trinity states that God has a threefold personality and yet they together are one God. This Trinity as revealed through Holy Scripture is:
The Holy Spirit
In the Holy Bible, at one time or another, the term "he" is used to describe each separate part of this eternal Godhead and helps solidify our faith in this concept. When Jesus uttered the Great Commission to his apostles, he said the following:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19, 20
Even in the original Greek, the word "name" (onoma) is singular, meaning each of these entities combine into one essence. Can we find a parallel in the Old Testament? If you refer to my page , you will see the Sh'ma, the Hebrew statement of faith from ages past which has been repeated thousands of times a day everyday since it was given to Moses in the desert of Sin at the base of Mount Sinai:
Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad
Hear, Israel, the LORD is our God, the LORD is One
In this Sh'ma, it says "The LORD is One." A cluster of grapes is one; the people Israel are one people. Both of these examples are made up of individual parts and yet are termed "one." The word "echad" enables this interpretation. There is another Hebrew word which means one and only one - yachid. This term was not used. We can rightly assume that the Creator knows Hebrew even better than we do! However, the term "echad" was used in this most important of statements found in Deuteronomy 6:4. I'll add in another type of Old Testament reference before we move on. A word for God in Hebrew which is used countless times from the earliest chapters of Genesis is the word "Elohim." Elohim by its very nature in Hebrew indicates a plurality. When the language moves a word from the singular to plural "im" is added. This is comparable to "s" in English. For example an angel is a cherub; angels are cherubim. A priest responsible for the most holy articles in the temple was a Kohan; several of them would be Kohanim. And so forth.
Throughout the ages since the church was established, people have used tangible concepts to try to explain this Trinity, such as water as steam, liquid, or solid. Or, a circle divided into three equal parts, etc. However, neither of these accurately portrays the concept correctly, and in fact if used lead to heresy. Is it that there is no proper parallel? Has God left us with a concept but no way to properly explain it? The really interesting fact is that a concept has been provided, and it is visible everywhere you look. If you have time for some very interesting reading, you should obtain the book The Secret of the Universe, by Dr. Nathan R. Wood. Dr. Wood, who once was president of Gordon College of Theology and Missions states that the Trinity is revealed in the universe itself.
The universe is made of a trinity of Space, Time, and Matter. Furthermore, each of these is a trinity itself. Space is comprised of Length, Breadth, and Height. Time is expressed in Past, Present, and Future. And matter consists of Energy in Motion producing Phenomena. How glorious...a trinity of trinities!
Continuing further, we can make the assertion to equate Space with the Father - unseen and yet omnipresent; matter with the Son - visible, tangible, understandable; and Time with the Spirit - which is unseen and yet it is a medium in which we move and gain understanding.
Dr. Wood takes the concept of Time, and with true inspiration, breaks it down into an understandable concept. After doing this, he changes only four words and thereby accurately explains the mystery of the Trinity. Follow along:
The Future is the source. The Future is unseen, unknown, except as it continually embodies itself and makes itself visible in the Present. The Present is what we see, and hear, and know. It is ceaselessly embodying the Future, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. It is perpetually revealing the Future, hitherto invisible.
The Future is logically first, but not chronologically. For the Present exists as long as Time exists, and was in the absolute beginning of Time. The Present has existed as long as Time has existed. Time acts through and in the Present. It makes itself visible only in the Present. The Future acts, and reveals itself through the Present. It is through the Present that Time, that the Future, enters into union with human life. Time and humanity meet and unite in the Present. It is in the Present that Time, that the Future, becomes a part of human life, and so is born and lives and dies in human life.
The Past in turn comes from the Present. We cannot say that it embodies the Present. On the contrary Time in issuing from the Present into the Past becomes invisible again. The Past does not embody the Present. Rather it proceeds silently, endlessly, invisibly from it.
But the Present is not the source of the Past which proceeds from it. The Future is the source of both the Present and the Past. The Past issues in endless, invisible procession from the Present, but, back of that, from the Future out of which the Present comes.
The Past issues, it proceeds, from the Future, through the Present.
The Present therefore comes out from the invisible Future. The Present perpetually and ever-newly embodies the Future in visible, audible, livable form; and returns again into invisible Time in the Past. The Past acts invisibly. It continually influences us with regard to the Present. It casts light upon the Present. That is its great function. It helps us to live in the Present which we know, and with reference to the Future which we expect to see.
Now, substitutes 4 words. God replaces Time. Father replaces Future. Son replaces Present. Spirit replaces Past.
