I will begin with the end.
I will conclude on a personal note. I am personally very thankful that my Father sacrificed His Son to bear the death penalty for me. I am also immensely thankful that my older brother Jesus the Christ sought Our Father’s will and did not fear losing His physical life. He suffered an agonising physical death for my sins, so I would have the opportunity to live and become part of God’s family. I am thankful that God’s holy and righteous spirit has been made available to me and that I have been called and baptised and given the Holy Spirit to know God’s character and to grow in that character. I am thankful for the understanding that comes with God’s spirit, to understand His word, His Laws, His plan and purpose for mankind, and to have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. This is an amazing blessing which should never be taken for granted.
Are you thankful for these things? Or are you wondering what I am going on about? Below I will try to show you WHY I know that the Trinity “doctrine” is simply selling God’s grace and love towards us short and that we can really be intimately part of His family, rather than just bystanders.
Mainstream Christian belief holds on to the idea of the Trinity – that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate individual beings or “persons”. This appears a somewhat logical conclusion if you don’t think too much about it, but a little more biblical study into the subject will prove that the trinity doctrine is yet another misconception of mainstream Christianity and is in no way the truth!
Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament (He was the Word) and has been in existence with God the Father since before “the beginning”. John 1:1-3 states “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
God the Father and Christ are two distinct beings but are as “one” – just as a family has one surname but is made up of many members. Christ prayed to His Father that “they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me, that they may be made perfect in one…” (John 17:21-23)
God gave His Son as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. It is through this sacrifice that mankind has been given the opportunity of eternal life. Christ bore the penalty of death for our sins for you and me (we are ALL sinners). With the establishment of the new covenant God made His Holy Spirit available to those who genuinely repent. This was not possible prior to Christ’s coming as we can see in Mark 1:8 where John the Baptist baptised with water but He (Christ) will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the POWER of God, it (not HE) is the encompassing power, nature, character and mindset of God that we can also have if we have genuinely repented and been baptised (see Acts 2). It is only through the Holy Spirit that we can grow in faith, knowledge, righteous character and overcoming. We can be the most brilliant bible scholar with knowledge to shoot down any argument, but without God’s spirit we cannot develop a close, genuine relationship with our Creator. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit we can have a direct relationship with God the Father – He can really be as close to us as “Dad” (Abba Father) – we communicate with Him through Prayer and He to us through His word, the scriptures.
Every human has a human spirit, something intangible that helps a human to apply reason, have emotion, think, have a conscience, learn…. that human spirit is not a separate “being” inside of us – it is our nature, something that exists while we live, and ceases to exist when we die. (That’s right; the “soul” is not immortal!). The Holy Spirit is the same sort of entity just on a vastly grander scale for it is the very nature of God – NOT a third person in the God family.
Doesn’t that make sense? We are made in God’s image – in our physical form and in our intangible conscious. It makes perfect sense therefore that God also has a “Spirit” conscious – His character, personality, conscience – and it is THAT spirit element that has been made available through Jesus Christ. What a beautiful gift for those that respond to God’s calling and choose to embark on a life changing journey to grow closer to our perfect Father and older brother Christ by nurturing His Spirit that He has given us at baptism. 1 Cor 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Having the Spirit of God dwelling in us helps us to understand spiritual matters – this is essential to fully understand the spirit of the Law which Christ expounded on during His ministry. Ancient Israel (under the old covenant) did not have access to the Spirit of God and could only comprehend the physical aspects of the law. Christ did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfil it (Matt 5:17), and this can only be properly understood by having the mind of Christ in us. “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1 Cor 2:13-14
So, conclusion number two of this post is simply God’s word. Rom 8:5-11 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit which dwells in you”.