Is the Trinity found in the Bible?
Quick Answer: Is the Trinity found in the Bible? While the term “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, Scripture is clear about the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three coequal persons in one Godhead. As human beings with finite understanding, we can believe in the Trinity without fully comprehending it.
Diving Deeper: The term Trinity does not appear in the Bible. This is partly the reason why the early church took so long to codify the concept in the way that we understand it today. However, the Bible is clear about the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three coequal persons in one Godhead.
In the Old Testament, we see God is a plurality of persons. In Genesis 1:26, for example, God says “Let Us make mankind in Our image.” The plural forms used in this text lend evidence to the idea of the Trinity.
We find further clarity for the Trinity in the New Testament. For example, Jesus’s prayer to His Father in John 17 serves as good evidence. Jesus, who is God (John 1:1), speaks to His Father who is also God (John 20:17). In John 17, Jesus claims that He and His Father are one (John 17:21). We also see the One whom Jesus describes as the Helper or Counselor (John 16:7) being described as the Spirit of Christ by the Apostle Paul (Galatians 4:6).
While Scripture does not overtly claim that God is a Trinity, there is plentiful evidence for the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three coequal persons in one Godhead. And when we believe in Jesus, we are indwelt by the entire Trinity: “we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23).
Let’s Make It a Conversation!
1. How have you heard the Trinity explained? Did it make sense? Why or why not?
2. React to this statement: The entire Trinity dwells within you.
3. How might this truth impact someone who struggles with loneliness?