The Father is the source. The Father is unseen, unknown, except as He continually embodies Himself and makes Himself visible in the Son. The Son is what we see, and hear, and know. He is ceaselessly embodying the Father, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment. He is perpetually revealing the Father, hitherto invisible.
The Father is logically first, but not chronologically. For the Son exists as long as God exists, and was in the absolute beginning of God. The Son has existed as long as God has existed. God acts through and in the Son. The Father makes Himself visible only in the Son. The Father acts, and reveals Himself through the Son. It is through the Son that God, that the Father, enters into union with human life, and so is born and lives and dies in human life. God and humanity meet and unite in the Son. It is in the Son that God, that the Father, becomes a part of human life, and so is born and lives and dies in human life.
The Spirit in turn comes from the Son. We cannot say that it embodies the Son. On the contrary the Spirit in issuing from the Son into the Spirit becomes invisible again. The Spirit does not embody the Son. Rather it proceeds silently, endlessly, invisibly from Him.
But the Son is not the source of the Spirit who proceeds from Him. The Father is the source of both the Son and the Spirit. The Spirit issues in endless, invisible procession from the Son, but back of that, from the Father out of whom the Son comes.
The Spirit issues, He proceeds, from the Father, through the Son.
The Son therefore comes out from the invisible Father. The Son perpetually and ever-newly embodies the Father in visible, audible, livable form; and returns again into invisible God in the Spirit. The Spirit acts invisibly. It continually influences us with regard to the Son. It casts light upon the Son. That is His great function. He helps us to live in the Son which we know, and with reference to the Father which we expect to see.
And there we have what has been evident since Creation in the physical universe and to which Holy Scripture so faithfully testifies in the nature of the Godhead. From here on, I will give several of the hundreds of quotes directly from the Holy Bible supporting this.
About the Trinity:
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. Genesis 1:26
Here in the first chapter of Scripture the term "us" is used by the Creator reflecting His triune nature. And again, in Isaiah:
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" Isaiah 6:8
The 12th Chapter of the book of Zechariah places all three members of the Trinity together in one passage:
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. Zechariah 12:10
The Gospel of John time and again reflects the relationship between the Father and the Son as well as the Spirit:
Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. John 14:8,9
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:7-11
Paul clearly understood God's triune nature. He alludes to it here and elsewhere many times in his epistles:
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:13-16
About the Father:
I will limit my bible passages on the Father as it is clearly understood by every human that there is a God of who most people associate with the Father:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. John 6:46
This statement by Jesus in itself perfectly matches the description Dr. Wood made concerning the Father.
About the Son:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:1-5
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 1 John 1:1, 2
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:13
In the next quote, Jesus astounded his audience. They were fully aware of the meaning of the term I AM. In Hebrew YHWH the tetragrammaton. By quoting the following, he was telling them "I am God."
...before Abraham was born, I am! John 8:58
Again, the next quote leaves no doubt about the Son.
I and the Father are one. John 10:30
Even Jesus - the Shepherd - in his accomplished mission at Calvary; his on-going intercessory mission; and his anticipated return has three parts:
Good Shepherd John 10:11 - Died for His flock.
Great Shepherd Hebrews 13:20 - Leader of His flock.
Chief Shepherd 1 Peter 5:4 - Returning for His flock.
Luke, the author of the Gospel which bears his name and the book of Acts, had no doubt of Christ's divinity. Read how he carefully worded the following, which is a pattern throughout his writings:
Return home and tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:39
Paul drives the point home in the following:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
About the Spirit:
Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." John 3:6-8
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
Surely we praise our Creator Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! Scripture, in both Testaments leaves no doubt about God's triune nature. May you be blessed as you read the Word in the future observing and accepting the Trinity. And, as you enjoy your surroundings, think of how God carefully placed His fingerprints on the universe around you. Reflect on it and realize those fingerprints include you unique, loved, and triune - body, soul, and spirit. If this page has helped you, I hope you'll let me know: InAweofGod@Wonderful1.com.
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Because I 've devoted so much time to the subject of the Trinity, I would like to devote a few short lines to one of the many heretical organizations which deny this evident truth. They are the Jehovah's Witnesses. One of their principle tenants is that Christ is not God (not part of a trinity) and therefore God does not have a triune nature. To them the Holy Spirit is an active force. I am speaking from experience concerning this cult, having first been brought to the reading of Holy Scripture through them. Had it not been for Christ's intervention, I could have been deceived by these people. I have no animosity towards them, but rather I feel sorry for them and pray that some may be saved. They are very quickly brainwashed into believing doctrinal heresy and are misled by the precepts of the Watchtower Society. I'm not going to spend a lot of time discussing their doctrine, but I will give one glaring example of their apostasy.
