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The Trinity

Wrong Views, Right Response

2 Corinthians 13:14
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
NIV

The Trinity must be carefully distinguished from false doctrines such as

Each of these false doctrines detract from one or more important elements of the Trinity and God. One of the key factors of Scripture is that Christianity is a relationship between God and man. This relationship is special to God -- and should be special to us as believers. In fact, the relationship should be special enough that we believers will attract non-believers to Jesus Christ as the unbeliever witnesses our relationship with God. As Peter writes (quoting the Old Testament)
1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. NKJV

This idea of a relationship may help us to understand the concept of the Trinity in clearer terms. There is no inferiority as between the Persons of the Godhead. Each fully possess the attributes of God. But, as within a family, the Persons of the relationship have assigned "duties" to each member. At my house, for example, I have been assigned the duty of "garbage!" My wife is perfectly capable of "doing the garbage," but in our scheme of things, she does not. So it is with the Godhead. A review of Scripture demonstrates each of the Persons of the Godhead are active in all facets of "theology." But, at the same time, they have some duties that are more attributable to one than the other.

The scheme of how the Godhead interacts is sometimes referred to as progression or generation. It is pictured in Scripture as follows:

Of the FATHER
1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. KJV
Through the SON
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
By the HOLY SPIRIT
KJV
Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit KJV
Unto the FATHER
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. KJV

Or, to look at it another way, of GOD, through GOD, by GOD, for the glory of GOD. This is why the way of the Cross brings salvation.

 

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