First, I must state my disclaimer. I am not a teacher. Also, I am no genius or one with any unusual gift. I am only one who keeps asking our Father questions, because I want to understand everything that He has given us through His Word.
I know that there is no question that He will not answer, because He has revealed this to us through John 14:26 “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. We do not have to be anyone that is more special than anyone else. Anyone, that has accepted Jesus as Savior and been baptized, has the Holy Spirit to teach them all things: just as the verse states.
Now, I will make a bold statement. I understand the Trinity and you can also. I am going to try to convey my understanding to you and I am going to try to answer your questions: any question about the Trinity. However, I know that many have tried to piece together the verses that seem to say there is more than one God with the verses that state there is only one and have invented ways to explain what they thought they read.
in•vent (¹n-vµnt“) tr.v. in•vent•ed, in•vent•ing, in•vents. 1. To produce or contrive (something previously unknown) by the use of ingenuity or imagination. 2. To make up; fabricate (American Heritage Dictionary)
I am not condemning anyone for the concept of a Trinity. If I were to do so, I would be condemning myself, as I too tried to use my imagination to explain and reconcile verses that I did not yet understand.
There is only one restriction that I feel I must impose on those that have a question. I will only attempt to answer one question from any one person. I cannot change anyone’s mind and if they believe strongly in three Gods it will take much study to unlearn man’s ideas. The Trinity is not in God’s Word, so it has to be from man: man’s idea, not God’s.
i•de•a (º-d“…) n. 1. Something, such as a thought or conception, that potentially or actually exists in the mind as a product of mental activity. 2. An opinion, a conviction, or a principle (American Heritage Dictionary)
One more thing, this will sound odd to you, because it is a new and different way to view the Trinity. So, before you discount it, think about it.
The Trinity consists of God and His two witnesses. The witnesses are not God, but they are not like us.
The first witness is the Holy Spirit. He is called wisdom, because he is the wisdom of God. He was born before the earth was made (Prov 8:26). Now, stop and then read the eighth chapter of Proverbs and compare what is said about this wisdom, spoken of, to the Holy Spirit. You will find wisdom is the Holy Spirit, sent to teach us all things. Not God, but the spiritual son of God.
Yes, there are two sons. One purely of the Spirit, having no father or mother (Melchizedek) (Heb 7:3), and one son of man; having both earthly father (David) (2Sam 7:12-16) and mother (Mary)
These two are the two witnesses and the two High Priests that are Priests forever.
The verses that confuse are those which use the plural word when God is speaking in Geneses and where Jesus says, (John 8:58 NIV) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
God is speaking to Melchizedek in Geneses 3:22 and Jesus was only saying what his Father told him to say (John 12:50), therefore it was God that was before Abraham. Because the Spirit was with Jesus at that time, it could also be said by the Spirit: “before Abraham I am”.
Do you see how consistent our Father is? He had a helper (the Holy Spirit, suitable for Him), so He gave man a helper!
(Gen 2:18 NIV) The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
I think that I have given you enough to help you understand. However, I will try to answer your questions, but remember, only one at a time. Also, I am slow to answer, because some questions take time to think about and then I am getting older (actually I like to think of it as getting more mature) and that slows one down.