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Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. 

Understanding the Trinity is central to Christianity, but a wrong understanding will: 

•  Reduce Jesus to a mere prophet.  

John 8:56-58 (RSV) ”Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I Am.” 

Exodus 3:13-14 (RSV) Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I Am.”  

John 10:30–33 (RSV) “I and the Father are one.”  The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

. . . you are claiming to be God! – CEV 

Revelation 1:1, 8 (RSV) The revelation of Jesus Christ . . . . “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Hebrews 1:5-7 (VOICE) No heavenly messengers have ever heard God address them with these words of the psalms: You are My Son. Today I have become Your Father. Or heard Him promise, I will be to You a Father, and You will be My Son. Now, when the Son, the firstborn of God, was brought into the world, God said, Let all My heavenly messengers worship Him. 

•  Reduce God to a mere man. 

Philippians 2:5-7 (TLB) Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. 

Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15, CJB). He perfectly displays God's personality and character (John 5:19; 12:49), but not God's transcendent power and glory. 

Job 37:22-24 (GNT) The glory of God fills us with awe. God's power is so great that we cannot come near him;  he is righteous and just in his dealings with us. No wonder, then, that everyone is awed by him.

Exodus 33:18-20 (RSV) Moses said, “I pray thee, show me thy glory” . . . . “You cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live.” 

Deuteronomy 4:24 (CEB) The Lord your God is an all-consuming fire. 

1 Timothy 6:16 (NET) He alone possesses immortality and lives in unapproachable light, whom no human has ever seen or is able to see.

Revelation 21:2, 23 (BSB) I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven . . . . The city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city.

•  The Jews reverenced the power and glory of God, but failed to grasp the personality and character of God. 

•  The Church reverences the personality and character of God in Christ, but we often fail to grasp the power and glory of God. 

A proper understanding of the trinity causes us to reverence all of God. Jesus isn't reduced to a prophet, nor God to a man. 

John 16:19, 23 (NKJV) [Jesus] said, "A little while, and you will not see Me . . . in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”

Matthew 6:6, 9 (NKJV) When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly . . . . In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

John 4:23 (AMPC) A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.

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