Why do you teach there are three persons in the Godhead?

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The Bible tells us that there is One God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29). And it also teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make up the One God. Let’s look at biblical evidence:

Old Testament

Genesis starts to shed light on the Godhead. It says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). The Hebrew word here for God is Elohim. It is a plural noun that is used more than 2,700 times in the Old Testament. This means that inspired authors preferred to use Elohim about 10 times more than the singular form “El” when they described God.

In the book of Daniel, we see a picture of the Father and the Son as two separate persons. “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, one like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him” (Daniel 7:13). The Son of man, Jesus, is seen coming before the Ancient of Days—who is, obviously, God the Father.

Gospels

We see the three persons of the Godhead clearly at the baptism of Jesus. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16, 17).

At the transfiguration mount, the Father in heaven witnessed to His Son on earth. And a cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “this is My beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Mark 9:7 also 2 Peter 1:16–18).

And when Jesus departed from the Temple for the last time, the Father’s voice was heard from heaven testifying of His Son. Jesus prayed to His Father saying, “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name. Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again” (John 12:27, 28).

Jesus describing the second coming said: “Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God” (Luke 22:69). It is clear from this verse that both God the Father and God the Son will be seen at the second coming.

Before His ascension to heaven, Jesus taught us to use the three names of the Godhead in the great commission. He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).

Acts

At the stoning of Stephen, the martyr was filled with the Holy Spirit and saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God the Father. “When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,  and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” (Acts 7:54-56).

Epistles

The apostle John testified, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one” (1 John 5:7,8).

The apostle Paul affirmed that there were three divine persons. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14). And he confirmed that when he said, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14).

And he also stressed that these three divine persons are seen as One God. “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4–6).

Revelation

Finally, John the Revelator spoke of the Father and the Son as distinct and separate from each other. “From the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:4–6 ).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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