The Trinity – Three Gods
The Bible teaches that there are three Gods – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In this study, I give the reasons why there are three distinct Gods instead of the accepted Christian view of one God manifested in three ways.
The Trinity is a controversial topic among Christianity
I want to challenge your thinking. The first thing I want you to consider is the Bible teaches there are three God’s: the Most High God, the Father; the God we call Jesus, the Son; and the God we call the Holy Spirit. I believe these are three co-eternal distinct separate Beings and each One has its own will. Each God could act independently of each other if they wanted to because when you have your own will, that means you are free to act as you might choose. By having three wills, how do three become one? How do three God’s become one God? Answer: Each God gives up 2/3 of Himself so when you add up the three 1/3’s, you have One. [1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 1.] Most Christians do not accept this. They believe that there is only one God and there are three manifestations of Him. Sometimes He looks like Jesus; sometimes He looks like the Holy Spirit and sometimes He looks like the Father but there is only really one God behind the curtain running everything.
So most Christians believe there are three manifestations of one God. Given that belief, when Jesus comes up out of the Jordan baptized by John the Baptist and there is a voice that comes from Heaven, it is really Jesus saying to Himself: This is My Son in Whom I am well pleased. And when Jesus says to the Pharisees: I have come not to do My own will but the will of the One who sent Me, He really is saying, I came to do what I wanted to do. In Revelation 5 when there is the great search throughout the universe to find someone worthy to receive the book sealed with seven seals, the Father finds Himself worthy and gives the book from His right hand to His left hand. That is what you end up with from this idea of three manifestations of one God when you don’t understand the nature of the Trinity; the nature of three God’s working together and they are one in purpose, plan and action. They are perfectly united, all working together. From a distance, they all look as one but, when we get into the details, we find they are three.
The idea I am trying to convey is that the Trinity is not three God’s being manifested from one Being. it is actually three different, separate, co-eternal, equal Deities that have come together, with each surrendering 2/3’s of themselves to each other. [More on this later.] This dynamic relationship they have amongst themselves is the definition of LOVE. This is why the Scriptures says “God is Love.” This love is not a ‘declaration’. Love is a ‘demonstration’!
When Christianity began to flourish after Jesus returned to Heaven, Christians were put on the horns of a dilemma. The dilemma goes something like this. The Jews believed that there was one God. Jehovah. The idea that Jehovah could have a son was preposterous because not only would that make someone Jehovah’s equal, it would mean that their whole theological concept of God was wrong. “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3) First commandment. Singular. Me. Me. Me. The fact that Jesus comes to Earth claiming to be the Son of God [the word ‘Jehovah’ is a title – it means Eternal God] and to think that there could be two of them, would be the total undoing of Judaism, which is a unique religion in that it is monotheistic. One God.
The Trinity view of God is tritheistic. Three Gods. Most Christians reject this. They want to stay in monotheism and the idea that you can have more than one God makes you polytheistic. The heathens were all around Israel; and the Roman’s – they had over eight hundred gods. They had a god for everything. The fact that Israel was monotheistic for fifteen hundred years, changing that would be the destruction of Judaism and the leaders of Israel. That is why, when Jesus came to Earth and declared Himself the Son of God, those were fighting words because He was tearing at the very foundation of Judaism. Read Deuteronomy Chapter 13, where God had said that if somebody rises up and is telling you about another god, stone him. Do away with him. That is why Saul was on the road to Damascus because of Deuteronomy 13. He believed he was doing God a service by killing those who were preaching polytheism.
Now, Christians are in a dilemma.
Are they going to be polytheistic like the rest of the world – having more than one God, or, should the Church be monotheistic? That argument went on and on and on for five hundred years. In fact, the Ostrogoths, Heruli and the Vandals [three of the ten horns on the beast in Daniel 7] are destroyed over this question! It is that crucial to the whole idea of God. The idea of three Gods is really getting far out there.
