It is impossible to truly know and love God without first understanding who and what He is, and who and what He is not. We cannot carry out His good, pleasing and perfect will unless our view of Him is based solidly on Scripture.
God’s characteristics are made clear throughout the Bible: Among many other things, He is Creator, Judge and Savior. He is omnipotent, omniscient (Romans 16:27) and omnipresent (Psalm 139:8). He is just and merciful (Deuteronomy 4:31), and slow to anger (Numbers 14:18). Everything about Him is holy, true and eternal.
We must also understand His nature. This includes the Trinity, the Godhead three-in-one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each exists as a separate person, but each is also wholly God; neither is less or more than the other.
Knowing God’s true nature not only significantly increases our reverence for Him, it greatly decreases our dependence on our own power and strength. The better we understand Who He really is, the easier it is to trust and rely upon Him.
by Randy Alcorn
In his book Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves writes, “The Trinity is the governing center of all Christian belief, the truth that shapes and beautifies all others. The Trinity is the cockpit of all Christian thinking.”
As such, it’s a doctrine well worth contemplating, even if we can’t fully understand it. (It’s very possible to say “huh?” to the mysterious mathematics of the Trinity, yet appreciate its inexplicable wonders!)
In this video, EPM’s Julia Stager does a great job talking about some trinitarian heresies, including modalism, partialism and subordinationism, and also explains what the Bible actually affirms about the Trinity. Here’s a lot of good theology in 3.5 minutes. (watch video)
by J. Warner Wallace
I recently received an email question from a listener who wrote: “I have studied quite a few different translations of the bible and have full faith in what it says. I also believe that Jesus is my savior, and do my best to live by what He taught. However, I am not a Christian according to many religious leaders, because I do not believe in the doctrine regarding the trinity. I have read nothing in the Word that supports this idea, in fact Jesus proclaims many time that He is less than the Father. My question is simply this, how can I be judged based on my faith in Jesus and following what he taught, and be told that I am not Christian because I won’t accept what I believe is a man-made theory?” (read more)
by Kim Riddlebarger
“God is in control.” These words can be a wonderful comfort to people struggling with common phobias, natural fears, or even deep-seated terrors. The reminder that God is in control often brings great relief.
But there are times when the words “God is in control” might make matters worse. A terrified Christian may have already wrestled with the fact that God is sovereign, and come to the misguided conclusion that God is punishing him, or worse, that God has abandoned him. (read more)
Some people view God in the Old Testament as harsh and vengeful, and in the New Testament as patient and loving. Skeptics conclude this perceived inconsistency to be proof that the Bible is not what it claims; not divine and of plainly fallible construction.
The idea that two different Gods are being portrayed is in error. Such perception likely stems from failing to observe God's love in the Old Testament, or not seeing his judgment in the New. (read more)
by Arthur Pink
It is scarcely surprising that far less has been written upon the justice of God—than upon some of the other Divine perfections. We are accustomed to turn our thoughts unto those objects and subjects which afford us the most pleasure, and to avoid those which render us uneasy. But no servant of the Lord should be guilty of pandering to this tendency. Rather must he endeavor with all his might to declare "all the counsel of God" and to portray the Divine character just as it is set forth in Holy Writ. He must not conceal a single feature thereof, no matter how awe-inspiring it is, or how repellent to the fallen creature.
It is impossible for us to entertain right conceptions of God, unless we have before us a full-orbed sight of His varied excellencies. To view Him only as "Love"; to refuse to contemplate Him as "Light"—will necessarily result in our manufacturing a false god in our imaginations, a caricature of the true and living God. (read more)
Sometimes we may imagine God as a task master, a dictator opposed to fun or pleasure. We may envision Him as a grimacing judge with a gavel, readily pointing out faults and stifling any sense of joy we have. We might see God as a cosmic killjoy. What a sad—and unbiblical—picture of God!
A cold, disagreeable sourpuss is not the God of the Bible. When we study Scripture and come to understand God’s character, we see that He is not in any sense a cosmic killjoy. In fact, He is the one who restores us and gives us true joy. (read more)
We have all either asked the question or have been asked it: Who Made God? Everything we know of has a beginning and was caused to exist by something else. Everyone reading this article began to exist and was caused to exist by their parents.
But what about God? Who caused Him to exist and when? (read more)
Skeptics will point to passages like Joshua 6:17 [where the Lord commands Joshua to destroy the city along with all its inhabitants], Exodus 7-12 [where He calls down the plagues on Egypt] and Genesis 18-19 [in which He destroys Sodom and Gomorrah] etc. to demonstrate how the Old Testament portrays God as impatient, cruel and merciless. Whereas, on the other hand, it is believed that the New Testament portrays God as the epitome of love and grace, who never says a harsh word.
This imagined difference between “the God of the Old Testament” and the God of the New has proven both a stumbling block for many, and a platform for much finger pointing at the Bible. However it is based on a combination of several false presumptions about both God and Jesus, a tendency to view [or judge] God from our standpoint, an all too common habit of ignoring ‘other’ verses, and disregarding the circumstances of the day. (read more)
There is no one verse that explicitly defines the Trinity. However, in order to consistently interpret the Bible, the Trinity is the only logical solution. We can build this argument on three bases: the Bible's claim to who God is, what God's attributes are, and what our actions toward God should be. (read more)
Christians always argue that the complexity of life and the order in the universe show us that humans and the universe could not just exist and maintain themselves without a creator.
