(Written March 8, 2001) Here is a "brief" explanation of what the Holy Trinity is all about in the Christian faith. The Trinity: 1. God (Jehovah) - the Creator of all things. Omniscient, omnipotent, all-wise, unconditionally loving, unchanging, faithful, holy, in complete control of *every* circumstance of life. Has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of our lives. Created us so that we may fellowship with Him and bring glory to His name. His ultimate goal is to mold us into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ (meaning in our thoughts, actions, motivations, words, deeds, and focus). 2. Jesus - The Son of God; the Messiah. He is the Alpha and Omega (meaning He always has and always will be the Son of God from everlasting to everlasting). He not only is the Son of God, he is God Incarnate, because He is perfectly one with God. He came to earth as God in human flesh so that he may a) reveal to us what God is really all about, and b) pay the penalty for all of our sins. He continually fortold of this during his life on earth, saying "I have come to give my life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45), and "I have not come to condemn the world, but so that the world through Me might be saved" (John 3:17). Jesus paid for our sins by His death on the Cross. In that instant on the Cross, for the only time in eternity, He was separated from His Father in order that He may pay the full penalty for all of our sins: past, present, and future. Only He could pay this penalty, because he lived a completely sinless life. He is the only being who has ever walked this world to live a sinless life. Every other person has sinned, because ever since the Original Sin of Adam and Eve, we all have a sinful nature that wants to do things our way rather than God's way. Additionally, we live in a sinful world that does not want to know God, and our other enemy is Satan, which literally translated means "opponent". Because of the sacrificial death of Jesus, we were and are able to have the opportunity to have an eternal relationship with God, because through Jesus, God can see us as being holy. He loves us, but He cannot tolerate anything which is unholy, because it is not his character to be anything but holy. Because Jesus was risen from the dead by His Father on the third day (this is what we celebrate at Easter), it validated Who He said He was, and verified that what He had done was complete. 3. The Holy Spirit (often referred to as the Holy Ghost) - This Spirit of the living God (Jesus Christ) indwells on the inside of every person who has accepted Jesus' death at Calvary (that's where He was crucified) as payment for their sin debt, and that His being risen again showed that He is the Son of God. When the Holy Spirit indwells us, He transforms us so that we no longer have a nature predispositioned for sin, but rather one that desires to love, obey, and serve our Heavenly Father. Although we still do sin [because A) we live in these fleshly, imperfect bodies, and B) we live in a fallen world where sin is rampant everywhere you turn], as a person indwelt by the Holy Spirit, we have the power of the living God within us to turn away from sin and its crippling influence on our lives. The Holy Spirit is important, because it enables us to do the supernatural work that God has called us to do by relying on Him, rather than trying to do it in our own fleshly, limited, shortsighted ways. It is only by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to do what God has called us to do that we can truly become the persons that God wants us to be, thereby living our life to the fullest, achieving maximum happiness, fulfilling the purpose for which we were created, and bring maximum glory and honor to God. The Christian faith can be summed up by one phrase in the New Testament. It is from the book of John, Chapter 3, verse 16, which is why often at sports events you see people holding up signs saying "John 3:16". "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16) Addendum regarding the Biblical veracity of the Trinity (written November 7, 2005): Here are a few Biblical verses (there are many more) that clearly indicate the deity of Jesus and His oneness with God the Father, which is therefore why I believe in the Trinity. John 1;1,14 "In the beginning, the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God...The Word BECAME FLESH and made his dwelling among us" John 10:27-30: "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and the Father are one." - note verse 30, especially -- "I and the Father are ONE" John 14:9 "Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father." So not only is Jesus the Son of God, he IS God...either these verses are true, or they are not. Regarding the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself clearly indicated that it was not just a force, but a Person. In John 14, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as a "He", not an "it". (John 14:17-18). The Holy Spirit is indeed a helper, just as God the Father intended for him to be. The oneness between the God the Holy Spirit, God the Father and God the Son is also referred to in Jesus' description of the relationship of the Holy Spirit to Himself and His Father. The Trinity is not my opinion, nor is it simply a teaching by a certain denomination -- it is clearly referred to in Scripture. Because I believe Scripture is completely true, infallible, inerrant, eternal, and the mind of God conveyed on paper, I believe in the Trinity. Any theology which attempts to deny the Trinity must grapple with what is clearly written in Scripture by God Himself.
1. That you have sinned against Him, and
2. That you believe the testimony of the Bible -- Jesus Christ is the Son of God
and his substitutionary death paid all your sins (past, present, and future) in full.
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