The Fall for Christ – Week of March 10th –
How does the Trinity support the divinity of Jesus?
Verse: 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11
The doctrine of the Trinity is an important cornerstone of Christian belief. In 1 Corinthians 12: 4–6, Paul refers to the deep relationship between the three people of the Trinity: the Spirit, the Lord (Christ), and God (the Father). It shows how unity in the Church – in terms of spiritual gifts, types of ministry, and types of work – should reflect the unity of the Trinity. But how does the relationship between the people of the Trinity show the divine nature of Jesus?
Although the term trinity is never used in the Bible, early church fathers distinguished the concept from verses such as Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14. In fact, the relationship of the Trinity can be followed throughout Scripture. For example, consider how everyone was present in creation: “In the beginning, God created heaven and earth … the Spirit of God hovered over the water” (Genesis 1: 1–2). And Colossians 1:16 says about the son: "Because in him all things were created."
But as scriptures like Deuteronomy 6: 4 reveal, there is only one God. Although each person of the Trinity is different, they all share the same essence or nature.
The philosopher Norman Geisler says that another way of thinking about the Trinity is a "what" and three "who". Geisler says: “The three Whos (persons) each share the same What (essence). So God is a unit of being with a multitude of people. Everyone is different, but they have a common nature. "
As difficult as it is to grasp, the concept of the Trinity confirms the divine status of Jesus. Jesus is by no means one of many prophets or religious leaders, but the nature of God.
This prayer comes from Zondervan's NIV Case for Christ Study Bible. Use with permission.
Originally published on March 10, 2020.