One of the most fundamental Christian doctrines is that of the Trinity. It separates genuine Christianity from the cults and from other religions and is essential to understanding the Gospel. We recently received a message challenging an article I had written responding to a critic who denies the third Person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit.
Our critic of the week is Ned, who has taken issue with our recently posted articles demonstrating that the Bible teaches the doctrine of the Trinity. In particular, Ned rejects the Holy Spirit as the third Person of the Trinity. But is his reasoning cogent and consistent with Scripture?
We now examine the third and final principle of the Trinity, which is this: the three Persons of God are each fully God and are eternally distinct from each other. In other words, the Father is not the Son or the Spirit, nor is the Son the Spirit, but each is fully God and this has always been that way and will always be that way.
In the previous article we defined the doctrine of the Trinity in terms of three principles. Then we proceeded to show that the Bible clearly teaches the first principle of the Trinity: that there is one and only one God. Having established this, we now move on to ask if the second principle of the Trinity is biblical.