To know God savingly is to know him as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I appreciate you stopping by today. You can also sign up for our free print newsletter (US only). It can be intimidating to explain and we tip-toe carefully with our words so as not to slip into heresy. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner are strictly prohibited. Stated differently, God is one in essence and three in person. Wonderful topic of which there are many, many layers to it’s meaning. Melanie. Or like all the others are you going to cop-out? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.”. Melanie. I also love to see others walk in their gifting and calling. The Bible says there is only one God. See John 3:16. For more on my disclosure policy, click HERE.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'melanieredd_com-leader-3','ezslot_11',125,'0','0'])); I occasionally link to these AMAZING SITES. You know, the Trinity is like water. Jesus taught to pray to the Father, not himself. The Bible is the self-revelation of an infinite God. The word, “trinity” is not found in the Bible, but the idea flows throughout the pages. Let’s stay close to God’s word as our guide. Melanie. This blog occasionally uses affiliate links and may contain affiliate links. This is a term that is used to attempt to describe the triune God—three coexistent, co-eternal Persons who are God. I gave up and even today I’m barely hanging on. Lori, Thank you, Lori! Without the Doctrine of the Trinity, There Is No Salvation from Sin There is a third reason as to why the doctrine of the Trinity is of the utmost importance for Christian belief. I love that each one has a distinct and special purpose in my life and I’m so grateful. Whenever these contradictions come up, people brush it off by saying “It’s a mystery we can’t fathom”. 3. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Scriptures on this point: John 1:1-2; John 17:24; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:26; Romans 8:27; John 16:7; Matthew 28:19; 1 Cor. So appreciate you and your sharing the post on social media. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the most fundamental of our faith. The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.”. The triune God is reclaiming his kingdom and redeeming all things, including you and me. He is the SON of God. It’s good to hear from you. Not to mention that when it comes to doctrine and prophecy, Christians can hardly agree on anything…yet they all claim to possess the truth! Although we were from various backgrounds and upbringings, we were unified in purpose… we wanted to see women come to Christ. The doctrine is divisive and has a disturbing history. I love your posts Melanie! Thank you for sharing your story. 13:14, Heb. I so appreciate your kind words and your visit today. How has God shown his presence in the world through each part of the Trinity. He loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you. It’s a relief to find a Trinitarian who’s not mean, judgmental or condemning. It’s hard to explain the Trinity using an egg. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”. The Trinity matters … Blessings to you, Why? I appreciate you so much:-), Thank you, Shannon, for stopping by to leave a good word today. Thank you, Diana! The gospel has an inescapably Trinitarian shape. You might also want to look up these verses: Genesis 3:22; Genesis 1:7; and Isaiah 6:8. But, Jesus can make atonement for us because He is fully God. Why Is the Trinity Important? And, I hope you will visit again. Thanks, Leah! A dove is often used to represent God the Holy Spirit. On it everything else depends and from it everything else derives. It’s a deep-thinking book, but it is filled with so much good stuff! Sure do appreciate your encouragement and your kind words! It’s not a perfect word picture and it doesn’t really explain the Trinity. But it's important to point out that we're not trying to set up some kind of compromise between monotheism and polytheism. To condemning Trinitarians I say,…Psalm 55:12, “It is not an enemy who taunts me— Thank you, Kristen! I will be bookmarking this to return to later. Try downloading another browser like Chrome or Firefox. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. I love reading your systematic theology posts, Melanie. For the purposes of the study, our main texts will be first, the Bible, of course, and Wayne Grudem’s classic, Systematic Theology:  An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. What good fellowship we once enjoyed as we walked together to the house of God.”. Thank you, Alison! It is a mystery that is for sure. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Jesus can stand in the gap for us because of His deity. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. The doctrine of the Trinity is important first and foremost because God has chosen to reveal the doctrine to us through his Word, thereby making it a biblical doctrine. And God seeks people to worship Him in “spirit and truth” (John 4:24).     to the glory of God the Father.”. We believe that the one God eternally exists in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, co-equal and co-eternal, having precisely the same nature and attributes, and worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Melanie Redd and Ministry of Hope with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Thank you for signing up to receive email newsletters from Answers in Genesis. Even though the word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture, the doctrine is clearly presented. Sorry I jumped the gun, I couldn’t find the reply earlier. One particular event stands out in my mind because of the incredible way everyone worked together. Thank you for diving into the depths of our faith! In our families, churches, neighborhoods, jobs, and organizations, God created us all very unique and different. Hi, I’ve been studying this topic for a while, and this article is well-written, and summarizes the Trinitarian belief of most Christians. Why the Trinity Doctrine Is Important. They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know? Trinity is not a salvation issue. In closing, I am reminded of the most wonderful example of unity and working together. Right now, I’m asking God to heal your hurt and make Himself very real to you. Another important point about the Trinity is that it can be a difficult concept to grasp, but this does not necessitate an argument against its validity. If Jesus were just a good man or a great teacher, He would not be able to die on the cross and save us.     in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Father, Son, and Spirit were interpersonally relating. However, on this site, we strongly affirm that the Bible teaches that Jesus is God (John 1). We believe that the Godhead exists eternally in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that these three are one God. