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THE BLESSED TRINITY

Posted by catholicfaithdefender on March 31, 2008

THE BLESSED TRINITY:THREE PERSONS IN ONE GOD

The Blessed Trinity is THREE Divine Persons in ONE UNDIVIDED GOD.

“And forthwith coming up out of the water he saw the Heavens opened and the Spirit as a Dove descending and remaining on Him. And there came a Voice from Heaven; ‘Thou art My Beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased’.” St. Mark 1:10-11

The above verses reveal GOD the Father and Son, the First and Second Persons of the Blessed Trinity; Jesus coming out of the water and His Father’s ‘Voice from Heaven’. The Holy Spirit, Who is the Third Person, is also revealed in the form of a ‘Dove’, descending from Heaven, onto Jesus. Scripture has now identified the Blessed Trinity, meaning Three. Yet Scripture goes beyond this by showing them as Three Persons in One Undivided GOD:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with GOD and the Word was GOD.” St. John 1:1 The ‘Word was with GOD’ (Jesus the Son, was with GOD, His Father), in the ‘beginning’; and the ‘Word was GOD’ …. And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us, (and we saw His Glory, the Glory as it were of the Only Begotten of the Father), full of Grace and Truth.”

The ‘Word’ that was with GOD (and Who was GOD), took ‘Flesh’ from the Virgin Mary and became Man and ‘dwelt among us’. Jesus the Son was the ‘Word’ that took ‘Flesh’.

The Fact that Christ is God is not only clear from the words of Christ as we shall prove, yet it is best seen from the fact that Christ Himself claims Divine attributes which belong to God alone, these attributes that Christ claims, no man can claim without committing the sin of blasphemy unless he were truly God!

Christ is Creator JOHN 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”. (Cf. Also JOHN 1:10 , 1 CORINTHIANS 8:6 , EPHESIANS 3:9, COLOSSIANS 1:16, HEBREWS 1:2, HEBREWS 1:10, REVELATION 3:14).

Christ is Eternal & Unreated

JOHN 5:26 “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself”

JOHN 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

(Cf. Also Apoc 1:17-18; 22:13, JOHN 4:34, JOHN 6:29, JOHN 6:32-33, JOHN 6:62, JOHN 7:16, JOHN 7:28-29 JOHN 8:16, JOHN 8:23, JOHN 8:29, JOHN 8:42, JOHN 17:5, JOHN 17:24).

Jesus is Adored and Worship as God –

MATTHEW 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, . . .

(Cf. Also MATTHEW 9:18, MATTHEW 14:33, MATTHEW 15:25, MATTHEW 20:20, MATTHEW 28:9 MATTHEW 28:17, MARK 5:6, LUKE 24:52, JOHN 9:38, JOHN 20:28, MATTHEW 2:2, MATTHEW 2:11, PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11, HEBREWS 1:6, APOC 5:8; 4:10, 7:11, 5:12-14, 4:9, Rom 11:33, Col 2:6-7).

Christ is Omnipotent (All Powerful)

MATTHEW 28:18 . . . All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

(Cf. Also MATTHEW 11:27, JOHN 2:19, JOHN 5:19-21, JOHN 6:40, JOHN 10:17-18, APOC 1:18 ; 3:7, JOHN 3:35, JOHN 13:3, PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21, COLOSSIANS 1:17, HEBREWS 1:3, 1 PETER 3:22, APOC 19:15)

Christ Claimed to be Omniscient (All Knowing)

MATTHEW 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?

(Cf Also MATTHEW 22:18, MATTHEW 26:46, MARK 2:8, MARK 5:30, LUKE 22:10-13, JOHN 5:42, JOHN 6:64, JOHN 13:10-11, MATTHEW 12:25, MATTHEW 13:54, LUKE 2:47, LUKE 6:8, LUKE 9:47, JOHN 2:24-25, JOHN 4:29, JOHN 7:15, JOHN 13:1, JOHN 16:30, JOHN 18:4, JOHN 21:17, COLOSSIANS 2:3, APOC 2:23).

{Additionally, there are many other verses illustrating that Jesus knew the future perfectly (e.g., Mt 12:40, 16:21, 17:9,11-12,22-23, 20:18-19, 21:39, 24:2, 26:2,12,21,31-34,54 Mk 8:31, 9:31, 10:32-34, 14:9,18,27-30,42,49, Lk 9:22,44, 11:30, 12:50, 17:25, 18:31-33, 22:15,21-22,32,34,37, Jn 2:19, 3:14, 10:11,15,17-18, 12:32-34, 13:18-21, 14:19, 15:13, 16:20, 18:11, 21:18-19}

Christ Claimed to be Omnipresent (Present Everywhere)

MATTHEW 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”

(Cf Also MATTHEW 28:20, EPHESIANS 1:23, COLOSSIANS 3:11).

Christ forgives sins in His Own Name

MARK 2:5-10 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. (6) But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, (7) Why doth this {man} thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? (8) And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? (9) Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, {Thy} sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? (10) But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) . . .

(Cf Also LUKE 5:20, LUKE 7:47-50, MATTHEW 26:28, LUKE 24:47, JOHN 1:29, ACTS 5:31;10:43; 13:38; 26:18, 1 JOHN 1:7, 1 JOHN 2:1-2, 1 JOHN 2:12, APOC 1:5, Rom 3:25, 4:25, 5:9-11,18, 2 Cor 5:19, Gal 1:4, Eph 1:7, 2:13-18, 5:2, Col 1:14,21-22, 1 Tim 2:5-6, Titus 2:14, Heb 1:3, 2:17, 9:14-15,26, Heb 10:10,13,18-19, 12:24, 13:12,20, 1 Pet 1:18-19, 2:24, 3:18, 1 Jn 3:5, 4:10, 5:9).

