Trinity Series

Understanding the Trinity Series

Understanding the Trinity – Part 1

When we become part of the Trinity

One of the Trinity’s most neglected or ignored members is the Holy Spirit. The doctrine of the Trinity was misunderstood because of a lack of knowledge by the church leaders that led to the lack of interest and therefore resulted in the ignorance of their members. As a result, some Christian believers misrepresent the Holy Spirit as the Son. However, we cannot just put aside the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is an essential part of our walk to our spiritual battle and guidance toward victory. Without the Holy Spirit, our Christian walk will have no direction.

To understand how important the Holy Spirit is in our lives, we may need to pause before we rush into rejecting such acquired knowledge. It will make more sense if we take a second look and consider why it was not identified. Maybe there is a reason behind it. However, like the Bible, it was not written into passages, yet we believe in it. In the Bible, many believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit exist, but the word Trinity can never be found in the Bible, so it does not exist.

Trinity has been a sacred secret for many years. It was revealed to some, but not many embraced the truth. Some accept the three persons in one, or one in three, as long as the interpretation leads to monotheism, a belief in one God. God, the Father, is the first person in the Trinity, a Spirit that gives life. While the Son is the second person in the Trinity who was born by a woman to be fully human with whom God the Father shared His Spirit, The 3rd person in the Trinity is the Holy Spirit, the comforter sent by the Father to dwell with humanity.

Christians must first acknowledge God’s presence to make it work. Acknowledging God is acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit and allowing it to dwell within us. Secondly, if we allow the Holy Spirit to use us, it can do the work it needs to do;  thirdly,  we will feel a change of heart for doing the work with gladness; fourthly, our focus is with the Blesser and not the blessings;  and fifth, it gives praises to the promiser and not to the promises.

The unbelievers will feel their joy being with the believers but will never comprehend how they get that joy unless they have a change of heart and submit. The Holy Spirit will show our differences in how we live and walk with faith daily, with the hope that everything will come to pass without sorrow.

Once the unbelievers witness the proper Christian way of living, they may give up living in the sinful world, and their time to be called will happen with no more doubt or hesitation. The fellowship with the light removes their soul from the shadow of a doubt, and they then experience the truth of the Holy Spirit.

When God calls people to repentance, and they are baptized, He gives them His Holy Spirit “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”— Acts 2:38. It is this Spirit within the mind that makes one a Christian, but it is the heart that redeems the errors of the mind. Paul stated, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

When we accept the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in us, we also accept our body to be reformed by God and our spirit to be renewed by the Holy Spirit.

Being a partaker of God’s Divine nature includes a sinless walk that makes life perfect. So how could it happen when little lies make us sinners? All kinds of liars, it says! So this will include white lies. No one in the flesh can make it through, even for a day without sin. 

2 Peter 1:4 says: ‘by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” It depends on how we stay lit so that the darkness will remain powerless. A dot of light darkness cannot claim its fullness.

The Scriptures support Trinity.

John 17:20-23 supports the Trinity: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 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, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

What more do we need when it is evident that Jesus said it and it means it was the message from God? We become part of the Trinity as the third person in the godhead as it was a matter of a sacred secret written with a purpose which means a matter that only God can conceal.

“The time was coming when everything covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” Luke 12:2-3 NLT. Do we still have to doubt that we can never level the standard of God in thoughts and ways of doing things?

Having an itchy ear and clouded mindset will never have a chance to hear or understand it. When blinded by so many false teachings and hearing, it repetitively convinces the hearers that what they heard is true. Believers must receive the word with eagerness and make it a habit of examining the Scriptures so that one day they may find themselves already called to convince those who have doubt, correct what is false and encourage those who are falling from faith. Maybe you already feel like being baptized by the Holy Spirit with fire this time. Blessed are those that were called to deliver the accurate word of God.

Without us defending the doctrine of the Trinity, it will only prove to the unbelievers of the Trinity (non-Trinitarian) that there is no such thing as Trinity and even accuse the Trinitarian believers of being a cult. If we are not equipped with the Word of God, these people can quickly destroy our faith if we do not agree to join them. They are equipped with many convincing words and even read you the Scriptures from page to page. False teachers can be identified in 1 Timothy 6:3-5.

As partakers of the Holy Spirit of God, we are members of the family of God, and we have access to the heavenly realm where the faithful believers and principalities meet to fight a good fight of faith. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”—Ephesians 6:12

Part 1 Understanding the Trinity

Part 2 Understanding the Holy Spirit is a Gift

Part 3 Understanding Our Journey

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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