Most of the Christian world believes in some form of the Trinity doctrine in which there are three co-equal, co-eternal Gods who are three in one sense and yet one in another. There are nuances to the different denominational understandings of the Trinity but the basic understanding is the same. Yet is this Biblical? The Bible says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord,” Deuteronomy 6:4. (For more information on the one True God, take a look at the study “Who is God?”)
But the Bible definitely records a conversation between more than one individual at the time of our creation. You can read it in Genesis 1:26-27.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Now the only thing we know for sure so far is that God was talking to at least one other individual in this conversation to qualify as an “us.” Are there 2, 3 or 5? At this point we don’t know, but we do know there is more than one. I also think we have a clue in the fact that when God said “Let us make man in our image,” He created two beings: a male and a female.
First, He created man. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” Genesis 2:7.
Then He created a woman. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man,” Genesis 2:21-23.
It’s very interesting that God created man and woman in a certain order and in different ways. Why is this? With all other creatures, the male and female were created at the same time and in the same way. Why take the time to create mankind in a special way? I believe it’s because it’s an image or picture of the Beings that made us. Adam represents God the Father in that he was first as the Father was first. Eve represents the Son of God in that she is taken out of Adam as the Son was brought forth out of the Father. (For more information on the Son of God, review the study “The Son of God”). If this revelation is true, then we should see this picture of Two Divine Beings in more than just this one place in the Bible. Take a look at Zechariah 4:7:
“Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” Here we have a picture of a Great Mountain from which a Headstone is brought forth. This Headstone comes out of the Mountain, and therefore, is of the same mineral makeup as the Mountain, but one was first from which the other came forth. Again in this symbology we see Two: a Great Mountain and a Headstone.
Now consider Daniel 2:45:
“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” This Stone is clearly Christ whose kingdom fills the whole earth. Daniel 2:35 says,”…the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” Notice that this Stone is cut out of the Mountain without hands. This is a supernatural event. The Stone is not “created” as an artist sculpts a piece of stone, but is brought forth in a one-of-a-kind way. Here again, we see Two: a Mountain and a Stone.
Symbolically, we keep seeing Two, but does the Bible specifically tell us that two were involved in creation? It does!
“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,” 1 Corinthians 8:6. Here Paul explains that only Two were involved in creation: the Father, who is the Source of all, and Jesus, who is the Channel the Father uses.
Very interesting, but we must establish a truth in the mouth of two or more witnesses. Are there more? Yes, there are!
“Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?” Proverbs 30:4. This verse clearly describes Who it is that established the ends of the earth at creation, and it say, “what is his name, and what is his son’s name.” Two: a Father and His Son.
And here’s two more witnesses:
“And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 3:9. Two: God and Jesus.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,” John 1:1. This account of creation also confirms there were Two: God and the Word.
So the question is sometimes asked, “How can the Word be God and yet be with God?” It’s a similar situation that we see with Adam and Eve. Eve was with the human (Adam), and Eve was human (in nature). So we see two distinct beings, Adam and Eve, who are both of the same nature, human. In the same way, Jesus was with God (the Father), and Jesus was God (in nature).
Moving on from creation, let’s look for other references to Two Divine Beings. In the story of Moses and Aaron, we’re told that Aaron would function as Moses’ mouth, and that Moses would function as Aaron’s God. Two.
“And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God,” Exodus 4:14-16.
We’ll also see Two Divine Beings in the story of our salvation:
“Even he shall build the temple of the Lord; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both,” Zechariah 6:13. The counsel of peace is between them both, and both is Two, not three.
Let’s look for more witnesses in the salvation account.
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son,” 2 John 1:9. Here again, both is Two.
“And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together,” Genesis 22:7-8. In a touching example of God who offers His Lamb, Abraham offers his son, Isaac. A father and his son representing The Father and His Son. Two.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. In the most well-known verse of the Bible, we again see a Father offering His Son. Two.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life,” Romans 5:10. Two.
Now, let’s consider some of Jesus’ parables.
“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it. And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise. But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him,” Matthew 21:33-39. This is about a householder and his son is clearly a story of the Father and His Son. Two.
“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,” Matthew 22:2. Again, Two.
Even Biblical marriage is between two people who become one through marriage. “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh,” Matthew 19:5. But are they now a weird, two-headed creature? No, that’s ridiculous. They’re one in their familial tie and in unity of purpose. Just as Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,” John 10:30.
Now let’s take a close look at the hierarchy that God has established.
“ But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God,” 1 Corinthians 11:3. From top down, it goes God, Christ, man, woman. A union of Two: Father and Son. A union of two: husband and wife. The old saying, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” seems to apply here.
What else did Jesus say in regards to our salvation?
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent,” John 17:3. Our eternal life hinges on us knowing Two Divine Beings: God and Christ.
John said, “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ,” 1 John 1:3. His fellowship was with Two Divine Beings: the Father and Son.
Another interesting thing to do is to check the greetings that Paul uses in all his letters to the churches. They all go something like this:
“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,” Galatians 1:3. Check and see! If there was a third Divine Being, why doesn’t grace and peace come from them, too?
Here’s another question to consider: why does antichrist only deny the Father and Son if there’s a third member of the Godhead? “…He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son,” 1 John 2:22.
So in numerous verses we have seen Two Divine Beings, the Father and Son, were involved in our creation and in our salvation. In every account, it was Two and only Two. What about in the earth made new when the physical presence of God is with man?
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb,” Revelation 22:1. Here again we see the throne of Two: God and the Lamb.
In declaring that there is one true God and His Son, Jesus Christ, we do not deny the Spirit of God. To learn more about the Spirit, read the study “The Spirit of God.”