Christ claims to be sinless and Perfect

JOHN 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? . . .

(Cf Also JOHN 7:18, APOC 3:7, MARK 1:24, LUKE 1:35 ACTS 3:14, ACTS 13:35, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21, HEBREWS 4:15, HEBREWS 7:26, HEBREWS 9:14, 1 PETER 1:19, 1 PETER 2:22, 1 JOHN 3:5).

“I and the Father are ONE.” St. John 10:30 “…He that seeth Me seeth the Father also.” St. John 14:9 “…The Father is in Me and I in the Father.” St. John 10:38 Jesus in His own words has revealed to us the Unity of the Blessed Trinity; that He and the Father are One.

The Holy Ghost

The Third Person of the Blessed Trinity is the Holy Spirit, Who is One with the Father and the Son:

“And I will ask the Father and He shall give you another Paraclete, (Holy Spirit)…” St. John 14:16 “…The Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name; He will teach you all things…” St. John 14:26

Note here, the Three Divine Persons working together in unity as ONE; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will teach you all Truth. For He shall not speak of Himself; but what things soever He shall hear, He shall speak; and the things that are to come, He shall shew you.” St. John 16:13

In this verse, it will be neither the Father nor the Son who will teach them all ‘Truth’, but it will be the Holy Spirit and ‘He will teach them all things’. The words ‘He’ and ‘Himself’ signify a personality of His own; the Third Divine Person in One Undivided GOD. This is the Blessed Trinity, revealed by Scripture, yet denied by many who fall within the following verses.

“The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, nor knoweth Him; but you shall knoweth Him, because He shall abide with you and shall be in you.” St. John 14:7

Notice how Jesus continually referred to the Holy Spirit in the words ‘He’ and ‘Him’, indicating that the Holy Spirit is distinct in Person, yet equal to the Father and the Son, as He is ONE with the Father and the Son.

It is clear from the following verse that the Holy Spirit is GOD. When you sin against the Holy Spirit, you sin against GOD.

“Why hath satan tempted thy heart, that thou shoudst lie to the Holy Ghost…Thou hast not lied to men, but to GOD.” The Acts 5:3-4

“And there are Three Who give testimony in Heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit. And these Three are ONE.” 1 St. John 5:7 1 St. John 5:7 reveals Jesus as being the ‘Word’, as the Son, Who was ‘with GOD’ in the ‘beginning’ as mentioned (St. John 1:1), and the ‘Word’ taking ‘Flesh’ and becoming ‘Man’ (St. John 1:14).

These verses have proven that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, though Thy are Three, yet They are ONE. This UNDIVIDED ONENESS (1 St. John 5:7) is the Blessed Trinity, ONE GOD.

Holy Scripture reveals the Blessed Trinity as GOD even before creation itself.

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with GOD and the Word was GOD.” St. John 1:1

“In the beginning GOD created Heaven and earth.” Genesis 17:5

Notice the ‘Word’ (Jesus), is GOD in the ‘beginning’ (St. John 1:1), Who ‘created Heaven and earth’ in the beginning (Genesis 1:1). Without Jesus, Who is GOD, nothing was made.

“All things were made by Him; and without Him was made nothing that was made.” St. John 1:3

“And now glorify thou Me, O’ Father, with Thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with Thee.” St. John 17:5

“Behold a Virgin shall be with Child and bring forth a Son and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD with us.” St. Matthew 1:23

The Book of Genesis foreshadows the Trinity as Three distinct Divine Persons. After the Triune GOD had created Heaven and earth, They created man.

“And He said: ‘Let Us make man in our Image and Likeness’…’And GOD created man to His Own Image; to the Image of GOD, He created him’…” Genesis 1:26

When GOD made man, He made him in His ‘Image’, the Image of GOD. When GOD took ‘Flesh’ and became ‘Man’, He was still GOD and still in ‘His Own Image’, hence the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.

“And He said: ‘Behold Adam is become one of Us, knowing good and evil’…” Genesis 3:22

“Let Us go down and there confound their tongues.” Genesis 11:7

Remember that the ‘Word’ (Jesus) was ‘with’ GOD and ‘was’ GOD in the ‘beginning’ (St. John 1:1), and in each verse of the Book of Genesis, GOD revealed His Divinity referring to Himself ‘let us’ rather than ‘I will’.

The Persons of the Blessed Trinity are working together in unity, in ONE UNDIVIDED GODHEAD.

Before Jesus Ascended into Heaven, He ordered His Apostles and Disciples to go out and make disciples of all nations and to Baptize all those who embrace the Faith in the Name of the Blessed Trinity.

“Going therefore, teach ye all nations; Baptizing in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.” St. Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus, knowing that He is to Ascend into Heaven, promised to send the Holy Spirit; and He will ‘teach them all things’ (St. John 14:16,26), (St. John 16:13). Jesus in His own words: “I Am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world”, by His Ascension, Jesus has revealed Himself to be ONE with the Holy Spirit, to teach us ‘all things’ and to be with us always, to the end of time.

The Blessed Trinity are Three Divine Persons with Three distinct roles:

GOD the Father: The Creator (Gen 1:1, Jn 1:1) GOD the Son: The Redeemer (Jn 1:1,14) GOD the Holy Spirit: The Sanctifier (Jn 14:16-17,26, Mt 28:20)

One Response to “THE BLESSED TRINITY”

  1. irishanglican said

    What do we do about the Filioque? It does seem to be one procession…John 14:26. Yes in Jesus name, but the procession is of the Father. Not to mention to Creedal problem?

    I am aware of St. Augustines: De Trinitate (nothing short of great! But?)

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