Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | May 14, 2011

Some Difficult Doctrines — The Holy Trinity

“But, pastor, the word ‘Trinity’ isn’t even in the Bible!”

“But Jesus says that we should baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).  And at His Baptism, a voice from heaven spoke about Jesus standing in the water and said, ‘This is my Son,’ while the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus as a dove “(Matthew 3:13-17).

“But, pastor, doesn’t that mean we’re really worshiping three gods?  After all, in the Old Testament God is pretty clear, ‘The LORD is one’” (Deut. 6:4).

“We don’t worship three gods.  ‘We worship one God in three persons and three persons in one God, without mixing the persons or dividing the divine being.  For each person – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – is distinct, but the deity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one….  [Y[et they are not three who are eternal, but there is one who is eternal, just as they are not three who are uncreated, nor three who are infinite, but there is one who is uncreated and one who is infinite….  The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; yet they are not three goods, but one God’” (Athanasian Creed).

“But, pastor, that doesn’t make any sense.”

“‘Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great’ (1 Timothy 3:16), and so ‘we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).  ‘The Holy Scriptures testify to it firmly, securely, and irrefutably’” (Apology, Art. I:2).  And now I have the God I need – the Father who made me and created me and all things.  The Son who came into the world, God’s chosen servant, who brings light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 42:1, 6).  The Holy Spirit who testifies to the work of this Son, who points me in His direction, who calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies me by the power of the Gospel.  The God who said, ‘Let us make man,’ (Genesis 1:26) is the holy, holy, holy LORD (Isaiah 6:1-6) who cleanses the guilt and atones for the sins of those who believe in God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16).

 

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