1 Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
There is no real mystery of the trinity; God was manifest in the flesh, and revealed to the world as Jesus the Christ. Christ always was, is, and will forever be God.
Although one could refer to the manifestation of Jesus in the flesh as a person, it must be understood that he is unlike any other. He was not created from the seed of man, was sinless and had the power to rise from the dead unassisted (John 10:18). When one adds Christ to the name of Jesus, the mystery of the trinity dissolves. Christ is not a person, but is God, and death is not possible for an Eternal God.
John 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.
The carnal mind is in opposition against God, for it has not submitted to the law of God, nor can it (Romans 8:7). It is this carnal mind that creates the mystery of the trinity.
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
People generally speaking are attracted to the wisdom of men, especially those who have graduated from a theological seminary or college. Many religious leaders speak of the mystery of the trinity, or use words such as hermeneutics, exegesis or trinitarian theology. Congregations become enamored with the supposed superior spiritual intellect of these leaders, and their ostentatious words.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
It is the institution of the Holy Spirit whereby we are taught to rightly divide the Word of Truth, enabling us to then share these truths with others. God does this and not man.
Instead of receiving a diploma from a man made institution of deception, true followers of Christ are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1:13). Our graduation ceremony is when Christ returns with our Salvation, and says well done faithful servant (Math 25:21).
1 Cor 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Too many people readily accept the mystery of the trinity doctrine as an essential teaching because self proclaimed ministers say it is so. Without the teaching of the Holy Spirit, men speak with their own wisdom which is dangerous and destructive.
The simple believes every word but the wise considers all things (Prov 14:15; Rom 16:18).
The genesis of the mystery of the trinity may be as a result of the obvious mistranslation from a verse many are familiar with. God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”.
When one removes the inserted words, let us and our, the verse takes on a completely different meaning.
One singular God spoke, not many Gods or persons.
The so-called mystery of the trinity does not add clarity to the nature of God, and it certainly diminishes the essence and Glory of Jesus.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
The first use of the word and (G 1161) in the above verse is used correctly, as it is a continuative. The second use of the word and (G2352) should be translated as even, also or indeed, as it is a connector. The words thou hast, need to be completely removed from this verse as well.
The correct interpretation of this verse is as follows.
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, even Jesus Christ, whom is sent forth.
The only True God is also known as Jesus Christ, the Word and our Messiah.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with (or unto) God, and the Word was God.
All things were made by Jesus who is the Word. In Christ alone is the Light unto Life, but those in darkness comprehend it not.
The following is typical of those that believe in the mystery of the trinity:
Eph 1:12-13 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.
Through the Holy Spirit of God, we are sealed unto the day of redemption, which is our Salvation.
2 Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
It is the Spirit of Christ that dwells in the temple of the Elect. If we are to believe the mystery of the trinity, then the Holy Spirit is not just one person but many persons.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
1 Cor 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
The spirit of this world is unto confusion, as is this manmade doctrine of a mystery of the trinity.
Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Now this mystery of the trinity gets really confusing. According to the verses above Christ dwells in us as does the Father who raised Him up. But once again we have words added to take away from who Christ is. The words of him that, and he that, are inserted incorrectly, in Romans 8:11. Christ laid down His life in the flesh, and raised it up again Himself (John 10:17).
The message in this verse is that if the Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, this same Spirit of Christ will give life to your mortal bodies, at the last day (John 6:39-40, John 11:24).
1 Cor 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Cor 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Christ clearly refutes the doctrine of this apparent mystery of the trinity when he declared “I and the Father are One” (John 10:30).
2 Cor 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
The word face also is interpreted as appearance, presence and countenance. God was manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16).
Eph 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.
Is this verse describing yet another variation of the mystery of the trinity, God and the Father and Christ? The word and, is used twice in this verse incorrectly. The Greek word kai, has a meaning of even so or also, and it is a connector.
The verse is speaking of the “knowledge of the mystery (of) God (who is) Christ”. This is a far superior translation from the Interlinear Bible, and there is no mention of a mystery of the trinity implied.
2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.
By the Word of God, who is also the Word of Life, all things were created. Jesus spoke the world into existence; the father is not mentioned in reference to the creation in Genesis.
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.
The following two verses are used to support the theory of a mystery of the trinity; however it is clear that the Father, Word, Son and Holy Spirit are one.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
Matt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
1 Tim 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and (G2532) Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope.
Paul (who is) an apostle of Christ Jesus, according to the command of God (the) Savior of us, (Who is) also Christ Jesus the hope of us (1 Tim 1:1 Interlinear Bible).
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved (saves) us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
The mystery of the trinity at the hands of the false teachers deny that there is but one Lord God, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, (who is) also our Lord Jesus Christ.