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Trinity or One? Who is God?

A friend of ours recently asked me to explain to them the Trinity from a Messianic viewpoint…

Here’s a bit of explanation from the Scriptures:

The most important commandment in Judaism is the Shema.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.”-Deuteronomy 6:4

Yeshua stated this is the most important commandment also.

“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him. “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’”-Mark 12:28-34

Many people in Judaism misunderstand Christians, because they think the Trinity is a “godhead” of 3 gods in 1, rather than one God, period.

The truth of the matter is that God, יהוה‎, is one God alone who can and has manifested himself in different ways to his creation.

After all, his ways ARE higher than our ways…

One way he has manifested himself is through the Holy Spirit… it is him…

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”-John 4:24

-Notice the text says, God is SPIRIT-

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.”-John 15:26

God also manifests himself in the body of Messiah Yeshua…it is him…

“For in him(Yeshua), bodily, lives the fullness of all that God is.”-Colossians 2:9

“He(Yeshua) is the visible image of the invisible God. He is supreme over all creation, 16 because in connection with him were created all things — in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, lordships, rulers or authorities — they have all been created through him and for him.”-Colossians 1:15-16

-Notice the text says God is MESSIAH.-

Messiah is the visible image of the invisible God. It also says Messiah created all things. That verse gives more detail to why the creation account in Genesis 1:1 states “In the beginning God(אֱלֹהִ֑ים) created the heavens and the earth.”

In Hebrew, the words here for God is “Elohim/אֱלֹהִ֑ים”. This is a plural Hebrew word. It describes one God in plurality.

In addition, this New Testament verse also connects this idea-.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.”-John 1:1-3

“The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”-John 1:14

And one last thing to note, as we try to grasp the Infinite Creator God with our finite human minds…

The prophecy made in Isaiah 9:6 helps us to understand the different manifestations of God and specifically mentions God as the Father, Son, and Counselor(Spirit)…

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.“

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