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Are Jesus and God the same? What is the Holy Trinity?




There are several verses that declare that Jesus is God.  Jesus himself said,


"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."  Philip *said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."  Jesus *said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and {yet} you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how {can} you say, 'Show us the Father' (John 14:7-9)?"


Jesus also said,


"I and the Father are one (John 10:30)."


The book of Hebrews says,


"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.  And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb 1:1-3),"


The most explicit statement comes from the first chapter of John:


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.  There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.  He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.  There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-14)."


The Holy Spirit is also God.  The Spirit has the same attributes of God and is a personal being, not a thing.  Passages such as Acts 5:3-4 show this.  Also, in Psalm 139:7, the parallel line of poetry puts God parallel to his Spirit.  Therefore, the Spirit is also God.


One thing to note, however, is that though Jesus is God, and the Spirit is God, they are not the same.  This passage shows the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit and distinct entities. 


'After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove {and} lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased (Matt 3:16-17)."


The word, "trinity" is not in the Bible.  It is a word used to try and explain the one in three aspect of God.  There is only one God, but the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are all God.  One plus one plus one equals one. 



John Telgren

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Leavenworth, KS 66048


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