The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. It is an extra-biblical concept that God has allowed Christians to develop and explore to help humans–created in “His image”–understand His¹ 3-in-1 nature which is commonly expressed as “Father,” “Son,” and “Holy Spirit.”


   That said consider Jesus (the “Son”) as He is tempted by Satan before He begins His earthly ministry:


   As Satan tempts Jesus (as a human on Earth) the 3rd time, hoping finally to be successful, he says after offering “all the kingdoms of the world”:

   “All these things will I give you, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written², ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’ ” Then the devil left Him…

–Matt. 4:9-10


For several observations about this, use the DOOR.




   Several–surface–A DOZEN OBSERVATIONS about “Trinity issues”³ that arise for us here:


   (1)  “Trinity” obviously is not mentioned; neither is “Holy Spirit.”

   (2)  Notice that God (Jesus) seems to be mentioning the need to be worshiping God (the Father).

   (3)  Yet the person present and visible is referring to a “person” invisible or not present.

   (4)  The person present (a normal-appearing human) seems to be vulnerable (particularly after 40 days of fasting) to temptation.

   (5)  This person does not yield to temptation.

   (6)  His reason for not yielding: It would be disobeying a clear command of Scripture (the Old Testament).

   (7)  This seems like a God-model for holy obedience.

   (8)  Further, it seems to show a heavenly understanding and sensitivity to human need.

   (9)  After this, the person (Jesus) commands Satan to leave.

   (10)  Satan (the devil) leaves.

   (11)  Angels come and “minister” to Jesus [not cited above, but mentioned next].

   (12)  [We, of course, need a “12.”]  As we read and study the Bible we need to be aware of the “suggestion of the Trinitarian nature of God” as He deals with people. [John chapters 14-17 are helpful here.]


   ¹ “His” Generic he, the traditional pronominal way of referring to God, in no way implies human “maleness.” Trinity as commonly expressed, indicates that “God occurs in 1 ‘nature’ existing as 3 ‘persons,’ ” never as 3 Gods. Another image that appears in Scripture is when Jesus returns to Heaven, He sits at the “right hand of God.” Implied, perhaps, is that the Holy Spirit sits at the “left hand” of God (the Father)–as Mormon visual art suggests. A principle to remember is that God accommodates Himself to human limitations to understand reality, and the limits of human language, as God has created everything and allowed it to develop. In another Scripture, when Jesus tells then story of the beggar Lazarus dying and going to Heaven, He refers to him as resting in “Abraham’s bosom.” Both literal revelation and metaphor are alive and well when studying and interpreting the Bible.

   ² Jesus underlines the importance of knowing and understanding the Bible, here the Old Testament. There, of course, is no New Testament yet.

   ³ Christianity, Judaism, and Islam insist upon monotheism (as to the supernatural, there is only one God. Judaism often stumbles over the notion of a 3-in-1 God).