Saturday, December 6, 2008

Confidence in the Bible and Its Teaching of the Trinity


1) Heidelberg Catechism

25 Q. Since there is but one God, why do you speak of three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

A. Because that is how God has revealed himself in his Word: these three distinct persons are one, true, eternal God.

2) Scripture

John 10:35: “Scripture cannot be broken.”

Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”


Notice the reason we believe in the trinity, according to the catechism. The catechism says we believe in the trinity because this is “how God has revealed himself in his Word.”

The catechism has great confidence in the Bible. The catechism believes the Bible is God’s Word. Since we find the doctrine of the trinity taught in the Bible, the catechism says, in essence, “The Bible is our authority and we must believe in the trinity because that is what Scripture teaches.”

But someone might object, “But the trinity doesn’t make sense to me. It is not reasonable.” We answer by saying, “Reason is not our supreme authority. Rather, Scripture is our ultimate authority.”

Someone else might argue, “I can’t understand the trinity, and I won’t believe in something I can’t understand.” We respond by saying, “How arrogant you are to subject God to your understanding! Instead, we should subject our understanding to what God reveals in his Word.”

“But,” someone says, “Why should I believe the Bible? Why should I believe the Bible is God’s Word?” Look at the two texts from John and Matthew, which quote Jesus. Notice that Jesus has supreme confidence in the Old Testament (OT) Scriptures. He said of the OT, “[it] cannot be broken.” Unless you want to argue with Jesus, your resurrected Lord, you will have to accept the fact that the Bible is God’s Word, and that it is utterly reliable.

But notice also in Matthew 24:35 how Jesus places his own words on par with Scripture! By claiming his words will never pass away, Jesus is claiming to be Lord! Jesus’ words are as reliable, trustworthy, and eternal as God’s words! In truth, Jesus’ words are the words of God, who in grace has come to us in human flesh. Matthew 24:35 is one of those places in the Bible that shows us that Jesus is God incarnate, thus leading to the doctrine of the trinity.

Discussion: Why do we believe in the trinity, according to the catechism? What has a higher authority for Christians: reason or Scripture? How should Jesus’ confidence in Scripture affect your confidence in the Bible?

Prayer Starter: Praise the triune God for the gift of his Word. Ask the Lord to forgive your neglect of his Word. Pray for a new appreciation of God’s Word and a commitment to read, understand, believe, and obey it for your good and the Father’s glory.

1 comment:

  1. Greetings Bill Weber

    On the subject of the Trinity,
    I recommend this video:
    The Human Jesus

    Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you to reconsider "The Trinity"

    Yours In Messiah
    Adam Pastor


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