-First of all, Christian ministers and laypersons alike do not believe that there are “three gods in one, but do believe that there are three persons all of the same “substance”- being co-equal, co-existent, and eternally existent. Let’s look at a few scriptural references,

          -In Genesis 1:26, Jehovah is speaking of Creation, and He speaks in the plural tense. He says, “And God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Now, it is obvious that God would not create man in His image and the angel’s images if He were talking to them, so He must’ve been addressing someone else- and who, but His Son and the Holy Spirit who are equal in Substance, could He address in such familiar terms? Since there is no other God but Jehovah, not even “a lesser mighty god” as Jehovah’s Witnesses affirm Christ to be, there must therefore be a unity in plurality and Substance, or the passage could not be meaningful.

 

-Genesis 11:7, “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language.” And Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” In Genesis 11:7 God says at the tower of Babel, “Let us go down,” and also in Isaiah 6:8, “Who will go for us.” These are both other instances where a plurality indicates something deeper than an interpersonal relationship; they strongly suggest what the New Testament strongly develops, namely, a Tri-Unity in the One God.

 

The JW’s (Jehovah’s Witnesses) claim that the early church fathers, including Tertullian and Theophilus, propagated and introduced the threefold unity of God into Christianity is ridiculous and hardly worth refuting. Any unbiased study of the facts will convince the impartial student that before Tertullian and Theophilus lived; the doctrine was under much study and considered “sound.” No one doubts that among the heathen such as Egypt, demon gods were worshipped, but to call the triune Godhead a doctrine of the devil, as JW’s do, is blasphemy and the product of untutored and darkened souls.

 

The problem with why the Trinity doctrine is “confusing” to JW’s lies, as it does with most of their other doctrinal issues, with their misinterpretation of “death” as it is used in the Bible. To JW’s, death is the cessation of consciousness, or destruction. However, no single or collective rendering of Greek or Hebrew words in any reputable lexicon or dictionary will ever substantiate their view. Death in the scriptures is “separation” from the body as in the case of the “first death” (physical), and separation from God for eternity as in the second death or the lake of fire (Rev 20:14, 21:8). Death never means annihilation, and JW’s cannot bring in one word in context in the original languages of scripture to prove it does. A wealth of evidence has been amassed to prove it does not!

 

A popular question that JW’s ask to try and refute the Trinity doctrine is “Who ran the universe the three days that Jesus was dead and in the grave?” (Again remember that to them death is portrayed as extinction of consciousness). The answer is that Christians do not believe that the Trinity was incarnate in Christ and that they were “three in one” as such during Christ’s earthly ministry. Christ voluntarily limited himself when on earth in His “earthly” body, but heaven was always open to Him and He never ceased to be God while on earth, the second person of the trinity. In fact, at His baptism, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, God the Father spoke, and the Son was baptized. Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

What further proof is needed to show a threefold unity? Compare the baptism of Christ here in Matthew chapter three with the commission to preach in the threefold name of God in Matthew 28:19 which says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” The evidence is undeniable.

 

The doctrine of the Trinity is demonstrated in other verses such as,

- Luke 1:35, “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

- John 14:16, Jesus said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”

- John 15:26, Jesus said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”

 

Of course it is not possible humanly to fathom completely with our finite human minds this great revelation completely, but this we know; There is a unity of Substance, not three gods, and that unity is One in every sense, which no reasonable person can doubt after surveying all the scriptural evidence. When Jesus said, “My Father is greater than I” in John 14:28, He spoke the truth, for in the form of a servant and as a man, the Son was subject to the Father willingly; but upon His resurrection and in the radiance of His glory taken again from whence He veiled it. Philippians 2:6-8 says, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” He showed forth His deity when He declared in Matthew 28:18, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” This is proof positive of His intrinsic nature and unity of Substance. It is evident that the Lord Jesus Christ was never inferior- speaking of His nature- His Father during His sojourn on earth.

 

-JW’s sum up another blast at the Trinity doctrine by informing us that John 1:1 should be rendered, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.” This is another example of the depths to which the Watchtower will descend to make Jesus a “second god” and thus introduce polytheism into Christianity. (Saying we believe in three gods)

 

No recognized translators in the history of Greek exegesis have ever sanctioned such a grammatical travesty as the Watchtower translation, and they know it. Such a rendition is an indication of markedly inferior scholarship and finds no basis whatsoever in New Testament Greek grammar.

 

 

-Teaching on the Holy Spirit

-The JW’s deny that the Holy Spirit is a person and is co-equal, co-existent and eternally existent with God the Father and with Christ. They often refer to the Holy Spirit as a “force.” The following scripture references refute their stand completely,

          - Acts 5:3-4 says, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” Peter is accusing Ananias of lying to the Holy Ghost. He equates the Holy Ghost with God saying to Ananias that he didn’t lie to men but unto God. This is an equation that is hard for JW’s to explain, much less deny for who else but a person can be lied to. You can’t lie to a force but to a person or personality.

 

          - Acts 13:2-4, “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.” We see here in these verses that the Holy Ghost speaks and sends as He does in Acts 21:10-11 where He prophesies Paul’s imprisonment, “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.” Only a personality can do these things, not “an invisible active force” as the JW’s describe Him.

 

-John 14:16-17; 26; 16:7-14, these verses need no comment. He is a divine person and He is God!

-John 14:16-17, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

-John 14:26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

- John 16:7-14, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

- Genesis 1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”