The Godhead or Trinity – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 2

There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 14:7.)

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The Godhead or Trinity – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 2 — 9 Comments

  1. I suspect there are many such "manuals." But it's best not to depend on someone else's study. We need to study the Bible for ourselves.
    I suggest starting with the fundamental beliefs we posted and studying things out for yourself from there. Don't just read the texts at the bottom of each entry, but read the context too -- maybe the whole chapter.
    Furthermore, I highly recommend reading the whole Bible through prayerfully -- a book at a time. Taking time to outline each book is especially helpful.

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  2. Here is a Bible Study that I am putting together, it is not yet done, but I believe that it shows us that God is a Trinity of three persons!
    The Trinity in Scripture!

    Numbers 6:24-26(NKJV)

    24 “The LORD bless you and keep you;

    25 The LORD make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;

    26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’

    The First and Third Person of the Godhead equally sent the Second Person of the Godhead. Notice: "And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me"... The "Lord God" is the 1st Person, "His Spirit" is the 3rd Person and sent "Me" is the Second Person of the Godhead which is clearly Jesus.

    Isaiah 48:15-17 (New King James Version)
    15 I, even I, have spoken;
    Yes, I have called him,
    I have brought him, and his way will prosper.
    16 “ Come near to Me, hear this:
    I have not spoken in secret from the beginning;
    From the time that it was, I was there.
    And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit
    Have sent Me.”
    17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,
    The Holy One of Israel:
    “ I am the LORD your God,
    Who teaches you to profit,
    Who leads you by the way you should go.

    1 John 5:7 (King James Version)
    7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

    2 Corinthians 13:14 (New International Version, ©2011)
    14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

    Matthew 3:15-17 (New King James Version)
    15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
    16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[a] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

    Matthew 28:19 (New King James Version)
    19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

    Christ is one with the Father, but God and Christ are two distinct Personages. Read the prayer of Christ in the seventeenth chapter of John, and you will find this point clearly brought out. How earnestly the Saviour prayed that His disciples might be one with Him as He was one with the Father. But the unity that is to exist between Christ and His followers does not destroy the personality of either. They are to be one with Him as He is one with the Father. By this unity they are to make it plain to the world that God sent His Son to save sinners. The oneness of Christ’s followers with Him is to be the great, unmistakable proof that God did indeed send His Son into the world to save sinners. But a loose, lax religion leaves the world confused and bewildered.
    The Upward Look, Page 153

    John 17:21-23 (New King James Version)
    21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

    Notice that there are TWO who are Jehovah, also the word "LORD" is the Hebrew word Yahweh or Jehovah, which stands for the Self-Existent One. Also they are both called First and Last or Alpha and the Omega!

    1.Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel= Jehovah #1
    2.And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts= Jehovah #2

    Isaiah 44:6 (New King James Version)
    There Is No Other God
    6 “ Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
    And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
    ‘ I am the First and I am the Last;
    Besides Me there is no God.

    Jesus and the Father are both TRUE GOD!

    One more important thing about 2 Corinthians 13:14 and that is:

    1.The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ=Real Person

    2.and the love of God=Real Person

    3.and the communion of the Holy Spirit=Real Person

    We have grace coming from Jesus and We have Love coming from the First Person of the Godhead, and we have Communion coming from the Holy Spirit! All three are real persons and something comes from each of them!

    2 Corinthians 13:14 New King James Version
    14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

    by Bryan Fryer

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    • Have read your article on the Trinity above. One thing that is clear is that God the Father and God the Son are two distinct beings. What is not clear is the form of the Holy Spirit.

      If the three are to be equal, then from the beginning, they would have created together, rather the Holy Spirit was the active force of God moving upon the earth.

      The Spirit is of God - as witnessed blessing Christ during His baptism. Not another being anointing Christ as He was baptized.

      Won't Christ have acknowledged that He was one with the Father and the Spirit? Won't it have been important to point it out or was it not a significant detail for Christ to bring out as He was setting out the example for His disciples?

