Scriptural proof for the Holy Trinity of God 


Christian doctrine is set forth by God's word as covenant, the Holy Scriptures.  Scripture expresses God as three persons, yet one God.  The three persons are namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: - Deuteronomy 6:4


The Hebrew word for “God” is “Elohim” which is a plural.  The Biblical Hebrew word for “one” in the above passage is “echad” which is a corporate oneness, not merely a numeric count.  God is a plural number of persons yet one.  The word one as "echad" is continually used in referrence to the one true God throughout the Holy Scriptures.


A clear example of the meaning of the Hebrew word "echad" may be also found in the celebration of the Jewish Passover.  The three-pocketed matza holder used during Passover is referred to as an "echad".  Consequently, it is the middle of the three matzas that is broken during the ceremony.  The Holy Trinity of God and the brokenness of the Second Person of the Trinity are clearly revealed in this ancient tradition.  The "echad", the one true God, is the Holy Trinity.


The true Biblical doctrine of the oneness of God expresses His corporate unity.  Jesus is one God with His Father.  This is what Jesus meant when He said, "I and my Father are one." (John 10:30).



Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: - John 17:20-22


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It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.  I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.  - John 8:17-18


If God the Father and His Son Jesus are not two persons, neither can they be two witnesses.  It is clearly seen from the above words of God's Son Jesus that He and the Father are two persons.  Together with the Holy Spirit the three are one.



For 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


And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  - Genesis 1:26


Who is the “us” here? God did not create the world with assistance.  Neither does God have a pronoun problem.  The “us” is the Godhead, the Holy Trinity, of whom the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all were responsible for creation.  Someone does not refer to Himself as "us" unless other persons are there also, hence, first person plural.  Here is another passage where you see the same speech from our Lord…



And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. – Genesis 11:6-7


Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. – Isaiah 6:8


Isaiah was not volunteering to go for anyone besides the Lord who is mentioned in first person plural.



And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. – Isaiah 6:3


Notice the repitition, it was not in vain.  It was to glorify the Father, Son and Spirit.





The Holy Trinity is revealed in Scripture in other ways as well…


Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. – Isaiah 34:16


my = God, the Father

mouth = God, the Son (The Word)

spirit = God, the Holy Spirit



And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.  - Exodus 3:15


God of Abraham = revelation of God, the Father

God of Isaac = revelation of God, the Son

God of Jacob = revelation of God, the Holy Spirit

The three are one God.


Same is seen in Exodus 3:16, Exodus 4:5, Matthew 22:32, Mark 12:26, Luke 20:37 and other places in Holy Scripture.



And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. – Matthew 3:16-17


Jesus = God, the Son

saw

Spirit of God = God, the Spirit

and heard

a voice saying “my” = God, the Father

All Deity, three persons, not one person.



Let us not forget this passage…


Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: - Matthew 28:19


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And the angel answered and said unto her, 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


Highest = God, the Father

Son of God = God, the Son (Jesus)

Holy Ghost = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him - John 3:34


God = God, the Father

he, him = God, the Son

Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. – John 14:26


Father = God, the Father

my, I = God, the Son

Comforter, Holy Ghost = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  - Acts 2:32-33


God, Father = God, the Father

Jesus, he = God, the Son

Holy Ghost = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  - Romans 8:11


him, he, his = God, the Father

Jesus, Christ = God, the Son

Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. – 1 Corinthians 12:3


God = God, the Father

Jesus, Lord = God, the Son

Holy Ghost = God, the Holy Spirit


“Lord” here shows that Jesus is master and that he is God, but not that he is Godhead.

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6


God = God, the Father

Lord = God, the Son

Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



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


God = God, the Father

Lord Jesus Christ= God, the Son

Holy Ghost = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. – Galatians 4:6


God = God, the Father

Son = God, the Son

Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



Ephesians 4:5 below is a favorite quote among U.P.s which says "One Lord, one faith, one baptism". United Pentecostalists take these words completely out of context and meaning when saying that the "One Lord" is the Godhead.  Let us read it in its proper context…


There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  – Ephesians 4:4-6


One God and Father = God, the Father

One Lord = God, the Son

one Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. – 1 Peter 1:2


God the Father = God, the Father

Jesus Christ = God, the Son

Spirit = God, the Holy Spirit

One God, yet Three Divine Persons



And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. – Revelation 4:8


It is true that the word “Trinity” is not present in the Bible but the doctrine is there, just as the doctrine of “Monotheism” is in the Scriptures without the actual word being present in the text.


Although the word “Trinity” was not coined until later, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity was nevertheless present in the early church and was the belief of Christians as it is has been the doctrinal faith of Christians throughout the centuries and today.



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