David Lee Brown
Trinity Doctrine Truth
It is a horrible reality that the doctrine of the Trinity is declining. According to Morris (2016), “Seven out of ten respondents in LifeWay’s survey affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity—that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three Persons but one God…” My question is, what are the other 30 percent thinking? If 30 percent do not attest to the Trinity, we have a problem. This doctrine is a core doctrine of Christianity. Today, I will share Trinity Doctrine Truth, specifically from the perspective of the apostle John. But the Bible is full of examples of the Trinity doctrine.
John clearly states the doctrine in scripture. The Trinity is one almighty God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – these three are One God. This doctrine is one of the few doctrines that you must believe by faith because it is incomprehensible. We lack the knowledge to understand the depth of this Biblical truth. We can only superficially understand it.
Trinity Doctrine Truth from John
John was the author of 5 Bible “books.” They include the Gospel of John, his three epistles (1 John, 2 John, 3 John), and Revelation. In the Gospel of John, he defines Jesus as “the Word.” The incarnate expression of the whole of scripture and the creator of everything. This definition as “the Word” will come in handy later. Once you understand that the Word is Jesus Christ, the Trinity’s doctrine is very clear in 1 John 5:7.
1 John 5:7 (KJV)
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
The Trinity doesn’t get any clearer than that. John states the Trinity Doctrine Truth in one short statement. And to understand that John is referring to Jesus as “the Word,” you need to look no further than the Gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John [John the Baptist] bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:14-17
Some Bible Translations Diminish this Trinity Doctrine Truth
Many Bible translations read something similar to “For there are three that testify:” 1 John 5:7 (NIV). But, as you can see, stating this doctrine in this manner is entirely inadequate unless the scholars that translated these versions assume you already understand the Trinity doctrine. Words are powerful if you use them correctly. The King James, the Geneva Bible of 1599, and the Youngs Literal Translation versions of the Bible more clearly define the Trinity. In the original Greek, you can translate this verse word for word into English as “for three there are bearing testimony: in heaven, Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit and these three one are.” That’s not proper English sentence structure, but it is translated word for word. I don’t understand why most translations leave out Father Son and Holy Spirit, but I do have my own speculations.
My Speculations and Final Thoughts
I believe Satan has meticulously sought to diminish the deity of Jesus. I also believe that the same holds true for the Trinity. The new translations of the Bible almost minimize the Trinity right out of scripture. So, to know precisely what God is sharing with us, we almost have to become Biblical scholars. It’s no longer enough just to read scripture in English. we must also research the original languages and read the word for word translations. So, I’m inviting you to become a Biblical scholar. Don’t believe any “new doctrine,” “woke doctrine,” or any “new revelation.” The Bible, in its original languages and meanings, is the only Word of Truth. I recommend these websites for further study.