Matthew 27-28~ Day 14~ Three in One!

Hey all!  I am back in town and excited to be reading with you again!  Thank you to the guest writer who kept us all going with the daily email! I loved reading his thoughts and your comments.  This "Bible study" is fun for me!!

There is a range of readers here on the blog.  Some have read through the New Testament numerous times, others not so much.  Therefore, for those who are slightly familiar with the gospels, yet not entirely clear on why they vary, I thought I would mention something; the first four books tell the same story but with different emphasis and perspective.  For example, here in Matthew, he does not elaborate on the events between the resurrection and the giving of the 'Great Commission'.  We get more of those details in Luke's version and even more in John.  Yet, I love what each writer does emphasize!

I am thankful that Matthew included 28:19, "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."
The word 'trinity' does not appear in the Bible, but the concept of it can be found throughout scripture.  Here, Jesus himself affirms it.  He says to baptize in one name, but three natures of the one God.
So, if a Muslim (they are monotheistic) ever challenges you, saying the idea of Jesus causes Christians to be polytheistic (worshipping God and Jesus as separate entities), we can use this verse to help explain we are monotheistic as well!  Jesus clarified it, therefore, it's so: 3 in 1!!

Comments

Unknown said…
Very cool! I spoke with a Muslim once about christianity, and he could not accept how Jesus is the son of God and God at the same time. More commentary on this would be helpful in the future!
This concept has tripped up many over the centuries! Christians have tried to explain it to others in many creative ways. For example, St. Patrick used a three leaf clover to demonstrate that there are three leaves yet still only one leaf. Also there is the analogy of a quart of water. The water can be ice, water or steam, but it's still the same quart of water. If you want to read more on the topic with lots of scripture showing Jesus claiming to be God check out this website:
https://goingfarther.net/common-questions/is-jesus-god/
Unknown said…
welcome back Anita. Guest writer was wonderful!

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