"In the Name of the Father …"

Ken Samples

READ : 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

… the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. (v. 14, NIV)

Are there explicit statements about the Trinity in Scripture? What is only hinted at in the Old Testament comes into clear view in the New Testament with respect to the doctrine of the Trinity. There powerful formulas from the worship of the early church explicitly refer to the triune God. Consider how the two following passages clearly distinguish among the three persons yet link them together in unity and apparent equality:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

These passages give clear indication that the apostles qualified their traditional Jewish monotheism to include the reality of the three divine persons. These passages place the Son and the Holy Spirit on an equal level with the Father and are directly connected to the earliest Christian doctrine and practice. The New Testament church both baptized and blessed “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

PRAYER

We worship you, one God in Trinity, and Trinity in unity.