God is not Three Persons

God is One. He is only One. I will show this through scripture in this post, and history in another one. I can show you that the trinitarian concept was devised by men long after Jesus walked the planet. Many heresies were left behind when the protestants left the Catholic church. However, more than a few stayed with them. The idea that God is 3 persons is one of them. I’ll show you why in this post.

Deuteronomy 6:4
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

The passage above is one of many verses stating that God is ONE. At the end of this post, I will list as many more verses stating that God is ONE. You can search from Genesis to Revelation, and you will never find the statement “God is Three”. Never. You will also never find the words trinity, triune, coequal, or coeternal anywhere in the Bible. If those words are not in the Bible, where did they come from?

Man-made creeds.

I will cover the history of the trinitarian doctrine in another post since it is a long discussion. Tonight we will start with the Word of God.

The Bible says to teach doctrine “Precept upon precept, line upon line” in Isaiah 28:10. A precept is a rule. So, we have to be able to stack one rule on another rule. If you put a rule on another rule and it doesn’t line up, then you need to check your rules.

The first rule I want to establish, is that the Word of God cannot contradict itself. Anything we stack on top of that rule therefore cannot contradict the other rules.

  1. The Word of God cannot contradict itself.

The Bible says in many places that God cannot lie. Numbers 23:19 is one example. It says that it is impossible for Him to lie in Hebrews 6:18. If God said something that would be a lie, it would become truth. If He said the grass is blue, a supposed lie, the grass would turn blue as He said it.

The Bible says that all scripture is God-breathed (Literal translation of “inspired” in 2 Tim 3:16). So if the  Bible was “breathed’ out of God’s mouth, and He cannot lie, then we can safely say that rule number 1 is true.

The next rule I want to establish is that God is One. I’ve already mentioned proof of this, and there is more to come.

  1. The word of God cannot contradict itself.
  2. God is One. (Deut 6:4)

Since we know that rule 1 says that God cannot lie, and that scripture is God-breathed, then this scripture in Deut 6:4 that we read earlier, should be enough to finish this discussion of whether God is One or three. However, many people today have contorted the Word of God to teach that even though God is One, he is also three in one. I’m not sure what math class they took, but I’ve never heard that 3=1. No matter how many times or ways you say it, 3 is never going to equal 1 unless you subtract 2 from it.

Next Rule:

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)

  1. The Word of God cannot contradict itself.
  2. God is One. (Deut 6:4)
  3. God is Holy (1Peter 1:16)

Next we find that He is not only Holy, but He is a Spirit.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (Jn 4:24)

4. God is a Spirit. John 4:24

This means that God is a Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not 1/3 of God. It is the ONE God. Belief in the trinity would require you to believe that there is God the Father who is a Holy Spirit, and then a second Holy Spirit that is different from God the Father. Then you have to ask which Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary to become the Father? Is it God the Father that is a Holy Spirit, or is it this supposed third person in the trinity that is another Holy Spirit?

Since we know that God is a Spirit, and spirits are invisible, then we can’t see them. If God wants us to see Him He must manifest Himself into some form of something else. He did this many times in the Old Testament, and a couple of times in the New Testament as:

•An angel to Abraham.
•An angel to Jacob twice.
•A man/angel to Isaiah.
•A burning bush to Moses.
•A cloud to the children of Israel by day.
•A pillar of fire by night.
•A dove descending upon Jesus.
•Jesus

There is one main difference between Jesus, and the rest of the manifestations of God’s Spirit. Jesus was the mediator between God and man.

(1 Timothy 2:3-7)
3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.

We can now add two more facts to our list. The Bible says to teach doctrine “Precept upon precept, line upon line” Isaiah 28:10. Let’s add more lines.

FACTS:

1. The Word of God cannot contradict itself.
2. God is One. (Deut 6:4)
3. God is Holy (1Peter 1:16)
4. God is a Spirit. (John 4:22-23)
5. Jesus was a man (1 Timothy 2:5)
6. There is one mediator between God and man, Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)

Now you may be counting that as 2 persons. The One God, and the One Man who was a mediator. However, as we will see in the next two rules that the One Man Jesus was the One God manifested in the flesh. So, if God is Spirit, and Jesus is man, then Jesus has flesh, but God does not. Remember, if we want to see God, He has to manifest Himself. Then the flesh that Paul was speaking about in 1 Timothy 3:16, had to be Jesus’ body because there is only one mediator.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)

FACTS:

  1. The Word of God cannot contradict itself.
  2. God is One. (Deut 6:4)
  3. God is Holy. (1Peter 1:16)
  4. God is a Spirit. (John 4:22-23)
  5. Jesus was a man (1 Timothy 2:5)
  6. There is one mediator between God and man, Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)
  7. Jesus was God manifested in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16)

Did God only manifest part of Himself into the man Christ Jesus? No.

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  (Col 2:8-9)

FACTS:

  1. The Word of God cannot contradict itself.
  2. God is One. (Deut 6:4)
  3. God is Holy. (1Peter 1:16)
  4. God is a Spirit. (John 4:22-23)
  5. Jesus was a man (1 Timothy 2:5)
  6. There is one mediator between God and man, Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5)
  7. Jesus is God manifested in the flesh. (1 Timothy 3:16)
  8. Jesus is fully God and yet fully man. (Col 2:9)

Jesus had flesh and blood like us so that He could pay the price for our sins, but He also had ALL the fullness of the Godhead in Him. This is how Jesus became the mediator between God and man. God robed himself (manifested himself) in flesh. Jesus was not a second person in a triune Godhead. Jesus was the ONE True GOD manifested in the flesh. That is why the name Jesus literally means Jehovah is my salvation. As you will see shortly, God said that He is the only Savior and Redeemer.

The “philosophy” that Paul is prophetically warning us about in Col 2:8-9 is the Greco-Roman philosophy that brought about the idea of the trinity. They came into the church with a background in polytheism and philosophy and invented the idea of a holy trinity. The triune Godhead idea did not exist during the time of the Apostles.


Just to seal the deal so we know there is no doubt, here are some of my favorite One God verses. There are more than this, but there are none that state anything about God being 3 persons. Don’t take my word for it. Search it out yourself.

Ephesians 4:5 
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Isaiah 43:10  
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formednor shall there be any after me.

Zechariah 14:9  
And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one. (we know that name is Jesus)

Mark 12:32 
And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him.

Hosea 13:4  
But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.

Isaiah 44:24 
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Revelation 4:2  
At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. (not 3 on the throne!)

James 2:19  
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!

Ephesians 4:6 
One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Isaiah 44:6  
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. (Later Jesus would state these same words in Revelation)

1 Timothy 2:5  
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Malachi 2:10
Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Isaiah 45:18  
For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Isaiah 44:8  
Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

Isaiah 43:11  
I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.

1 Corinthians 8:4  
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.

 

Thanks for reading. If you have always believed or been taught that God is 3 persons, you may have some questions after reading this post. Please ask them below in the comment section. I’ll also be posting more on this subject very soon that may answer some of those questions, so please subscribe by email below, or follow me on Facebook here.

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