The TRINITY and CREATION
The very first action attributed to God is creation. God alone is uncreated and not dependent on anything. While there
is a hint of God’s plurality in His use of the plural in Genesis 1: 26 and elsewhere, the Old Testament does not explicitly
teach the Trinity or detail how the different Persons acted with regard to the creation.
The New Testament reveals that the Son was the agent of creation. John says of
Jesus, “Through him all things were made, and without him was not any thing
made that was made” (1: 3). He also has a role in upholding the creation.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all
things were created through him and for him. And he is before all
things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1: 16–17).
While we do not get a clear picture of what the Spirit did in
creation, we are told that He was hovering over the face of
the waters (Genesis 1: 2). He may have been the Person to
imbue life into human beings (Job 33: 4; Psalm 104: 30).
Scripture passages that
show the TRINITY
Matthew 3: 16–17
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up
from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened
to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from
heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well
pleased.” ( The three Persons all appear in this scene—Jesus is
being baptized, the Spirit is descending like a dove, and the Father
speaks from Heaven).
Matthew 28: 19
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. ( The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have the same
name, not names, and they are mentioned without any hint of hierarchy).
Romans 8: 16
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and
fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. ( The Spirit testifies
we are children and heirs of the Father and co-heirs with Christ, the Son).
1 Corinthians 12: 4–6
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are
varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. ( This is one of many Trinitarian formulas
in Paul’s letters—the Spirit, Son, and Father are referenced deliberately—this does not directly teach the doctrine of the
Trinity, but it assumes it.)
1 Grudem, W., Systematic Theology, p. 226, Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1994.
2 See creation.com/triune-god and creation.com/trinity for more in-depth
explanations of the Trinity with many biblical proofs.
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Lita has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Oklahoma
Wesleyan University and an M.A. in New
Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School. She is the full-time Information Officer for
CMI-USA. For more: creation.com/cosner.