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. Why can’t we still worship God, be followers of Christ, and have salvation, if Jesus is the Son of God rather than God himself? I’m so glad you stopped by for a visit and left a kind word. It tells us that we are called to submission, humility, and the honoring of … There is no inspiration, encouragement, or hope for me in Christianity. You’ve blessed me today with your encouragement! I enjoy thinking about and applying your summary in “What does this mean to you and me” Today’s big question: why is the Trinity important? I’m so grateful for your prayers. I love this post…and this series. Sure do appreciate you stopping by to leave an encouraging word today! Jesus life, death, and resurrection – now those things are salvation issues. I love this topic. Just as water can be in the form of a solid, a liquid, and a gas, God is in three forms: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I know it’s tempting to skip over these theological questions, but oh how our faith grows when we do. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'melanieredd_com-leader-2','ezslot_9',111,'0','0']));It was my joy to serve for several years on staff at a local church as the Director of Women’s Ministries. You bless us with your kind words! After the death on the cross the Holy Spirit then indwell all believing mankind. Two, the Trinity matters for evangelism and cultural engagement. To understand more fully what God is like is a way of honoring God. The only way for me to maintain my spiritual sobriety is to get away and stay away from TRINITARIAN CHRISTIANS. It’s almost impossible to debate Trinitarianism because when they can’t explain something or overcome a contradiction, hey always resort to the notion that,…. You bless me~ It was a pretty massive undertaking. Blessings! Why is This Teaching So Important to the Christian Faith? Understanding God as triune is a theology-driving, awe-inspiring, life-giving truth. It is perhaps the most important doctrine in all of Christianity. The Bible describes the existence of one true God, yet also attributes the characteristics of this God to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit individually. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. This means – we don’t know everything, only God does. I’ve been a Christian since 1973 and have hidden my non-Trinitarian views for decades. If you have put your faith in Christ, your salvation is totally secure because Jesus is Lord. Your reasoning is easy to follow, making these truths easy to remember. Jesus never said he was God, and he doesn’t HAVE to be God for his dying on the cross to be effective. © Melanie Redd and Ministry of Hope, 2017. I absolutely love how you’ve explored the concept of the Holy Trinity and why it’s so crucial to all we believe as Christians. Why is the Trinity So Important to Christians? Someone tossed out the “water” example. These are two of my top goals every single time I write – make things easy to understand and encourage everyone to think! Its tenants tell us who God is, but it also tells us how we should treat one another in the body of Christ. First, the Trinity matters because Jesus had to be fully God to save us. We were blessed to have hundreds of amazing women involved in our ministry. But there are a few other reasons why the Trinity is important to those of us who call ourselves Christians: The Trinity Accounts for the Description of Evidence. We exist to worship God. Make notes on each part of the Trinity. Thank you, Marva! Though it certainly is a mystery we can never fully understand, it does allow us to connect with God on so many amazing levels, some of which, of course, we’ll never grasp in entirety, but I think that’s a good thing! At Nicaea the statement of the trinity was presented, that God was one, that He exists in one nature, in three persons. My description of the Trinity (as it was explained to me by my dad) is that as a man is a father, a son and a brother also like a man; a woman is a mother, a daughter, and a sister. Melanie, Great description from a GREAT teacher ♥ Thanks for taking something so complex and making it relative to our lives. Thank you Melanie. Blessings At the very heart of Christian belief is a concept called the Trinity. In the first two centuries of the Christian Era, however, a series of different answers to this question developed. It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me— After all, God is God, and we are not. Whenever I debated ‘Trinity’ with others like on forums or blogs, I was either banned from forums for being non-Trinitarian, and and after 2-3 replies on blogs, when bloggers couldn’t ‘overcome’ they immediately began passing judgment saying I need to repent and accept Christ, or I’m in a heretical cult, (I’m not JW) and delete ‘most’ of my replies and then say goodbye. What we mean when we say that God is a Trinity is that there is one divine nature, one divine substance. I’m so sorry to hear this. Judging by the honest answers likely given to the questions above, many modern Christians have lost the sense of why it’s so important, even if they’ve retained it in their doctrinal statements. Well, Jesus was NOT 200%. This illustration explains that the Trinity is like an egg because of the three parts. Why is the Trinity so important to the Christian faith? All of the passages that emphasize the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are recognized. Jesus prayed alone in the Garden – why in the world would he go pray to himself? For me, the trinity is perhaps the single most important doctrine for Christians to understand. Just as an egg has the shell, the white section, and the yolk, so also God is three parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our professor asked if we had any great ways to explain the concept of the Trinity – a word picture we might use when teaching a class. