Our Christian Beliefs: Holy TrinityThe coexistence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the unity of the Godhead (divine nature or essence). The doctrine of the trinity means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although the word trinity does not appear in the Bible, the "trinitarian formula" is mentioned in the Great Commission (St. Matthew 28:19) and in the benediction of the apostle Paul's Second Epistle to the Corinthians (II Corinthians 13:14). (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary) (Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers) The Bible teaches that there is ONE God, and there are THREE persons Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (the Holy Trinity). The Bible affirms that each of these three persons has divine attributes, titles, and actions and accords to them the worship that is due to Deity.
God is personal. We must get to know Him as we get to know a person. God is love. This is supremely seen in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross for the sins of humankind (John 3:16). God is holy, infinite, eternal, unchanging (immutable) and is the Creator of all things, both material and spiritual, and the source of life. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (present everywhere) and omniscient (all-knowing).
Jesus Christ is both real God and real Man. He has all the attributes and actions of Deity. He was born into this world as a human baby, and grew up like any child. He had normal physical limitations and experienced human emotions. He died and was buried, but rose again, ascended into heaven and is alive forever. By His death on the cross, Jesus Christ achieved the salvation of sinners, the revelation of God and the conquest of evil. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), as well as the baptizer in the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:16).
The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is God, together with the Father and the Son. He has all the attributes and actions of Deity. He is the author, teacher and interpreter of Scripture. He convicts people of sin, righteousness and judgment. In relation to believers, He fills, guides, empowers, teaches, intercedes, speaks, commands, and gives gifts. Christians are to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
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