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The Trinity

 The concept of the Trinity is not directly in the Bible, but as Christians, we can derive it from various passages. In the Old Testament, Genesis 1:26 refers to God, saying, "Let us make man in our image," suggesting a plurality within the Godhead. In the New Testament, passages like Matthew 28:19 mention the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit together in the context of baptism, supporting the Trinitarian formula. Additionally, John 1:1-14, and John 14:16-17 provide insights into the relationship between God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

 

Genesis 1:26(NKJV): Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

 

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

 

John 14:16-17(NKJV): And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

 

Another New Testament passage is John 10:30, where Jesus says, "The Father and I are one," implying a profound unity between them. Colossians 2:9 states that "in Christ, all fullness of the Godhead bodily," emphasizing the divinity of Christ. The Holy Spirit's role in the Trinity is evident in passages like John 14:26, where Jesus speaks of the Spirit sent by the Father to teach and remind believers. These verses also help understand the Trinitarian thought and better understand the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as co-eternal and co-equal persons within the Godhead.

 

John 10:30(NKJV): I and My Father are one."

 

Colossians 2:9(NKJV): For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

 

John 14:26(NKJV): But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus often speaks about His relationship with the Father, highlighting their unique connection. John 17:21-23 records Jesus' prayer for believers' unity, expressing a desire for them to be one as He and the Father are, further illustrating a profound interconnectedness.

 

John 17:21-23: 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.

 

We see the concept of the Trinity also reflected in the Baptism of Jesus. In Matthew 3:16-17, we see the Father speaking from heaven, the Son's baptism, and the Holy Spirit descending like a dove- a moment where all three persons of the Trinity are present.

 

Matthew 3:16-17(NKJV): When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly, a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

 

While the Trinity is a complex theological concept, these scriptural passages contribute to understanding God as a triune being, existing eternally in three persons.

 

The "ask, seek, and knock" principle from Matthew 7:7 can be a practical way to engage with the Trinity in your Christian life.

 

Matthew 7:7

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

 

1. Ask (Prayer): When you ask in prayer, you communicate with God the Father. Just as Jesus often prayed to the Father, your prayers connect you with the source of all wisdom and guidance.

 

2. Seek (Scriptures): Seeking the Scriptures aligns with understanding the truth of God's Word in the Bible. Aligning with the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ, often called the Word in the Gospel of John. Seeking in the Scriptures allows you to encounter the teachings and examples of Jesus.

 

3. Knock (Doing God's Will): When you knock, you actively do God's will, which cooperates with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowers and guides believers to live according to God's purpose. Knocking involves taking action in alignment with God's principles and following Christ's path.

 

So, by integrating "ask, seek, and knock" into your life, you are essentially engaging with the triune God – asking the Father in prayer, seeking the truth revealed by the Son in the Scriptures, and knocking by actively living out God's will and purpose as the Holy Spirit works through us. 

 

 

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