The One God of Scripture

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Daily Reform, John 10:24-31

From the Reformer

This article, though it be taught most clearly in the New Testament, yet has been always assaulted and opposed in the highest measure, so that the holy evangelist, St. John, for the confirmation of this article, was constrained to write his gospel. Then came presently that heretic, Cerinthus, teaching out of Moses, that there was but one God, and concluding thence that Christ could not be God, or God man.

But let me stick to God’s Word in the Holy Scripture, namely, that Christ is true God with God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost is true God, and yet there are not three Gods, nor three substances as three men, three angels, three sons, three windows, etc. No: God is not separated or divided in such manner in his substance, but there is only and alone one divine essence, and no more.

Therefore, although there be three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, yet notwithstanding, we must not divide nor separate the substance, for there is but only one God in one only undivided substance, as St. Paul clearly speaks of Christ (Colossians 1), that he is the express image of the invisible God, the first born of all creatures; for through him all things are created that are in heaven and on earth, visible, etc., and all is through and in him created, and he is before all, and all things consist in him.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

Some rail against Jesus because they think him a blasphemer. Others criticize Jesus’ followers because they cannot conceive of anything being three and yet One. Yet the scriptures, without naming the doctrine Trinity, say God is One and yet name God as three distinctive, interacting personalities, all of which are identified as God. Try as man will to dismiss what he cannot reason, even Jefferson’s scissors will not make the Trinity disappear from scripture.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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