Is the Trinity Really a Mystery?
Is the Trinity really a mystery or can it be easily and simply understood? Are there three persons in the Trinity or is the Trinity One God with three different manifestations? In this series I want to use information from my book-“Demystifying the Trinity” to take away all confusion and explain the "mystery" of the Trinity from the word. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I will explain the truth about the “mystery” of the Trinity and how this” mystery” can be easily explained from scriptures. These messages will show you that knowing who the Father is will answer the so-called “mystery” of the Trinity. Whenever I asked questions about the Trinity, no one could explain it to me but they would tell me that it is a mystery and give me a book to read about the subject. This left me more confused. I even had a problem in worshiping God by trying to worship a “mystery.” I since have sought the Father and He has showed me the truth about the Trinity. Let's continue in the series by answering some questions that came from tradition:
“THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD”
In the next several chapters I will begin to answer some questions that well meaning Christians might bring up to try to prove that there are three persons in God as opposed to my belief in three manifestations or roles of One God. A physical interpretation of Yahshua saying that He sits at the right hand of God is incorrect for the following reasons:
1.) No man has seen the Father at anytime nor can a human ever see Him. He is an invisible God manifested in Yahshua (I Tim. 3 v. 16, 6 v. 16). He has no right side.
2.) The term right hand of God signifies power and strength. Jesus said in Luke 22 v. 69 that the people would see Him on the right hand of the power of God.
3.) Revelation 4 verses 2 and 8- John sees one sitting on the throne. He didn’t see three persons. Jesus is the express image of the Godhead bodily. Again, the invisible Father has manifested Himself in Jesus.
So we can see, as I mentioned above, the term right hand of God signifies power and strength, not a literal position.
“LET US MAKE MAN IN OUR IMAGE”
In Gen. 1 v. 26 where the Father says “Let us make man in our Image” must be reconciled with the next first v. 27- “So God created man in HIS (not Their) own image.” Also in Isaiah 44 v. 24, the word says that the Father created the heavens alone and created all things by HIMSELF.
The explanation of this is that God is talking to angels. This doesn’t mean that angels took part in creation, but that God informed them of His plans and solicited their comments out of respect. This is similar to God talking to angels about not hiding from Abraham the things that He was going to do in his life. He said to the angels “Shall I hide from Abraham the thing which I do?” He solicited their opinion.
This is evident also in I Kings 22 v. 20, where God asks “Who shall persuade Ahab that he may go and fall at Ramothgilead?” Angels were present at creation (Job 38 verses 4-7). There is also a scene recorded in Isaiah 6 verses 1-8 where the LORD is seen on the throne and angels around Him and He says to the angels “Who will go for us?”
There is only one God who created (Malachi 2 v. 10). “There is no God beside me” (Isaiah 44 v. 6). As you can see by the above mentioned opinions, let us does not mean that there is more than one person in the Godhead.
In Genesis 1 v. 26 the word Elohim is used for God: “And God said let us make man in our image.” Some have mistakenly assumed that Elohim means a plurality of persons. As I mentioned in the last chapter in v. 27 the word says “so God created man in His own image” not their image. When applied to the one true God, the word Elohim means the plurality of His attributes i.e. His majesty, all power, etc. Elohim is a term used as a superlative expressing the “highest.” In Genesis 1 v. 1 the word says that “In the beginning Elohim created.” The Hebrew word for created is “bara” which literally means “He created.” It is masculine singular showing that while Elohim is plural (attributes and majesty) He is masculine singular.
Further proof of Elohim being used to refer to a singular person is contained in Exodus 32 v. 31; where the word Elohim was used referring to the golden calf that the Israelites had used. There was only one calf. The word Elohim is also used for singular pagan gods:
Baalberith (Judges 8 v. 33)
Chemash (Judges 11 v. 24)
Dagon (Judges 16 v. 23)
Baalzebub (2 Kings 1 verses 2-3)
Nisroch (2 Kings 19 v. 37)
“THE LAMB” IN REVELATION 5 VERSES 1-7
A “lamb” is depicted in Revelation Chapter 5 who comes and takes the book out of the right hand (power) of the One who sits on the throne (v.7). Does this mean that John saw two persons of God? No! John saw a lamb, an animal (verses 6, 8). As a matter of fact, in v. 6 the word says that … in the midst of the elders stood a lamb as it had been slain…. (The word didn’t say he had been slain but it.) The “L” in lamb is capitalized in verses 6 and 8 and should not be. The book of Revelation is very symbolic. John didn’t say that he saw the “Lamb of God” or the “Son of God.” The humanity (lamb) and divinity (one on the throne) of Yahshua is being revealed to John. John didn’t see the invisible God (John 1 v. 18, 1 John 4 v. 12). Who is the ONE on the throne? In Revelation 4 verses 2, 8, the ONE on the throne is the Lord God Almighty which was, is and is to come, the Almighty. Jesus describes Himself as the Lord, which was, is and is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1 v. 8). Also, the ONE on the throne will be the Judge (Rev. 20 v. 11-12), and we know that Jesus will be the Judge of all (Jn. 5 verses 22, 27, Rom. 2 v. 16).
John in the book of Revelation uses the symbol of beasts at various times to represent countries. For example, in Revelation 13 verse 1 John sees a beast rise up out of the sea and in verse 2 he describes this beast as having characteristics of a leopard, bear and a lion. So it is no surprise to see him use the symbol of a lamb here in Chapter 5 to represent the humanity of Jesus. So, again, John sees the symbol of a lamb and the ONE on the throne to show the humanity and divinity of Jesus. Praise Him!
I will continue this series in the next message.
Please tell others about this powerful series from my book. This series is so critical to our relationship with our Father!