This will be a controversial post today and I am aware that many will not accept what I have to say. However I can only present what The Lord has given me according to the understanding that I have and what I believe to be the truth from the gospel and the bible.
There is a teaching that is so prevalent and pervasive in the Christian church today and that is the teaching of the Trinity. Trinity doctrine is so entrenched that it is accepted in many parts of the church without question. It is seen as almost a foundational belief of Christianity and yet most Christians do not understand it because it is difficult to comprehend.
Scriptures such as this one I am looking at today seem to lend authority to the concept of a single God in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but I have to say I find it hard to accept such thinking. Let me lay my cards on the table right now. I do not accept the doctrine of the Trinity.
My Position on God
I do accept that both Jesus and the Father are God, but they are not a single God. There are two separate and distinct entities and it is clear that Jesus as the Son and also the Word accepted that the Father was greater than himself.
Furthermore, the Holy Spirit is not referred to anywhere in the bible as being God, let alone a third face or person of God as is accepted in Trinity teaching. The Holy Spirit is a description of the spirit. That is, He is a spirit who is holy, and that includes all of the angels (excluding the fallen angels of course, who are demonic).
What about this scripture?
This scripture and others like it are used to support the teachings of trinity doctrine. The verse here says, “I and the Father are one.” (Verse 30) but is this really saying that Jesus and the Father are one being or one God?
No it is not. If we look also at John 17:11 we see Jesus says this, “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”
Now if I use the same logic as used for Trinity, I could say that we who are in Jesus are also God! Jesus is saying above that we who follow Him will be one with Him just as He is one with the Father. So I could be so brash and foolish to say we are God if I use the logic of Trinity.
Let me ask you also, do you believe you are Gods because you follow Jesus? Do you believe you are a fourth face or person of God, which would make the Trinity a four headed entity rather than three?
I am sure you don't believe such a thing for a moment. But it is such folly as this that leads to the belief in Trinity doctrine.
So who or what is God?
Jesus quite correctly stated that He is the Son of God. He was also the Word who is God who was in the beginning and was the architect of the Creation. And most importantly, Jesus recognized that the Father was greater than himself for Jesus worshiped and serve the Father. It says also in 1 Corinthians 15:24-28,
24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him.
28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
There is a clear distinction here showing that Jesus and the Father are very separate and that the Father is the greater of the two. This is consistent with all that Jesus had to say about His relationship to the Father. It is also how we should consider both Jesus and the Father. They are two separate beings, God the Father and His first born and only begotten Son who is the Word and dwelt with man in the flesh as Jesus.
What about the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is not a singularity but a collective name for those spirits who are holy and who do the work of God. As an example, we can receive the Holy Spirit as our personal teacher, counselor, comforter, guide and intercessory with God. But who is this Holy Spirit that we can receive?
Simply put, this Holy Spirit is an angel sent from God to help us attain salvation. Look what the writer of Hebrews said in Hebrews 1:5-7.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God's angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
We saw the fulfillment of this description and prophecy in verse 7 relating to the angels of God on the Day of Pentecost when the disciples first received the Holy Spirit. Note what it says in Acts 2:1-4,
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
This is the fulfillment of that prophetic description of the angels and shows that the Holy Spirit is indeed an angel sent to man. Why? Look no further than the last verses of Hebrews 1 for that answer. “13 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
The angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who are to receive salvation. We are those who are to receive salvation when we allow the angels, that is the Holy Spirit to do the work in us He is tasked to do. And His work is to transform us into the image of Jesus Christ and thus the image of God.
So when Jesus says that, “I and the Father are one,” He is saying they are of one mind and one spirit for they think and act in perfect balance and harmony with each other. It is the will and plan of God that those who come to Jesus will be one with him in the same way. That we should think and act in all situations and circumstances as God would do himself.
There is no Trinity. Just God the Father and God the Son seeking man to be like them and giving man the power to achieve that position through the working of the angelic Holy Spirit he gives to us to accomplish His work. There are many other scriptures to back this position I hold, but time and space do not permit me to add any further now. Please feel free to comment and discuss this whether you agree or disagree with my position. So over to you…what do you think about the doctrine of Trinity?
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