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Is There More Than One God?
|Deuteronomy 6:4-5 says, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
How then do we find the Trinity? The idea of God being three is not easy for us to understand. Jesus spoke of God as three persons. When He was about to leave His disciples and return to His Father in heaven, He told them to go out and teach and baptize in the name of "the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19. Notice it says the name, not names. I suppose the nearest we could come to understanding it is to call it the GOD-FAMILY.
After He was baptized, as He was kneeling on the banks of the river Jordan, there were three persons present. A voice [the Father] spoke from heaven saying, "You are my Son [Jesus], whom I love; with you I am well pleased." Luke 3:22. At that very moment, the Holy Spirit [the third person of the Trinity or Godhead] in the form of a dove lighted on Him. All three of the God-family were present there at that time, the Father in heaven, the Son kneeling on the riverbank, and the Holy Spirit.
The Bible teaches that Jesus was with the Father at the time of creation. In John 1:1-3 it says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made." Who was this Word? In verse 14 it says, "The Word was made flesh." Jesus the Son of God gave up His heavenly comfort and throne and all the prerogatives of Divinity, became a man and died on the cross so that we might be saved.
This idea of a Trinity is even present in Genesis 1. The wording of Genesis 1:2 speaks of the Spirit moving on the waters, and in Genesis1:26 where God says, "Let us make man in our likeness." It is interesting to note that the name for God in Genesis 1 is the Hebrew word, Elohim" which is plural in form. Thus the very form of the word for God assumes God is plural in form.
Jesus explains how God can be One and also more than One. In John 17:20,21 Jesus in His prayer to His Father spoke about what it means for the Father and Son to be One. He said, "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me."
Micah 5:2 predicted that Jesus, who had been with the Father from the days of eternity, would be born in Bethlehem.
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