In my previous post I began to discuss the doctrine of the Trinity, which states that the godhead comprises three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all of whom are completely and equally God, with no one superior to the others, all of whom have existed forever, and all of whom are of the same essence/substance. But these three are actually one. So there is only one God, but he is manifest in three persons.
I maintained in the post that this doctrine is not taught in the New Testament, but I pointed out there is one apparent exception, depending on which translation you are reading. In the King James Version you will find the following passage in the letter of 1 John:
There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, and these three are one; and there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and these three are one (1 John 5:7-8).
That first part does indeed sound like an early expression of the doctrine of the Trinity! (No other place in the NT does so – even though there are some passages that mention or allude to Father, Son, and Spirit, none of them takes the crucial step of saying that are all equally God and that “the three are one.”) So it *is* in the NT! Right?
No, probably wrong. 1 John 5:7 was not originally in the New Testament. It is a…
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