Perhaps the major teaching of historical Christianity is the teaching of God is Triune. This is meant to mean God is Three Divine persons, co-equal, co-eternal, co-existent made of the same substance, essence, or being.
Due to both the nature of this doctrine and the misunderstandings people have of it, this teaching has caused MUCH confusion in Christendom. Historically post-nicene Christianity has downgraded, persecuted, and even killed those who even dared opposed this historical position which was finally formulated at the council of Nicea in 325 A.D.
This was several hundred years after Christ and his apostles’ ministry. The doctrine is never explicitly stated in the Scriptural Canon but advocates of the doctrine believe the concepts are there due to the interaction of Father to the Son to the Holy Spirit and so on.
This doctrine constitutes a few things
- The God of the Old Testament is both a HE and a THEY.
- Jesus Christ was eternally with the Father and was God.
- God formulated his eternal plan by sending His Son in the form of man to bring redemption back to a lost creation.
While these statement are alluded to, they are never explicitly stated except for number 3.
According to the Bible God is a He
Isaiah 43:11, 44:6
(He knows no other)
If these scriptures are true, it is obvious God the Father knows the Son but therefore as the Scripture says, Beside me there is no Savior. So Scripturally the Father and the Son are a He and not a they.
In contrast this would mean God took of himself instead of sending one like Himself or of the same substance of Himself.