The Trinity on Trial An in-depth examination of a doctrine

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A short lesson illustrating how to imagine your Triune God into the Bible.

To be a good Trinitarian apologist, you will need to know how to perfect the crafts of scribal manipulation and unbridled eisegesis.

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Genesis 1:26God said, "Let us make man in our image"[The Triune] God said, "Let us [three persons] make man in our image"
Deut 6:4YAHWEH our God, YAHWEH is one.YAHWEH our God, YAHWEH is one [divine nature]
Psalm 110:1YAHWEH says to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool." [The first person of the Trinity] says to [the second person of the Trinity], "Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool."
Mal 2:10Do we not all have one Father? Has not [that] one God created us?Do we not all have one Father? Has not one [Triune] God created us?
Matt 1:23They shall call his name Immanuel, which means 'God with us' [purposefully].They shall call his name Immanuel, which means 'God with us' [geographically].
Matthew 2:2Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.Where is [God] who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen [God's] star in the East, and we have come to worship [God (and we know he is God because we read the Trinitarian translation of Isaiah 9:6 and are well aware of the doctrine of the Trinity].
Matthew 3:16And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him, and behold a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."And when [God the Son] was baptized [the Trinity was there and], [God the Son] went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and [God the Son] saw [God] the Holy Spirit descending like a dove and alighting on him, and behold [God the Father] from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved [God the] Son, with whom I [God the Father] am well pleased."
Matthew 4:1Then the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the desert to be tested by the devil [for his obedience to YAHWEH].Then [God] the Holy Spirit led [God the Son in his humanity] out into the desert to [allow the devil to tempt him so he could show the devil he was God].
Matt 16:16Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Simon Peter replied, "You [God the Son] are the Christ, [known also as] the son of the Living God [the Father the first person of the Trinity].
Matthew 26:39Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." Jesus fell with his face to the ground and prayed [from his human nature], My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will [in my human nature], but as you will [which is the will of my other divine nature]."
Matt 27:46My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.My God [the first person of the Trinity], my God [the first person of the Trinity], why have you forsaken [my human nature].
Matt 28:19Go therefore and baptize all nations in the name of [God] the Father and of the Son [of God] and of the Holy Spirit [of God].Go therefore and baptize all nations in the name of [the Trinity]: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
John 1:1In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was god.In the beginning was the Word [the second person of the Trinity] and the Word [the second person of the Trinity] was with God [the Father, the first person of the Trinity] and the word was God [the Son, the second person of the Trinity]
John 1:14The Word became flesh.The Word [added the human nature of] flesh [to his other divine nature].
John 5:18For this reason the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but was calling God his own Father making himself equal with God.For this reason the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath [the Jews mistakenly thought] but was calling God his own Father making himself God, [the Jews correctly thought].
John 5:44I have come in the name of my Father, and you do not receive me, if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? I have come in the name of my Father, and you do not receive me, if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only [divine substance]?
John 8:58Before Abraham was I am. At this, they picked up stones to stone him.Before Abraham was, [YAHWEH]. At this [clear declaration that Jesus was claiming to be YAHWEH], they picked up stones to stone him [for that particular blasphemy].
John 10:30I and the Father are one [in unity of purpose].I and the Father are one [God].
John 14:28You heard me say.... I go to the Father for the Father is greater than IYou heard [my human nature say]... "I go to the Father for the Father is greater [than my current earthly position in my human nature but not in my divine nature]."
John 17:3Father.... that they may know You the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you sent.Father... that they may know you the only true God (divine nature) and [God the Son] Jesus Christ whom you sent.
John 17:22... that they may be one just as we are one.... that they many be one [in a totally different sense] than we are one.
John 18:6Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, "I am," they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus answered, "I told you that I am, so, if you seek me, let these men go.Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" They answered him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I AM [=YAHWEH]." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, "I AM [=YAHWEH]," they drew back and fell to the ground [because these theologically astute Roman soldiers were well aware of the doctrine of the Trinity and realized the man they were about to crucify was YAHWEH]. [It isn't necessary to read the next two verses].
John 19:7We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself [God].
John 20:17I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.I [God the Son] am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God [the Father] and your God [the Father].
John 20:28[And remembering Jesus teaching at John 12:45; 14:9,20] Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord [Jesus] and my God [the Father]." [And knowing Jesus' teaching at John 14:9 was irrelevant] Thomas answered and said to Him, "[Jesus] My Lord and [Jesus] my God."
Acts 20:28
(spurious text)
...the church of God which he purchased through the blood of his own [son].

