The question, “Who is Jesus?” is the one upon which your eternal destiny hangs. To understand Jesus, we must understand the doctrine of the Trinity.
The Mystery of the Trinity
We know about the Trinity only because God revealed it to us in Scripture. You will not know this by philosophy, logic, or investigation. (See Isaiah 40:18.) Try to prove the Trinity, and you will lose your mind; deny it, and you will lose your soul. Believe it.
The Majesty of the Trinity
We do not worship three Gods, but one God who has revealed Himself in three persons. Each person of the Trinity is God.
The Hebrew word for “God” in Genesis 1:1 is Elohim, which is plural. It is paired with a singular verb—literally, In the beginning, Gods made heaven and earth.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Hebrew word here for “one” is ehad, meaning “one as a unity.”
God the Father
God is the eternal, everlasting Father. That means there never was a time when He was not a father. And for Him to be an eternal Father, He must have an eternal Son.
God the Son
“I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You’” (Psalm 2:7).
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6; emphasis added). The phrase “mighty God” comes from the Hebrew el gibor, which means God-man. That is the Lord Jesus, the Son of God.
God the Holy Spirit
The Christmas story begins with the Trinity. The angel said to Joseph, “Do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20b-21).
The Gospel of Matthew ends with the Great Commission. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
The Saving Ministry of the Trinity
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1,4). If you are not saved, you have existence. You do not have life until you know Jesus Christ.
Selected by the Father
If God had not chosen you, you never would have chosen Him. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:4b-5; emphasis added).
Saved by the Son
God chose us “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:6-7). Jesus is this Beloved through whom we are accepted.
Sealed by the Holy Spirit
“Having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13b-14). We believe in eternal security because we are sealed with the Holy Spirit.