The Triune Nature of God
The Trinity is a great stumbling block for our Jewish people in accepting Yeshua as Messiah, because according to the unsaved Jewish mindset, to accept Yeshua is to also embrace the Christian theology which says there are three gods. This kind of thinking would be totally contrary to the "Shema" which says in Deut. 6:4 "Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheynu Adonai Echod" which translates in English, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." The truth is the Lord our God is one God, who manifests His presence in 3 Divine Persons: Avinu (Our Father), Yeshua (The Son), Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit).
So how can three be One? This is a hard concept for the human mind to grasp. However, God created and arranged many things in a triune fashion:
(a) The universe consists of space,
time and matter.
(b) Space consists of length, breadth and depth.
(c) Time consists of past, present and future.
However, even basic Judaism teaches the same concept:
(a) The patriarchs are three - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
(b) The Tenach (Hebrew Bible) is made up of - the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings.
(c) The 3 pieces of Matzah at the Passover table represent - the Priests, the Levites, the People (of course the 3 pieces represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit).
The Trinity is not originally a Christian concept. It was well documented in the Hebrew scriptures long before the New Testament was written. The scriptures references often read "Elohim" in the Tenach (the plural form of God"). The following scriptures from the Tenach all use "Elohim":
(a) Gen. 1:1-2; 26: "In the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without
form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the
Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said,
'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and
over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that
creeps on the earth."
(b) Gen. 3:22: "Then the Lord God said, 'Behold, the man has become like one of Us , to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever"
(c) Psalm 110:1: "The Lord said to my Lord , 'Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."
(d) Prov. 30:4: "Who has ascended into heaven¸ or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, if you know?"
(e) Isa. 48:16 (A great Messianic Prophecy says - " The sovereign Lord (God) has sent me (The Messiah) with His Spirit (The Holy Spirit)".
There are many other passages in the Tenach (O.T.) which clearly reflect the triune nature of God.
The Trinity, contrary to popular belief, finds it's roots in Judaism, not Christianity. In either case, the Trinity does not represent 3 gods, but one God who manifests Himself in 3 Divine Persons - This may be hard for the human mind to grasp, but with God all things are possible!