Can you find the Trinity in the Bible?
Those who do not accept the doctrine of the Trinity reject it, in part, for the reason that the word "Trinity" is not found in Scripture. Of course, there is no verse that says, "God is [consists of] three persons" or "God is a trinity". That is, strictly speaking, all pretty obvious and true, but it does not prove anything. There are many words and phrases that Christians use that are not found in the Bible. For example, the word "Bible" is not found in the Bible.
More: Opponents of the Trinity claim that a trinitarian view of the nature of God and of His nature can not be attested by the Bible. Since the books of the Bible were not written as theological treatises, superficially this may be true. There is no statement in Scripture that states that "God is three persons in one entity, and here is the proof ..."
Still, the New Testament brings God (the father), the son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit in such a way that it strongly points to the Trinitarian nature of God. These scriptures are quoted below as a summary of the many other biblical passages that bring the three people of the Godhead together. One passage comes from the Gospels, another from the apostle Paul and a third from the apostle Peter. The words in each section that refer to each of the three people are in italics to emphasize their trinitarian impact:
"Therefore go and make disciples all nations: baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28,19).
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! ” (2 Corinthians 13,13).
"... to the chosen strangers ... whom God the Father chose to sanctify and sprinkle with the blood of Jesus Christ by sanctifying the Spirit" (1 Peter 1,1: 2).
Here are three passages from Scripture, one from the lips of Jesus, and the other two from leading apostles, who unequivocally bring together all three of the deities. But this is just a sample of similar passages. Among these others are the following:
Romans 14,17: 18-15,16; 1; 2,2 Corinthians 5: 6,11-12,4; 6; 2-1,21; 22 Corinthians 4,6: 2,18-22; Galatians 3,14; Ephesians 19: 4,4-6; 1,6-8; 1-1,3; Colossians 5–2; 2,13. Thessalonians 14–3,4; 6. Thessalonians; Titus. We encourage the reader to read all of these passages and pay attention, like God (Father son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit as instruments of our salvation.
Such scriptures certainly show that New Testament belief is implicitly Trinitarian. Of course, it is true that none of these passages directly say that "God is a Trinity" or that "this is the Trinitarian Doctrine". But this is not necessary. As mentioned earlier, the New Testament books are non-formal, point-by-point treatises of doctrine. Nevertheless, these and other scriptures speak easily and without any self-confidence that God works together (Father son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. The authors show no feeling of strangeness if they bring these divine persons together in their salvation work as one. In his book Christian Theology, the theologian Alister E. McGrath makes the following point:
The basis of the Trinity doctrine is found in the pervasive pattern of divine activity that the New Testament bears witness to ... The closest relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is found in the New Testament scriptures. New Testament passages repeatedly link these three elements as part of a larger whole. The totality of God's saving presence and power can, it seems, only be expressed by involving all three elements ... (P. 248).
Such New Testament scriptures counter the accusation that the Trinity doctrine was actually developed in the course of church history, and that it reflects "pagan," not biblical, ideas. If we look at the Scriptures in an open mind as to what they say about the being we call God, it is clear that we are shown to be Trinitarian in nature.
We can confidently say that the Trinity has always been a reality as a truth regarding God's fundamental nature. Perhaps it was not fully understood in the dark ages of man, even during the time of the Old Testament. But the incarnation of the Son of God and the coming of the Holy Spirit revealed that God is trinitarian. This revelation was given through concrete facts, in which the Son and the Holy Spirit have entered our world at certain times in history. The fact of the trinitarian revelation of God in historical times was later described in the Word of God, which we call the New Testament.
James R. White, a Christian apologist, writes in his book The Forgotten Trinity:
"The Trinity was not only revealed in words, but instead in the extreme act of the Trinity God in salvation itself! We know who God is from what He has done to bring us to ourselves! ” (P. 167).
by Paul Kroll
Appendix (Bible passages)
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Who serves Christ in it is pleasing to God and respected by men.
that I may be a servant of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles to minister priestly to the Gospel of God, that the Gentiles may become a victim pleasing to God, sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 2,2: 5:
For I thought it right to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, crucified. 3 And I was weak in you, and I am afraid and with great trembling; 4 and my word and sermon did not come with persuasive words of human wisdom, but with the expression of the Spirit and Power, 5, so that your faith does not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power.
1 Corinthians 6:11:
And such have been some of you. But you have been washed clean, you are sanctified, you have been justified by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 12,4: 6:
They are different gifts; but it is a spirit. 5 And there are different offices; but it is a gentleman. 6 And they are different forces; but it is a god who works in everything.
2 Corinthians 1,21: 22:
But it is God who makes us strong, together with you in Christ and anointed us 22, and sealed us and set the ghost in our hearts as a pledge.
Because you are children now, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, calling: Abba, dear Father!
Ephesians 2,18: 22:
For through him we both have access to the Father in one Spirit. 19 So you are no longer guests and strangers, but fellow citizens of the saints and God's housemates, 20 built on the ground of the apostles and prophets, since Jesus Christ is the cornerstone, 21 on which the whole structure merges into one holy temple in the Lord. 22 Through him you also become part of an abode of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 3,14: 19:
Therefore, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 who is the right father over all that is called children in heaven and on earth, 16 that he gives you strength after the riches of his glory to become strong through his spirit in the inner man 17 that through faith, Christ lives in your hearts and you are rooted and founded in love. 18 So you can comprehend with all the saints, which is the breadth and the length and the height and the depth, 19 also recognize the love of Christ, which surpasses all knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.
Ephesians 4,4: 6:
a body and a spirit, as you are also called to a hope of your vocation; 5 a gentleman, a faith, a baptism; 6 a god and father of all who is there above all and through all and in all.
[the gospel] that has come to you, as it bears fruit throughout the world, and grows with you from the day you have heard it, and you have known the grace of God in the truth. 7 So you've learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ to you, 8 who also told us about your love in the Spirit.
1. Thess 1,3 5:
and keep thinking before God, our Father, your work in faith, and your work in love, and your patience in the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 Dear brothers, loved by God, we know that you are chosen; 5 For our preaching of the gospel came to you not only in the Word, but also in the power and in the Holy Spirit and in great certainty. You know how we behaved among you for your sake.
2. Thess 2,13 14:
But we must thank God always for you, brothers beloved of the Lord, that God first chose you for salvation in the sanctification of the Spirit and in the faith in the Truth, 14 to which he also called you by our Gospel, that ye may Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Titus 3,4: 6:
But when the kindness and charity of God our Savior, 5, he made us happy - not for the works of righteousness that we had done, but for his mercy - through the bath of rebirth and renewal in the Holy Spirit, 6 he abundantly poured out on us through Jesus Christ, our Savior,