– Sam Storms
5 facts some people don’t understand about the Trinity
According to Sam Storms, God created us so that the joy He has in Himself might be ours. As Paul writes, love is not self-seeking, boastful, unkind, or uncompassionate. This is a very powerful exposition of the reality of the Trinity. This is a great insight into the nature of the Godhead. It operates fully on love.
Still, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Trinity. It’s very easy to forget certain truths or overlook certain aspects of the Trinity. Here are five facts some people don’t understand about the Trinity:
Fact #1: Jesus helped create the universe
One common misconception about Jesus Christ is that Jesus is the aspect of God that came to earth to save humanity. While this is true, it is also true that Jesus has been with the Father since the beginning. In fact, Jesus Himself said that He was with the Father since the beginning.
In the first chapter of John, the Bible teaches us that since Jesus is the word made flesh, the world was created through Jesus because the world was created through the word and by the word. Many Christians focus so much on the role of Jesus as the savior that they often lose sight of Jesus as the creator.
Fact #2: The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters in the beginning
One of the most powerful Old Testament proofs of the Trinity is the verse in Genesis that mentions that spirit of God hovering over the waters. This is proof of the Holy Spirit in the book of Genesis. A lot of people that do not believe in the Trinity focus on a section of Deuteronomy that says God is one. However, when you look at the complete text of the Old Testament as well as how the Holy Spirit is described in the New Testament, you’re only led to one conclusion which is that the Holy Spirit is God.
Fact #3: God the Father sent Jesus because he already loved us
One of the most famous texts in the Bible is John 3:16 that says that God so love the world that He gave us His only begotten Son so that whoever so believe in Jesus Christ would be saved and not perished. Some people are still unclear regarding God’s motivation. Jesus didn’t come to Earth so God can love us. It’s the other way around, God sent Jesus because he loved us so much as to sacrifice his only Son. He already loved us.
Fact #4: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit
One of the most stirring scenes of the New Testament was when Jesus told His disciples that He is going to go; He’s going to leave them. Of course, considering the time the disciples have spent with Jesus a lot of them were heartbroken. They wanted Jesus to stay. However, Jesus said that He had to go because if He didn’t go, the Holy Spirit would not come. In other words, Jesus was sending the Holy Spirit to take His place.
This is one aspect of the Godhead that some people are quite unclear about. But the Holy Spirit’s role in the Godhead is a key part of the Trinity because in our current life, after Jesus had come back to heaven, we need the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation. We need the Holy Spirit to develop a real relationship with God. In other words, we need the Holy Spirit to live a real Christian life. That’s how important the Holy Spirit is. In fact, Jesus described the Holy Spirit as our comforter. And just as God the Father sent Jesus and Jesus consented to be sent, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to come after Him.
Fact #5: Jesus retained His human form when He went back to heaven
A close reading of the book of Revelation leads to the conclusion that when Jesus went back to heaven after being resurrected, He went back in His human form. In other words, he didn’t come back and revert to His spirit form. God the Father is in spirit form but Jesus retained His human form.
In the book of Revelation, the mentions of Jesus in the form of the lamb always emphasizes that the lamb was slain. When John the Apostle was in vision, he was seeing Jesus in the form of the lamb and the lamb was slain. The lamb was alive, but it showed the wounds of having been slain. That shows that Jesus’ form in heaven is that of His slain human body.