The Divine Tri-Unity
Before the heavenly systems of planets, stars and suns swept through infinity in mighty curves and in their uniform relations, there was Elohim: He, the Eternal without beginning or ending, He who is above the whole course of time, He who in harmony beyond explanation possesses unity and life, God, the only true God, the absolute Spirit. (John 4:24 and 17:3 and Matt 28:19)
24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Three Divine Persons in essence, and yet one Supreme God, Elohim. At no time to be explained, yet the divine mystery of the trinity in unity allows itself to be represented to the human spiritual eye by a mathematical figure of the equilateral triangle.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Thus was man formed and created, a tripartite being, God FORMED a body of the uncursed earth, then breathed a spirit INTO this body of flesh, "..and man BECAME (created) a living SOUL" Genesis 2:7. Therefore man is a SOUL WITH A SPIRIT (Job 32:8) IN a body (1 Thes 5:23) Two parts spiritual and one part physical.
8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
God is Love (1John4:8);
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Love is the deepest element of God's being, the innermost fount out of which His nature eternally flows, the creative centre that begets all His working and ruling.
Augustine once said,"If God is love, then there must be IN Him a Lover, a Beloved and a Spirit of Love: for no love is conceivable without a Lover, and a Beloved" The concept of love itself involves a trinity: because:-
6 For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Also in Exodus 20:1-3 and Isaiah 45:5,6 we see God's choice of Israel for His love.
1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Only after a lapse of centuries, when faith in the unity of God could no longer be doubted in Israel, through their captivity in Babylon, God revealed in the Greek scriptures the PLURALITY in the unity (Heb 1:1,2)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
It is now revealed to us that the Word and God are one, but still two. The interpretation of the following verse from 1 John 1,2 is from the original where 'with' has been replaced correctly by 'towards'. The Word isn't just 'with' God but constantly 'towards God.
1 In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was toward theGod, and God was the Word.
which is confirmed in the Hebrew scriptures, in Isaiah 55:11:-
11 So shall My Word be that continually goeth forth OUT OF My mouth; it shall not RETURN unto Me void, but it shall accomplish THAT which I please , and it shall prosper whereto I sent it.
The Word that the first man disobeyed in the garden (Gen 3:11) and barred his return into God's presence after he was expelled (Genesis 3:24) now was sent (John1:14) to redeem fallen mankind and lead them back to the centre of God's presence, love and will. John 1:14;
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt (tabernacles) among us (Israel), and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Here a divine DUALITY reveals itself. On the day of Pentecost, a Hebrew festival, the Holy Spirit of God, not merely a force, but a divine Person revealed the PLURALITY of Elohim. A divine Tri-unity of Jehovah Elohim revealed to mankind and recorded through the Holy Spirit in the scriptures for later generations.
3 …… that man does not live on bread only, but on every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of Jehovah does man continually live….
In the Greek scriptures this tri-unity stands out for the first time at the baptism of Jesus spoken of in Matthew 3 :16,17;
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
and then in the disciples commission and command to baptise in Matthew 28 :19.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Also there are many "trinitarian" passages too. 1 Cor. 12 :4-6, 2 Cor. 13 : 14, Eph 2 : 18 -22, 2 Thess 2 : 13,14, Hebrews 9 :14 and 1 Peter 1 :2.
4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
back unto Himself in His new world. (Rev. 21 and 22).
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.