The Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14

The Sunday after Pentecost has come to be regarded in the Church as the festival of the Holy Trinity. The word Trinity is not found in Holy Scripture; it has been devised and invented by men. That is also why it always sounds a little cold. It would be far better if we simply said “God” in place of the “Trinity.”

This word signifies that God is threefold with respect to person. This is a heavenly matter which the world cannot understand. That is why I have so often reminded you that this article, as well as others, must not be based on reason or on any human similes or allegories; it must be based and ground on passages of the Scriptures. God Himself knows well what this article means and how He should speak about Himself.

The theological schools have devised many distinctions, dreams, and fictions in their efforts to set forth the holy Trinity and have made fools of themselves in the effort. In this connection, then, we shall take simple statements of Scripture by which we may grasp and comprehend the deity of Christ.

To begin, there are many passages to be quoted here from the New Testament. One of the best known of these passages forms the beginning of John’s Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:1-3). Accordingly, since He was not made but was the Maker Himself, He must be very God. And John says a little later, “And the Word became flesh.”

SL 11:1146 (1-3)

PRAYER: Worthy of praise from every mouth, of confession from every tongue, and worship from every creature is Your glorious name, O Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Abide with us, Your unworthy servants, with Your Word and grace, now and forever. Amen.

Editor’s note: No American Edition (AE) equivalent for today’s sermon excerpt exists at the time of this publication. For an alternate English translation of this sermon, see Lenker, Church Postil—Gospels, 3:405-411.