By St. AUGUSTINE [354-430]
WE Believe in the HOLY SPIRIT:
- 13. It follows in the Creed, And in the Holy Ghost. This Trinity, one God, one nature, one substance, one power; highest equality, no division, no diversity, perpetual dearness of love. Would ye know the Holy Ghost, that He is God? Be baptized, and you will be His temple. The Apostle says, Do you not know that your bodies are the temple within you of the Holy Ghost. Whom you have of God? A temple is for God: thus also Solomon, king and prophet, was bidden to build a temple for God. If he had built a temple for the sun or moon or some star or some angel, would not God condemn him? Because therefore he built a temple for God he showed that he worshiped God. And of what did he build? Of wood and stone, because God deigned to make unto Himself by His servant a house on earth, where He might be asked, where He might be had in mind. Of which blessed Stephen says, Solomon built Him a house; howbeit the Most High dwells not in temples made by hand. If then our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, what manner of God is it that built a temple for the Holy Ghost? But it was God. For if our bodies be a temple of the Holy Ghost, the same built this temple for the Holy Ghost that built our bodies. Listen to the Apostle saying, God has tempered the body, giving unto that which lacked the greater honor; when he was speaking of the different members that there should be no schisms in the body. God created our body. The grass, God created; our body Who created? How do we prove that the grass is God’s creating? He that clothes, the same creates. Read the Gospel, If then the grass of the fields, says it, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, God so clothes. He, then, creates Who clothes. And the Apostle: You fool, that which you sow is not quickened except it die; and that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but a bare grain, as perchance of wheat, or of some other grain; but God gives it a body as He would, and to each one of seeds its proper body. If then it be God that builds our bodies, God that builds our members, and our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost doubt not that the Holy Ghost is God. And do not add as it were a third God; because Father and Son and Holy Ghost is One God. So believe ye.
The Hebrew O.T. Scriptures revealed the Holy Trinity, yet in a veiled way.
City Comment: Trinity revealed vs OT Testament – Hebrews
The father as God Almighty communicated to the Hebrews through Moses as a burning bush, as Lawgiver with the 10 Commandments, and the Torah. The Hebrews just did not interpret this, as it was, so the concept of Trinity remained hidden. But clearly, they Knew God as Creator (thus Father) of all things. Gen1:, Secondly in John’s gospel, he reveals that the Jewish people were familiar with the Term Word of God as he spells out the Mystery that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (Jn1:1-17), even referencing the same language from the First book Genesis. In the O.T. Scriptures the Word of God can be found : Is24:3; Jer5:13; (Je15:19, 29:19); 91Sam16:14, 19:19), and I am certain if I searched longer I would find more. Finally the Holy Spirit, once again; it is NOT as If God’s Holy Spirit was unknown to the Jew in (Gen6:3) “My spirit shall not abide in man for ever…”, and other verses Jg3:10, 14:6, De34:9, 1Sam16:14 for more quick examples. YES all three Actives were known to the Hebrew priests, they just could not comprehend the Mystery of One. Stuck in their limited human mindset of what ONEness should be. Rather than WHAT GOD’s ONEness is!!! So for 2000 more years the Pharisee remnant keeps searching waiting patiently for the Messiah, who came and they rejected. All the while claiming Blasphemy unto GOD, spreading lies against the Church to this Day! If you doubt this, I have 1 word in my article of evidence “Hollywood.”
Source. Translated by H. Browne. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, First Series, Vol. 3. Edited by Philip Schaff. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1887.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/1307.htm>. PHOTO: Our Lady of Fatima World Apostolate.