Is the Trinity in the Bible?

Ken Samples

READ : Matthew 28:18-20

… baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (v. 19, NIV)

Since the word trinity doesn’t appear in the Bible, some claim the early church simply invented the doctrine. The term trinity was first used by the church father Tertullian
(ca. A.D. 160–230) who wrote about “a trinity of one divinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Some are troubled that the word trinity doesn’t appear in the Bible. But the absence of the term in no way invalidates the doctrine. The word Christianity doesn’t appear anywhere in the Bible either, but that does not mean we can’t use it. Although the word trinity doesn’t appear in the Bible, Scripture clearly reveals the doctrine.

Here is the Bible’s witness to the Trinity in five clear, straightforward, textually grounded statements:

  1. There is one, and only one, God (Deut. 6:4, 1 Tim. 2:5).
  2. The person of the Father is God (2 Peter 1:17).
  3. The person of the Son is God (Titus 2:13).
  4. The person of the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4).
  5. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct and simultaneously distinguishable persons (Luke 3:22).

The doctrine of the Trinity is the church’s way of testifying to the Bible’s revelation of the true nature of God.


Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.