Like I have mentioned already; most Christians today reject this. They don’t believe in the Trinity. They believe that the Father can be the Son, and the Son can be the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit can be the Father depending on whatever the need might be on a case by case basis, so you have one God with three manifestations. So when Jesus cries out on the cross: ‘My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?’ Who is He talking to? Himself. When He is in the Garden of Gethsemane praying: ‘My Father, if possible let this cup pass from Me,’ who is He praying to? In the monotheistic world, Himself. There is only one God. What happens is that soon, in the New Testament, not much of it makes any sense when you follow the monotheistic pattern. The problem is that few new Christians have even looked into it.
Why am I telling you all of this? It is for this reason: Because most Christians reject the Trinity concept and believe the Monotheistic pattern, and when you tell them that Michael, the Archangel, is actually Jesus, it can’t work. It can’t come together. If you have the Monotheistic understanding of one God and three manifestations, then taking an angel and making an angel, God, it won’t fit because there is no manifestation where the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit becomes an angel. It won’t work. But, when you understand the there are three Gods, then we have to ask this question: [Let’s take Jesus for example] – When He is born of Mary He is given the name Jesus, but what is Jesus called before He is born of Mary? Who is He? We already know He is a member of the Deity. But who is He before He is born of Mary and called Jesus? He is Michael, the Archangel. I want to share a few things with you about ‘Jesus the Man’ before we look at Michael, the Archangel.’
I will draw a parallel for you to consider. Let’s look at Isaiah Chapter 53 starting with Verse 1: “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” [This is a prophecy about Jesus, the Son of God, given about 700 years before Jesus was born.]
Isa. 53:2 “He [Jesus] grew up before Him [the Father] like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” What did Jesus look like? Very homely. And, remember, He gets to decide what He is going to look like before He is born and He chose to look very homely. There is a reason for that and I’ll address that in a minute.
Isa. 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.
Isa. 53:4 “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.
Isa. 53:5 “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was put upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
I want to speak about the humility of Jesus for a moment; the side of Jesus when He is on Earth so you can understand something about when He was in Heaven.
The parallel is the same.
We know that Jesus created everything. The Scriptures are very clear on that. In Colossians 1 the Bible says: “Nothing exists except that which was created by Jesus.” Now the Father is the Commissioner. The Father is the grand Planner, but the creative Agent of the Godhead is Jesus. He is the Maker, He is the Engineer that makes it happen. The Father lays out the plan; Jesus carries it out. Everything Jesus makes belongs to the Father except what the Father chooses to give to Jesus. I want to make sure you understand this important detail.
When God [Jesus] created Adam [actually Michael. Since creation is 4,000 years before Jesus is born of Mary, I will call Him Jesus so there isn’t any confusion] Adam did not see Jesus create him. When Adam woke up, he looked around and everything was here already. All the animals, all the birds, all the grass, the trees, the flowers; everything was already here. Adam did not see Jesus create Eve. He put Adam to sleep when He created Eve. When Eve was created, he woke up, he looked at Eve and said “Whoa – Hello! I think I will break into song right here!” The creative work Jesus did was not observed by Adam and Eve.
No one on Earth saw the creative work of Jesus. What does that mean? It means humanity understands origin of life on Earth through faith. There are no eye witnesses. Nobody saw it. Now, let’s go back, way back, and I’m going to suggest that when Jesus created all the angels in Heaven [and Jesus is the Creator] none of them saw it. When they woke up, there was Heaven. Just like Adam and Eve; there was Earth. No one saw Jesus create them. No one saw any creative act so to believe that Jesus was Creator, took faith. The angels were created by faith – Adam and Eve were created by faith and even today, when a husband and wife conceives, the conception is not seen, but soon, faith becomes a reality.
And so it was. The evidence of things that are seen indicates that the basis of our faith is well founded. He commanded and it came to be. He spoke and it stood fast.