      Have a blessed Sabbath

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      • Hi, Evans! I personally do not see anything about equality that would necessarily mean filling the same roles or sharing equally in every task. A husband and wife are equal, no doubt. Yet he may drive a truck and she may stay home with the children. Does this mean that they are not equal?
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        It is true there is much about the Trinity that one picks up by inference. Aren't we supposed to study our Bibles? I find in John 5:18 that the Jews sought to kill Jesus because He said God was His Father, thus making Himself equal with God.
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        Please keep on studying. I'd say it's all there, as far as what we really need to know. A blessed Sabbath to you too.

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      • Dear Evans,

        I believe that since God is infinite and we are finite, we cannot expect to unravel all the mysteries of His nature. But the personhood of the Holy Spirit becomes evident in Christ's promise: " I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever." (John 14:16)

        As I understand it, the word "another," as used here, implies someone of the same nature. The word translated "Helper" is the Greek word Paracletos, or one called alongside to help. It is also translated as Comforter, Advocate, and Intercessor.

        We find references to "grieving" the Holy Spirit in both the Old and the New Testament. (See Isa. 64:10; Eph. 4:30) To me, that's another bit of evidence that the Holy Spirit is a Person, just like the Father and the Son.

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  3. lets remember here friends, that we are all finite and because of sin we have limitations. Our God Almighty is Infinite and all knowing has in His wisdom reveal so much Himself (Trinity) to us that we can handle. So then whatever he hast given us in His words, that's about we human can handle. Better yet I challange everyone under God, please make it to heaven (self aside) because we will have all of Eternity to learn of the Trinity then we will have the ability to understand it better

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  4. Christianity is a monotheistic religion. Many early Adventists believed that the Trinity doctrine was inspired by pagan polytheism. I identify myself with these early believers because I have no problem understanding the clear Biblical teaching that God is "I AM" as Exodus 3:14 says. God can be who he wants to be and that includes being the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all at the same time. I do not undertand why we have to make God a Trinity.

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  5. I totally agree with Simbarashe,I have always found it difficult to explain this Trinity view to pple of different Faith. The clear biblical reference talks of a Father and a Son who is God because He is begotten of the Father. The quarterly clearly said "some pioneers did not believe" according to my research,most of the pioneers including E.G White did not hold our current church view. I have read part of a Quarterly of 1936-38,it was teaching contrary to what we teach now.The question is when did we change our previous view to this Trinity view.

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  6. Vitalis and Simbarashe, the way I view the business of the Trinity is that if using the term bothers you then using Godhead is just as good. The term “Trinity” is a conceptual idea that the Christian church came up with to explain what is taught in scripture about all three persons. Dr. Davidson explained its origin this way, “The doctrine of the Trinity, far from being a piece of abstract speculation, is the inevitable conclusion that comes from a systematic survey of Scripture” (http://ssnet.org/blog/2012/01/trinity-and-salvation/ see also http://ssnet.org/blog/2012/01/further-study-the-triune-god/). In others words, even though the word “Trinity” itself is not in the Bible the concept of it certainly is.

    As far as what the early pioneers of the Adventist church believed goes, they also didn’t believe in the Sabbath at first but that didn’t make the Sabbath wrong. They grew in their knowledge and understanding just as we grow and mature in our understanding of things. Before I became a Christian I was an agnostic but when I accepted Christianity the agnostic system of beliefs became obsolete as I adopted Christian doctrines in its place.

    If there is any danger at all in our understanding of God I would say that it would be a tendency to make either or both the Son and/or the Holy Spirit something less than the Father. Usually that is done in the genesis of God by stating that the Son was begotten by the Father and that the Holy Spirit was generated sometime after. The phrase “Only begotten” literally means “unique” (see Heb 11:17 which uses the same Greek word).

    Of the Son the Bible says, “For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated ‘king of righteousness,’ and then also king of Salem, meaning ‘king of peace,’ without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually” (Heb 7:1-3 NKJV). “Like the Son of God” means that Melchizedek was a type of Christ with no genealogy – no beginning – no end. He is “Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us’" (Mat 1:23 NKJV), the great I Am creator God of the Old Testament, the Lord of the Sabbath because He was the one who commanded it at Sinai. As Ellen White said, “Jesus declared, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life.’ In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. ‘He that hath the Son hath life.’ 1 John 5:12. The divinity of Christ is the believer's assurance of eternal life. ‘He that believeth in Me,’ said Jesus, ‘though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?’" (DA 530.3)

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