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The believer’s life as a reflection of the Trinity

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The believer’s life as a reflection of the Trinity

Family-in-unity

Since God is the unique Family-in-unity, so believers are encouraged by the Lord Jesus and by the Apostles to reflect the Divine Family in believing fellowship, as the Lord Jesus taught plainly when He washed the feet of His disciples: ‘If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.’ (John 13:14–15).

Speaking the truth in love

The main characteristic of the Triune Family is speaking the truth in love. This encourages sympathy among Christians as they reflect the Divine Family. The Apostle Paul wrote from a sense of the Triune Family in the Epistle to the Galatians, speaking often of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:13-14; 4:6; 5:5-6, 22-24). In the Epistle to the Romans he used a threefold, Trinitarian outline to show the plan of salvation.

The doctrine of the Trinity as a foundation for personal relationships

It is true that the term ‘Trinity’ is not found in the Bible. It was first used by Tertullian in the end of the second century, and received broad approval in the 4th and 5th centuries. Three statements are fundamental to the historic doctrine of the Trinity:

1. There is but one God;

2. The Father, the Son and the Spirit is each fully and eternally God;

3. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit is each a distinct Person.

Nowhere does the Bible openly teach this combination of statements. It may, however, be claimed that the doctrine of the Trinity is a proper explanation of the biblical testimony of God in the light of the ministry, death, resurrection and exaltation of the Lord Jesus. Trinity means that within the being and activity of the one God there are three separate Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The ‘Trinitarian formula’ is expressed in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19) and in the benediction of 2 Cor. ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.’ (2 Cor. 13:14).

The threefold expression of grace, love, and communion

The Apostle Paul not only invoked the fullness of God’s provision on behalf of the Corinthian believers, but also in passing, brought one of the clearest expositions in the New Testament on the doctrine of the Trinity. The deity of the Son, Father, and Holy Spirit are confirmed by presenting their relation one to another. The characteristic personality of each is shown by the independent activity indicated in the threefold expression of grace, love, and communion.

No self-centeredness

At the end of his Epistle, the Apostle Paul identified the answer to many of the Corinthians’ troubles. The Holy Spirit, who dwelled in each of them, should give them power to live righteously. In addition the Spirit should reconcile them to each other. They should love and encourage each other instead of combating one against each other (1 Cor. 12:20). They needed God’s grace, not self-centeredness; God’s love, not antagonisms; and communion, not disagreements.

Dr. Czeslaw Bassara ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; www.proword.eu)

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