This is my first sermon in the Biblical approach to the doctrine of the Trinity. I have a Five-fold plan for this section of our study:
- Go over the proof text for the Trinity.
- See proof for One God.
- See proof for Father, Son, and Spirit being numerically one.
- See their relationship.
- See how the apostles worked with the doctrine of the Trinity.
Tonight, I start by dealing with Mark 12:28-34. We will read the passage, cover the context, see how Jesus deals with the situation, and cover some implications.
Mark 12:28-34English Standard Version (ESV)
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Part 1 of the Study of the Doctrine of the Trinity. (Links to Parts 2-51 are in subsequent sermons.)