About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Triunity of God

(Article for publication week of 5-19-2010 AD)

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word , and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one" (I John 5:7). Many of the modern versions have removed this verse from the text, and that is one of many reasons to not use them. The doctrine of the Triunity of God is a vital doctrine, and I greatly fear for the souls of those who reject it.

The Bible teaches that God is one and three at the same time. This is too high for our small brains, but Christians believe it nevertheless. God is one in His being (Deuteronomy 6:4), and three in personality (Matthew 28:19). There is a distinction between being and personality, but I confess it is hard for me to define. As human beings we are created as one in being and personality, and so it is difficult for our limited minds to fully grasp the truths of the infinite God. But as I say, faith lays hold of and rests in God, even though He is past finding out.

One reason the doctrine of God's Triunity is so important is that we are saved by a Trinitarian salvation. God the Father purposed and planned salvation before the foundation of the world (II Timothy 1:9), and chose a people in Christ in the everlasting covenant (Ephesians 1:4, Hebrews 13:20). God the Father gave an elect people to His eternal Son and He became their Head, and Surety, and Mediator (John 6:37-39, John 17:2). At the appointed time God the Father sent His Son into the world to keep the law to a jot and tittle and provide a perfect righteousness for His elect (Galatians 4:4, II Corinthians 5:21). Christ the Son made a real atonement for all those the Father gave Him and not one shall be lost (John 10:15,28,29). At the Father's set time the Holy Spirit regenerates every one the Father elected and for whom the Son died, applying the atonement of Christ to them personally and making them new creatures in Christ, granting them repentance and giving them the gift of faith (Psalm 110:3; John 6:37; II Corinthians 5:17). So we see that salvation is of the Lord from first to last. Salvation is truly all of God's sovereign grace.

Now any theory of salvation that is not in accord with this Trinitarian salvation is not biblical. The arminian theory of salvation has the Holy Triune God divided against Himself. Those who advocate free will instead of free grace have Christ dying for the whole world, but then they say the Holy Spirit is unable to regenerate most of those for whom Christ died. Thus they have God the Son divided against God the Holy Spirit. The arminians advocate that God willed the salvation of the whole world, but God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are powerless to execute the Father's will. This theory is completely unbiblical and must be rejected by true Christians.

Now my friend, I want to ask you, have you been saved by the Triune God? Were you saved in such a way as all the glory is to the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? Or do you vainly imagine that you did part of it yourself? These are not trifling questions, but eternally relevant. God's way of salvation is to bring eternal glory to Himself, the Great One in Three.

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