Doctrine of the Holy Trinity the Basis Essay
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Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
The basis of the doctrine of trinity is based on the "God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy spirit" epithet among the Christians. God is abundantly regarded as pure spirit who cannot be seen by the eyes of every person (spirit) and associated with a material body (son) who and the material body was sent to the world by the father to save the world, these hence form the basis of the modern church, faith in Him. Although the Bible makes use of anthropomorphisms together with anthropopathetic language, these do not mean that God has eyes and ears. Otherwise, the Scripture would be considered inconsistent as Jesus states in the New Testament that God is Spirit.
God is spirit
This is one of the characteristic of God that makes Him acquire the trinity nature. The Spirit nature of God makes the first part of the trinity. Man cannot see Him eye-to-eye, even the prophets in the Old Testament who happened to be in communication with God only heard His voice or saw the signs of His presence. God's appearance to the great prophets in the Old Testament is significant since such events communicated his presence so that His people could recognize Him. Due to His spirit nature, He appeared in various forms that were not material in nature particularly in the Old Testament. For instance, Isaiah's experience of the vision of God in the temple was a way of communicating the truth to mankind as no man could see God then and still live. Man could not endure to see God. When Moses asks God to be shown His glory, He answers by giving His attributes and not the material manifestation of Himself
. At the same time, God says He cannot allow His face to be seen and Moses only sees his back, which gives him a slight idea of God's magnificence.
This nature of God can be further experienced in the New Testament, which indicates widely that even as the son of God became personified and among believers, only direct witnesses had a chance of seeing Him in the form of a servant. God is also considered to be above all limitations bearing His spiritual nature and He is the giver of law and above the law
.God is invisible as He is a spirit, which means that He has no bones as well as flesh making him intangible.
The spirit, being one of the attributes of God that supersedes the physical manifestation of the gods, is further portrayed in the attributes that He has in both the Old and the New Testament. His qualities as a judge, a shepherd, a potter and so on are immortalized in the spiritual forms and not mere physical forms. As a pure spirit, devoid of any physical substance, He cannot be tainted or associated with any person who is sinful. This nature of God goes beyond the physical gods that man every other time reverted to; hence the spiritual nature of God is used to elate God on a podium higher than any other tangible thing or gods.
God is a divine
The divinity of God is deeply rooted in His spiritual nature. The Christian doctrine talking about Jesus having two natures is termed as a hypostatic union. This notion involves the teaching that the word of God, which is divine, manifested itself in the form of flesh and lived among human kind as Jesus Christ. Jesus as one person is human as well as spirit as it is indicated that the spirit of God the father is in Him, hence He retains the divine nature even after assuming the physical nature as part of the trinity. The human nature of Jesus does not affect the divinity of the trinity aspect as indicated in the book of Malachi which states that God does not change
. Nonetheless, the blending of the two natures in one person called Jesus does not change God's nature. The hypostatic union demonstrates Jesus as one person with divine nature and human nature as there is no combination of the two natures.
Omnipresence of God
This is yet another attribute of God. Omni is a prefix derived from Latin which means 'all'. The omnipresence means existing everywhere which is an attribute of God. Indeed, most religions, regard God as omnipresent, but in Judaism and Christianity, this attribute is further used as an inalienable attribute of God that contributes to the wholeness and immanence of God. Though God is not physically engrossed in the fabric of creation, He is found everywhere at all times
. God's presence is unceasing in and to all His creation and is manifest in varied forms depending on the individual and the circumstances that prevail. Though God can at times be overtly manifest in some situations, He might not show His presence in other circumstances despite being present at all situations. The Bible, in the book of Psalms and Isaiah discloses that God can be present to an individual in a visible manner and that He is present in all situations of His creations at all times.
God happens to be everywhere at all times and that further solidifies God as a spirit in the consideration of the trinity. If all creations were to be removed, God would still be present and fully aware of the formless universe. God is obviously presented in each feature of the natural order of creation, in every place, time, and manner as stated in the book of Isaiah and Nahum.
God is in an exceptional way considerately present to each person who calls on His name, intercede on behalf of others, adore God, petition, and pray sincerely for forgiveness as evident in the book of Psalms. Supremely, He is considered present in a person who believes in Christ as a spirit.
The omniscience of God experiences evident paradoxes because of the human mind limitations just like God's omnipresence
. One of the paradoxes is significant like God's presence in hell, which considered a place for the wicked that have departed and suffer the limitless and unceasing anger of God as a result of their sin. Many believe that hell is considered a place that separates humanity from God in the book of Matthew, and, if that is the case then God cannot be in a place that is detached from Him.
Nevertheless, the wicked in hell face God's everlasting anger. The book of Revelation talks about the torment the wicked people experience in the presence of God. The notion that God has to be present in a location the wicked people are found is not real, this paradox can however be clarified by the information that God is present-because all things are filled with His (spiritual) presence in the book of Colossians and supports everything by the power of his word. All these happen although God is necessarily found everywhere to bless his people. This is similar to instances that God is sometimes detached from His children because of their sin although He is not far from the wicked people.
The omnipresence element associated with God needs to be a reminder that no person can hide from the face of God when one has sinned since His attribute in the trinity as a spirit allows Him to be present close to every person at all times. Every member of the Trinity has a defined reason for indwelling in a believer
Why the Father dwells in the Believers
Everything that believers possess is offered by the Father by the agency of His Son who is Jesus Christ. As an assurance to believers of the Father's everlasting provision, God who is considered the Father indwells in every believer. The Father, who is with the believers relentlessly to offer blessings beyond any comparison and above one's imagination, constantly pours out heavenly blessings to those considered to be His children, as well as bestowing gifts of grace. These blessings comprise of elements such as such salvation, doctrine, family, friends, physical needs, and promises. The Father dwells in believers to watch over as well as protect believers as demonstrated in the book of James. God the Father happens to be with all believers to assure people of His enduring love and care. As an affectionate Father, God is concerned about the believer's welfare and continues to demonstrate His love by guiding and leading the paths through their lives.
God the Father indwells the believers to guard one against the ways of the world and glorify Jesus Christ in the life of a believer. This is a prayer from Christ for all believers as Christ prayer is not to take out a believer from this world but to be protected by the Father while in this world as written in the book of John. Jesus' prayer was also to be glorified through the actions of the believer in that the believer would gladly share in…