Is the Word "Trinity" in the Bible?

Addressing a common question about an important doctrine

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The very short answer to this question is "No." There is no place in the Bible where you can find the word "Trinity." That's because that particular term wasn't invented until centuries after the New Testament was written. Indeed, our term "Trinity" comes from the old Latin word trinitas, which means "three are one." The Scriptures were written primarily in ancient Hebrew and Greek, which means there were no Latin words at all in the original manuscripts of God's Word.

[Note: click here to learn more about the original languages in which the Bible was written.]

So, should the lack of the word "Trinity" in the Scriptures cause us to doubt what the church has taught about God for centuries? That's another question with an easy answer: "No."

[Note: click here to read a basic explanation of what the Bible teaches regarding the Trinity.]

In truth, there are many important terms we use today that are not found in the Scriptures themselves. Think of terms such as "omniscient" and "omnipotent," for example. These are important terms that help us understand the nature of God (that He is all-knowing and all-powerful), but they aren't found within the pages of the Bible.

In fact, the word "Bible" is nowhere to be found in the Bible!

What we need to understand is that the Scriptures are filled with evidence and examples in support of the Trinity -- the doctrine that God is one Being who exists as a united community of three distinct Persons.

It's true that this doctrine is never spelled out in God's Word. We don't get any definitions for the Trinity as a key element of God's nature. But there are many, many examples of the Trinity in action.

For example:

21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22

Here you have all three Persons of the Trinity together and interacting with one another during an important moment in history. That's the essence of the Trinity -- three united as One.

There are many other similar passages all throughout the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament. History and Narrative. Poems and Prose. The Scriptures constantly support and reinforce the truth of the Trinity as a key part of God's nature.