IS THERE ONE GOD OR THREE?
Jesus directly referred to plurality.
"They have both seen and hated both Me and My Father."
"It is also written in your law, that the testimony of TWO men is true. I am One that beareth witness of Myself, and the Father that sent Me beareth witness of Me."
"I will pray the Father, and He shall give you Another Comforter."
"And yet if I judge, My judgment is true, for I am NOT ALONE, but I and the Father that sent Me."
Why don't Christians know the Trinity? Why are some so confused on the Three that are One in unity, but Three in Persons? Some are IGNORANT through faulty teaching, or neglect of teaching. Some do not search for a real knowledge of the Godhead. Some are leaning toward IMMORALITY. They don't want to know the Godhead better, because they are being tempted by sin. They fear God will make them give up their carnality. Others have other IDOLS that have begun to occupy them. The world, things, pleasures, clothes, cars, friends, self, power, prestige, careers, etc. have crept perilously close to taking over first place from God. INDIFFERENCE of some allows them to just drift through their Christian life, listening to some religious leaders, but never coming into real personal relationships with the three of the Trinity.
When we don't know Them as we should, our lives become lonely, miserable, and unsatisfying. The lives of those who do not personally get close to them grow to be loveless, and apathetic.
People have their own ideas about God. In any group, if you ask, "What is God like?", you will get many different answers. All feel like authorities, and will not want anyone to say, "You're wrong." Yet, many have accepted wrong views of God too easily. Eve, for example, accepted the idea that God was keeping something from her. Cain believed that he could disobey God's command, and sacrifice as he personally wished.
"PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS."
Let's discover what our Trinity are like. We will, in heaven at least, discover that we have had some misconceptions. We can dispel some of those misconceptions now with the aid of the Word of God. The truth of the Bible will shatter some ideas. Don't fight to hold onto wrong views.
The Godhead are Spirit beings.
"GOD IS A SPIRIT AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH."
Spirit is the highest form of being. It is not confined as the human body is. It does not have a human body, but does have a body. Jesus was resurrected in a body that was "flesh and bone." Yet, His body did not have "blood", for its life was not from the blood, as our bodies are, but its life came from the Spirit. The difference between the human body, and the spirit body is what gives each life. The spirit body gets its life and power from the spirit. The human body gets its life from the blood. God is a spirit being, and has omnipresence, but He also has a manifest presence that can sit upon a throne, hand a book to Jesus, and visit Mt. Sinai. We will soon see God face to face when we arrive in His throne room.
Webster defines "person" as "a particular individual - one who has intellect, sensibility, and will." Angels are persons, departed saints in heaven are still persons, those who have gone to hell-fire - are still persons. Each member of the Trinity are individual persons also. Therefore each is shown with intellect, sensibility and will.
All three of the Trinity have INTELLECT.
"For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need."
"He knew what was in man."
"And He that searches the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit."
All three of the Trinity have SENSIBILITY.
"I am well pleased."
"He was moved with compassion."
"And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God."
All three of the Trinity have WILL.
Jesus said "Thy will be done."
"I came down from heaven not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me."
I Corinthians 12:11
"dividing to every man severally, as He will."
The knowledge of the three in the Trinity is not always the same. If they were all one Person, they would necessarily have the same knowledge.
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
Each of the Trinity meets the basic requirements for being a real Person. They are separate Persons, able to function individually. They have their own feelings, will, and intellect.
These three Persons have a mutual relationship. They each recognize the existence of the Others of the Godhead. They each refer to the Others with personal pronouns. They communicate with each Other. They love each Other.
"As the Father hath loved Me."
"I love the Father."
There are distinctions in the relationship.
The Son proceeded from the Father, but never is it said that the Father proceeded from the Son. (John 8:42, 16:28)
It is always the Father that begets, and never the Son begetting another of the Trinity. (John 1:14, 18, 3:16)
The Father is never said to proceed from the Spirit... but the vice versa is true. (John 15:26, 14:26, Acts 2:17)
The Holy Spirit is said to proceed from the Father, but never said to be begotten of the Father, as is the Son.
There are distinctions in the names of the Trinity.
Some names are given to all Three.
Theos - God
"For Him hath God the Father sealed."
"But unto the Son He saith Thy throne, O God."
"To lie unto the Holy Ghost...thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."
Jehovah - Eternal Covenant God (I am, I was, I will be)
"The Lord (Jehovah) said unto my Lord (Adonai), Sit Thou at My right hand."
"For mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord (Jehovah) of Hosts."
"Then the Spirit of the Lord (Jehovah) came upon Jepththah."
Kurios - Master, Lord
"I thank Thee, O Father, Lord (Kurios) of heaven and earth."
"Yea, Lord (Kurios): I believe that Thou are the Christ, the Son of God."
II Corinthians 3:17
"Now the Lord (Kurios) is that Spirit."
Some names are never shared by the Trinity.
Jesus, Lord Jesus, Christ, Jesus Christ, and Emmanuel are never shared by the Spirit or the Father. Holy Spirit is never applied to the Father or the Son. The Father is never called the Son.
When Jesus said:
"I am come in My Father's name."
He was saying - "I come upon the authority of the Father." In the same way, the police may come to a criminal's home and say -"Open in the name of the law."