The Trinity has been a long and never-ending debate among Christian groups; it is a debate concerning the nature of Jesus Christ and his relationship with God the father. It is a debate that has divided the Church throughout its lifetime, forming groups such as the Unitarians and those rejecting and challenging the teachings on the Trinity.
Because of this rift, there exist today several groups with opposing views about the Trinity, members of faith believing in the salvation and work of God through his son Jesus, members the now established Church of God has labeled as heretics. And although it divides us, a quick visit to one of these churches would make it difficult for us to tell whether the members of these churches disagree with what we as Trinitarians believed concerning the Trinity.
When the opportunity presents itself, you can find Christians fighting each other over the subject concerning the Triune nature of Jesus the Messiah, and as we go about disagreeing, we label each other as heretics. Overnight, a dare brother could become a cult leading to division and a lack of love toward one another. A sad affair among Christians. Rather than having open and loving discussions, we turn against each other, a weakness that distracts us from the mission to which we are called. Matthew 28:18-20:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
As Christians, we recognize the importance of educating ourselves concerning the Trinity that we might learn how it relates to us and the calling on our lives. We believe the foundation of our faith is settled on this matter, and because it is the foundation of our faith, it is important we learn its truth. It is so important; it often becomes a personal matter causing grave quarrels among brothers, leading me to ask the question, “why is it so important we understand the Trinity?”
It seems to be a huge issue among Christians. And I wonder, what would the outcome be if we were to uncover its mystery? Will it improve our lives and faith in God? I’m not sure, but seeing that it’s an important matter, I believe it is important we investigate what is being translated regarding the Trinity in scripture.
As a layperson on the subject, I believe there is no better place for us to begin our studies but with the book of Matthew. And the first question we’ll focus on as we venture into the debts of this mystery is the one regarding Jesus. We will focus our attention on the subject “Was Jesus God?” and the second question we’ll investigate is the one on how Jesus viewed himself.
However, before we begin, we will focus on a little research we put together that has confirmed the origin and development of the word Trinity. And we do this because it is important we unlock this human-created mystery with a focus to break down the walls of division found within the Christian Church with the hope we will open our minds to look at the evidence lovingly. Because, as a people, identifying ourselves with the risen savior we are called to be of one mind and thought. And for us to fulfill the scripture together, it is important we unite in this matter.
Proverbs 4:4-7 “Let your heart retain my words: keep my commandments and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.