...the church of the Lord which he purchased through his own blood
...the church of God which he purchased through the blood of his own [self].

...the church of God which he purchased through his own blood.
Rom 9:5whose are the fathers and out of whom the Christ according to the flesh who is over all. God be blessed to the ages. Amen.whose are the fathers and out of whom the Christ according to the flesh who is God over all blessed to the ages. Amen.
1 Cor 8:6But for us there is one God, the Father, out of whom are all things and we to him, and one Lord Jesus Christ through whom are all things and we to himBut for us there is one [Lord and God the first person of the Trinity] the Father, out of whom are all things and we to him, and one [Lord and God the second person of the Trinity] Jesus Christ by whom are all things and we to him
1 Cor 11:3the head of [the person] Christ is Godthe head of [the human nature part of the person] Christ is God.
2 Cor 3:17the Lord IS the SpiritUm, let's read a Trinitarian apologetic book.
2 Cor 13:14The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you allThe grace of Lord Jesus Christ [God the Son] and the love of [God the Father] and the fellowship of the [God the] Holy Spirit be with you all [the Trinity!]
Eph 4:6one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in allone body and one Spirit [the third person of the Trinity], just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord [and God the second person of the Trinity], one faith, one baptism, one [Lord and] God and Father of us all [the first person of the Trinity], who is above all and through all and in all.
Php 2:6Have this attitude that also was in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, was not caught up esteeming being the same as God, but emptied himself taking the form of a servant. Have this attitude that also was in Christ Jesus, who, having the divine nature of God by nature, did not regard it robbery to be equal with God in this way, so.... he decided to keep his divine nature, and decided to make himself of no reputation by getting off his plush throne in heaven and come down to Bethlehem and appear in a man's body for awhile and be honorable nobility incognito as a humble servant now having two natures.
Colossians 1:15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.He [has the same nature as God which means he is God by identity and he is pre-eminent over all creation].
Colossians 2:9In him [the risen Christ] dwells all the fullness (pleroma) of the deity bodily and you are full (pleroo) in him. In him [the risen or unrisen Christ, doesn't matter] dwells all the fullness of the [Triune God] bodily and [I am not going to notice the next verse which unfortunately seems to say that Christians have this same fullness too].
1 Tim 2:5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.For there is one [Triune] God, and one mediator between [the Triune] God and men, the [Godman] Christ Jesus.
1 Tim 3:16
(spurious text)
great is the mystery of godliness which was manifested in fleshgreat is the mystery of godliness. God was manifested in the flesh.
Titus 2:13awaiting the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christawaiting the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, [none other than] Jesus Christ.
Heb 1:3In these last days God has spoken to us in a son through whom He set heir of all things through whom also He made the ages who being the radiance of the glory and character of His substanceIn these last days God [the Father] has spoken to us in [God the Son] through whom He set heir [in his humanity] of all things through whom also He made the ages who being the radiance of the glory and [nature of God meaning he is God].
Heb 1:6"Let all God's angels worship him [because he is exalted to the right hand of the throne of God].""Let all God's angels worship him [because he is God].
Heb 1:8But to the Son he says, "Your throne - God, to the ages of the ages. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions." But to the Son he says, "O God your throne is forever and ever. [I refuse to notice the next verse refers to God's God]."
1 Pet 1:2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of [God the Holy] Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of [God the Son] Jesus Christ [the Trinity]!
1 John 5:7
(spurious text)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one [unified witness].For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one [God].
1 Jn 5:20And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, that we might know Him who is true and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This [Him who is True] is the true God and eternal life. "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, that we might know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This [Jesus] is the true God and eternal life."
Revelation 1:18"I was dead." "I was dead [in my human nature and it is good to refer to me as "Jesus" when you say I was dead but I was not dead in my divine nature and it is not good to refer to me as "Jesus" when you say I wasn't dead but to refer to me as "God the Son" in such a case because I God the Son was not dead even though I Jesus was indeed dead]."
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