They have changed John 1:1 to read ...and the word was "a" god. Rather than "...and the Word was God." They use this terminology and say it is backed up by Holy Scripture. It is not...as follows: In Greek, unless you are specifically referring to a prophet, e.g. "John is the Prophet", they will normally not use a preposition. Therefore, in Greek you would say, "I saw prophet." Translating this into English, you would then change it to "I saw a prophet. Again, in Greek, unless specifically saying "I rode the bicycle," you would say "I rode bicycle." When translating it into English, you would then add "a" - such as "I rode a bicycle." In these instances, it is understood that there is more than one prophet, or bicycle. If there were only one prophet or one bicycle in existence, you would certainly say "the prophet" or "the bicycle." By translating "Theos en ho logos" into "the word was a god" you, by the very nature of the translation assume a multiplicity of gods. This is polytheism and the greatest blaspheme. The Holy Bible, from the beginning, as demonstrated above, allows for one and only one God. This heresy is a centuries old one, dating back to the time of Arius approx. 250-336 A.D. I will quote another train of thought on this issue from the International Bible Society:
"...Furthermore, he is not only called "God" (regardless of the issue concerning the translation of John 1:1), but also "Savior," "Lord," "Redeemer," "God with us," and "Creator."
We can pray to him; he helps us; he lives in us; he gave up himself for us; he forgives our sins; he receives worship - all things, which in the Old Testament are clearly within the jurisdiction and ability of "Jehovah." Yet in the face of all this, the doctrine of the Watchtower Society would have us believe that this One is some form of created being? Frankly, not only is that incongruous, it is the worst form of blasphemy - relegating to a creature the attributes of Jehovah."
You must be very careful and yet thoughtful when you encounter these people. They are well trained and truly believe what they have been taught. Paul warned not to get into arguments or lengthy discussions with people like this. John went so far as to say the following about those who follow heretical ideas:
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work. 2 John 1:10,11
Give them the Gospel, give them the truth, and pray for them. That is your duty as a Christian. To confirm my analysis on the Greek:
There is therefore no talk of subordination; the status of the Logos is one of equality with God: he was God. For it cannot be taken as meaning: he was a god, a divine being, as if Theos were a generic concept such as anthropos [man] or animal, so that there could be two divine beings, either in the naïve polytheistic sense, or in the sense of the Gnostic idea of emanation. This is clearly out of the question… The word Theos is intended in its strict monothesistic sense…
Robert Nguyen Cramer
When Mr. Cramer above says "there is no talk of subordination" he is saying the Father, Son, and Spirit are co-equal. They each have their own function within the God-Head and yet they are equally worthy of of glory, honor, and adoration.
Anarthrous - Without the article. In reference to a noun. Anarthrous nouns are generally translated in English with the indefinite article ("a, an"). However, some anarthrous nouns are qualitative and are often translated without an article.
Articular - With the article. In reference to a noun. Greek does not have an indefinite article. Nouns either occur with the article (hO) - and are thus articular - or without it. Greek often uses the article in places where the definite article would be awkward in English, and translators generally omit the article in translation in these cases.
Definitions from www.forananswer.org.
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The outstanding astronomy pictures above were most graciously provided by Anthony Ayiomamitis, of Greece, at www.perseus.gr. The first is a Solar Analemma at ancient Nemea. The second is stages of a lunar eclipse. I selected these for this page because they have a trinity motif (notice the three pillars in the first photo and three stages of the moon in the second. Please be advised, these are part of Creation and not the subject of our adoration, but rather demonstrations of the power and majesty of our Loving Creator as captured by a very imaginative person! If you would like to see more of his astonishing work click on the site link. I would like to echo a statement Anthony made on his web site concerning photographing an analemma: More men have walked on the moon than have successfully photographed the analemma.
I wish I had such patience and talent! I fully recommend you check out their sites.
|HOLY, HOLY, HOLY |
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity.
Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee
Which were, and are, and evermore shalt be.
Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou are holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name,
in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity
Reginald Heber, 1826
Heber wrote this hymn for Trinity Sunday while he was Vicar of Hodnet, Shropshire, England. Traditional accompanying music is “Nicaea,” by John B. Dykes, 1861