Expositional Thoughts On The Trinity Part 1 (By David Pope)

Today, we will start a two part study on the Bible Doctrine of the

Trinity. Misconceptions of this important teaching have even split

certain denominations in the past. However, when we look to Scripture,

this teaching is no more difficult to understand than any other.

-Common Misconceptions.

1) The Trinity is ‘not understandable’, some sort of mystery.

2) The Trinity is in reality three facets of the same being.

3) Jesus is the only Member of the Trinity with a recognizable form.

4) The Trinity is an exclusively New Testament teaching.

5) The Doctrine of the Trinity was invented by the Roman Catholic Church.

6) Those who believe in the Trinity ‘worship three Gods’.

Instead of addressing these misconceptions on a point by point

basis, we will explore the Trinity in light of the Old Testament and New

Testament revelations (Rom. 3:4). Interestingly, the word rendered

‘mystery’ in the

KJV New Testament is the Greek ‘musterion’, or a revealed truth that was

formerly hidden. Without further ado, let’s get into the Word.

-The Old Testament

The concept of more than one individual doing the things God does

goes all the way back to Genesis, and we’ll examine one of those

incidents

shortly. First, Let’s look at the writing of the Prophet Isaiah:

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we

did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.”

-Isaiah 53:4 KJV

‘…smitten of God…’. Here we see God the Father imputing the sin of

all mankind on the Suffering Servant.

“…and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

-Isaiah 53:6 ,KJV

Another definite reference to two separate persons. Otherwise, the

passage would read,”the LORD hath *TAKEN* the iniquity of us all.”. This

whole chapter is full of references to two separate persons. However,

Isaiah is not the only Old Testament writer to understand the nature of

God.

“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man

came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they

brought him near before him.”

-Daniel 7:13 ,KJV

Here, the statesman prophet Daniel sees two separate persons, the

Ancient of days and the Son of man. Why would they be described as

separate persons if such were not the case? David even understood this.

“The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make

thine enemies thy footstool.”

-Psalm 110:1 ,KJV

One manuscript reads here: ‘Jehovah said to my Jehovah’. Adonai was

substituted in the manuscript the KJV used for the second Jehovah because

of the

great reverence of the Hebrew people for the name of God. This also

occurs

at Ps. 110:5 which should read ‘The LORD…’ instead of ‘the Lord…’ as

it does. This substitution is made in 134 different passages, according

to

noted Bible expert and theologian Dr. Finis J. Dake. There is another Old

Testament passage we will conclude this teaching with, a rather

troublesome passage that we will explore in depth in another lesson.

“Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and

fire from the LORD out of heaven;”

-Gen. 19:24 ,KJV

We see here two separate persons, equally God as the covenant name

is used for both. The idea is one Jehovah sent another Jehovah as His

messenger. It is our earnest hope that this exploration of this important

doctrine has been helpful. We had originally planned to make this a one

part teaching, but Scripture is so rich on this subject that we thought

it

best to make it a multi-part teaching as to do it the justice it

deserves.

Watch this space for Part II.

© 1999 DIP

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