Question #6: In a paragraph, provide argumentation for the Trinity in the Old Testament (use at least three Bible references).

Trinity as taught in the Bible
Trinity as taught in the Bible

Answer: Although the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, “the Old Testament contains intimations which allow for the later revelation of the triunity of God” in the New Testament.  Deuteronomy 6:4 “teaches the unity of God.”  Where the Bible puts on God plural pronouns and verbs seems to be evidence of “distinctions of Persons.” “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen 1:26a).  See also Gen 3:22; 11:7; and Isa 6:8.

The Angel of the Lord is a different person from Elohim or Adonai, yet in many places, “referred to as God” (e.g., Gen 16:7-13).  Many theologians also “see the personification of wisdom in Proverbs 8:12-31 as referring to Christ and thus an Old Testament indication of the existence of the Trinity.”  Charles Ryrie further demonstrates that “some passages apparently distinguish Persons within the Godhead:”

[1] The Lord is distinguished from the Lord.  “Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord (as distinct from the former) out of the heavens” (Gen 19:24, see also Hosea 1:7).

[2] The Redeemer (who must be divine) is distinguished from the Lord.  “’The Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ Says the Lord” (Isa 59:20).

[3] The Spirit is distinguished from the Lord.  “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me” (Isa 48:16; please also see 59:21 and 63:9-10).

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