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Prayer: "Dear God, as I study this very important lesson, help me to be able to understand this important truth. For Jesus sake. Amen."

Please read the memory verse for Lesson 1, "THE BIBLE", four times and review POINTS TO REMEMBER in Lesson One.
Read 5 times, slowly and thoughtfully, your Scripture verse for this lesson, and always include the location. It is like your address:

GENESIS = State
CHAPTER ONE = Town
VERSE ONE = Street number

MEMORY VERSE

(Genesis 1:1):

"In the beginning GOD created the Heaven and the earth."

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The word, GOD, "ELOHIM" is a Uni-Plural Noun, meaning more than one (plurality), used about 2,500 times in the Old Testament; thus, the "Trinity" is shown in the first verse of the Bible. The trinity means ONE GOD in THREE Manifestations. A helpful summary of the Trinity can also be found in the Athanasian Creed. Formed early in the existence of the Church, it contains a statement which still stands as a guide for believers today. It reads: "So the FATHER is GOD; the SON is GOD and the HOLY SPIRIT is GOD. And yet there are not three Gods, but one God...neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance." 

The First Words of the Bible, "In the Beginning," WHEN WAS THAT? We don't know! But look at the perfect circle: 

Can you tell where it starts and ends? NO! GOD is the ETERNAL SELF-EXISTING ONE: No beginning and No Ending! The ONE-GOD, MANIFESTED IN "THREE": GOD, THE FATHER - GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST - GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

You say, "I can't understand ONE GOD in THREE Manifestations." Neither can anyone else. We just take these things by faith as (Heb 11:6) says: "But without faith it is impossible to please HIM." However, GOD HAS PUT MANY illustrations of this uni-plural fact into Nature to help us understand. Take for instance, Water - Ice - Steam; they are different forms, but all have the same substance. Have you ever thought of an egg as one but three? Shell - white part - yolk = one egg. 

As you will see in a later lesson, MAN is THREE IN ONE also: BODY - SOUL - SPIRIT = ONE-PERSON. (I Thess. 5:23) "And the very GOD of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray GOD your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST." (In Gen. 1:26) GOD said, "Let Us make man in our Image, after our likeness." 

"We know that the Bible is the Word of GOD, if for no other reason than that we have the TRINITY in it. The one thing the Child of GOD can do is to accept it by faith." (Bible Doctrines by Cambron.) 
 

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