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Melanie, I have believed in the trinity for as long as I can remember Melanie! Blessed wife of Randy for over 25 years, mom to two great college students, blogger, women's ministry coach, speaker and author who is amazed by God's grace- Systematic Theology:  An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, How to Positively Share Your Content Online, How to be more FINANCIALLY healthy and happy, 5 Bible Verses to INCREASE Your Contentment, Why the Doctrine of Creation Matters for Your Life. Thank you, Clair! Jesus is God! Melanie. It is the mystery of how God comes and dwells among us. God’s only Son, Jesus, was sent into this world “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. You bless me with your affirming words today! I could bear that. You are a blessing! Why is the Trinity so confusing? Your email address will not be published. However, the Trinity models for us how three can work together as one. Blessings, Although Scripture does not use the word “Trinity,” the doctrine is clearly presented and is extremely important. He prayed to the Father. The Son is not the Spirit. I'm Melanie Redd, and it's my joy to encourage others to know & love Jesus more. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Will you post my previous reply? Thanks so much for explaining it so simply. Sure do appreciate you and your encouragement, sweet friend! What a great reminder this morning! In other words, you’re required to believe it even if you don’t understand it. God is one, and God is three. Blessings, “That’s because Jesus was speaking from his ‘humanity’ – or that’s because Jesus was speaking from his divinity! This made a lot of sense to me as a young child and it was how I explained it to my children and grandchildren. Studying these roles in light of the doctrine of the Trinity gives us a deeper understanding of God and His Word. Before creation, the Trinity existed. In the course of history, it also provided the strongest impetus for a speculative theology, which inspired Western metaphysics for many centuries. The first instance is found in Genesis 1:26–during creation–where God uses the pronoun “US.”, “And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”. Thank you Melanie! and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, The Trinity is the doctrine that states there is one God but three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? Required fields are marked *. Then, another student threw out the “egg” example. That makes Jesus a fraud, and the cross a hoax and to no effect! One team handled the food, another the decorations, another the entertainment and music, and others the tickets, the prayer cover, and the volunteers. The Father is not the Son. Even though the word “Trinity” is not found in Scripture, the doctrine is clearly presented. Key points on the three parts of the Trinity. I think maybe because it’s just too unsettling a thought for some people that they should have to start prayers now with “Heavenly Father” rather than “Dear Jesus”. Blessings and smiles, God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but there are not three gods. In other words, to know God is to have fellowship with each person in the Godhead. Hey Shirley, It isn’t, except to certain Christian denominations… Most prominently the Catholics. I was so intrigued by your “Delight in Doctrine” posts that I ordered the book “Systematic Theology” and have really enjoyed reading it. To deny the Trinity is to deny the Gospel itself. Although we don’t agree, I always try to show respect for other’s ideas and beliefs. In fact, it’s HARD to really explain the Trinity no matter what example, word picture, or illustration you might choose. In short, we study and learn about the Trinity because, according to Wayne Grudem, “this teaching has implications for the very heart of the Christian faith.”, eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'melanieredd_com-leader-1','ezslot_7',107,'0','0']));(Grudem, page 247). The Father is not the Spirit. This is such a great post and series! The Bible teaches that we human beings have sinned against a … This website uses cookies to improve your experience. About 4 years ago I burned every bible and every hard cover resource book I had – probably $2,000 worth of books because I was at the end of my rope with Trinitarians who condemn people. They are three distinct persons. If Jesus were just a good man or a great teacher, He would not be able to die on the cross and save us. Being fully God and fully man, He died on the cross in your place and in mine. At Chalcedon, the nature of Christ was presented, that Christ is truly God and truly man, that He is one person, with two natures. Some use math to explain the Holy Trinity. I pray that this teaching will encourage others as it sure encouraged me! It is our prayer that by the end of 2017, we will all find more delight in understanding what we believe and why we believe it. I sure appreciate you & your ministry, my friend. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. There is only one God who is three persons. He would have just been another created being. The Trinity realizes a unity and plurality in God that makes sense of all the biblical data. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Your newsletter signup did not work out. What a great explanation of the Trinity! 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