Just because you can’t find the word “trinity” in the Bible doesn’t mean that the Trinity doesn’t exist. Just because you can’t fully comprehend the Trinity doesn’t mean that there isn’t one. Can you comprehend fully, “Christ in you?” Of course you can’t. That’s why Paul calls that a “mystery,” in Col. 1:27. Can you comprehend that you are a member of Christ’s body, “of his flesh and of his bones?” Of course you can’t. That’s why Paul calls that a “mystery,” in Eph. 5:30-32. Likewise, the Trinity is a mystery, but it is well established in the Bible and in type.
There are two excellent examples of the Trinity in the universe that help you to understand this doctrine. First, there is the Sun. The sun has three types of rays and yet there is only one sun. There are light rays, heat rays and actinic rays. You can see light rays but you can’t feel them. They picture Jesus Christ, the light of the world. You can feel heat rays but you can’t see them. They picture the Holy Spirit whom you can feel but you can’t see. You can’t see or feel actinic rays. They picture God the Father, whom you can neither see nor feel. There are three different kinds of rays but one sun, and all three are working simultaneously.
Second, there is water, otherwise known as H2O. The triple point of water occurs at a specific temperature and pressure where ice, water and vapor occur simultaneously. That is, H2O becomes three different things all at once. There is a solid, a liquid and a vapor and yet each of the different substances is still H2O. Just like there is one God but three different persons all at the same time.
In the Bible, we find clear references to the Trinity. The clearest verse in the entire Bible on the Trinity is 1 Jn. 5:7. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” Of course, you won’t find this verse in most modern bibles. Is it any wonder then that our modern generation is having such a hard time believing this doctrine?
The next place to look for the Trinity is in the name of God. Jesus told his disciples to baptize “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” (Matt. 28:19). So, in the Bible we should be able to locate one name by which all three persons are called. That name is the Lord. In Eze. 20:5, 19, 26, 38, 42, and 44, we find that the name of God the Father is the Lord. In Phil. 2:11 and 1 Cor. 12:13, we find that the name of Jesus Christ is the Lord. And in 2 Cor. 3:17, we find that the name of the Holy Spirit is the Lord. So, when Cornelius and his household were baptized in the name of the Lord (Acts 10:48), the command of Jesus Christ in Matt. 28:19 was fulfilled.
As a matter of fact, in Acts 5:3-4, when Ananias lied to the Holy Ghost, he lied to God. That’s because the Holy Spirit is God. When Jesus was here on the earth, “God was manifest in the flesh,” (1 Tim. 3:16). That’s because Jesus is God. When a person admits that Jesus Christ is the Saviour, but refuses to believe that He is God, that person contradicts the Bible. God said, in Is. 43:11, “I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.” Therefore, Jesus can’t be the Saviour unless he is also God.
So you see that the Bible is clear on this point. There are many other references to the Trinity, but these should suffice to point you in the right direction as you proceed with your own study.
Hope this helps,
Pastor Bevans Welder