The Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Three-In-One) is basic and central to our faith.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
Bad theology has been around a long time. Besides the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:6 and 15) in the first century, there was Arianism in the fourth century (and probably earlier). Arianism denied the Trinity and considered Jesus Christ a created being,
Arianism is often considered to be a form of Unitarian theology in that it stresses God’s unity at the expense of the notion of the Trinity, the doctrine that three distinct persons are united in one Godhead. Arius’s basic premise was the uniqueness of God, who is alone self-existent (not dependent for its existence on anything else) and immutable; the Son, who is not self-existent, cannot therefore be the self-existent and immutable God. Because the Godhead is unique, it cannot be shared or communicated. Because the Godhead is immutable, the Son, who is mutable, must, therefore, be deemed a creature who has been called into existence out of nothing and has had a beginning. Moreover, the Son can have no direct knowledge of the Father, since the Son is finite and of a different order of existence.
According to its opponents, especially the bishop St. Athanasius, Arius’s teaching reduced the Son to a demigod, reintroduced polytheism (since worship of the Son was not abandoned), and undermined the Christian concept of redemption, since only he who was truly God could be deemed to have reconciled humanity to the Godhead.
There are a few verses to consider as we look at the unity of the Trinity:
First is Genesis 1:1-3 (read the footnote 1b) where God the Father orchestrates the Creation, the Spirit being the Agent of preparation, and the Son being the creating Agent with His spoken Word.
Second is 2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Third is Colossians 1:15-16 wherein Jesus is named as the Creator of everything, so He must have been there in Genesis 1:1-3.
Fourth is Revelation 22:13 where Jesus proclaims Himself as the Beginning and the End of everything.
The Trinity is essential to God’s overarching plan of creation and redemption of mankind. John writes,
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3
I think of it like this: In Old Testament times, the Spirit came upon people in a limited capacity. Jesus’ coming and sacrifice paved the way for the Spirit to permanently and completely inhabit us, thus transforming us on a continuous basis. The result is our invitation, acceptance and integration into the Fellowship of the Trinity as the Bride of Christ. It has always been the goal of the Father/Son/Spirit.
The Fellowship of the Trinity
The Father – The Plan
The Son – The Way
The Spirit- The Result
Mankind – The Bride
We reject any form of Arianism, ancient or modern, and completely entrust ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of heaven and earth, Defeater of death and Holder of the keys to Hades, and King of the Universe. He is our Savior and our God, being one with the Father and the Spirit.
Abba, I praise You for inviting us to be part of the Fellowship of the Trinity. The card table with the four chairs around it this morning was a beautiful picture of the Trinity with the fourth chair reserved for the Bride of Christ, Your Church–us! May we celebrate You and our future: Complete and perfect in Your kingdom at Your side, Jesus. WOW! Holy Spirit, thank You for Your connection. May we take full advantage today in worship. Amen.