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Is God a Trinity or the One True God? – Knowing God
By Gao Xue
One day, Sister Li and I came to the house of an old sister in our church. We read theand preached the Lord ’ to Xiaoli, the old sister’s daughter-in-law. When we were communicating, Xiaoli’s cousin came. During our chat, I knew she was also a believer in the Lord, so we fellowshiped together. This sister was very familiar with the Bible and what she preached was also high. Then I asked her some questions which puzzled me and she explained them thoroughly one by one. I felt her fellowship was quite fresh and made sense. The sister also fellowshiped that the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work just forgave man’s sins, but man’s sinful nature hasn’t been removed. That’s why we still commit sins in the day and confess them at night without breaking free from the bondage of sin. God said: “For I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy …” (Leviticus 11:44). It can be seen that no man shall enter God’s kingdom without holiness. God does His work according to the need of mankind, and so in the last days the Lord Jesus becomes flesh again and in the name of , He does a new stage of work to thoroughly cleanse man. Only by keeping up with the new work of God can we have the opportunity to cast away sins thoroughly and be saved by God.
What the sister fellowshiped made me surprised: Has God truly come back? I dare not believe it, but I thought her fellowship was very reasonable and also in accord with the Bible. I had never heard such a high fellowship all these years. Has God really done new work? After the fellowship, I took home a book of the words of Almighty God.
Coming back home, I began to read the words of Almighty God seriously. The more I read, the better I felt about it. Almighty God has revealed many mysteries which I didn’t understand in the past. These words have authority and power and cannot be spoken by any human being. One day, I read the words of Almighty God again and randomly, I turned to “Does the Trinity Exist?” I was puzzled when seeing the title, for all the believers knew that God is the Trinity. Then with some curiosity I went on reading. Almighty God says, “You have accepted too deeply these conventional notions of religion, and this poison has seeped too deep within you. Therefore, so too in this matter have you succumbed to this pernicious influence, for the Trinity simply does not exist. That is, the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit simply does not exist. These are all conventional notions of man, and the fallacious beliefs of man. Throughout many centuries, man has believed in this Trinity, conjured up by notions in the mind of man, fabricated by man, and never before seen by man” (“Does the Trinity Exist?”). Seeing this I felt somewhat panicked. Is it not denying the Bible or the Lord’s words? I dared not read it anymore, because the Bible obviously documents the idea of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I hurried to open the Bible and then I saw the scriptures, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, see, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting on him: And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16-17). “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39). “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). I read these words again and again and I believed the existence of the Trinity. But why does the book say it does not exist? I thought of what the sister fellowshiped with me the other day and felt that there was nothing wrong with it. Besides, the questions having puzzled me for many years were all solved. And I felt the several pieces of words that I read in the book some days ago were very well said. At that moment, I felt very conflicted inside. Thus I prayed to the Lord and sought, “O Lord, I have read the words in the book. I found the meaning of many of them is the same as that of Yours, so the more I read it, the more I loved reading it. But today when I saw the words in “Does the Trinity Exist?” I had some opinions and didn’t want to read it anymore. O Lord, I am very perplexed now and I don’t know what to do. O Lord, may You give me discernment. Please protect my heart and help me discern so that I can recognize Your voice. …”
Two days later, the sister came to my home and I told my confusion to her. I said, “In the Bible, the Lord said, ‘Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’ (Matthew 28:19). It is clearly seen here that there does exist the idea of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is the Trinity, but the book says the Trinity actually does not exist at all and these are all our notions and fallacious beliefs. I can’t understand why.”
The sister explained my confusion with composure. She first said, “With regard to the idea of the Trinity, Jehovah God didn’t say this and the Lord Jesus didn’t say it either, nor did the Holy Spirit testify it. Now that God hasn’t said it, this idea was just from the mouths of men and came from our conceptions and imaginations. We have distorted the Lord’s words. The words of the Lord Jesus ‘baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost’ had a background. When the Lord Jesus began His work, many people didn’t recognize Him at that time, nor did they accept His work and words. So the Lord Jesus allowed man to call on the name of the Father, and called on the name of the Son if they could accept the Lord Jesus, and it is also fine for them to call on the name of the Holy Spirit if they really could not accept Him. From this we can see the Lord Jesus’ tolerance toward us and that He sympathizes with our weakness and ignorance. The meaning of the Lord in saying these words is that when one is baptizing he can invoke the name of the Father, of the Son, or of the Holy Spirit as well, but this is surely not linking the names of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit together. In fact, the Lord Jesus is God Himself. He is Jehovah God’s incarnate flesh; in other words, He is God’s Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, realized in the flesh. So we can pray simply in the name of the Lord Jesus. But the whole of the religious community see calling on the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as a formula according to their conceptions and imaginations. It is our men’s mistake and one name is enough. There is only one God, in the heaven He is the Spirit, and the substance of God incarnate is still the Spirit. The Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament documents, ‘You are my witnesses, said the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me’ (Isaiah 43:10). And the Gospel of John documents, ‘to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father; and how say you then, Show us the Father? Believe you not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak to you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me, he does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me …’ (John 14:9-11). From the record of the Bible we can see that these words were God’s bearing witness to Himself, telling us that God is the only true God. The Lord Jesus said, ‘I and my Father are one,’ yet as we do not possess the faculty of understanding God’s words, we cannot understand it, but instead think that God is the Trinity according to the analysis of our own brains. If we go according to the idea of the religious people, we are segmenting God into three persons. Then how can God be called the only true God? Is this not splitting up God? So the Trinity is untenable at all!”
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