Samuel Akpabio, United Kingdom
The Elementary Priciples of CHRIST, Chapter 1
The three confessions in the Apostles' Creed:-
They believed in God the Father Almighty, creator of Heavens and the Earth; Gen.1:1; " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
They confessed that Jesus Christ the Son of God, had given them the remission of sins;
They confessed Jesus was conceived of the Holy Ghost.
To have the same faith as the Apostles, we must confess that we believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. For us the Father is God, Jesus Christ is God and the Holy Spirit is God. Hence the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are the Almighty God. So our faith is anchored on one God. Therefore, the three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is fundamentally and completely one and, we build the foundation of our faith on this truth.
Scriptural Evidence ( From the old Testament):-
God is One; Deut.6:4; " Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
God exists in several persons; Gen.1:26; " And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Gen.11:7; "Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
From the New Testament:-
The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit exist as separate persons as evidenced by the Baptism of Jesus to show the beginning of his ministry, Matt.3:16-17; " And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:"
"And lo a voice from heaven, saying. This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased."
The Triune God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus to the world in the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. This scene showed that Jesus is the son of God and that the Holy Spirit works with Him, and the Father declared Him to be His " beloved Son in whom He is well pleased." Here in his baptism, Jesus took upon himself the sins of the whole world, this is how the Father fulfilled His righteousness through His Son. therefore by Jesus fulfilling the righteousness of God in his baptism, thus taking upon himself the sins of the world is the reason why he died on the cross. This truth is affirmed by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit exist as separate persons, but are the same God for us.
Matt.28:19; " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and of the Holy Ghost:", also reveals to us that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one God, as Jesus commanded the disciples, thus supporting Trinity. So believing in God means that we believe in one God as the united entity of three persons.
God the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit of the true Christianity is in the faith of the gospel of water and the Spirit is the self existent God who is different from any other deities. Jesus is not only a prophet as other religions claim. Those who do not believe that God is the Father, son and the Holy Spirit are those whose human spirits, the hearts are not born again of God who is a Spirit because it is God who can give birth to the human spirit. As a result of not being born again by God, they can not realize this truth because they do not understand the gospel of the water and the Spirit; Jn.3:5; " Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Such people approach the concept of the Trinity with their human rationality and logic and cannot understand it because they do not have God, the Father, son and the Holy Spirit in their hearts. However, for us who are born again of God, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit is our one God in whom we place our absolute faith.