Is the Trinity Really a Mystery? (Series Five) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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 more questions that came from tradition:
THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST
Some people try to use the account of Yahshua being baptized by John and a voice from heaven saying “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” as pointing to different persons in the Godhead. In every account of this scene in the Aramaic version of the word the Spirit is said to come down “like a dove” not “as a dove.” Paul said that it is an error to make the incorruptible God into an image of a man or a bird (Romans 1 v. 23). God is not a man and He definitely would not become a bird.
The Spirit of the Father in Jesus is still omnipresent, and therefore He can still speak from heaven and still be in Jesus at the same time. The Father can speak through many Christians at the same time. Besides being in Jesus as He was being baptized and speaking from heaven, He can also manifest Himself as some kind of sign (light) to John. Please remember, it was a man who got baptized not the second person of the Godhead, as God does not need to be baptized. The Spirit of the Father manifesting Himself floating down on Jesus in a gentile fashion “like” a dove (maybe a light) was seen by John as a sign.
This scene shows the humanity of Jesus (being baptized) and the omnipresence of the Father (the voice from heaven). The Father can manifest Himself in many ways: as our Comforter, Paraclete, Healer, Saviour, Deliverer, our Bread from heaven, His gentle way of anointing Jesus (like a dove), etc. It would be very foolish to try to make a person in the Godhead for every manifestation. Peter is rebuked by God for trying to build two other tabernacles – for Moses and Elijah when Jesus is the only tabernacle where God’s fullness dwells (Luke 9 verses 33-35).
“THE ANCIENT OF DAYS AND THE SON OF MAN”
In Daniel 7 verses 9-28, there is a scene where the Ancient of Days is sitting on the throne as judge. Jesus is the One sitting on the throne as explained previously (Rev. 4 verses 2, 8, 1 v. 8). He also is the One who will judge (Mt. 25 verses 31-32, John 5 v. 22). This vision of Daniel and the vision of the lamb by John in Revelation Chapter 5 are spiritual, symbolic visions. In Daniel 7 verses 13, 14 one like the Son of Man comes and receives dominion from the “Ancient of Days.” This man represents the saints of God receiving the dominion Jesus took back from the devil. In Matthew 28 verse 18 Jesus says that “all power is given unto me, now you go.” He has given us dominion to go and enforce it. In Daniel 7 v. 18, it is recorded that “the saints of the Most High” shall possess the kingdom. In the same chapter in verses 26-27, the Word says that “the kingdom and dominion (same word as in v. 14) shall be given to the saints of the Most High.” So, this scene doesn’t depict two divine persons but is symbolic as representing Jesus on the throne, and we the saints receiving dominion from Him.
THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION
In 2 Cor. 13 v. 14, Paul ends the epistle by saying “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all.” Some use this as an argument for the three persons in God theory. This particular scripture doesn’t line up with the way Paul says that he ends all his epistles. In 2 Thess. 3 v. 17, in the Aramaic version, Paul says that this salutation is in my own handwriting: I Paul wrote it and it is the seal of all my epistles-This is the way I write: “The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.” Paul says that this is the way he ends all his epistles. There seems to be a problem with this verse in 2 Cor. 13 v. 14.
Whoever had the manuscripts of the Bible seems to have made an adjustment or change because this verse doesn’t line up with 2 Thess. 3 v. 17. If Paul says that this is the way that he ends all his epistles then 2 Cor. 13 v. 14 has to read “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” since Paul wrote this epistle too. In Romans 16 v. 27, 1 Cor. 16 v. 23 and Gal. 6 v. 18, for examples, all say “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” as Paul’s way of ending his epistles. So there seems to be an obvious change made to the manuscripts to try to enforce the three persons in God theory. I’ll continue in the next message answering some more questions that have come because of tradition.
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