By admin in : Discipleship // Aug 31 2010
Many skeptics of the Trinitarian view of God, claim that there is no mention of this in the Old Testament. The Trinitarian view of God held by Biblical Christianity is that there is One True God, and He exists eternally in three persons and yet is still the same God.
While reading Genesis and the Creation Account for the umpteenth time, something struck me as interesting. Something that I had missed many times before, now leaped off the pages at me. The Holy Spirit was trying to teach me something. Notice the following account of the Creation in Genesis 1. Note that the Scripture will be in Bold Black and the commentary will be various colors. All Scripture in this lesson comes from the New American Standard Bible.
GENESIS CHAPTER 1 – The Creation (NASB)
1. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
God created the heaven’s and the earth. No clues here.
2. “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the deep. This reveals to us God’s Holy Spirit was active from the beginning. He was there and a part of the working of creation.
3. “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”
God spoke and it happened. He accomplished His creation by His Word, Jesus (John 1:1).
4. “God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.”
When I read this I wondered why Moses did not simply use a pronoun for God, like, ‘and He separated the light from the darkness.’ Was it because there were two different Person’s of the Trinity that did this? One that Saw the Light was Good and One that separated it from darkness? Or was it just that Moses did not use pronouns for God in the Creation account?
5. “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”
Well, we know now that Moses does use pronouns for God. In this verse it seems to be the same person of the Trinity naming the light day, and the darkness night.
6. “Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
Notice that this verse is simply God issuing a two-part Creation Decree, “Let there be an expanse…and let it separate…”
7. “God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.”
Now here is the interesting part…This verse starts off with, “God made the expanse, and separated the waters… ” Now ask yourself, to whom was God speaking in the previous verse? If there is no Trinity, why would God speak the dual decree in verse 6 and then make it Himself in verse 7?
8. “God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”
This verse may not seem to be much at first, but I believe that this verse finally reveals that there are Three Distinct Persons – The Trinity – in One God. See if you follow me: Verse 6 – God the Father spoke the Decree. Verse 7 – God the Son created the expanse and separated the waters from the waters. Verse 8 – God the Holy Spirit named the expanse…not a statement of fact, just an idea.
9. “Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.”
Now this verse seems to be similar to verse three where God spoke and we then simply read, “and there was light.” Here it simply ends with, “and it was so.” This reveals to us that God the Son is The Word of God. This is what the Gospel of John starts off with, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
10. “God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. ”
Here again, we have the pronoun hint. The first part of the verse states that, “God called the dry land earth, and…He called seas.” This part shows that the same Person of the Trinity named both. The last part of the verse ends with this, “And God saw that it was good.” There was a different Person of the Trinity stating that, “it was good.”
11. “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so.”
Here again, we see where God spoke and we then simply read, “and it was so.”
12. “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.”
This verse elaborates on how, ‘it was so.” Again, it concludes with the phrase that , “and God saw that it was good.”
13. “There was evening and there was morning, a third day.”
14. “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”
15. “and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.”
Here again, we see where God spoke and we then simply read, “and it was so.”
16. “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.”
Again we see that God issued a Creation Decree, and the following verse sows that, “God made…He made the stars also.” This tells us how it was so again.
17. “God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,”
This verse again seems to point to the Third Person, The Holy Spirit, and His work in the Creation. Verse 14 & 15 – God the Father spoke the Creation Decree, Verse 16 – God the Word/Son made what had been decreed by the Father, Verse 17 & 18, God the Holy Spirit placed them where the needed to be according to God’s purpose.
18. “and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.”
Familiar ending, “and God saw that it was good.”
19. “There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.”
20. “Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”
“God said…” Decree to create by the Father
21. “God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.”
“God created…” The work of Creation by God the Word/Son. “and God saw that it was good.”
22. “God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
This was God’s first blessing. Interestingly, it was on the birds and ocean critters. Hmmm.
23. “There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.”
24. “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.”
Here again, “God said…” Decree and then we see, “and it was so.” His Word carried out the Creation.
25. “God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.”
Here we saw how His Decree was carried out, and that again, “and God saw that it was good.”
26. “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
*** This is the first time in all of creation, that the Trinity has worked completely together simultaneously on one creation – man. Notice this verse, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” This means that we were the first Creation to be modeled after all Three Person’s of the Trinity. We were made in the image of God. I take this to mean that we were the first creation to have mind, body and soul. Some would refer to the trinity of the human composition as body, spirit, and soul, where the mind/spirit is what makes us who we are-our thoughts, personality, etc.
27. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
V. 26 – God Spoke – V. 27 – God Created
28. “God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Here again we see that a pronoun is not used. “God blessed them…” and then, “and God said to them.”
29. “Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;”
30. “and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.”
31. “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”
Evidence of the Trinity has been there from the beginning. Many just choose to ignore it, and the deity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.