Trinity Part 4 Proof Texting

trin_symblOver the years I have become more and more skeptical about proof texting (and proof texters). Proof texting is simply using Bible verse to support ones claim. The actual act itself is fine when each verse has been properly understood within the proper context and applied correctly. The problem comes in when those who are fast and loose with the Bible verses using passages of Scripture to prove points they were never intended to prove.  In a sense my protest is something like a “throwing the baby out with the bath water”. I realize it but I have enjoyed reading Biblical text apart from the numbering system that creates the verses. It is a pleasure to read Jesus in total apart from the distractions of individualized points of doctrine. Having been brought up with proof texting I still find my self reading verses and appointing a statement of doctrine to it. Sometimes bad habits are hard to lose.

The reason I bring all this up is I am going to shamefully proof text the Trinity in a minute. My apologies in advance. I would encourage you to take the verse and read it in its context to see “whether these things are so.”

God is one “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.Deut. 6:4; 1 Sam. 2:2; 2 Kgs. 19:15; Is. 37:16; 44:8; Mk.12:28–34; 1 Cor. 8:4–6; 1 Tim. 2:5; Jas. 2:19.

The Father is God (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 8:6; 15:24; 2 Cor. 1:3; Eph. 4:6;
Phil. 4:20).

3. The Son is God now we are getting into some controversy. This proposition is rejected by monotheists for various reasons depending on the monotheistic system in question. However, this is a very fundamental teaching in Christianity.
The Son is called God (Jn. 1:1; 20:28; Acts 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Tit. 2:13;
Heb. 1:8).
The Son is given divine names (Jn. 1:1, 18; Acts 5:31; 1 Cor. 2:8; Jas.
2:1; Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13).
The Son has divine attributes.
Eternity (Jn. 1:2; 8:58; 17:5; Rev. 1:8, 17; 22:13).
Immutability (Heb. 1:11, 12; 13:8).
Omnipresence (Jn. 3:13; Mt. 18:20; 28:20).
Omniscience (Mt. 11:27; Jn. 2:23–25; 21:17; Rev. 2:23).
Omnipotence (Jn. 5:17; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 1:8; 11:17).
The Son does divine works.
Creation (Jn. 1:3, 10; Col. 1:16–17).
Salvation (Acts 4:12; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 5:9).
Judgment (Jn. 5:22; 2 Cor. 5:10; Mt. 25:31–32).

The Son is worshiped as God (Jn. 5:22–23; 20:28; 1 Cor. 1:2; Phil.
2:9–10; Heb. 1:6).

The Spirit is God.
The Spirit is called God (Acts 5:3–4; 2 Cor. 3:17).
The Spirit is given divine names (Mt. 12:28).
The Spirit has divine attributes (1 Cor. 2:13–14; Gal. 5:22; 1 Tim. 4:1;
Heb. 3:7; 9:14; 1 Jn. 5:6–7).
The Spirit does divine works (Jn. 6:33; 14:17, 26; 16:13; Acts 1:8; 2:17–18;
16:6; Rom. 8:26; 15:19; 1 Cor. 12:7–11).
The Spirit is worshiped as God (Mt. 12:32).

The Father, Son, and Spirit are distinct persons in relationship with one another.
The Son prays to the Father (Jn. 11:41–42; 17; Mt. 26:39 ff.).
The Father speaks to the Son (Jn. 12:27–28).
The Father, Son, and Spirit—all three—appear together, but are clearly
distinct from one another (Mt. 3:16–17).
The Father sends the Son and the Spirit, and the Son sends the Spirit (Jn.
3:17; 4:34; 5:30; 6:39; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7).
The Father and Son love one another (Jn. 3:35; 5:20; 10:17; 14:31;
15:9–10; 17:24).

 

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