Celebrating the Trinity in Scripture

In honor of today being Trinity Sunday, the midpoint of the Christian year (that both sums up the previous several months of teaching about God and the Gospel and launches the next several months of discipleship themes) I’ve assembled a collection of passages from the Bible that describe or allude to the Trinity: God the three-in-one and one-in-three.

Critics like to point out that the word trinity does not show up once in the Bible.  And although that little detail is true, there is a definite trinitarian mindset that can be found throughout the New Testament and foreshadowed in many places in the Old Testament.  The purpose of this post is not to construct a theological or exegetical argument to defend the Doctrine of the Trinity, but simply to provide a devotional reading list to explore the appearances of this beautiful mystery of God in the Bible.

Isaiah 6:1-8  the glory of God in heaven, especially “holy, holy, holy”

Revelation 4:1-11 similar to Isaiah 6, note the “holy, holy, holy”

John 3:1-15  Jesus teaches about the divinity of the Spirit and the Son

Genesis 1  God is plural even at creation

Matthew 3:13-end  Father & Son & Spirit appear together

Genesis 18  The Trinity is foreshadowed in three “angels”

1 John 5  the Father is known through the Son and the Spirit

2 Corinthians 13:13  a Trinitarian blessing from St. Paul

Matthew 28:16-20  the Baptismal formula is Trinitarian

Romans 8:11-17  the Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ

Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31  God is plural in his manifestation as Wisdom

Romans 5:1-5  Peace and joy from the Father, Son, and Spirit

John 16:12-15  cooperative activity of the Spirit, Son, and Father

Ephesians 4:1-16  unity with God through the Spirit in Christ

John 1:1-18  The Word was God and was with God

Job 38:1-11, 42:1-5  God is beyond our simple understanding

About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about liturgy & spiritual formation, theology & biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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