Do Christians Worship One God—or Three?
A Devotional Look At The Trinity
For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.
Our Christmas devotion quoted Isaiah 44:6. God says, “besides me, there is no God.” The New Testament agrees, “there is only one God.” (1 Corinthians 8:4) Christians call the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, “God.” When Christians use the word "Trinity," what do we really mean?
Is God One Person Appearing in Three Different Forms?
At Godlife, we like to keep things simple, but making things too simple can be very dangerous. Without understanding, bridges and buildings collapse. Unexpected expenses, even injury and death, result. Likewise, we dare not reduce what the Bible teaches about God.
Some say that God shows Himself as the Father in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ in the New Testament and the Holy Spirit in the believer's life? Compare this dangerous over-simplification with what the Bible says. He is not one person wearing masks or taking on different names. Otherwise, it would not make sense to say that the Father sends the Son, (John 20:21), the Son sends the Holy Spirit, (John 16:7), and the Spirit reveals and glorifies the Son. (John 16:14)
Are There Three Different Gods?
Is it possible “God” is an office, or title, held by more than one being? No. Isaiah 42:8 says, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to anyone else.” Jesus prays, "Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began.” (John 17:5) It is mysterious. But Jesus is not “someone else,” or the Father would not share His glory with Him. As Jesus said, seeing Him is seeing the Father. (John 14:9)
Is The Father Alone God, While Jesus is Just A Man?
The Bible tells us God is the Word (John 1:1), and that the Word became flesh. (v. 14) We are baptized in the (singular) "name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19), we put all our hope in Him. Romans 10:13 quotes Joel 2:32: “…everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved…” What is this name? It is JESUS. "If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) Because there is “no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Jesus is forever the God-Man who has brought salvation. He is “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Pray this week:
Lord, thank you for being the one true God. Help me to understand that there are not three gods, but one. You are God alone, and there is no other God besides you.
Do you believe the Trinity is one God or three?