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Understanding the Trinity Series

Understanding the Trinity – Part 1

When we become part of the Trinity

One of the most neglected or ignored members of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity was misunderstood because of a lack of knowledge by the church leaders that leads to the lack of interest and therefore resulted in ignorance of their members. There are some groups of Christian believers who misrepresent the Holy Spirit as being the Son.  However, we cannot just put aside the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is an essential part of our walk to our spiritual battle as well as guidance towards victory.  Without the Holy Spirit, our Christian walk will have no direction.

In order for us to understand how important the Holy Spirit in our lives, we may need to take a pause before we rush into rejecting such acquired knowledge. It will make more sense if we will make a second look and thought why it was not clearly identified. Maybe there is a reason behind it. However, like the Bible, it was not written into passages but yet we believe in it. In the Bible, many believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit exist, but the word Trinity which can never be found in the Bible, so it does not exist.

Trinity is a sacred secret for many years.  It was revealed to some but not many embrace the truth.  Some accept the three persons in one, or one in three, as long as the interpretation leads to monotheism a belief in one God.  God the Father is the first person in the Trinity, a Spirit that gives life.  While the Son is the second person in the Trinity who was born by a woman to be fully human with whom God the Father shared His Spirit, The 3rd person in the Trinity is the Holy Spirit, the comforter that was sent by the Father to dwells with mankind.

As Christians, we must first acknowledge God’s presence in our lives to make it work.  Acknowledging God is acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit and allowing it to dwell within us. Secondly, if we allow the Holy Spirit to use us, it can do the work it really needs to do;  thirdly,  we will feel the change of heart for doing the work with gladness; fourthly, our focus is with the Blesser and not the blessings;  and fifth, it gives praises to the promiser and not to the promises.

The unbelievers will feel their joy being with the believers but they will never comprehend how they get that joy unless they have a change of heart and submit. The Holy Spirit will show our differences in how we live and walk with faith from day to day, with the hope that everything will come to pass without sorrow.

Once the unbelievers witness the true Christian way of living, they may give up living in the sinful world and their time to be called will happen with no more doubt or hesitation. The fellowship with the light removes their soul with the shadow of doubt and then experience the truth of the Holy Spirit.

When God calls people to repentance, and they are baptized, He gives them His Holy Spirit “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”— Acts 2:38. It is this Spirit within the mind that makes one a Christian, but it is the heart that redeems the errors of the mind. Paul stated, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

When we accept the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in us, we also accept our body to be reformed by God and our spirit to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Being a partaker of God’s Divine nature includes a sinless walk that makes life perfect. How could it happen when little lies make us sinners? All kinds of liars it says! So this will include white lies. No one in the flesh can make it through even for a day without sin. 

In 2Peter 1:4 says: ‘by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” It depends on how we can stay lit, so the darkness will remain powerless.  A dot of light darkness cannot claim its fullness.

Trinity supported by Scriptures- Part 2

John 17:20-23 supports the Trinity: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 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. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 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.”

What more do we need when it is very clear that Jesus said it and it means it was the message from God.  We become part of the Trinity as the third person in the godhead as it was a matter of a sacred secret written with a purpose which means a matter that only God can conceal.

“The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” Luke 12:2-3 NLT. Do we still have to doubt that we cannot ever level the standard of God in thoughts and ways of doing things?

Having an itchy ear and clouded mindset will never have a chance to hear it nor understand it.  When blinded with so many false teachings and hearing it repetitively convinces the hearers that what they heard is true. Believers must receive the word with eagerness and must make it a habit examining the Scriptures that one day you may find yourselves already called to convince who has doubt, correct what is false and encourage those who are falling from faith. Maybe this time you already feel being baptized by the Holy Spirit with fire. Blessed are those that were called to deliver the true word of God.

Without us defending the doctrine of the Trinity, it will only prove to the unbelievers of the Trinity (non-Trinitarian) that there is no such thing as Trinity and even accused the Trinitarian believers of being a cult.  If we are not equipped with the Word of God these people can easily destroy our faith if we will not agree to join them. They are equipped with many convincing words and even read you the Scriptures from page to page. False teachers can be identified in 1Timothy 6:3-5.

As partakers of the Holy Spirit of God, we are members of the family of God, and we have access to the heavenly realm where the faithful believers and principalities meet to fight a good fight of faith. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”—Ephesians 6:12

Part 1 Understanding the Trinity

Part 2 Understanding the Holy Spirit is a Gift

Part 3 Understanding Our Journey

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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