A disciple wrote to me this day and asked me if 1 Corinthians 15:24 is proof that God is a trinity.
Here is my reply to him, by the Holy Ghost:
“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.”
1 Corinthians 15:24
Brother, this is a perfectly simple statement, and it means just what it says. A child could understand it, as you and I both know.
However, a man who imagines that God is a trinity of divine persons cannot read it as it is written, for the simple reason that he does not know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
I would have you to know, brother, that a trinitarian will not only misunderstand this verse, but the whole Bible; and you will never be able to explain to him what it says, for the simple reason that when you say Jesus Christ, and he says Jesus Christ, you and he are saying the same name, but you are not talking about the same person.
Imagine if I thought that this is an orange.
And you think that this is an orange.
You and I could argue about an orange all day long, and we would never agree on anything, because we are saying the same word, but we are not talking about the same thing.
So, rather than trying to explain a particular verse of the scripture to a trinitarian, or arguing with him about what it means, the FIRST thing that we must establish is, WHO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE SAY JESUS CHRIST?
When you explain to him that Jesus is the Son of God, then it will become apparent that he doesn’t believe that.
He believes rather that Jesus is “God the Son”.
And so, the first thing to do, if he will believe the word of God, is to teach him who Jesus Christ is (that he is the Son of the living God), and that there is no such thing as “God the Son”; for the Bible says that the only true God is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that God was in Christ, manifest in the flesh.
ONLY if he will believe the testimony of God concerning his Son, will he be able to read the scripture as it is written; and ONLY then will he be able to understand passages like 1 Corinthians 15:24
The fact that God has a begotten Son does not “prove the existence of a trinity”.
The fact that God has a begotten Son proves only one thing:
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
1 Timothy 2:5
+ 1 man does not
= 3 persons.
May God bless you as you abide in his word, brother.