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The Trinity (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The number three is the first geometrical figure. Two straight lines cannot possibly enclose any space. It takes at least three lines to enclose a space and form a solid figure. Therefore, the number three serves as a scriptural symbol of totality. 


The totality of God is found within the three persons of the Godhead. Three times the mighty Seraphim cry in praise of the triune God, “Holy, Holy, Holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8). They cry out in praise once for the Father, once for the Son and once for the Holy Spirit.


Many object to the doctrine of the Trinity. They normally do so for two reasons. The first is easily refuted. Many say that this doctrine is not supported in Scripture. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. For instance, consider the following prooftexts: Genesis 1:26; 3:22; 11:7; Isaiah 6:3, 8; 9:6; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19; John 1:1; 8:58; 10:30; 14:9; 20:28; Acts 5:3-4; 20:28; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 13:14; Ephesians 2:18; Colossians 1:16-17; 2:9; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 9:14; 1 Peter 1:21-22; 1 John 5:7. 


The other objection to this biblically sound and scripturally substantiated doctrine is made on the dubious grounds of human reason. Take for example the words of Abigal Adams, the wife of our country’s second president: “There is not any reasoning which can convince me, contrary to my Senses, that Three, is one, and one is three…The first commandment forbids the worship of but one God.” Like America’s second First lady, many today object to the biblical doctrine of the Trinity simply because it is offensive to their “senses” or reasoning.


Far from being upset by a God that I cannot understand, I would be upset if I had a God that I could understand. If my God was no bigger than my understanding, then my God would be no bigger than me. If God was no bigger than me, we’d all be in a lot of trouble. 


I for one am grateful that I worship a triune and infinite God who is far beyond the finite understanding of my fallible mind! How about you?

Don Walton