Every cult and false religion denies in differing ways that the Lord Jesus is God Almighty in human flesh. The doctrine of the Trinity is what makes Biblical Christianity stand alone. The late Dr. Walter Martin said several times: 'If you are wrong about God and who He is...you are wrong enough to lose your soul for eternity!! How true that statement is. (Dr. Martin has written several excellent books on the cults and false religions) In His Word, the Bible, God has revealed Himself as a Triune God. The definition of the Trinity is as follows: The Bible says there is only one God but within the one God there exist three Divine Persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three Divine Persons are the one God. This study on the Trinity gives Biblical proof to those who doubt or deny the doctrine of the Trinity. First I will show from God's Word that there is only one God. After this point is made, I show that there is a Person called the Father and that He is God. Next, I show that there is a Person called the Son and He is God. Finally, I show that there is a Person called the Holy Spirit and He also is God. Three Divine persons...One God. Keep in mind that we as finite men cannot fully understand an infinite God by our own understanding. However, God has revealed Himself to us in His Word and through His Word He is revealed as a Triune God. ONE GOD The Bible teaches there is only one God God reveals in His Word that there is only one God and that no other gods exist apart from Him. The following verses illustrate this fact: "Unto thee it was showed, that thou mightest know that the Lord he is God; there is none else beside him" (Deuteronomy 4:35). "Ye are my witnesses saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me" (Isaiah 43:10). "...I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God....Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any" (Isaiah 44:6,8). "I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:...Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:5,22). "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19) These verses show that there is only one God that exists. Men may call different things gods or worship different objects, but there is only one eternal God who exists apart from His creation. THE TRINITY: One God --- Three Divine Persons Hinted in the Old Testament "And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness..." (Genesis 1:26). "And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of US, to know good and evil:..." (Genesis 3:22). "...let US go down, and there confound their language..." (Genesis 11:7). The Trinity: Revealed in baptism "And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: and there came a voice from heaven, saying, thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Mark 1:9-11). This verse shows the Father speaking, the Son being baptized, and the Spirit descending. "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). The Trinity: Revealed in salutations "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:..." (1 Peter 1:2). "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 Cor 13:14). The Trinity in the Resurrection (1) The Father raised the Lord Jesus "Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities" (Acts 3:26). "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come" (1 Thess 1:10). (2) The Lord Jesus raised Himself "Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up....But he spake of the temple of his body" (John 2:19,21). (3) The Holy Spirit raised the Lord Jesus "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). The previous verses show that the Father raised the Lord Jesus, the Lord Jesus raised Himself, and the Holy Spirit raised the Lord Jesus. The Trinity is shown in the resurrection. This final verse shows that it was God Almighty who raised the Lord Jesus: "Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31). Remember, there is one God: three Divine Persons. "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). NOTES on the TRINITY: * Who RAISED Jesus from the dead? The Father (Romans 6:4)? The Son (John 2:19-21; 10:17,18)? The Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11)? Or God ? (Acts 3:26, 13:30, 17:30,31; 1 Thessalonians 1:9,10; Hebrews 13:20)? * Who does the Bible say is God? The Father (Ephesians 4:6)? The Son (Titus 2:13; John 1:1, 20:28)? The Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4)? The one and only true God (Deuteronomy 4:35)? * Who CREATED the world? The Father (John 14:2)? The Son (Colossians1:16,17; John 1:1-3)? The Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2; Psalm 104:30)? Or God (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3)? * Who SAVES man? Who REGENERATES man? The Father (1 Peter 1:3)? The Son (John 5:21, 4:14)? The Holy Spirit (John 3:6; Titus 3:5)? Or God (1 John 3:9)? * Who JUSTIFIES man? The Father Jeremiah 23:6, cf. 2 Corinthians 5:19)? The Son (Romans 5:9, 10:4; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21)? The Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:11; Galatians 5:5)? Or God (Romans 4:6, 9:33)? * Who SANCTIFIES man? The Father (Jude 1)? The Son (Titus 2:14)? The Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:2)? Or God (Exodus 31:13)? * Who propitiated God's just anger against man for his sins? The Father (1 John 4:14; John 3:16, 17:5, 18:11)? The Son (Matthew 26:28; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2)? The Holy Spirit(Hebrews 9:14)? Or God??? (2 Corinthians 5:1; Acts 20:28)?