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Does the baptism of Jesus show the trinity?

Submitted: 7/31/2006
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Question: In Matthew 17:5 it states: While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Does this mean that God and Jesus are two separate people?

Answer: At the baptism of Jesus, the eternal Spirit provided Israel with a divine testimony to the fact that the Man, Jesus of Nazareth, was their Messiah. He did this by giving a special utterance. The Man Jesus is not a separate person from God; He is God manifested in the flesh (1 Timothy 3;16). He is just as much God as the Spirit is God. At the conception of Jesus, the Spirit took on the added dimension of humanity. The true God is now both Spirit and flesh (1 John 5:20). We can draw distinctions between the two, but we must be careful not to separate them into two people. This would contradict the biblical doctrine that 'God is one' (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Galatians 3:20).