Scholars can't find a direct reference to the trinity in the bible...I think I've found one...
Some give verses such as the following ones as evidence for the trinity in the bible but these are not generally accepted as proof of the trinity because they refer to three different things and not necessarily as a single God with three aspects to him.
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit [Matthew 28:19].
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all [2 Corinthians 13:14].
To God’s elect. . .who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood [1 Peter 1:1-2].
Proof of the Trinity in the Book of John?Following are the ten "I am" declarations Jesus made about himself in the book of John. These well known passages are very direct statements about who he is. Jesus is telling us he is all of these things:
- #1 John 6:35 "I am the bread of life..."
- #2 John 6:41 "I am the bread that came down out of heaven."
- #3 John 6:51 "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven"
- #4 John 8:12 "I am the Light of the world...
- #5 John 8:18 "I am He who testifies about Myself"
- #6 John 10:7 "I am the door of the sheep."
- #7 John 10:14 "I am the good shepherd..."
- #8 John 11:25 "I am the resurrection and the life...
- #9 John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, the life...
- #10 John 15:1 "I am the true vine..."
This list of ten things follows a common pattern God has placed in scripture that repeatedly tells us his plan of salvation. I'll discuss this more on other posts on this blog. These are not casual statements by Jesus but he's telling us exactly who he is. For this blog post let's concentrate on the first three items.
The first three statements Jesus makes of himself all indicate that he is bread and specifically the Bread of Life. But he also said he is the Bread that came down out of heaven and that he's also the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. Why did he make these three seemingly repetitive statements about himself? I believe he's telling us about the Trinity. He's directly stating he is all three parts of the trinity.
BREAD OF LIFE - GOD
It all starts with God who is telling us he's the source of all life. Bread is the common statement made about each part of the trinity and that Bread can be thought of as God the Father.
THE BREAD THAT CAME DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN - Jesus
Jesus came to earth to teach us who he is and to give himself as sacrifice for our sins. Thus he is the part of God (Bread) that came down out of heaven to visit us.
THE LIVING BREAD THAT CAME DOWN OUT OF HEAVEN - Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the aspect of God that comes down and lives inside us once we receive Christ as our savior and redeemer. Thus he is the "Living Bread" who comes down to us and lives inside us each day.CONCLUSION
These statements indicate that God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one. For those that believe the bible is the word of God, this statement should be enough evidence for them about the trinity. If this statement is not enough evidence then you need to go back and work on an even bigger question you have...is the bible the actual word of God and do I believe it?
Until next time...