153 – THE TRINITY 3
The Trinity does not show up in the Old Testament. The teachers in theology say that the word “WE”, inGen.1:26 and 3:22, refers to the Trinity, but this is human interpretation.
In the study The Trinity nº 2, we saw that this world belongs to Satan and is ruled by him (Luke 4:5-8; 1 John 5:19). Jesus says that this world is the kingdom of Satan, in Matt.12:22-28. The mystery that surrounds Jehovah and Satan has not been solved yet, for though he was Jehovah’s counselor in Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-7, he was rejected by Jesus, as we read in Luke 4:1-13 and Job 14:30. Jehovah, as the lord of this world, freely handed everything over to Satan, as he himself declares to Jesus: “And the devil said to Him, ‘I will give you all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if you worship before me, it shall all be Yours’” (Luke 4:6-7).
The Christian Church, both the Roman Catholic and the Protestant, teaches that the Trinity created everything and keeps the government over all things and all men. This is a paradox. Is the Trinity ruling over this world? How can this be if Paul says that all creation is under a dissolute captivity that will only end when this dark system is over? (Rom.8:19-23). Where there is sweeping rebellion, there is not organized government. And Paul reveals that Jesus reconciled everything of earth and heaven with God in the cross (Col.1:20). The government of creation was then the wicked power that subjected it(Rom.8:20-23). All men and women, according to the Bible, are ruled by this dark, pernicious and perverting power (Eph.2:2-3). The evidences that the Trinity, that is, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit do not govern this world are clear and conclusive. John asserts that the government of this world belongs to Satan (1 John 5:19). Paul says that Christ, when he saves men, delivers them from darkness and from the power of Satan, unto God (Acts 26:18). The very Lord Jesus touched on the subject, saying, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). If Jesus had nothing to do with this world, he did not rule it, and so the Trinity did not rule it either, for Jesus said, “All things that the father has are Mine (John 16:15). And Paul informs us once more that Christ will take the power for himself, and that there will be a war in this period, in which the governing enemies will be subjected. Only then he will hand in the government to God the Father (1 Cor.15:23-25). Therefore, God is not in the government of this world, and the Trinity does not rule. It was only after the resurrection that Jesus received all the power to perform the great work of redemption (Matt.28:18).
The Trinity can only be in the government of creation and in the government of this world under three different aspects:
1. The Trinity does not rule over all creation because there were darkness, chaos, confusion and disorder from the very beginning, as we read in Gen.1:2. We have seen that Paul made it clear that there is a dark power over all creation. This power is so vast that Paul says that the saved ones groan under many pains, temptations, affronts, persecutions and martyrdom (Rom.8:19-23). To this archenemy of all good, justice, love, and the Trinity, the Bible calls devil or Satan. Nobody knows who he is, though. This power is so wicked that the great apostle of the gentiles affirms that we may go into the kingdom of God only through many tribulations, that is: there is a great cost involved in leaving the powerful government of Satan. This power of deceit is so well disguised that believers prefer the wide way to the narrow way, thinking that they are doing the right thing (Matt.7:13-14; Acts 14:22). This yoke is so horrible, that the great majority of those who want to enter by the narrow door strives, insists, but does not succeed. Jesus said, “Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23-24).
2. The Trinity is not over the government of creation, because evil increases and never decreases. The consolation of the Christian is that the Trinity governs the people of God, that is, the Church. Let us analyze this great hope of the Christian. Paul stated that the people of God are groaning together with the contaminated creation, that is, they are not under the total government of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Rom.8:22-23). The hope of the Church is in Matt.28:18-19, that says, “All authority has been given Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the son and the Holy Spirit.” This prophecy of Jesus has not been fulfilled, for there live on the earth over six billion people, and just about one billion are Christians, 900 million of which are Catholic and one 100 million are Evangelical. Jesus is the head of the Church (Col.1:18). But the Church is broken in pieces. There are thousands of different sects and doctrines. There is not a unity of doctrine. This world belongs to Satan (1 John 5:19). John himself announces that all that is of this world is not of God (1 John 2:15-17). Which things of this world form the foundation of the ones who live here, which are not of the Father? The desires of the flesh, lust, sensuality, material goods, fame, respect, servants, etc. The pride of life means to think that we are able to get and enjoy these things. Well, nowadays all these things are inside the Church. This is the reason why Satan is sitting on a throne inside the Church. “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is” (Rev.2:13). Paul says that the Church of Corinth was a carnal church, and therefore filled with strife, envy and dissensions (1 Cor.3:1-3).
If the Trinity were ruling the Church, this Church would not be carnal and worldly.
3. There rests one only option: The Trinity will govern only the future world. “For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking” (Heb.2:4-5). Jesus taught us, “But those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead” (Luke 20:35).
The conclusion we draw is that the Trinity has the government over the saints that willingly submit to Jesus in a total and absolute way. They live in the sphere of the grace of the Son, the love of the Father, and the communion of the Holy Ghost (2 Cor.13:13). They are no longer of this world, just as Jesus is not of this world (John 17:14). They crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts (Gal.5:24-25).Those who are governed by the Trinity are the ones who reached the unity of the faith, that is, they do not go about fighting the brothers of other congregations. They reached the stature of the perfect man,“the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Eph.4:13).
These are the ones that will go into the future world; the ones that will not take into it the pride of salvation, nor the tyranny of pride, nor the vanity of theology, for the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Rom.14:17).
The kingdom of God is the kingdom of love. “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col.1:12-13).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira