First and foremost the word “Trinity” never appears in the Bible. We will be writing many articles on this topic, as it is a big one. The “Trinity” is defined several different ways, depending what denomination you are with. Let us just say, it has to do with 3-n-1 oil, in peoples thinking. God is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and I am my own grandpa! Please do not think, I am, in any way making fun of God, our heavenly Father, or His Son, Jesus Christ, or the gift of holy spirit, because I am not. Yes, we know that Holy Spirit is another name for God, but it is mainly used, to talk about the gift from God, holy spirit. In my article: “Is There More On God’s Name and Are There Other Gods?” I explained, how the Bible was originally written, in “uncial” text, that is, in only capital letters, with no spaces between the words. So, all words were in capital letters, there were not even any vowels. We do not write a word, in all capital letters, except for emphasis, in English. The translators always put the words Holy Spirit in capital letters, and as we begin this topic, you need to know that. God is Holy Spirit, and He gave a gift, which is called holy spirit. Bible versions do not distinguish between, them and this causes problems, but we will! All this will be explained, as we cover this topic. It will take many articles to cover this, so please bear with us.
One other thing, as we enter, into this topic, we take nothing on faith. Nowhere, in Scripture, does it ever say, “take it on faith.” Moses never said it, nor did Abraham, David, Jesus, Peter, Paul, nor anyone else. Therefore, our goal will always be to back up everything we teach with Chapter and verse. One of our sons-in-law is very blessed by this because, if you bear with us, Living Love with Jesus will always back up everything with the Wonderful Word of God, the Bible! So, let us get started.
Many theologians teach Jesus is 100% God, and 100% man, and math wise, and sense knowledge wise, that is an impossibility. Nothing can be 100% of two things, not even God. In my article: “Do You Go to Heaven When You Die? Part 1,” I spent a lot of time showing Jesus was a “Son of Man” and called himself a “Son of Man,” throughout the Gospels. Remember Stephen’s declaration about Jesus, in the book of Acts:
Acts 7:56 (NIV)
“Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
The Bible also refers, to Jesus as a man. He was born, with a human mom, and lived a life, eating and drinking, just like we do. Mary was a virgin, and God created an egg in her, a seed [sperm], so she would have a human, male baby. The “Promised Seed” was prophesied in Genesis to “the woman,” who is later called Eve. She was never called Eve, until after the fall of the First Adam, in the Garden of Eden. For further clarity, see our article: “The Man and The Woman in the Garden.” God made a promise, of a Messiah, who the Serpent [Satan], would hurt [the Messiah, her seed], but that seed would ultimately kill him, by crushing his head. Eve thought that she had the man of the LORD when she had Cain [Gen. 4:1 KJV]. The sad thing the promised Messiah never came for the next 4000 years. Look at the original promise:
Genesis 3:15 (NIV)1
And I will put enmity between you [Serpent] and the woman, and between your offspring [seed] and hers; he will crush your [Serpent] head, and you will strike his heel.”
Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, there are many more verses, about this coming Savior of mankind. The two things, we need to understand, are that this “Promised Seed” would be a “son of man” [a human born of a woman] and a “man.” Consider this next verse:
1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)
For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
This verse is loaded, and all it needs is a little common sense to understand. It starts with: For there is one God… [best if you understand as One True God, because the Bible shows there are other gods]. So, we have God! Next it reads: …one mediator between God and men…, therefore, there is a mediator, between God and us! Right? Yes! Then it tells us who: …the man Christ Jesus. Did that say the God, Christ Jesus? No! Does it say “a third part of the Trinity, Christ Jesus? Again “No!” Why do people squeeze the Word of God, to make it read something it does not? It reads: [my emphasis]: “The MAN, Christ Jesus.” There are other places it says this, and throughout the Gospels, especially the gospel of Luke, where the emphasis is him being a “Man.”
We could give you all the verses, about Jesus being a “Son of Man,” and all the verses on Jesus being “the Man” and human, throughout the Gospels, but if you have spent any time, in the Bible you already know that. So, now as a “Son of Man” and “The MAN, Christ Jesus,” what do we do with this next verse, which is speaking, about God?
