Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
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.
Last week, we considered how answers A and C are incorrect.
Answer (D) is a false belief, growing in popularity.
Promoters of this heresy say that the one God is only one person.
They falsely teach that god -as one person- manifests himself in three different modes: father,
son, and holy spirit.
This heresy is often called "modalism."
Those who teach modalism must explain events such as Jesus' baptism (where Father, Son, and
Holy Spirit are present simultaneously) and the transfiguration (where Father and Son are present
simultaneously), because these events clearly refute the false teaching.
Answer (D) is incorrect.
This leaves answer (B). God consists of three persons in one God and one God in three persons-
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Or as we describe in shorthand- the Holy Trinity.
Scripture declares that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), and that God is three persons
We hear it in the way God speaks, "Let us (plural!) make man in our image" (Genesis 1:26).
Jesus says in Matthew 28:19 "baptizing them in the name (singular!) of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit."
Even in the grammar of Scripture the very important theological truth regarding the Trinity
Genesis 1:3, very woodenly translated from the Hebrew, says, "Gods [He] said, 'Let there be
Our minds can't fully understand God being "Three in One and One in Three." And yet, this
truth is drawn from God's Word.
However, other teachings that try to make God's existence fit our human reason and
understanding, just end up contradicting God's Word.
May the peace of Christ dwell in you richly!
Pastor Travis Lauterbach