The Trinity is an incredibly important part of Christian doctrine. In fact, many theologians and pastors claim that, without the Trinity, it’s not really a true Christianity. Of course, that’s where much debate comes in but for most evangelical Christians they would readily accept that. Historically speaking, the Trinity has been one of the most scrutinized and confusing doctrines from Christianity. Even within Christendom there is much debate and bad material that someone could delve into; from people using Bible passages out of context, to coming up with terrible analogies to try and exposit it to another person—bad teaching has surrounded the trinity! However, despite what some may think, the doctrine of the Trinity is very much in the Bible. Here are the top 7 Bible verses about the trinity.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19 NASB
Here the Holy Spirit is directly mentioned. The issue many people have with it is determining what, exactly (or who) the Holy Spirit is. Some believe it (him) to be indistinguishable while other hold fast to a distinct personality. Regardless, the trinity (Father, son, and Holy Spirit) is shown right here!
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NASB
Although this is within the context of Spiritual gifts, it nonetheless shows the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit imparts gifts to us for the edification of the church—the building up of the saints! Our gifts are not be used for ourselves, but for the encouragement of others in the church body. Yet, at the same time, the Father and Son are at work giving us ministries in which to use our gifts and it is God who sets all of it in motion!
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 NASB
Once again, direct mention of the Holy Spirit is mentioned. Since this has been multiple times now, it should make every faithful reader of the Scriptures realize just how important the Holy Spirit is. However, perhaps even more importantly, the trinity is shown!
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2 KJV
Many scholars say that the Hebrew word used for God in this passage is “Elohim,” which is plural in form. Although this is not a direct argument for the trinity, many pastors and theologians suggest it allows for the concept of the trinity because of the plurality. It is not, however, teaching any form of Polytheism as that would directly contradict other parts of the Scripture!
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be …” 1 Peter 1:1-2 NIV
Here, even Peter makes mention of all three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.” Romans 14:17-18 NIV
The Trinity is often shown working in tandem for our salvation and sanctification!
“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.” Isaiah 44:6
Without a doubt, the Trinity can be a difficult doctrine to comprehend. After all, how can all three of them be God at the same time? That’s a reasonable questions and one that definitely deserves to be looked into (I will provide some direction in the closing paragraph). I included this passage to remind everyone that the Bible explicitly teaches there is only one God, yet it also teaches there is a Trinity. Since the Bible does not contradict itself, there must be more explanation!
To learn more about the Trinity, I’d encourage you to check out websites like Matt Slick’s Carm.org. There is a wealth of apologetic material that will help you grasp the teaching of the trinity. Along with that, look up any articles on the Trinity by Norman Geisler, a leading Philosopher and Theologian throughout the last century! The Bible verses and information I gave are really just starting points and should not, in any way, be taken as doctrine and exhaustive materials. Do your own research and search the Scriptures!