I have a mind, I have a living body that can be seen and those who know me – know me by my attributes, be they good, bad or indifferent. You can therefore say that I am a trinity. I have a unique living body that reveals my unique mind that can only be known by knowing my unique attributes. These three parts are separate and they are one. You cannot know of my mind unless my body verbally or physically reveals it. You cannot know of my existence unless by body is revealed to you. You cannot know what kind of person I am unless you or someone you know interacts with me. (This can be a hard thing to do even for a spouse, sibling or parent; I might be secretive, a good liar or even a physical or mental invalid). Nevertheless the spirit in me is just as much a part of me as my body or brain.
This may be a meager explanation of a finite human being trying to explain the infinite, but it fits well with what the Bible says about the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The Father is known through the manifestation of the Son and His true attributes can only be known by way of the Holy Spirit.
The teaching that Jesus Christ is not God is not new, but has been around since Christianity began. Arius said God created Jesus first and then Jesus created the worlds, (two gods). His teaching was condemned by the Council of Nice, 325. The Jehovah Witnesses are Arians as is H. W. Armstrong. The Catholic Church say Jesus is God, but didn’t become so until Mary gave birth to him in order to deify Mary.
The Bible presents Jesus as the Son of God and not God the Son because Jesus would never have been a Savior, have disciples, or be killed if He manifested Himself as God the Son. The Bible says that Jesus came in the form of God, (Phil 2:6). The word means “picture”. The picture of John Kennedy is a picture of nobody else. So also Jesus is the picture of God and nobody else. In order that people might not mistake this with the fact that man was made in the image of God and after God’s likeness (Gen 1:26), Paul said that Jesus was the “brightness of the glory of God and the express image of His person”, (Heb 1:3). The same passage says that Jesus made the worlds, is the heir of all things, and upholds all things by the word of His power. In other words, Jesus is the source, support, and end of all things. Rom 11:36 says the same thing about God. Jesus is the Creator of the worlds, (Col 1:15-19). Eph 4:9 says Jesus descended before He ascended into heaven. Gen 1:26 says “Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness”. When the Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus spoke as God when He replied: “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. (Lk 4:12) (Deut 6:16) And the devil fled. Satan knew Jesus was God.
Most of the arguments against Jesus being God ignore Phil. 2 where Paul says Jesus made Himself of no reputation, took upon Himself the form of a slave, was made in the likeness of men, and died the death of a criminal because they say; if Jesus was God, the Creator, he would have acted like God.
In Hebrews 7, Paul says Abraham was blessed by a priest before there was a priesthood and that this therefore was a heavenly blessing by Jesus Himself who came in the form of Melchisedec. Hebrews 7:3 plainly says that He was “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God (Jesus); abideth a priest continually.” This can only be true of God. Hebrews 13:8 says: “Jesus Christ, the same, yesterday, today and forever”. This can only mean that Jesus was, is, and always will be immortal. Rev 1:8 and 11 says that Jesus is Alpha and Omega, beginning and ending, the first and the last. This can only be said of God and no one else. Rev 2:7 says this same Alpha and Omega is the God of those who are athirst. Rev 22:16 says that Jesus is both the root and the offspring of David. He is both a descendent of David in His humanity and the Creator of David in His deity.
Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14 and Revelations 4:7 describe a being with four faces: “They four had the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right side: and they four had the face of an (ox, calf, cherub) on the left side: They four also had the face of an eagle.” Ezekiel 1:28 says this being was “the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.” In Ezekiel 2:1-4 this being tells Ezekiel to give a message to the Israelites and ends it with “thus saith the Lord God.” Rev. 4:6 say this being “was in the midst of ‘and’ round about the throne” The four Gospels are depictions of the four faces of this beast.
Matthew was written by a Jew and was written to the Jews depicting Jesus as the Lion- King of Kings. His genealogy goes back to Abraham proving He is the rightful heir to the throne of Israel. It, only, describes the 3 magi coming bearing gifts fit for a ‘King.’ It, only, describes Harrods jealousy of there being born a ‘King.’ It, only, describes the Kingdom of Heaven (as opposed to the kingdom of god), which is the thousand year rule of Christ. Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world”, but He also did not deny His kingship. The sign above His head on the cross saying ‘king of the Jews’ was allowed to stay, despite Jewish objections, as a final confirmation of this truth.
The gospel of Mark presents Jesus (calf, ox or cherub) as a servant of Jehovah. It was written to the Romans by a Roman. Mark, portraying Jesus as a servant, doesn’t need a genealogy or the story of His birth. Mark records in chapter 9: 34, 35 and in 10:44 that the greatest shall be a servant of all. Jesus tells His disciples that He is the servant who came not to be ministered unto but to minister and give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45) Jesus must be a servant because there is more glory in serving than in being served (Philippians 2:5-11). The ‘glory’ of God is the highest view of God possible, and therefore God must be a servant. The greatest depiction of Jesus was, also, that he was a servant. This may also explain why, of the four faces of the being found in Ezekiel and Revelations, the face of the servant was shown three different ways to the one of the others. Furthermore, of these three, the cherubim like those on the ark which were called the “cherubim of glory” (Heb. 9:5), i.e., of the Shechinah, or cloud of glory; represented the visible glory of God by way of His servitude.
The Gospel of Luke presents Jesus as a perfect man. It was written by a Greek to the Greeks showing them that Jesus was the perfect man because it was in the Greek culture to reverence the perfect man. Luke has a genealogy that goes back to Adam, the first man, because Jesus could not take upon Himself the sins of the race if He were not a member of that race. It was in Luke that His birth to Mary was enhanced to prove He was a man. He had to be the one perfect man in deed or thought in order to redeem fallen man, therefore, Luke tells of His encounter with Satin where only He could overcome the greatest temptations of Pride, Possessions and Power that sinful man has failed to do. In Jesus, the perfect man, was found no sin or evil in order that he could be the perfect sacrifice, as the choicest lamb without blemish, on the cross.
The gospel of John presents Jesus as (the eagle, the highest flying creature) as God. It was written by a Christian to the Christians. It starts right out by plainly saying Jesus was God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, (John 1:1)”. John 1:14 says: “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” He is also the ‘I am’. (John 8:58). He and his Father are one. (John 10:30). Jesus said that when you see Him you see the Father, (John 14:8). The Jews sought to kill Jesus and finally did because He said He was equal with God. (John 5:18) Jesus said: “I lay down my life, that I might take it up again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again.” (John 10:17,18) No created being can say that. Only God can. John 3:13 says no man hath ascended up to heaven but ‘He’ that came down from heaven.
There are hundreds of verses that say Jesus is Lord and only God can be called Lord. The trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are not three separate Gods but one God with three characteristics (or purposes). The Bible doesn’t mention Holy trinity for this very reason. The Bible uses the number 6 to describe the completeness of man and 7 to describe the completeness of God. It uses 666 to describe the trinity of Satan, anti-christ and false prophet (3 persons) but when it describes the heavenly throne it uses just one 7, (Rev 4:7).
In the Kingdom of God of Rev. 21 “God will be all in all” and live among His people here on earth. The jobs of Jesus to reveal the Father and the Holy Spirit to reveal the true attributes of the Father will no longer be needed because there will be no lost people to reveal this to. Everyone living on earth will already know, see and physically fellowship with the true God.