Apollos Paper Writing Template
Dec 31, 2012
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
In this paper I will briefly explain the biblical reasons that support some of the ideas seen in Article 1 of the ECFA Statement of Faith. Finally, I will explain how these findings have impacted me personally.
In this first article of faith we are learning how there is but one true God, who exists in three Persons of equality and unity. These three Persons are: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Throughout scripture we see many verses that confirm the idea of God being the one and only true God. To begin with the scripture Deuteronomy 6:4 states, Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one. This scripture reference makes clear to us the idea of monotheism, the idea of there being only one God. Then we see in the New Testament where Jesus states the same idea in Mark 12:29, Jesus answered, “The foremost is, HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD.” Finally, Deuteronomy 4:35 states that, “To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other beside Him.” Although these verses state that there is one true God they are not excluding the idea of the Trinity. The idea that God exists as three equally and united Persons is also confirmed by the scriptures in great detail. The verse that shows me the existence of all three Persons is Matthew 3:16-17, which reads, After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the havens said, “This is My beloved Son, in You I am welled pleased.” This is a vivid picture showing us all three persons do exist. Then in Matthew 28:19 the disciples are told; Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. This scripture confirms to us the importance of the Trinity and that they are working together in an equal role. To conclude these are just a few of the scripture references confirming to us of the validity of one true God and the idea of the Trinity.
Although the idea of one true God is easy for me to comprehend the idea of the Trinity can be a little harder to digest. In my research I have learned that scripture supports both ideas clearly. When I researched the Holy Spirit I was comforted by the truths the Bible teaches. I find comfort and peace in knowing that the Holy Spirit lives in me. This idea is confirmed to me when Jesus tells the disciples of the Holy Spirit in John14:16-17, I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever: that is the Spirit of the truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. Knowing that I have the Holy Spirit to help and guide me on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis makes life possible. Another
scripture I came across that brings comfort is, 1 Timothy 2:5, for there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Knowing that Jesus is speaking to God on my behalf brings me great comfort and joy. He knows what I need and intercedes to God on my behalf. Not only is Jesus interceding for me but so is the Holy Spirit, this is seen in Romans 8:26, which states, the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with the groaning too deep for words. To me this is awesome news, even when I am overwhelmed with things of this world and unable to pray clearly the Holy Spirit is interceding for me. All these verses bring me back to one of my favorite verses which I cling to often; I can do ALL things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. All in all, I find that the more I know of God’s character the more I can trust Him to guide and comfort me as I walk out this journey called life.
In studying scripture I now see that God’s Word confirms that He is for sure the one true God. His Word also clearly shows us that He exists as the Trinity states, as three Persons in one, those persons being the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I find peace in knowing that God is who He says He is and seeing this confirmed in His Word allows me to trust in Him even more.