In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the Trinity. Using Scripture and philosophy we will come to an understanding of the nature of the Holy Trinity.
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The doctrine on the Holy Trinity is never directly addressed in Scripture. Nowhere is the word Trinity found, nor is it used to indicate God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit together. Trinitas first appears in the works of Tertullian in the earliest years of the third century AD. But the Holy Trinity permeates all of Scripture, from the very beginning.
When you read Genesis 1 carefully, you will notice that the narrator always refers to God as God. The narrator never uses the pronoun “he.” But when God speaks, different pronouns are used. In 1:26, God says, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” And when addressing man in 1:29, God says, “See, I have given you…”
This indicates that God is both One and more-than-One, but how so? When Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, and carried the full weight of God’s authority, the Hebrews asked the same thing. It took the early Church centuries to combat the various heresies that challenged the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, but through those efforts we have the necessary language to help us understand this mystery better.
See, I have given you…
The Holy Trinity is primarily a unified God. There is only One. As One, God creates all things, and continues to be actively involved in all life. God’s Oneness is in His substance. The philosopher Aristotle defined substance as a thing that exists in itself and by itself. A substance cannot be changed by anything without becoming something completely different. A frog, like a human, has a heart, eyes, lungs, and intestines. But frogs and humans have very different DNA. Changing the DNA of a frog or a human would be considered a substantial change.
The substance of a thing, then, is considered to be its way of existing, or way of life. Without this substance, the thing would be dead.
God’s substance is existence. We know this because God creates — makes things from nothing. Only God can do this.
Let us make humankind in our image…
As we know from frogs and humans, the substance of a thing can look very different in individual cases. Frogs and humans are not uniform in skin tone, size, or certain abilities. The differences between the poison dart frog and the garden frog do not confuse the fact that both are still frogs. It is the same with humans. The numerous characteristic differences fou... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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