TEXT: Genesis 1:26 From the outset, Scripture has taught that God is One, eternally existing in Three Persons. This is taught and illustrated in the Old and New Testament by direct statement and by typology. The Trinity is taught in:
In Isaiah’s vision • Isaiah’s vision of the Holy of Holies (Is 6) • This could also be translated as the “holy place of the Holy Ones” (Ex 26:34) • The statement of the seraphim was “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Is 6:3) • This could be merely a superlative, but notice what the voice says, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” (Is 6:8)
The being addressed is “the Lord of hosts”…usually acknowledged to be the Father, the Almighty. • But John 11:41 quotes this passage and refers it to Christ’s glory • And Paul says it was uttered by the Holy Spirit in Acts 28:25.
II. In other Old Testament passages • Genesis 48:15-16 cites: • “The God before whom my fathers…walked” • “The God which fed me” • “The Angel who redeemed me” • 2 Samuel 23:2-3 cites three persons • Isaiah 48:16-17 also cites three person
III. In the New Testament • In the Great Commission (Matt 28:19) but note that is in the “name” • In the baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:16-17) • In the attributes of God. For two examples (selected from many): • Infinite power (1 Pet 1:5; 2 Cor 12:9; Rom 15:19) • Truth (John 7:28; Rev 3:7; 1 John 5:6)
Therefore: Though we may not be able to comprehend how the Trinity exists, the teaching of both Old and New Testament is clear, “God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity”