Bible Study Lessons from Matthew 3:13-17
In the verses listed below in Matthew, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist marking the beginning of Christ’s ministry.
Here we see a clear appearance of the Trinity – and, exactly what is the Trinity of God?
I don’t propose to know all the answers but there are some examples below to help explain (in my humble understanding).
Jesus is Baptized by John the Baptist – Ministry of Christ Begins
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him.
But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?”
But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he permitted Him.
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” – Matthew 3:13-17 NASB
Jesus is Baptized by John the Baptist – The Trinity
The doctrine of the Trinity means that God is three persons and yet one in essence. In this passage for Bible study, all three persons of the Trinity are present and active.
God the Father speaks; God the Son is baptized; God the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus.
God is one, yet in three persons at the same time. This is one of God’s incomprehensible mysteries.
Other Bible references that speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; Corinthians 12:4-13…”
Understanding the Trinity
The Trinity is probably one of the most misunderstood excerpts in the Bible.
There are some comparisons which have helped me to understand what the Trinity means – they are ..
Water can be in three different forms —
- Frozen (ice)
- Gas (steam)
But, all in all, it’s still the same. It is still water no matter what form it takes.
2. We can be three persons.
This really helped me to understand from a human perspective: Personally, I am these three things ..
- I am a son to my parents
- I am a husband to my wife
- I am a father to my children
But, in all these I am still the same person. See how many examples you can come up with.
We Are Not Omnipotent
Some things are very difficult to understand from our limited human perspective but don’t you feel that God, the Creator of the universe, with all his power could accomplish this feat?
One Thing We Need to Know
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I don’t always understand all these things either but I’m sure glad he gave it all for me – Aren’t you?
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 and find more ..
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New American Standard Bible
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