Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Two weeks ago, I gave a little theological quiz. This morning I will begin going through each
question. The first question I asked was:
God consists of...
A. the Father- with Jesus being His Son but not from eternity.
B. three persons in one God- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
C. three Gods- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
D. one person who manifests Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Answer (A), is actually a false teaching that was especially advanced by a man in the early
church named Arius. Even though it's an ancient heresy, it very much exists today.
Arius denied that Jesus is "of one substance with the Father," teaching instead that Jesus is a
created being who was adopted as God's Son.
Contrary to the teachings of this heresy, Scripture teaches that Jesus and the Father are of one
substance (John 10), Jesus was God from the beginning (John 1), and that Jesus also participated
in creating (Colossians 1).
Answer (C), is a false teaching known as tritheism (three gods) or polytheism (many gods).
Those who advocate this teaching don't believe that there's unity of substance in the God-head.
Instead, they teach that Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three totally separate gods, although they
may work together in a common mission.
Some who told to this heresy also believe that there can and may be more gods beyond these.
Rather than teaching tritheism or polytheism, Scripture adamantly tells us that there is only one
God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; 1 Corinthians 8:4). See also the passages for answer A.
So then answers A and C have been eliminated as possibilities.
May the peace of Christ dwell in you richly!
Pastor Travis Lauterbach