Does the Bible Support the Doctrine of the Trinity?

If you look within the Bible, you will not find the word “trinity” located within it, not even once. This does not mean, however, that the notion of the Trinity is not located within the Holy Scriptures.

There are a number of verses that tell us that the Godhead consists of three persons — Father, Son, and Spirit– and that these three persons are equally and fully God. These verses mention three persons so as to provide no doubt about the Godhead being a “unity” of “three” — from which the word “Trinity” comes.

Jesus mentions God in three persons as He prepares to ascend to Heaven. He meets with the disciples and tells them to go and preach the Gospel:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NASB).

When the disciples baptize, they are to baptize in the names of all three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). There is no hierarchy of the three; instead, they are placed as equals here.

Jesus mentions both the Father and Spirit in the Gospel of John:

“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).

Jesus refers to the Father, whose job it is to send the “Helper,” who will be with them eternally (“forever”).

He is referred to as “the Spirit of truth,” matching Jesus’ claim that He is “the truth” (John 14: 6).

Jesus says the world cannot receive the Spirit nor does the world know the Spirit, matching John’s claim about Jesus that “the world did not know Him” (John 1:10). Finally, the “Helper,” the “Spirit of truth,” is referred to as “He” — a third person pronoun ascribed only to people, not objects or forces.

John also acknowledges Jesus as the Son of God:

“Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” (2 John 3).

If you read the Pauline epistles (Paul’s letters), you will find that Paul often mentions “God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ” in many, if not all, of his letters (Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philemon 1:3).

While Paul does not greet the Spirit in his greetings to the churches, he talks of the Spirit all the time in his letters (see Romans and Galatians).

A good example of this is Galatians 5 and 6, where He talks about being led by the Spirit and walking in the Spirit. Paul, however, is more emphatic about the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, where He mentions that the Spirit “distributes to each one individually just as He wills” (1 Cor. 12:10).

Notice that Paul refers to the Spirit as “He,” demonstrating that He viewed the Spirit to be as much a person of the triune Godhead as he did the Father and the Son.

Peter’s greeting in 1 Peter mentions not only the three persons of the Trinity, but also their distinguishing roles as God:

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure” (1 Peter 1-2).

Peter’s greeting says that God elects His children according to foreknowledge, while the Spirit sanctifies believers and the Son dies for mankind. The Spirit grows believers to increasingly obey Jesus Christ as they are led by the Holy Spirit. Peter’s greeting includes all three persons of the Trinity.

These passages have shown that, while the word “Trinity” is a philosophical term, the concept itself is theological — that is, it comes from the Bible, the Word of God.
For a detailed article and with all the bible verses listed on the page, check out,  The Trinity – God – Jesus – Holy Spirit

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  1. Peter - October 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Hi there, you have done some really great work on this site, I have referred it on to a number of other people. Nearly everything you have shared, is what I have found out myself, by careful study and hassling God for the answers.
    I will read the same verse 10-20 times, just to understand exactly what God is saying to us.
    Having said this, I had spent many years asking God to explain the trinity to me. This is now my understanding.
    Before time began, as we know it, God the Father, took of Himself and created a Spirit Son, whom we know as Jesus, though that was probably not His name then.
    It was the Father’s good pleasure, that everything that was created after this, was created by the Son, by Him, through Him and for Him.
    When the Son took on flesh, He was called Jesus, Jesus did admit that He was the Son of God, but called Himself, the Son of Man.
    There are scriptures that show that Jesus isn’t the Father, eg. when the disciples ask him when the end will come, but He said that he doesn’t know, only the Father knows. He also said that the Father is greater than I.
    It says in Galatians, that the Father sends the Spirit of His Son, into our hearts, and in Romans 8, we see that if we don’t have the Spirit of Christ, we don’t belong to Him. Then goes on to say that if we do have the Spirit of Christ, though our flesh is dead, because of sin, our spirit is alive, because of righteousness.
    Then goes onto say, but if the Spirit of Him, who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He will give life to your mortal bodies as well. This speaks to me of healing and deliverance.
    The Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of the Father, not a separate person. It is the love and power of God, which Jesus has been given full authority to employ, as He sees fit. He has the Spirit of the Father, without measure, where we have been given a deposit or portion of the Spirit of the Father, which we can grow in, if we obey the gospel. All we do, should be in the Spirit of the Father, in the name of the Son, that the Father would be glorified through the Son, and the Father would then, glorify the Son.
    Jesus said in John 5:41 “I do not receive glory from men”, He seeks only to be glorified by the Father.
    Jesus is our best friend and saviour, we should be in constant fellowship with Him, but it is the Father we seek to glorify, through the Son.
    When the Bible speaks of the Creation, it speaks first of the light, Jesus was that light, which came forth or proceeded from the Father. John 1. (The sun, moon and stars weren’t created till the third day).
    Jesus was the first of all Creation, He is the Alpha and the Omega, Col. 1:15-20, Heb. 1, Rev. 3:14.
    John 1, says that in the beginning,was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He, (the Word, Jesus) was, in the beginning, with God.
    This was the time of the first creation of the Father, His Word, made manifest as His Son. The only begotten Son of the Father, everything else was created through Jesus, the Son.
    When man was created, this wasn’t just Adam, it was Adam and Eve, Gen. 5:2.
    When the Father told Jesus to create man, in our image, according to our likeness, The word image, means resemblance, or representative figure, the word likeness means model, fashion, similitude, like.
    Adam was taken from the dust, but Eve was taken from Adam. This is the model of God, Jesus wasn’t created from dust or from nothing, He is of the same essence as the Father, He was taken from the Father and the family of God began.
    We have now been invited to join the Family of God, with God our Father and Jesus our brother.

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