Numbers 23:19 (NIV)
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
We are not going to tear apart the whole verse, but we want to look at the two bolded sections. First it reads: God is not a man! Do we understand those words? Yes! “God is not a man,” and Jesus is a man, or should we say, “The MAN.” There is no way they can be the same because God is not a man and Jesus is a man. “The Man” put emphasis on his humanity—he laid down that humanity for you and I. The verse goes on to read: “…nor a son of man….” Then how can they both be God? In my article: “Do You Go to Heaven When You Die? Part 1,” I spent a lot of time showing Jesus was a “Son of Man.” Here in Numbers, it establishes that our heavenly Father God is not a “son of man.” Jesus is a son of man, but God is not, therefore again, they cannot be one in the same! I am a junior, my dad is a senior, our name is the same, but we are not. Growing up, dad was called “Big Bob” and I was called “Little Bob,” we are both “Bob’s” but I was not him, and he was not me! Folks! Here we are not talking about me and my dad, but the Creator God, who is not a “man” nor “a son of man.” There is a huge contrast, between Him and Jesus, who is a “man” and “a son of man.” This subject is so big that we recommend a book: “One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone of the Christian Faith.” This is a 700 page book, and is the best I have ever read. I was an editor for that book, and its content is awesome.
I want to look at another section of Scripture. Before we do, I want to establish a fact, we Christians know about Jesus, he lived a sinless life! Knowing that, let us consider this next section of Scripture.
Jesus spends time talking about himself, in the first verses of the gospel of John, Chapter 10. He says, he is the gate for his sheep in verse 7, and whoever enters through him will be saved, verse 9. In verse 10, he came to bring “life,” and that they have “life to the full.” He is the good shepherd, that lays down his life for the sheep, in verse 11. He says again, he is the shepherd and his sheep know him, in verse 14. He repeats himself in verse 15, saying, he will lay down his life for his sheep. He says, there are other sheep who are not of the pen, and he must bring them in also, then there shall be “one flock” with “one Shepherd,” in verse 16. From here we will read the verses.
John 10:17 and 18 (NIV)
17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
God loves him, because he is willing to lay down his life, yet no one takes it from him. He is doing it, of his own accord; he can lay it down, and has the authority to take it up again. He had received, that command from his Father. What power he was given! What follows are the response of the Jews, and they were divided. Watch this record build.
John 10:19–21 (NIV)
19 At these words the Jews were again divided. 20 Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?” 21 But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Some thought he was demonized [actually this is a more accurate word biblically than possessed], while others did not, because Jesus had healed a man, who had been born blind. This miracle had never happened before. Therefore, some listened to him. These next verses tell what was going on, where it was happening, when it was, and what Jesus was doing!
John 10:22 and 23 (NIV)
22 Then came the Feast of Dedication [Hanukkah] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade.
Remember, the Jews were divided over if he was demonized, and they were really divided about who he was. It goes back to John 9, where Jesus healed the Blind man.
John 10:24 (NIV)
The Jews gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, [Messiah] tell us plainly.”
The Jews wanted to know, if he was the Christ [Messiah]. They also wanted him, to come right out and tell them, who he was! He rarely ever did that, in his earthly ministry. He did not even tell his disciples, who he was, when he started his ministry. For more on this subject see: “When Did Jesus Become Lord and Christ?”
John 10:25-30 (NIV)
25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Jesus was stating, that the miracles he did in his Father’s name speak for him. Hey! You Jews should know, by the miracles I did, especially healing that man who was born blind, you should know who I am. He goes on, to tell them that his sheep, who were given to him by God, know who he is. You Jews, do not know who I am, because you are not my sheep. Then he ends it saying: my Father is greater than all, and you cannot snatch my sheep from Him, because “I and the Father are one.” Boy, does that line open a can of worms. Some say, in their thinking it is: “I and the Father are one and the same.” The words “and the same” are not there. This verse causes some people problems, so we will talk about it.
There is no reason, to take this verse to mean that Jesus was saying, that he and His Father make up “one God.” The phrase was a common one, and even today, if someone used it, people would know exactly what he meant—he and his father are very much alike. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, about his ministry there, he said that he had planted the seed and Apollos had watered it. Then he said, “…man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose…” [1 Cor. 3:8]. In the Greek texts, the wording of Paul is the same as that in John 10:30, yet no one claims that Paul and Apollos make up “one being.” Why does the NIV translate the phrase, as “are one” in one place, but as “have one purpose” in another place? In this case, translating the same phrase, in two different ways, obscures the clear meaning of Christ’s statement in John 10:30: Christ always did the Father’s will; he and God have “one purpose.”
