God is one
Jesus lived only for the will of His Father. God the Father has given all the power to His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit brings forward only Jesus Christ. Thus "the LORD our God, the LORD is one."
In the Bible there is not a word "trinity". From this we can conclude that this concept is not needed for knowing God. Instead the New Testament speaks about God as God the Father and as the Son and as the Holy Spirit. The concept of the triune God has been made from this fact for another purpose than for knowing God. The unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit is described better with the word triunity
than with the word trinity because their unity is so great.
Many ask: If God is one, how could He have a Son? In order to remove this offense the concept of trinity
is being used. In practice we see that this concept doesn't satisfy most people because they ask ahead: How could one be equal with three? God's Spirit doesn't declare the trinity, because it doesn't give us the knowledge of God. Instead He tells us about the relationship between God the Father and Jesus.
Men have brought into use the concept trinity
because they do not want to be obedient to Jesus. So that nobody could see the truth
they want to hide the fact that God the Father has exalted Jesus above everything and everyone. Jesus has been exalted because of His humility
. "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Php.2:9,11
Jesus must be honored as the true God after His resurrection
through the will of God the Father. Many Christian leaders have wanted to be lords among believers
. Therefore they have tried to invalidate the exalting of Jesus to the Lord by declaring the holy trinity
. Here the word Lord means God or Jahveh
(= LORD) of the Old Testament. The confession of the early congregation
was: "Jesus Christ is LORD." "Thomas answered and said to Him: 'My Lord and my God!'" Joh.20:28 God is always only one, though He reveals Himself in different ways in different times.
Before Jesus was born to be man He was the Word of God. At His birth from Mary He undressed His godhead and became man. When He was raised from the dead He returned to His glory.
Before Jesus became man He was the Word of God. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." Joh.1:1,14
From the mouth of God came out the Word through which He has created
everything. Once this Word will return back to God. "Then comes the end, when He (= Jesus) delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. ... Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." 1Co.15:24,28
Now someone may ask why a word that came out from God's mouth is God? If you cannot honor
Jesus as the true God it tells us that you have not got that understanding from God. "We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." 1Jo.5:20
If you repent
and seek God's grace
, He will give you the understanding to know who Jesus is. See Jesus as the perfect man and the Son of God who died for you on the cross
so that you could experience God's love
and become His own. After that you will see that now He is the true God although He once was the Lamb
of God on the cross.
We now live in a period when Jesus Christ reigns to put all His enemies
under His feet. God the Father has given Him all authority
. Therefore Jesus must be put forth and in Him also the Father and the Holy Spirit come forth. Jesus, exalted by His Father, manifests love
between the Father and the Son. Jesus, exalted by the Holy Spirit, proclaims God's love and truth
to us so that we could be saved.
Some people disown the Father and claim that only Jesus is God. Proclaiming this doctrine
has the same effect as proclaiming the trinity
, because they both hide God's humbleness
and make Jesus' obedience
to the Father seem mere playacting. The exalting of Jesus would be impossible if God the Father didn't exist or if Jesus was not also a true man. Thus pride
two doctrines which have the same consequences although they formally are opposites.
The Son of God and the Son of Man
Jesus called Himself the Son of Man by which He manifested that He was born from sinful
Mary. He also called Himself the Son of God by which He revealed that He was the Word of God which became man. As the Son of Man He was in all points tempted as we are. As the Son of God He overcame
all the temptations
and never did any injustice.
Some people have such a doctrine
of the trinity
which denies the true human nature
of Jesus. They think that Jesus could not truly die on the cross
because He was God. They make the life and the atonement
work of Jesus a drama without real temptations
and without hellish death on the cross. Some of them have even exalted Mary to be God so that they could be sure that people are not able to see the real human nature of Jesus and thus are unable to compare themselves with His goodness
and would not repent
and would not be saved.
The godhead of Jesus manifested itself in His life without sin
and with perfect accordance to the will of God. He didn't use and show His divine authority
although He was often tempted to do it. He would have been able to change stones into bread and to fly as a super man and to ask legions of angels
to help Him, but He remained man so that He could atone
for our sins. "Jesus Christ being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men." Php.2:6-7
Many say that Jesus is not God because He said: "My Father is greater than I." Joh.14:28
Because they don't understand the humbleness
of God, they do not understand this. Of course God the Father was greater because Jesus had made Himself nothing and had become man. However now - at this moment - He is exalted on the throne of God. Therefore I confess: "Jesus Christ is my God."
Only the Holy Spirit can prove to you that Jesus is LORD. He is everywhere in the world testifying
of the name of Jesus. People, who have not acknowledged His testimony, cannot understand who Jesus is.
When coming to the faith
man receives the Holy Spirit, which is manifested by understanding who Jesus is. "No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit." 1Co.12:3
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to His own. He also promised that He Himself will come to His own, thus revealing being with His own through the Holy Spirit. This we have also experienced in practice when we have experienced the presence of Jesus in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said about God's Spirit as follows: "He will glorify me, for He will take of what is mine and declare it to you." Joh.16:14
In the Spirit of Jesus we can call God our Father. The Holy Spirit in our spirit prays
like Jesus and the Father hears us because of His Son. Jesus is represented in the world by us who belong to Him in the same way as the Father was represented by Jesus. In the same way as the world saw the Father in Jesus it sees Jesus in Christians.
In the days of His flesh Jesus said that He represented the Father: "He who has seen me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?" Joh.14:9-10
Jesus represented the Father for us and the Holy Spirit represents Jesus for us. Thus the Holy Spirit represents for us also the Father through the Son. This proves that only one God exists, because They completely stick together.
Because Jesus lived only for the will of His Father and God the Father has given Jesus all authority
and the Holy Spirit brings forth only Jesus, we have only one God.
The used Bible version: NKJV