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Doctrine of the Trinity (5 of 8)
Hebrews 1:1-2, 5, 8-11; John 1:1-3, 10-12; 1 Corinthians 15:21-23; Proverbs 15:32
Why didn't the apostles plainly state doctrine such as the Trinity? In epistles, we only get a snapshot of doctrine. The apostles spent most of their energy planting and building churches and discipling leaders. Their primary method of teaching doctrine was personal instruction. If you look at the epistles of the New Testament, you see that their primary purpose was to address issues that arise in the church and to affirm doctrine that was challenged. Epistles were written when something needed to be addressed and the church planter could not be there in person. The epistles and the entire Bible affirm the Trinity as we will see, but we must keep in mind that the doctrinal foundation was laid by the apostles in person. Therefore, the issues addressed are not intended to re-lay the foundation, but to affirm and remind the churches what has already been taught. We can also tell a lot about the doctrine the apostles taught in the church by the beliefs of those who were been taught by them. Most of these quotes were used earlier in 'What the Early Church Believed', but I feel the need to repeat these quotes along with scripture. In this last part, I will break it up into three main sections: the Deity of Christ, the three Persons of the Trinity and the doctrine of the Trinity from both the Old and New Testaments.
Deity of Christ
The Bible testifies to the fact that Jesus was God in the flesh. Many critics argue that the 3rd century church added this doctrine. It is also argued that scripture was altered to reflect this doctrine as well. Because of this, I am going to finish this study in a slightly different fashion. I will present the biblical evidence and include pre-3rd century writings that confirm that what we see today is what was accepted as scripture from the beginning. These writers are all respected chu ...
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