The Personality and Trinity of God-Basic Bible Truths Lesson 4
In October we discussed 6 attributes of God. That was not even touching the surface of how great He is; but it was a good start. For me it made me think more about the scale of God. Using terms such as eternal, and omnipresent creates an imagery for me. He is not bound by our time, our sin, our physical abilities, He is above them and always the same. However, this does not mean that He is not relatable to and caring and loving for us even in our sin. God sent Christ to die for our sins; the greatest sacrifice for each of us. It’s just amazing.
As we are now into November (which I can’t believe…) we turn to Lesson 4 and start to go deeper into some of God’s personality traits. Along with that we also discuss the meaning of the trinity. How can God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit all be one God? What does that mean?
So, come along for an awesome journey and I hope you learn a lot! Remember, you can sign up for my email list to be notified of new posts on the blog and also receive the Basic Bible Truths Topic guide so you can look ahead to future topics.
The Personality of God
The Bible reveals that although God is the Creator and a higher being than us, he is also a real Person. In that, He has traits like us even though He is very different from us.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26-27
God states that He made man in His image. Since we are created in God’s image that means we are alike in same ways. (This is also a reference to the Trinity being present at creation. Let US.-more later). Certainly does not mean we are the same as God. But, there is a resemblance or likeness.
In the case of God and us He is free of imperfections; so our weaknesses are not a characteristic we get from Him.
God’s Character Traits
Examining the Bible for ways God is like us we learn a lot. God is faithful, compassionate, and merciful.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself II Timothy 2:13
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love John 4:8
God is love and gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16). He has compassion, God created the earth and called it good (Genesis 1:31). God is also a planner. He plans all that He does. I definitely can see where we share this trait with God, but it is only perfected in Him. How many times do we plan on doing something and change our mind? Or plan something and get distracted with something else? Or run late when we did have plans? I know I do these things sometimes even with good planning. God is perfection of these traits.
Analogies to Help Us Understand
In the Bible analogies are used to help us understand. Although God is a Spirit and this is stated in John 4.
God is Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth John 4:24
So, terms such as “the Father’s hand” (John 10:27-29); “eyes of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 11:12); “mouth of the Lord” (Isaiah 40:5) are used in the Bible to create an image for us and understanding. We understand things that are more relatable to us so these terms are helpful.
Although God is not in flesh form He is relatable to us. In His love and grace, by His Word the Bible, through the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, He bids us to come, to know Him, to worship Him and ultimately share with Him in glory. Our God is truly wonderful!
The Trinity of God
Trinity means three and one. A unity of three. As a Christian we believe that there is one God but three separate Persons. The Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit. Three equals that make up a whole.
They each are in every way united with the others and equal to the others. They are inseparable parts and are equal in power and glory.
Basis for Doctrine of the Trinity
Interestingly enough, the Bible never uses the word trinity. Also, there is no one direct statement that one God exists as three separate Persons. So how do we know this?
Since the Bible is well established as our foundation and truth we search it for the answer. There are hundreds of passages that teach there is only one God. Also, there are other passages that indicate that each the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are God. Let’s take a closer look.
God is One God
Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:4
God speaks through Isaiah to declare this truth as well:
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6
I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. Isaiah 45:5
The Father is God
There is no shortage of verses declaring God as the Father. He is referred to as “God the Father” and at times just “the Father”. See Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:3, Philippians 1:2, and Acts 1:4, 7 for a few examples.
The Son is God
Jesus Christ is called God as well as the Word (John 1:14; Revelation 19:13). He is clearly declared to be God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Acts 20:28 refers to the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Jesus Christ).
The Holy Spirit is God
The Holy Spirit is also God. Acts 5:1-10 details a story of Peter confronting Ananias regarding his lie about money.
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? …You have not lied to men but to God. Acts 5:3-4
Christ and the Holy Spirit have the Attributes of God
In last month’s Bible study we talked about the attributes of God. His eternity of Being, His omnipresence, His omnipotence, His omniscience, and His immutability (unchanging ways). In the Bible each of these are credited to Jesus and the Holy Spirit as well. If they share these characteristics they must be God.
John 1:1-2 states that Jesus is the Word and he was in the beginning (eternity) with God. In Colossians 2:3 His omniscience is stated. Matthew 28:18 His power is proclaimed. Matthew 18:20 states his omnipresence “For where two or three are gathered together in My Name there am I in the midst of them”
The Holy Spirit is stated to be omnipresent as well in Psalms 139:7. As well as Him personally indwelling in all believers, no matter how scattered they may be (I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). He is omnipotent because His power Christ was raised from the dead after the crucifixion (I Peter 3:18). This list could go on. As we stated before, the Trinity was present during creation. God is a trinity of Persons but one God.
One God in Three Persons
God’s full name is the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. The disciples were told to Go in the Name (not names)(Matthew 28:19).
In conclusion, God is God in three Persons. They are completely equal and indivisible. They each undertook a certain task in our salvation, Father sent the Son (John 3:16), the Son gave up His life on the Cross (John 10:17; Matthew 20:28) and the Spirit reveals the person and the saving work of Christ and dwells in us (John 16:8-11).
Our God is awe-inspiring and worthy. It is so awesome to be able to learn about Him as we look at Scripture. Knowing that He is a God of eternity, and love, and that He shares some similarities with us but is far above us helps us learn and draw closer to Him. This morning I was reading the last few chapters of Matthew. I really felt an emotional pull today reading about the crucifixion. The more I learn about Him the more I understand and the more He becomes a part of me everyday. God’s Word teaches me something new every time I spend time in it.
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