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Patricia Sierra wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Where in the Bible does it talk about the Trinity?

Patricia

  { Where in the Bible does it talk about the Trinity? }

Mike replied:

Dear Pat,

Thanks for the question.

Nowhere in the Bible is the word Trinity mentioned, yet most Christians believe in it; even Sola Scriptura Christians believe in this teaching. Here are some other words that cannot be found in the Bible but Sola Scriptura Christians still believe in:

  • the sinner's prayer
  • an altar call
  • the four spiritual ways
  • accepting Jesus into your life as your personal savior

If they can show me where these words can be found in the Bible, please e-mail us the book, chapter and verse.

If they believe in Sola Scriptura, why aren't these words in the Bible, unless they are holding on to "the traditions of men".

What the Christian does see in the Scriptures are verses right out of Our Lord's mouth that support the Trinity, though He never used the term. The Church in later councils would have to define this term.

Our Church always gets accused of inventing new teachings, when in reality, there was never a need to define a term because it was also understood and believed by the faithful. This is true for words like: the Trinity, Transubstantiation, and (Purgatory, though Greeks weren't going to give us a Latin word.)

Here are some Biblical passages I was able to dig up that support the Trinity in the Scriptures.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."

2 Corinthians 13:14; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:4-6.

43 Jesus answered them, "Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, "And they shall all be taught by God." Every one who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that any one has seen the Father except him who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.

John 6:43-47

20 "I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom thou hast given me, may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. 26 I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

John 17:20-26

7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him." 8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, "Show us the Father"? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.

John 14:7-11

23 Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

John 14:23-24

All of Romans 8

These passages talk to the divinity of Jesus Himself as well as the Trinity:

John 1:1 — the Word was God
John 1:14-15 — glory of Father's only Son, full of grace and truth
John 8:19 — if you knew me, you would know my Father
John 8:58-59 — I assure you, before Abraham, I AM
John 10:30-33 — the Father and I are one
(Also see Exodus 3:14, 20:7; Leviticus 19:12, Leviticus 24:14-16)
The Greek word that Jesus used in John 10:30-33 is the Greek equivalent of echad which is the Hebrew word used in Deuteronomy 6:4

John 10:38 — the Father is in me and I am in the Father
John 12:45 — who ever sees me, sees the one who sent me
John 14:8-12 — anyone who has seen Jesus sees the Father
John 20:28 — Jesus accept Thomas' "my Lord and my God"
Colossians 2:9 — In him, in bodily form, lives divinity in all its fullness
Acts 20:28 — the Church of God he acquired with His Blood
Ephesians 1:7 — in him we have redemption by his blood
1 John 1:7 — blood of his Son Jesus cleanses from all sin
Titus 2:13 — glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

I hope this helps,

Mike

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