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Jehovahs Witnesses and the Trinity by John Stickland

The doctrine of the Trinity, with other essential truths found in the Scriptures taught by faithful men of God over the centuries, appears to have been under increasing attack in recent years. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that the Trinity cannot be true because it is too difficult to understand, is beyond human reason and confusing.

One verse that they often quote in support of this claim is 1 Corinthians 14 : 33 which says that God is not the author of confusion. This is taken out of its context and actually refers to need for the exercise of spiritual gifts to be done properly and in order.
The concept of the Trinity or Godhead, clearly shown us in the pages of Scripture, can be said however to be beyond human powers to fully understand. This should not be surprising to us when we realise we are trying to comprehend with our finite minds the very nature of God.
In Matthew 28:19 we see the three persons of the Trinity shown togetherin unity as one in the baptismal formula. Here the commandment is to baptise in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The union of these three names in the form of baptism is proof that Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit are one with the Father, and therefore equal with the Father. Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that Jesus is a created being and the Holy Spirit they say is an invisible force.  If this is so, isn’t there something seriously amiss with this teaching if a created being (however exalted),and an invisible force should be united with the name of the eternal God inthe solemn rite of baptism ? The absurdity of this claim needs no further comment.
There are of course many other Scripture verses or passages which provide evidence of both the divinity of Jesus and that of the person of the Holy Spirit, showing that both are one with the Father in the Godhead or Trinity.

Relating to Jesus the following are a few of many examples -:

Colossians 2 : In Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead.

1 Timothy 3:15 & 16 He was God manifested in the flesh.

Hebrews 1:6 Angels commanded to worship Him

Hebrews 1:8 Spoken of as God

There are also many verses showing the Holy Spirit is both a Person and God. The following are some of them.

Acts 5:3 & 4 He can be lied to and is spoken of as God

John 14:26 He teaches and brings to remembrance

John 16:13, Acts 10. 19 to 20, Rev. 2. 7, 17, 29 etc. He guides, speaks andhears.

Romans 8:26 He intercedes

Acts 13:4 He sends into serviceActs 13:2,

Acts 20:28. He appoints and commissions individuals

Acts 5:3 2 Cor. 3:17 & 18. The Spirit of God is called God and bearsnames which belong to God.
These and other verses clearly presenting to us the concept of the Trinity pose a major problem for Jehovah’s Witnesses. This problem was lessened somewhat for them from their own point of view, when they produced a Watchtower version of the Scriptures, the New World Translation. Their amended text in key areas brought the reading into a greater conformity with their teachings on the Trinity and in particular the person of Christ who they believe is the Archangel Michael.

Thanks for reading, please leave a comment below with any thoughts, comments or questions you have.


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  1. Excellent article. To bad most of them refuse to read it.

  2. Have you ever noticed jesus real roll in Jehoivah,s creation, why he been called god not almighty God.Jehovah God declared he will never give this name to anybody. Jehovah or Yehovah this name belong to only true living God. Exodus 3:13-15 About Lord Jesus he is a first creation of almighty God who gave Jesus all authority to accomplish Almightys work. Colossians 1:15-19
    Another scriptures all ignore 1CORINTHANS 15:20-28 makes very very clear Lord Jesus roll in Almighty God Jehovahs purpose for him. Why he been called Lord of Lords, Why he been called God, Why he been called King of Kings. Then did you noticed verses 27,28. When he will finish task given to him by almighty God Jehovah and then he will subject himself to God. And we all will realize what psalm 83:18 says about Almighty God. Thanks Ravi

    • Ravi welcome to this blog your comment is welcome and appreciated

      Before I give my thoughts on what you said I would be interested to know how exactly you see Jesus? If He is not almighty God, what is He? Please be as detailed as you like as it would be great to understand your view before I present mine.

      thanks again for commenting

    • Hey Ravi I was hoping to have some dialogue with you on this but sadly I have had no reply from you.

      Jesus is frequently referred to as God in the bible, He is the creator of ALL things, as we see in Colossians 1:16 all things have been created through Him and for Him, Jesus is no creation, not only are we made by Him we are created for Him.

      As I would hope you agree we are made for Gods glory, yes Jesus declared God the Father as being His God, because He is, as a man Jesus modelled what it was to be subject to God, in heaven now Jesus is still subject to His Father however this is as God. This is the Trinity at work, we see in Philippians 2:6-7 that Jesus did not grasp His equality with God but emptied Himself to being a servant, Jesus as a servant man modelled all things that we are too including absolute devotion to God, however this is not to be mistaken with Him being any other than God Himself in human form.

      • Hi Ravi – thanks for your contribution – sorry that you have not felt able to share your beliefs further. I’d like to add to Bobby’s comments however if I may.
        Firstly, nowhere in the Scriptures is Jesus referred to as ‘a god’. It looks like you have got hold of a copy of the Watchtower bible, certain parts of which are not accepted by world class scholars including John 1:1 which refers to Jesus as ‘a god’.
        Apart from an incorrect translation from the Greek original, the ‘a god’ rendering speaking of a big God and a small god is in direct contradiction with Isaiah 44:6, Isaiah 45: 5&6 and Isaiah 46:9 which makes it clear that there is no god with God.
        Deuteronomy 32:39 states …..there is no God beside Me;
        The word ELOHIM used here means God, gods, or any object of worship, of any rank or position.

        The next point that needs to be made is that as one with the Father in the Godhead (Colossians 2:9) and entitled to the same honour (John 5: 22-23), Jesus has the title of Almighty God.
        This is clearly confirmed by looking at Genesis 17:1 and Revelation 1:8 which speak of One who is the Alpha and the Omega and Almighty God. If we then look at Rev. 22: 12-13 and Rev. 22:20 we see Jesus with the same title of Alpha and Omega combined with the Beginning and the End and the First and the Last. There is only One who can hold such titles, which can only be Almighty God Himself.
        Ravi, you mention Exodus 3:13-15 which speaks of another exclusive name of God, “I AM” – but were you aware this is also a title of Jesus? This can be seen in John 8:58 where Jesus actually uses this name of Himself. Unfortunately, if you are looking at a copy of the Watchtower’s bible they have incorrectly rendered this as ‘I have been’.
        You will also see the Jew’s violent reaction to the implications of using this title – they knew perfectly well what it meant.

        The title “Firstborn” is a term used in the Scriptures, here in Col. 1:15 and elsewhere, to denote priority, sovereignty or pre-eminence. This can be seen in Psalm 89: 20&27 where David is given this title, but was not the firstborn. Similarly we see in Exodus 4:22 Israel given the title, but was not born first as a nation.

        The last point that that needs to be made is that to understand fully who Jesus actually is we need to look at all Scripture related to Him – not just selected verses, which show His humanity.
        To give further assistance with this have a look at my post on 22nd Feb. 2011 ‘Who is Jesus’

        best wishes – John

  3. Thank you for these great comments – I have in the past put across the point that if Jesus was created by God (Jehovah) this means there was a time before Jesus existed when God was not a Father – ultimately this means his ‘essence’ and being changed, despite the fact that JWs believe Jehovah is eternally unchanging… so how can he not be a Father, and then suddenly become a Father? This has stumped their argument.
    For anyone who, like me, wanted a very readable explanation of what Christians believe about the Trinitarian Godhead, ‘The Good God’ by Michael Reeves is excellent.

  4. I love debating the trinity. The first one I recognize is that he said “God was manifest I’m the flesh” 1 Tim 3:16. Considering that the word God doesn’t appear there in Greek. It’s “He was manifest”.

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