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How can I explain the epistles??

Submitted: 7/7/2009
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Question: Many of the letters written in the Bible greet in the name of Our Lord and Jesus our Savior, or just Savior, making it seem as if there are three and sometimes two. How can I explain this to a trinitarian as they use this to state that there is a difference between the Father and Son and Holy Spirit. Of course I understand that God is ONE, but how do I break it down to a trintarian...

Answer: The greetings in the Epistles were written this way to emphasize that the true God is the One who has come in the flesh. If Paul had simply said that he was writing from God the Father, this would be indistinguishable from the way a devout Jew would write. But when he says, 'From God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,' he is saying, 'From the God who was manifested in the flesh.' Keep in mind that the entire Bible is a book of revelation. It is written to reveal the truth about God. Of course, your trinitarian friends will probably not appreciate this explanation. Until they are willing to open their hearts to truth, such explanations will fall on deaf ears. We suggest you use the material in our article called 'Questions and Answers About the Oneness of God' found on Shelf 1 of the Apostolic Free Library on this website.