IS GOD A TRINITY?
The Lord of Hosts.
Our God is a good God! Yet, we could not gain much knowledge of an invisible God
if He did not reveal Himself to us and so He has documented His interaction with
man in the bible; from the inception of the worlds being created some 6,000 years ago.
God by definition is a causeless cause, so for one thing we know God is all powerful and we can believe what He tells us about His actions.
To a Christian though, ALL their beliefs in God must be consistent. So fitting in with the "Shama" in Deuteronomy 6:4...
Deu 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
... we believe there is only one God. There are not two gods or three gods. We believe there is ONE God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three distinct but NOT separate beings making ONE God!
When He (that is God) wanted to document His dealings with mankind He chose Israel as the group to work through and we can see a great deal about God and His attributes by looking at what He wrote down through them. We see one example of this in Isaiah 54:5:
Isa 54:5 For thy Maker(s) [is] thine Husband; the Lord of hosts [is] His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called.
The Lord of Hosts, the Almighty, Our Father, is our maker. Actually as you can check by going to the original hebrew, the original text says thy makers (plural) is thine Husband (singular). This intimates a plurality of persons but one God!
This name, the Lord of Hosts, is nevertheless usually attributed to the Father and
I don't think anyone would argue with that part, even though the plurality idea
might be controversial to some.
Isa 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will
go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” 9 And he said, “Go, and say to this
So here we have the Lord God speaking to Isaiah and sending him out on this mission.
John 12:37 Though He (Jesus) had done so many signs before them, they still did not
believe in Him, 38 so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
So in the passage above the writer tells us that Isaiah saw Jesus and spoke about Him!
Acts 28:25 And disagreeing among themselves, they departed after Paul had made one
statement: “The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the
So according to Paul it was Holy Spirit who said it to Isaiah!
Deuteronomy 1:26 "Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God;
If we read Isaiah 1, verses 2 to 5, we see that the rebellion of the children of Israel is said to be against the "Holy One of Isreal". Against Jesus in other words, for Jesus is the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 1:2-5 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the LORD speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. "An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand." Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the LORD, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him.
In this passage in Isaiah we are told that Israel rebelled against Jesus but on the other hand if we look at Hebrews 3:7-9 we see this...
Heb 3:7-9 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put Me to the test and saw My works for forty years.
Actually we could have gotten the witness of all three being involved from the Old Testament alone! Have a look at Isaiah 63:10...
Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.
So according to Isaiah and the book of Hebrews it was the Holy Spirit that they murmured
and rebelled against!
Gal 1:1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead—
In John 10:17-18, the Son of God tells us that He has authority to lay down His life and take it up again!
Joh 10:17-18 The reason the Father loves Me is that I lay down My life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father.”
Yet, Paul explains in Romans 8:11 that the Spirit of God resurrected our Savior.
Rom 8:11 The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. If the same Holy Spirit lives in you, He will give life to your bodies in the same way. (New Life Version)
This common act by the three divine persons illustrates the Trinitarian principle that in
all of God’s works outside Himself (ad extra), Father, Son, and Spirit act as one. We cannot
say that one person acts apart from the others; rather, because all three share the same
divine nature and power, whatever that power effects is effected by all of them. This does
not mean there are no distinctions to be noted in their common acts. In the resurrection,
for example, the Father is the subject of the action, the Son is both subject and object
(because it is Christ, as the incarnate God-man, who is restored to life), and the Spirit
is both subject and indwelling agent of Christ through whom the Father and Son enliven the
flesh of the Son.