Shlok fact, it was Tertullian who defined The Trinity

Shlok TomarMr. MenkisTheology 11/28/2017Trinity Paper The doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to the Christian faith and helps us realize that God exists as three distinct, consubstantial persons– the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In the early 3rd century, Father Tertullian defended the doctrine of trinity. In fact, it was Tertullian who defined The Trinity as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In many ways, this was a revolutionary step that laid the foundation of Christianity. The heart of the Trinity lies in the fact that although the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three discrete persons, they share the essence of one God who is the creator of heaven and earth, who is eternal, almighty and holy. In essence, the three persons are one God. They are co-equal, and deserve the same respect as God himself. At the same time, the three persons are distinct from one another in their relations of origin and in their relation with one another. It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten and the Holy Spirit who proceeds. The first person of the Trinity is God the Father. The Father is in his position and authority; supreme among the person of the Godhead as reinforced in the Bible. Quote “… yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live”(Corinthians 8:6) serves as a perfect example to reinforce the point that the Father is a supreme figure. The Father is the planner and he has created all that has occurred in the world.(Col. 1:12-13). Everything in heaven and earth, everything from creation to ultimate eternal life in heaven and hell is planned according to the purpose of the Father’s will. The Father is the giver of every good and perfect gift. He is always infinitely wise and good in his authority. The Father is worthy of the highest respect because he exhibits remarkable care, wisdom and goodness. Jesus, the Son is the second Person of the Trinity. He is eternal and a begotten of the Father. God, through the Father, sent Jesus Christ to reconcile mankind back to Himself again. This further reinforces the point that all three Persons of the Trinity serve a different purpose. Additionally, it is interesting to recognize that although the word “trinity” is not used in the Bible, there are several instances in the Bible where a reference to the Trinity is made. For instance, the quote, “…And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3). This says that Jesus Christ was sent down to Earth by God, the Father. This further reinforces the fact that Jesus was the Son, a distinct Person of the Trinity, who shared the essence of one universal God. As the gospel of John records: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The reference to “the word” is of great significance. This is because the quote conveys the idea that God had a specific purpose for the people of Earth. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ to help humanity realize its purpose and its true calling. The purpose that God had in mind for its people was to be kind, to be selfless, to be honest and to serve the needy.By the same token, the Holy Spirit, who is the third Person of the Trinity, also has a unique purpose and plays an active part in our lives. For example, we see in John 14:26 that Jesus says,”But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you,” God sent the Holy Spirit to forever carry forward Jesus’ teachings about goodwill and community. Another role that He plays in our lives is that of a teacher. In Corinthians 2:12, says “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” This quote tells us that the Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is present in ours lives to shower us with his blessings and knowledge of the world to help keep us on the right path.The third and last office of the Holy Spirit is to comfort and delight the souls of God’s people, and thus one of His names is the Comforter, and thus we have the phrase of “joy in the Holy Ghost.” (I Thess. 1:6) Additionally, the role of the Spirit has been greatly influenced by the Jesus, the Son. When Jesus died, we were left with opportunity to experience life through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides us through our bad and our good times, and encourages us to be faithful towards God and to lead life based on principles and teachings of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.In conclusion, it is also important to realize that the teachings of the Trinity play a very important role in our lives today.  The Trinity encourages us to serve our families and communities. It also teaches us to follow the path of goodwill and always remain faithful to the Almighty. The teachings of the Trinity can also be applied to various settings in our daily lives– school, work etc. as we constantly rely on God’s eternal wisdom and ask for his guidance through our journey of life. We use Jesus’ teachings to better understand God’s purpose because Jesus Christ brings God’s will and his words to us and it is our duty to value his judgement and to apply his principles to our daily lives.

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