An Answer by Tricia Brannon

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In Mark 10:18, (as well as in Luke 18:18) the rich young ruler asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” One commentator seemed to say that Jesus implied “if you call me good, believe that I am God; for no one is good but God.”

Another’s interpretation states that, “the overwhelming weight of Scripture teaches that ‘only the Father is God…’”
That contradicts the study we are currently immersed in here in Arlington, “The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit.”

From Understanding the Holy Spirit Made Easy (Rose Publishing LLC copyright 2018), I submit the following:

The Biblical teaching on Trinity embodies four essential affirmations.

  • There is one and only one true and living God. This one God eternally exists in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are completely equal in attributes, each with the same Divine Nature.

  • While each person is fully and completely God, the persons are not identical. Monotheism, yet God in Three Persons: 

  • The differences among Father, Son and Holy Spirit are found in the way they relate to one another and the role each plays in accomplishing their unified purpose.

  • The unity of nature and distinction of persons of Trinity is illustrated in a diagram often referred to as the “Shield of the Trinity.”

  1. Father is God. 

  2. Father is not Son.

  3. Father is not Holy Spirit

  4. Son is God.

  5. Son is not Father.

  6. Son is not Holy Spirit.

  7. Holy Spirit is God.

  8. Holy Spirit is not Father.

  9. Holy Spirit is not Son.

  10. Main role of Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ. He is Christ in us.

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