The doctrine of the trinity

What is the trinity? Few people ever stop to ask whether or not the term trinity appears in the Bible. In traditional Christianity, the trinity refers to the concept that God is three beings in one. The Bible, however, never mentions the word trinity. The Bible speaks about the father, the son, and the holy spirit, but never refers to them as a single entity or unit. In fact, 1 Jn 5:7-8 says, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement,” (NIV). These three may be united, but they are not a single entity.

The doctrine of the trinity states that the father, son, and holy spirit are a single unit or entity. Now, it could be argued that they appeared as a single entity at the time of the first coming when both the father and the holy spirit dwelt within the body of the son, Jesus Christ; however, in the spiritual world, these three exist as three separate entities. They are individual beings with distinct spiritual bodies.

Let us now examine whether or not, according to scripture, these three have distinct spiritual bodies. Prior to the first coming of Christ, God and Jesus were two different entities. When Christ came, he said the father was greater than him (Jn 14:28), and he prayed to God (Mt 26:39). God spoke to Jesus on the mountain of transfiguration (Mt 17:5), the holy spirit descended on Jesus at his baptism (Mt 3:16; Jn 1:32), and while Stephen, the first martyr, was being stoned to death he said he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God (Acts 7:56). The Bible also explains how Apostle John saw the Lamb standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. In his vision, John watched as the Lamb approached and took a scroll from the hand of God who was seated on the throne (Rv 5:6-7). These examples make it clear that the father and son have separate spiritual bodies in the spiritual world.

The traditional concept of the trinity does apply for the time of the first coming when God the father and the holy spirit dwelt within the physical body of Jesus, the son. After the ascension of Jesus, however, all three again exist as separate beings in the spiritual world. At the time of Revelation’s fulfillment, when Christ returns according to his promises, God, Jesus, and the holy spirit are all spiritual beings. Each one must be considered holy. There is nothing to suggest they should be considered a single entity at that time. When the prophecies of the New Testament are fulfilled, the name of God, the name of the city of God, and the new name of Jesus are written on the one who overcomes (Rv 3:12). The names of God and Jesus are also written on the foreheads of those who belong to the new 12 tribes (Rv 14:1; Rv 22:4). The Bible does mention ‘holy spirits’ and ‘evil spirits’, but it never mentions a trinity. God’s holy spirit, is a single entity, not a tripartite being. Believers should base their faith on the Bible, and believe the testimony that is given according to the Bible.

Even as the first heaven and earth pass away (Mt 24:29; Rv 6; Rv 21:1), and though the grass withers, and flowers fall, God and his word stand forever (Is 40:7-8). Testimonies regarding the truth of God’s word and the correct understanding of the Bible will also stand forever. This is the teaching of Shinchonji. Shinchonji members are not seeking worldly power or authority; our only desire is to know the one true God, and his son Jesus Christ, to whom we are eternally grateful. How could anyone forget how he was crucified on our behalf to fulfill the will of God? The gift of love we have received from God and from Jesus is so magnificent. What a great debt we have to repay! We should always remember that incredible love. We should hold it in our hearts and respond with unending thanksgiving. This is the kind of attitude we should have before God and his son Jesus.