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The Trinity

The Problem of the Trinity

Ephesians 4:4-6
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
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The doctrine of the Trinity poses a problem of logic and understanding not only for the unsaved, but for many believers as well.

The problem may be stated by using the following statements and question:

The solution to this question is the doctrine known as the Trinity.

First, let us immediately clear the air.  The word “trinity” does not appear in the Bible.  Don’t go looking for it!  The word Trinity is used to described the “Threeness” on our one God.  The title of this doctrine was either coined by Theophilus around 181 A.D or by Tertullian in 215 A.D.  The Anathasian Creed (c. 5th Century) states the doctrine of the Trinity:

“We worship one God in trinity, and trinity in unity, neither confounding the persons, nor separating the substance.”

To understand the biblical Trinity, a couple of terms must be defined and understood.  These are “person” and “essence.”  The doctrine of the Trinity states that the Godhead is one in essence, but He manifests Himself as three distinct persons. 

It is clear that one&s belief about the Trinity will influence and effect his entire concept of the interpretation of Scripture, and in particular, his views on salvation.

Let us look at the ideas of "persons" and "essence."

 

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