Concerning the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit

Concerning the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spiritby Witness Lee

ISBN: 978-0-87083-040-2
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GOD SPEAKING AS “I” AND ALSO AS “US”

In Isaiah 6:8 God says, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” God speaks of Himself on the one hand as “I” and on the other hand as “Us.” This proves that “I” is “Us” and “Us” is “I”; “I” and “Us” are identical. Then is God singular or plural? If you say that He is plural, He says “I.” If you say that He is singular, He says “Us.” This is rather mysterious and difficult to understand, so we just take the scriptural revelation as it is.

Furthermore, in Genesis 1:26; 3:22; and 11:7, God also speaks of Himself as “Us.” The unique God, in His divine words, has many times spoken of Himself as “Us.” This is really a mystery difficult to comprehend, but we must believe that this is due to the matter of the three persons of the Godhead—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

THE MATTER OF THE FATHER, THE SON,
AND THE SPIRIT

The Lord says in Matthew 28:19, “Baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Here the Lord speaks clearly of the three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. But when He speaks here of the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, the name is in the singular number in the original text. This means that though the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are three, yet the name is one. It is really mysterious—one name for three persons. This, of course, is what is meant by the expression three-in-one, or triune.

Regarding “the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” as spoken by the Lord here, we may ask, Is this name Father, or Son, or Holy Spirit? It is difficult to answer. All we can say is that the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This name includes the three—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and tells us that God is three-in-one. Although God is only one, yet there is the matter of the three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

In John 14:23 the Lord says, “If anyone loves Me...My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make an abode with him.” Also, in 17:11 He says, “Holy Father...that they may be one even as We are.” In both of these places the Lord speaks of Himself and the Father as “We.” This must also be due to the matter of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


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