Christ uses the concept of “being one” in other places, and from them, we can see that “one purpose” is what is meant. John 11:52 says, Jesus was to die, to make all God’s children “one,” read the preceding couple verses. Please look up these verses: John 17:11, 21 and 22, where Jesus prayed to God, that his followers would be “one” as he and God were “one.” We think, it is obvious, that Jesus was not praying that all his followers would become one being or “substance,” just as he and his Father were one being or “substance.” We believe, the meaning is clear: Jesus was praying that all his followers be one in purpose just as he and God were one in purpose, a prayer, that has not yet been answered.
The context of John 10:30 show conclusively, that Jesus was referring, to the fact that he had the same purpose, as God did. Jesus was speaking, about his ability to keep the “sheep,” the believers, who came to him. He said that no one could take them out of his hand, and that no one could take them out of his Father’s hand. Then he said, that he and the Father were “one,” i.e., had one purpose, which was to keep and protect the sheep.2
I hope, that was helpful, because too many translators mishandle the Bible in that way, trying to make it say something it does not. This kind of religion is why so many do not trust, that the Bible is God’s Word, and can be trusted, as well as believed. Let us move forward now, knowing Jesus and God are “one in purpose.” This next section gets really interesting.
John 10:31–33 (NIV)
31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
We need to look, at several things here. The Jews were going to stone him, and in that culture that was an execution. Jesus wanted to know for what miracle, he had done many from the Father, were they going to stone him? The Jews said they were not stoning him for any of the miracles he had done. They said, they were doing it: “…for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” I want to make one thing very clear, I looked in 29 English, and 2 Greek versions of the Bible, and only in the NIV, does it say “mere.” That word was added by the translators. It is not in the Greek text, and is not needed. The verse should read: “…for blasphemy, because you, a man, claim to be God.” We know from the beginning of this article that, 1 Timothy 2:5, says, he was a man. They are saying, you are a man, and you claim to be God, so, for blasphemy, it is execution time, for you Jesus. Okay, if Jesus never sinned, if he were God, as they are saying, and if he does not say, Oh Yes, I am God. Instead says he is not, and he really was God, then he lied and therefore sinned. If he sinned our salvation is a lie. But if he is what he says, and not what most ministers of their gospel say, we are saved. So let us read on.
John 10:34–36 (NIV)
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? [Psalm 82:6 this was said about Israel, because they were Sons of the Most High] 35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken—36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
In Psalm 82:6, God said the children were “gods” because they were sons of the Most High, they are only those, to whom the Word of God came into this world. Then Jesus asked this question, making a comparison in verse 36a: “what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world?” This is implying, hey, if God can call others in Israel “gods” that only received the Scripture, how about me? God set Jesus apart as His very own, and sent him into the world, but YOU accuse me of blasphemy “because I said, ‘I am God’s Son.’” Jesus was saying “I am God’s Son,” not “God the Son,” or “God.” He was telling them straight out, I am God’s Son, and that is what he meant. If he were God, this was the perfect time to say it, but he did not. If he were God, he sinned by not telling the truth, and we would be stuck in our sin. If you say, he was both God and the Son of God, then I will give you a good reason why that cannot be, and I can give you more. Look at this verse.
John 14:12 (NIV)
I [Jesus] tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
If Jesus was God, as so many claim, then this verse, and many more, are lies, and we might as well throw our Bibles away. First, Jesus said: “…anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing….” If he were God, how would that be possible? Second, Jesus said: “…He will do even greater things than these….” Okay, tell me I can do greater works than God! I do not think so! Now with Jesus, as a man, here doing his earthly ministry, he never met a Christian, never saw a Christian. He never got one person born again, no matter what the translators try to say, we can document, nobody got born again during the Gospel period. Sorry, not even the Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3. Well, there is another article we need to write. When explained, most of the time, common sense will explain many questions about the Trinity, but there are a few difficult verses. Hope we have showed you a little, about why we had best see Jesus for who he is. He is the Son of the Most High God, our brother, Head of the Church, and much more. See you next time, when we dig further in to the Trinity, a word not found in God’s Word!