What comes to your mind when you hear the word “trinity”? Many people think Christians are polytheists! However, that is a misunderstanding about the trinity. So what does the word mean? Maybe the following explanation will help.
The Concept of the Trinity According to the Bible
The Quran says, “They do blaspheme who say: God is one of three in a Trinity” (Qs 5:73). Christians agree with that statement! The idea that Christians worship three gods is a lie. True Christians have always believed that there is only one God. “There is no God but one” (The Injil, 1 Corinthians 8:4).
The term “trinity” is used to explain the idea that God exists as a unity of three Persons. It does not mean there are three Gods. Rather, there are three Persons who have always existed together as One God.
A common reaction is, “This doesn’t make sense.” Christians are quick to agree! There is not a totally rational explanation of the trinity. After all, human minds are finite and God is infinite. We all live with many mysteries.
An Explanation about the Three Persons in the Godhead
God the Father, God the Word, and God the Spirit are presented in the Holy Injil as the three Persons in the trinity. All three of them are presented as divine. They are eternally linked in unity as one God.
This is seen in many verses. One example is when Isa commanded His apostles to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son [Isa] and of the Holy Spirit” (The Injil, Matthew 28:19).
It is important to note that “in the name” is singular. Isa did not say “in the names.” God is One. But He reveals Himself as the eternal Triune Being – God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God
Christians believe God is one, not three. Isa quoted the Law given to Moses: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (The Taurat, Deuteronomy 6:4; The Injil, Mark 12:28-31).
Isa Al-Masih, the Eternal Word, is the only one who can give you salvation. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given to men by which we must be saved” (the Injil, Acts 4:12).
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