I decided to read through What the Bible Teaches, by R.A. Torrey again. It’s a great book – you can download a free PDF here - so we’re doing a little Bible study every Thursday. The collection is here. Subscribe over there to make sure you don’t miss anything, but come back and add your voice in the Comments! >>>
This is probably the shortest chapter in Torrey’s book, which makes it’s inclusion interesting. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone argue that the doctrine of the Trinity is not taught in the Bible, but Torrey includes a short chapter, here, to prove otherwise.
He provides five examples:
- Luke 3:21-22 – A clear distinction is drawn between Jesus on earth, the Father in heaven, and the Holy Spirit descending.
- Matthew 28:19 – A clear distinction is made between each member of the Godhead.
- John 14:16 – A distinction is made between the Son who prays, the Father to whom He prays, and the Comforter who is given.
- John 16:7 – A distinction is drawn between Jesus who leaves and the Holy Spirit who comes.
- Acts 2:33 – There is a distinction between the Father, the Son at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit whom the Son receives.
Torrey generally concludes:
They are separate personalities, having mutual relations to one another, acting upon one another, speaking of or to one another, applying the pronouns of the second and third persons to one another.
So here’s my question for discussion: Why does this matter?