The TRINITY Doctrine
We have received emails requesting we share our understanding of this crucial topic, so we decided to put together this study for the benefit of our readers. This study is very detailed, so it will require your patience and time.
Notice: Although the Seventh Day Adventist church believes in what many describe as the Trinity, and that Jesus is God, and that the Holy Spirit is also God, some individual Adventists have been convinced through their own research that either or all of these beliefs are incorrect. For this reason, sometimes you will find us quote from the writings of Ellen. G. White, because this article is also aimed towards them. However, our position will be backed up only by scripture, and when we do quote her, we will let the reader know that this is specifically for our Adventist brethren. Before quoting her, however, scripture will first prove the point being made. This article is targeted towards people of every faith, that all may see the truth regarding the Trinity as it is revealed in the Holy Bible.
Yet, we also believe that we do not have the full understanding of the heavenly Godhead, or specifically of the Holy Spirit, nor can we as humans fully comprehend this mystery. We only have what the scriptures reveal, that's it. Although Ellen G. White said man can not explain the nature of the Holy Spirit (Acts of the Apostles, page 52, para. 1, (1911)), she also said that we are in danger of not moving forward with new light on any subject (Gospel Workers, page 310). Paul tells us the following in Romans chapter 1:
(20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
So although the Godhead can not fully and completely be understood, enough has been revealed to us to make a conscience decision on the Godhead and its heavenly members.
This article will include the following sections:
(2) What the Godhead means
(3) There are three that bear record in heaven
(4) Is the Holy Spirit God?
(5) Who is Melchisedec?
(6) Three separate beings, yet one in unity
(7) Is the comforter Jesus himself?
(8) Isn't the Holy Spirit an "it?"
(9) Is Jesus Christ God the Father?
(10) Did Jesus have a beginning? Is he divine?
(11) Proverbs 8
Because our article is lenghty, each section is divided into it's own seperate page.
We've been told that the trinity is pagan and that it should not be used to refer to the Godhead at all. While we have seen that this term "trinity" is indeed connected with paganism in history, we believe that the concept of their being three that bear record in heaven is nevertheless found in scripture, thus revealing a trinity, or three. The word "trinity" simply means "three united." Therefore if the bible reveals three beings which are united, then we have a trinity. It's that simple. We plead with our friends and Adventist brethren who disagree with us to take a close look at the evidence provided here before making any decisions:
(13) He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
Is Jesus Christ divine? Is the Holy Spirit divine? Are there three beings in heaven? One? Two? Did Jesus have a beginning? Was he created? Is the Holy Spirit simply a breath, or active force? Who is the comforter of John 17? What about those verses which people claim had been added to scripture? Click on each link above to find answers to these questions.
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