Let’s go back to Michael. . . There is Michael, the archangel and there is Jesus, the human being. The Bible says for Jesus, there was no external beauty found in Him. There was nothing about His appearance that we should desire Him. Isaiah 53:2 tells us that “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him.” What does that suggest to you about the attitude of Christ? Was He a humble guy? If you had your choice – would you look like what you look like? Bear with me for a moment. I believe Jesus takes a physical appearance because He gets to define His appearance. Jesus gets to determine, as Deity, what He will look like. I believe it is His desire and the Father’s desire and the will of the Holy Spirit [everyone is in agreement] that Jesus looks worse than any created being; physically, eternally and it is done willfully, and intentionally, that Jesus [Deity] lives in this appearance because God is more humble than any of His creation. Jesus is the Servant of His creation. To understand the exaltation of Jesus and the revelation of Jesus, you first have to understand the humility of Jesus; the humbleness of this Member of the Godhead. This means that His appearance on Earth – the Bible says He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him – there was nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. Jesus was one from whom men hid their faces and He was despised. This was deliberately and purposefully done so that He can identify with the lowest of humanity.
Now, let’s carry this idea to Michael, the archangel. The Creator makes everything more beautiful than Himself. All the beautiful angels never saw Him create them just as Adam and Eve never saw Him create them. The parallel – Heaven and Earth – is the same. I am sharing this because I want you to understand how Lucifer became jealous.
Lucifer is the most beautiful angel ever created.
He is the most highly exalted being ever made. He is given every talent, every gift, and every glory His Creator could give. Michael [God], the archangel, looks very plain and common compared with Lucifer, His created most talented and beautiful angel. Here is the problem. Michael, the plain angel, is the one that is worshiped. Lucifer is not.
Wherever Michael goes, the Father has issued an Eternal Command – you are to worship your Creator. The Father told the angels that Michael is their Creator, but, they didn’t see it. The declaration and the worship is a matter of faith. They didn’t see Him create anything. The world, the galaxies, nothing. Everything was there. However, Earth had not been created yet so It became a “faith” issue.
So alittle bit of jealousy began in Lucifer’s heart, even though he was really beautiful and had lots of bling he was covered with all of Heaven’s jewels! He was really something to look at. The greatest of ALL the created beings; and yet, the One that made him looked like a homeless angel. But Michael had something that Lucifer didn’t have and Lucifer coveted it. Worship. Exaltation.’ I want to be important,’ Lucifer said. ‘I really want to be as important as Michael. I’d like to walk around and have angels fall down and worship me when I come into their presence. That would suit me just fine.’ Scripture plainly says that ‘on account of your beauty, you become arrogant, lifted up, proud and then jealousy and sin were found in you.’ Lucifer wanted the one thing he couldn’t have. Worship. Lucifer began to doubt so that he could justify his jealousy. After all, Michael wasn’t anything to look at, and he was so beautiful, talented and exalted.
Consider the following story:
There are two angles: Michael, the homely angel and Lucifer, the exalted angel who has everything. The Father has declared an eternal gospel which says Worship the Creator. All the angels heard the declaration of the eternal gospel. It is simple. Only three words: Worship the Creator.
We know from our study of the three God’s that Jesus is a mirror of the Father. The Father lives in unapproachable light. The Bible teaches in several places that the Father is invisible and no one has ever seen Him. He is the invisible God.
We have Jesus in the form of man representing the Father and we have the archangel, Jesus, in the form of an angel, representing the Father. The Father does not mind at all sharing worship with Jesus because the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are identical triplets. Worshiping one, worshiping the other – that’s fine. They are all in this together. Jesus speaking: “You’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father. I am just living in this form to be among you and show you what God would do if He were walking in your shoes.”
So, this matter of believing that Jesus is the Creator then became a big problem for Lucifer because he wanted to get the worship that belonged to the Creator.
Here is how it started:
The Father sits in a glorious light on His throne. You can’t really see Him, only His form. He lives in unapproachable light.
Paul says “who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. (I Timothy 6:16.)
In Colossians 1:15 Paul says “He is the image of the invisible God. . .”
The words of Jesus in John 6:46 “No one has seen the Father except the One who is from God; only He [Jesus and the Holy Spirit], has seen the Father.” Through all eternity, you will never see the Father. You will see His brilliant light, you will see His glory, you will see the radiant form, but you will never see Him.
