The Sunday Mail
To those who have been saved, those who through the righteousness of our Lord have been given faith, may grace and peace be yours and in full measure.
It was through this same grace that he inspired me to try explain who really is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
In Hebrew and Aramaic, God is usually known as Yahuah and Ha Elohym, while Jesus Christ is often referred to as Yahusha HamaShaeyah and Yeshuah HaMachiach.
The Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost is sometimes referred to as Ruach Elohim and Parakletos in Hebrew and Greek.
And in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The question begs: how, when did the Trinity originate?
The the Bible comes to answering these questions is when it says He is the Creator who created Himself, the Supreme being, the creator and ruler of all.
God is Spirit by nature (John 4 vs 24). God is One Spirit but exists as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 1 vs 17).
There are two important names for God in the Old Testament: Jehovah and Elohim, which translate to Lord and God.
Some have made the distinction that Jehovah means God’s special revelation to his people of Israel, whilst Elohim means God in his relationship to the world at large, as its Creator and Ruler.
Elohim is the plural of ELoah. EL is sometimes used as a shortened term of Eloah.
EL-Shaddai, or God Almighty, was used by the Patriarchy (Genesis 17:1 and Exodus 6:3).
God told Moses, when he spoke to him in the burning bush, that his name is “I AM THAT I AM” (Exodus 3:14), a statement that affirms God is present to his people.
Another name for God is Adonai, loosely translated to mean Lord.
The original writers of the Bible were the Greek and the Hebrews who were inspired by God’s Spirit (Yahuah’s Ruach).
In Hebrew they call him Yohuah or Yahuwa or Yawhew (YHWH).
The Triune God (Trinity)
The God-head is revealed in three distinct persons in the Bible.
The Father praised the Son in Mathew 3:16-17, Mark 1:10 and Luke 3:21-22.
The Father is God (Mathew 11:25, John 6:27, Romans 15:6, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, and James 1:27).
The Son is God (John 1:1-18, Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:6, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 1:8).
And the Spirit is God (Acts 5:3, 1 Corinthians 2:10, Ephesians 2:22).
While One, each is distinct.
There is an idea that Jehovah is used to represent God in his relation to the world as Creator.
Job 22:12 says, “Is not God in the height of Heaven? And behold the height of the stars, how high they are! And they say, how does God know?
Can he judge through the dark cloud?”
Exodus 6:3, “And God spoke unto Moses and said unto him “I AM THE LORD; And I appeared unto Abraham unto Isaac and unto Jacob by the name of ‘GOD ALMIGHTY’ but by name Jehovah was I not known to them.”
Exodus 3:14, “And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM’; and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM he sent me unto you. The Lord God of your Fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.”
Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord; And thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy might.”
1 Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever Amen!”
Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten (not born of a woman but born of the Spirit of God) Son of God.
He is the Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9).
In Hebrew the official title Christ and its Hebrew parallel means the Messiah, which translates to the Saviour or Anointed One (Mathew 16:18, John 1:41).
His Hebrew name is “Yahusha Hamasheya” or Hesuas in Greek. In flesh he was the son of Joseph, son of Jacob born of the line of the tribe of Judah.
The Bible is God’s Word and the Word is Jesus Christ.
Mathew 11:28–30 says, “Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light!”
There are many verses one can read for a better understanding (1 Corinthians 8:6, Hebrews 4:16, Mathew 3:16, Mathew 11:25, Philippians 2:5-6, Colossians 2:9 and Ephesians 4:4-6).
Jesus Christ is God in the office of the Son, which is God’s Word on which the Church is founded.
Jesus Christ is the right hand of God, which created everything, and God the Father is the life giver.
He is the way to the Father. He redeemed our sins with His precious blood, He brought at-one-ment via the cross, He redeemed man from sin.
He ascended to Heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come down.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the comforter, the great teacher, who rebukes, counsels and convicts.
John 7:37-39 says, “On the last and the most important day of the Festival of Shelters Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, ‘Whosoever is thirsty should come to me and drink’.
As the Scriptures say, ‘whosoever believes in His spirit, which those who believed in Him were going to receive.
At that time the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not been raised to glory.
He was not yet throned. By then He was still Jesus only the Savior, after being raised to glory He became Christ, the Anointed One.”
◆ Paddington Japajapa is an evangelist and holder of a BSc (Honours) in Psychology.