Many find it difficult to define the Trinity, much less use Scriptures to present their case.
Many reason that the Trinity is a mystery that no one can truly understand fully. This usually occurs in many people’s minds because the doctrine simply surpasses their understanding of who the Creator may be to them. It’s quite likely that in their defense, they’ll cite something along the lines like “Look, Elohim is greater than we can understand” (Job 36:26a). Then again, there are those who’ll simply give a specific look of disapproval, suck their teeth, and imagine, “Poor guy! He’s simply lost and needs to be saved.” Then, there are those who cite numerous biblical passages completely out of its original context in order to prove their case. The fact remains that the Trinity is a doctrine that took several centuries to develop.
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines the Trinity as “[…] the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one Godhead” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). As per the word Trinity itself, The Encyclopedia Britannica admits that “[n]either the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament, nor did Jesus and his followers intend to contradict the Shema in the Hebrew Scriptures: “Hear, O Israel: The L-rd our G-d is one L-rd” (Deuteronomy 6:4)” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). It also explains how the Trinitarian concept came to be the doctrine that it is today:
Language is “the method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way” (OED 2014). When we refer to speech, then it is “the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds” (OED 2014). When we refer to writing, then it is “a sequence of letters, words, or symbols marked on a surface” (OED 2014).
The Bible introduces us with the idea that G-d was capable of expressing His thoughts and feelings by means of verbal and written communication. He too was able to communicate to the Israeli people by writing out The Ten Commandments with His own finger. Though all of Israel both saw and heard the Creator performing such marvelous things, they oftentimes opted not to have this form of communication with the Creator; however, the Heavenly Father was still willing to recall them.
In like manner, the Bible introduces us with the notion that the Heavenly was not limited in expressing His thoughts and His feelings by means of either verbal or written communication. Yes, He has the ability to utilize a sequence of letters, words and symbols as well as mark them on a surface of some sort to express His ideas and thoughts.
Provided that many wish to understand the manner by which the Heavenly Father communicates with His creation, this study discusses this, the manner by which we identify as being a stammered and slurred speech.
Aaliyah, a two years old child from South Africa, sits at her window sill waiting for daddy to come home. She tends to look out the window and see all the cars passing by; however, she recognizes daddy’s blue car as he pulls up the driveway, beeps his horn, wave at his daughter with a great big smile on his face, walks up the door and rings the doorbell. With a big happy smile on her face, Aaliyah says, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” and runs to the door. Of course, mommy has to make sure that Aaliyah doesn’t open the door to strangers, so mommy reminds Aaliyah, “Be sure to tell mommy when the door rings, and I will open the door, ok?” With all the excitement and a big grin in her face, Aaliyah says, “Mommy, ok mommy” and nods her head yes in complete agreement.
In the study “Appreciating The Light,” we’ve learned that Elohim created both darkness and light (reference Isaiah 45:7). As you may already know, the study discussed both the literal and spiritual meaning of this light as well as how we can exercise Messiah’s instruction: “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness” (Luke 11:35). After laying out the foundation as to how we can appreciate the light, this study will now what Messiah Yeshua had to say about the origins of that light along with its meaning.
Previously, we expressed what we believe: the Kingdom of Elohim is here in the now and not some future event as some suspect. In order to understand this concept, consider King David’s words of worship. He too believed that the Kingdom of Elohim was in the here and the now in his days.
“Hashem, Elohim of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! 11Yours, Adonai, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, Hashem, and THIS IS YOUR KINGDOM. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength” (1 Chronicles 29:11-3).
From King David’s statement, we can observe several things. Firstly, Israel’s King was recognizing that Hashem alone was in rulership of the entire universe; thus, he sanctified his Most Holy Name. Then, King David recognized that the Israeli people who were being Torah Observant consisted of the identity we now come to recognize as the Heavenly Father’s possession, the Kingdom of Elohim. In other words, we see that the Kingdom of Elohim comprised of two essential components, the Children of Israel and Torah without which the Kingdom of Elohim is nonexistent.
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