Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 12, 2006

The Lord is God

The Trinity is a doctrine that defines the parameters of a very complex (even unfathomable) subject.  Although, many people are confused by it and claim that it is illogical, the formula is somewhat simple and logical.  When you consider the reality of this doctrine it is difficult to fathom the depth of this truth.  Many people who have considered the details and attempted to draw analogies or explain how it works end up advocating heretical ideas.  Our goal here is not go into every exhaustive detail, but to provide a summary of the formula based on the teaching of Scripture.  In our last entry we concluded that the Bible clearly supports the idea that God is one and there are no other gods besides Him.  Today we will consider the implications of this truth, which are essential when considering the Scriptural basis for the doctrine of the Trinity.

These implications of reality of only one God are major and affect all humanity.  The implications are as follows:  that only God can and should be worshipped, only God can forgive sins, only God created the heavens and the earth and only God can rightfully pronounce judgment on the world.  The biblical basis for all of these implications will be provided in today’s entry.

The first two commandments prohibit the worship of any other gods or idols.  These commandments, if violated, were prescribed the death penalty.  In the Old Testament the nation of Israel was subjected to God’s judgment due to their incessant disobedience of worshipping other gods.  Ultimately, the destruction of Jerusalem and exile to Babylon was required to rid God’s people from the snare of worshipping other gods.  We see this requirement to worship God only in the New Testament as well.  In Luke 4:8 while being tempted by the Devil, Christ proclaimed “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”  No other being deserves worship except for God who alone is worthy to be praised.

Since it is God’s Laws that are violated He is the only rightful one to forgive sins against Him.  We find in Scripture that God is ascribed with the power to forgive sins.  We see this in Psalm 103:2-3 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases.”  The people of the Old Testament proclaimed God to be their Redeemer and their Savior.  He delivered them from slavery and made a covenant with them to be their God.  When they turned from Him, He would send prophets to proclaim His word to them.  As the covenant unfolded throughout redemptive history, we see that God has always intended extend His saving grace to all nations.  In Isaiah 45:21-22 God appeals not only to Israel but to all people as their Savior:  “…And there is no other God besides Me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none except Me.  Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”  Thus, we can conclude that nobody but God has the authority or right to forgive sins.

The Scripture is unequivocally clear that God has created all things.  In Genesis 1:1 it states “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  In Isaiah 45:24 it states:  “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer and the one who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone’… We also read in Jeremiah 32:17:  “Ah Lord God!  Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too difficult for You.”  Thus, we can conclude that nobody but God can claim to have created all things.

Similar to the topic of forgiveness, God is the only rightful one who can pronounce eternal judgment on those who violate His Laws.  There are numerous passages that proclaim that God will be the one who exercises judgment on the world.  In Psalm 9:7-8 we read “But the Lord abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment, and He will judge the world in righteousness for the peoples with equity.”  In Isaiah 45:23 we read “I (The Lord) have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.”  Thus, we can conclude that nobody but God can judge the world. 

We have considered the fact that if there is only one God that only God can be worshipped, can forgive sins, can create the heavens and the earth and can judge the world in righteousness.  We must remember these implications as we continue in our review of the doctrine of the Trinity.

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