John says in I John 4:12, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.
In John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” What does John call Jesus? God, the One and Only.
You will never see the Father. The angels never saw the Father. No one saw the Father. Nobody can. The Father is just too far beyond in power, and glory, and in awesome majesty – He cannot be defined. That is why He cannot be seen.
The problem is this:
The Father had two covering cherubs stand beside Him on his throne. Michael, the archangel and Lucifer. Michael was Deity, Lucifer was the created. Lucifer is really glorious, really pretty, really talented, really magnificent, really everything; and Michael, not so much. Pretty homely, pretty plain; but yet, Michael gets worship, Lucifer doesn’t. That led to Lucifer thinking that he should be an equal. Jealously rises when a person begins to covet what someone else has. Covetousness began in Lucifer’s heart and then he began to go around in a little whisper campaign that went something like this: ‘Do you really think it is fair that one covering cherub should be worshipped and the other not? I mean, are they not equal? ‘Are they not both covering cherubs?’ And, some of the angels – they loved Lucifer. He was a great angel. He was intelligent, happy, he led the choir, He was a singer. He could sing better than any of them. He was a master musician. He is clever and he can write songs . The world is full of his music – yes, or no? All ten billion dollars worth a year! You know the source of it – Lucifer.
So Lucifer became jealous; he became very upset. He started leading the angels away. He didn’t come right out and say ‘I’m really jealous of Michael and I wish you guys would worship me like you worship Him. I just need that kind of adulation to feel good about myself. It would make me feel so good if you guys would just bow down and worship me now and then.’ Oh no. He is not stupid. He is the most intelligent being ever created. He has the highest I.Q. of all created beings in the Universe. His argument and his lies – his whole approach to getting what he wanted, was so clever that the Bible says 1/3 of the angels fell for it. The dumbest angel is brighter than the brightest man so that tells us something about what he did. And what he did was he led the angels into thinking that he should be exalted; that the eternal gospel should apply to him as well, because he was an equal. After a little while, he deceived himself thinking that he could do better than Michael, the archangel. ‘Look at all my gifts and talent. I will set my throne above the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:12-17)
What I want you to understand is that one day, when the rebellion in Heaven had reached a certain level of intensity, the Father called all the angels together. Lucifer was in his appointed place as a covering cherub by the throne and Michael was in His appointed place as the archangel. The Father confronts the angels; all ten billion of them gathered around, and He said: ‘Listen, I want you to notice on My right is Michael, the archangel. He. Is. Your. Creator.
The Father tells the angels that the Holy Spirit has told Him all about the rebellion, all about the discussions that’s been going on for years. The Father says, ‘I know everything about everything and I’m here to tell you today I want all of you, right now, to bow down and worship your Creator.’ You could have heard a pin drop in Heaven’s Court that day and Lucifer turned to the Father, said “I will not! I will not bow down and worship Michael! You are an unfair God. You tell us that you are a God of love but You aren’t. You tell us that we have the power of choice and the minute we exercise it you will put into motion the sudden Death Law and kill us. (Genesis 2:15-17) You’re not a God of love and besides, we have never seen Michael create a single thing. How do we know he is the Creator? We’ve not seen it.’ The Father says: ‘Bow down and worship the Creator. Now.’ Two thirds of the angels fell on their face. One third remained standing, defying a direct order. As fast as a bolt of lightning, Heaven opened up. Lucifer and one third of the angels were thrown out at the speed of light. (Luke 10:18)
The Father then said to the angels on their faces, ‘Behold your Creator. Stand up. Michael is your Creator. Your faith in Him has saved you. You are saved by faith. You obeyed the eternal gospel. Even though you have never seen Him Create, watch this.’ Jesus then went out and created the Earth in six days.
The angels were tested in their faith on the creative work of Michael before their faith became fact and they saw the creation of Earth. The reason this is so beautiful is because the same thing is going to happen again. The world is going to be challenged with the eternal gospel and all who put their faith in Jesus will be saved to see Him create a new Heaven and a new Earth.
What a parallel. What a God we serve!!