If it is so unthinkable for Christians to accept that the universe (and humans) could exist by itself, how is it possible for them to accept the notion that God, being a more complicated being, could be self-existent? (read more)
by J. Warner Wallace
Christians claim God is “all-powerful”. Does this mean He can accomplish anything? Skeptics often test this notion by offering the following challenge: “Can the all-powerful Christian God create a stone so heavy he cannot lift it?” The question highlights an apparent dilemma: If God cannot create such a stone (or cannot lift what He has created), He is not all-powerful. Does this apparent paradox prove an all-powerful Being cannot exist in the first place? (read more)
Many of us want strong, even overwhelming reasons to believe in God. Oh, there are strong factual and philosophical reasons to believe. But why doesn't God just exhibit himself in such a blatant way that people would HAVE to believe he exists? (read more)
by Paul David Washer
The great goal of this study is for the student to have an encounter with God through His Word. Founded upon the conviction that the Scriptures are the inspired and infallible Word of God, this study has been designed in such a way that it is literally impossible for the student to advance without an open Bible before him or her. Each lesson deals with a specific doctrine of the attributes of God.
Only the truths of Scripture, understood with the mind and communicated through doctrine, can provide that sure foundation upon which we should establish our beliefs and behavior as well as determine the validity of our emotions and experiences. (read more)
by A. W. Tozer
The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking. I refer to the loss of the concept of majesty from the popular religious mind.
It is my hope that this small book may contribute somewhat to the promotion of personal heart religion among us; and should a few persons by reading it be encouraged to begin the practice of reverent meditation on the being of God, that will more than repay the labor required to produce it. (read book)
by Charles Stanley
When you’re experiencing trials, and your prayers seem to go unanswered, how do you respond? Some people choose to give up on prayer and remain confused, but there’s a better way to face these moments and bring matters into a right perspective. (read more)
by J. I. Packer
Why do men shy away from the thought of God as a judge? Why do they feel unworthy of him? The truth is that part of God’s moral perfection is his perfection in judgment. Would a God who did not care about the difference between right and wrong be a good and admirable being? Would a God who put no distinction between the beasts of history, the Hitlers and Stalins (if we dare use names), and his own saints be morally praiseworthy and perfect? (read more)
by Bob Deffinbaugh
The study of God’s nature and character is the high calling of the Christian and is of great importance and practical value. What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God. What is the ‘eternal life’ that Jesus gives? Knowledge of God. ‘This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent’ (John 17:3). What is the best thing in life, bringing more joy, delight, and contentment, than anything else? Knowledge of God. ‘Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me’ (Jer. 9:23f.). (read more)
Discover the depths of the character of Jesus Christ through a focused study of His many names, titles and characteristics as revealed in Scripture. Deepening our understanding of His nature allows us to better worship Him and appreciate His greatness. (read more)
With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted His followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority. Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings.
Who do you say Jesus is? Your response to Him will determine not only your values and lifestyle, but your eternal destiny as well.
(A printable PDF version is available)
Use this list (developed by The Navigators) of God’s names and attributes to guide your time set apart with Him. Read the daily description about God and the accompanying passage. Worship God, focusing on Him and His qualities. (read more)
(printable PDF version)
Once we understand that John’s purpose was to introduce the readers of his gospel to Jesus Christ, establishing Who Jesus is (God in the flesh) and what He did, all with the sole aim of leading them to embrace the saving work of Christ in faith, we will be better able to understand why John introduces Jesus as “The Word” in John 1:1. (read more)
by Henry Morris and Martin Clark
The doctrine of the Trinity — that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are each equally and eternally the one true God — is admittedly difficult to comprehend, and yet is the very foundation of Christian truth. Although skeptics may ridicule it as a mathematical impossibility, it is nevertheless a basic doctrine of Scripture as well as profoundly realistic in both universal experience and in the scientific understanding of the cosmos.
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Indonesian: Bagaimana satu Tuhan terdiri dari tiga pribadi?
Spanish: ¿Cómo puede un Dios ser tres personas?
Dutch: Hoe kan God drie personen zijn?
Italian: Come può un solo Dio essere tre persone?
Swedish: Hur kan en Gud vara tre personer?
Bulgarian: Как може един Бог да бъде три личности?
Hungarian: Hogy lehet Isten egyszerre három személy?
by Matt Slick
Included in the doctrine of the Trinity is a strict monotheism which is the teaching that there exists in all the universe a single being known as God who is self-existent and unchangeable (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6,8). Therefore, it is important to note that the doctrine of the trinity is not polytheistic as some of its critics proclaim. Trinitarianism is monotheistic by definition and those who claim it is polytheistic demonstrate a lack of understanding of what it really is.
(read more in English)
In Spanish: ¿Qué es la Trinidad?
In French: Qu’est-ce que la Trinité?
In Norwegian: Hva er Treenigheten?
by Desiring God Staff
The doctrine of the Trinity is foundational to the Christian faith. It is crucial for properly understanding what God is like, how He relates to us, and how we should relate to Him. But it also raises many difficult questions. How can God be both one and three? Is the Trinity a contradiction? If Jesus is God, why do the Gospels record instances where He prayed to God? (read more)
An Outline Study
by Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
This outline study presents a biblical case for the doctrine of the Trinity, citing roughly 1,000 references drawn from well over 300 different chapters of the Bible, including references from all 27 books of the New Testament. (read more)
by Kenneth Richard Samples
Some people challenge the idea that the Bible supports God’s Triune nature. However, six simple statements show how this doctrine is indeed derived from Scripture. (read more)
by Matt Slick
The Trinity can be a difficult concept to understand. Some think it is a logical contradiction. Others call it a mystery. Does the Bible teach it? Yes it does, but that doesn't automatically make it easier to comprehend. (read more in English)
In Portuguese: Mais Sobre a Trindade
by Bill Bright
Do you know who God really is? Bill Bright, said, "We can trace all our human problems to our view of God." So, do you have problems, or do you have opportunities to see God work? Your view of God makes all the difference. Learn more about 13 of God's main attributes through these articles, video lessons and music devotions. (discover more about God)
by John Piper
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