I was reading the Bible today and I came across a verse that immediately got me thinking about the debate on whether or not the Trinity is biblical. People on both sides of the debate can agree that the word Trinity is not found in the Bible. Those who advocate for the Trinity doctrine point to verses in the Bible that mention the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost in the same sentence and say that it is therefore implied.
Grace Communion International, makes the case for implicit Trinity using the following,and a number of other, verses in the Bible that imply a Trinity (I’ve used KJV here).
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
– Matthew 28:19, KJV
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
– 1 Peter 1:2, KJV
They, and other Trinity supporters say there is no mention in the Bible that explicitly says that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one. I have found a verse in the Bible that says just that.
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
– 1 John 5:7, KJV
Fortunately, I read the King James Version of the Bible almost exclusively, looking at other versions only for comparisons or proof of what has been omitted. The NASB, NIV, NIRV, NLV, and most other “modern” translations leave out approximately 75% of this verse, so if you are reading one of these “modern” translations, yes, the Trinity is not mentioned in the Bible. However, we are reading from the King James Version that was translated into the English tongue under God’s Authority. Continuing with our studies we know from John chapter 1 that the Word is God and that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
– John 1:1, KJV
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
– John 1:14, KJV
We can come to the conclusion based on this and other bible verses that Jesus is the Word and that is implicit, although I may find a verse in the future that says Jesus is the Word. The Trinity however, is explicit, mentioned in 1 John 5:7 and removed in “modern” translations.