Believers in the living God, Creator of the Heavens and the earth know that man was created in the image of an unfathomable God. Many people believe that bearing the Imago Dei means we are a tripartite unification of mind, body, and spirit. This goes hand in hand with the trinitarian doctrine they have been taught and probably continue to teach. Though the concept of a Trinity can help us to remember that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Bible never mentions a trinity. This same doctrine can also complicate things for most believers. No verse in the bible mentions a Trinity, or conveys the message that God is three persons. I recall the popular hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” in which the LORD God is worshipped and referred to as a “God in three persons” and a “blessed trinity”.
It’s a beautiful song, but for some time, it confused me. I have no doubt this hymn has helped confuse many in the body of Christ. It uses a doctrine that fails to harmonize various passages of scripture in which the very God who claims to be one God seemingly consists of three persons in one. Due to the fact that He is referred to using three main subtitles for the roles He has assumed at various times in history—(those of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), many believers treat Him as three entities of the same frequency, nature and accord… instead of one entity who exists in any form He pleases. They treat Him as three different members of a singular Godhead who agree in perfect harmony.
Truth be told, if we want to use those three popular forms, then why not also throw in a pillar of fire, a pillar of cloud, glorious light…etc. The bottom line is that He is and has always been one God…PERIOD. Confused? Please stick with me.
If God is Spirit and His worshippers must worship in spirit and truth, then God must be two Spirits, a holy and righteous Spirit called the Father (which we know as the LORD God Most High) who is the one Jesus referred to when He said the Father is greater than I, and another spirit called the Holy Spirit, the comforter (this has already become absurd), and the Son (Jesus). This is unbiblical yet it is the shaky cornerstone of the doctrine of Trinitarianism. The Bible never claims God is three. Instead, it reiterates time and again that God is one. So where did we get the notion of multiple members of the Godhead? It came from pure misinterpretation.
In the book of John, in the first chapter, it is written “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God…”. So it would seem as though there were two entities (the first being God and the second being “the Word”—who was with God)…right? But remember, we should live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Every word and every sentence matters! The Bible becomes clear when we learn to harmonize it such that the contradictions arising from our misconceptions are resolved. That same passage of scripture we just read in John Chapter 1 verse 1 continues by saying “and the Word was God”. Therefore, while it would initially seem as though there were two, they were in fact one! John Chapter 1 further continues saying “He (this Word) was in the beginning with God and created everything…and the word (which was God) became flesh (in the form of Jesus Christ who was also called “Emmanuel” meaning “God with us”) and (this Word who became flesh) dwelt among us and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten son of God.”. This is a summary of John chapter 1 verses 1-14. The passage explains that God and Jesus are really the one true God.
There are many other verses that support this, such as Isaiah 9 verses 6-7 which say “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” …What? Why would a child be named”Mighty God” and “Everlasting Father”? How can a human child be the everlasting Father? Or how about Hebrews Chapter 1 verses 8-12 which read…
But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”
This passage clearly shows that God calls His own Son “God” and acknowledges Him as the LORD of Creation. Why would God call a fellow human being “God”? Remember that Jesus Christ was 100% human on the outside with the Holy Spirit of God within Him. If we view the Holy Spirit as merely “the Comforter”, as many do, then we limit its role and forget it acted otherwise when it came upon Mary the mother of Jesus, and when the power of the Highest which is in the Holy Spirit overshadowed her. Jesus (the man) was called the Son of God because God’s spirit entered His body of flesh which had been prepared within Mary’s womb. Therefore He became His own son because He was physically born among humans, though spiritually and essentially, He had always existed as God “
There are still a number of other scriptures that support the fact that God is not three, but hopefully I can rest my case here…There is no trinity. We serve ONE God who so happens to be Father, Spirit, and Son. He is the great I AM able to be what we need Him to be. Therefore, from His perspective, He can say: I AM Provider (Yahweh Jireh), I AM Healer (Yahweh Rapha), I AM Peace (Yahweh Shalom), and even, I AM the Savior the Messiah (Yeshua HaMashiach). God is the ultimate Father of all human beings including the man called Christ Jesus who was only born in human flesh so that He could die for our sins. In a divine body, He would have remained immortal and unkillable as Melchizedek who has no beginning of days nor end of days.
God is a holy spirit (refer to John 4:24). He is not man (as Numbers 23:19, and Hosea 11:9 explain). His Holiness is written of in Leviticus 19:2. Therefore, is it a far stretch, to say He is the Holy Spirit? Not at all! If God is the Holy Spirit (and He most certainly is), and the Holy Spirit was in Christ without measure or limit (John 3:34), then Christ was indeed the fullness of God in a human being. God who is everywhere can also be His own son…because nothing is impossible for God. If He chose to be every player on a baseball team, He could be just that. If the Holy Spirit can be in every believer at the same time, is it really hard to imagine the Holy Spirit was on the earth (in Christ) and also in Heaven (as the Father who Chrsit prayed to)? Remember Jesus was God in the beginning according to John 1, but He also came to fulfill the law and how could He fulfill the first commandment if He didn’t submit to God? In a sense, He submitted to Himself, but again, God calls Jesus (who is God), “God”…and every member of my illustrated baseball team would likewise be called “God” including Yahweh Pitcher and Yahweh Batter.
So how do we harmonize it all? Well, Jesus is the Everlasting Father who fashioned a mortal (therefore killable) body for Himself in order to reconcile the world to Himself. God provided the lamb who is said to have been “slain from the foundation of the world”. Remember, He is Provider. He is the Savior. He is the Son and yet the Mighty God. He is our healer and by His stripes we are Healed. He is the resurrection and the life; that very same life He originally gave Adam and Eve and will restore when He returns. He is Spirit and a Holy and Righteous Spirit at that! In fact, in His truest form, Jesus isn’t just God who is a Holy Spirit, but He is the Holy Spirit of God that dwelt within the human vessel the world knew as Jesus so that He could be the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). This Holy Spirit dwelt in Christ without measure though in normal human beings, it is always measured (limited). Even when we’re said to be filled with the Spirit, we can never say of ourselves as Christ could say that we are the fullness of God and man. Nevertheless, when we are in Christ, the spirit of Christ (that is the spirit of salvation) is in us and He blesses us with the Holy Spirit who He sent after He ascended and regained the glory He had forsaken in Heaven. When He walked the earth, Jesus said He was in the Father and the Father was in Him, but prior to being born, Jesus shared oneness with God. See Phillipians 2:6.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this John Chapter 1 verse 3 says of Jesus “All things were made through Him and without Him, nothing was made.” If we revisit Genesis Chapter 1, we will read “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth” We know God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus says in Revelations 22:13…I am the alpha and Omega, the first and the last. With that, He rests His case.