God - Trinity


07/04/2006
Genesis 1:26 states, “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image after our likeness.'” That sounds as if He is with someone else. How can that be?

The word "our" in that verse is referring to the Holy Trinity. We have one God, but He has three distinct persons in the godhead: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And so when He says, “Let Us make man in Our image,” He is talking about the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. They together were the ones that were in existence for eternity.

God - Trinity


07/04/2006
In the Old Testament, before Jesus arrived, was God the Father or God the Son their God? Right now, God the Son is our God and Savior under the domain of our Father God. But in the Old Testament with Moses leading Israel with the Lord, was God the Father or was God the Son?

Well, God was what He always has been and what He always will be. He is one God with three distinct persons in the trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament in Genesis, God said, “Let us make man in our image.”

Therefore, it wasn’t just the Father, but it was the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that was operating in the Old Testament. It was all of them. At different times, we see the Son showing up. At different times, we see the Spirit of God showing up. Even in the Old Testament, we see the angel of the Lord in the book of Genesis. I believe that angel of the Lord was Jesus Christ. We see Melchizadek showing up in Genesis chapter 14. Who was Melchizadek? He was the High Priest, without father, without mother. I believe that was Jesus Christ in the form of a man named Melchizadek. So, God showed Himself as the Son, He showed Himself as the Father, He showed up as the Holy Spirit at other times in the Scripture as well.

I just want to make that clear that He is all three in the Old Testament and He’s all three in the New Testament. Now, in the New Testament, He lives in us by the Holy Spirit. The Father doesn’t live in us. Jesus doesn’t live in us. The Holy Spirit lives in us on behalf of God. But the Father is on the throne and Jesus is seated at His right hand now as we speak.


God - Trinity


07/04/2006
I have a question concerning the Trinity. I believe without a shadow of a doubt that the Trinity is three-in-one, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. But I’m in a Bible study where we’re studying John. And Christ says He doesn’t do anything without asking the Father. And they say that that’s being subordinate to the Father. I say He’s still God; He can’t be subordinate. So I just want to have an answer for something like that.

First of all, God is three-in-one: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. They are not three; they are three-in-one. And there is subordination to one another. The Holy Spirit doesn’t do anything that He doesn’t see the Father do. Jesus doesn’t do anything that He doesn’t see the Father do. The Father has turned over all the kingdoms to Jesus. And Jesus then, has turned around and turned them all back to the Father.

You should look that up in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 because it’s a beautiful picture of how they submit to one another. Jesus submits to the Father, the Father submits back to Jesus. And ultimately, the Father seems to be the lead personality among the trinity, but they defer to one another, they honor one another, they respect one another in perfect harmony and perfect subordination and perfect submission to one another. There is no fault or defect in them. And all submission to one another is perfect and anything that exists is perfect. It would not be out of the will of God for one to be subordinate to the other because they subordinate themselves to each other in each situation that requires that. And it’s just an absolute perfect scenario.


God - Trinity


07/04/2006
Why do some Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God and that the Father is just a title and the Holy Spirit is just a title and that they don’t really exist?

Well, why do some Christians believe a lot of the things that they believe? It’s because they don’t read their Bibles. They don’t get their faith and get their understanding from the Bible; they get it from man’s opinion or somebody preaching. And what we have to do is we have to make sure that we’re getting our answers and we’re getting our understanding of Christianity from the Word of God; from the Bible.

The Bible clearly says that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one. They are the Holy Trinity. You can’t explain it. You can’t figure it out. You have got to know and trust that God said it and that’s it. That’s who He is. He is Father. He is Son. He is Holy Spirit. I don’t know how He is able to do all that. I don’t know how He is Three in One; but He is.

And why do some Christians believe something else? Because they don’t read their Bible and they don’t follow the Bible. Just because somebody is a Christian does not mean that they’re getting their information from the right source. And we need to make sure we get our information from the right source.