Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. — World English.
Ephesians 2:18 is listed by John Ankerberg and John Weldon as one of the scriptures of which they make statement “assuming that God is not three persons make it impossible to understand.” (The Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses*, 1988 Edition, page 14) And yet, when we look what Paul wrote in the verse, we find nothing at all that requires for one to assume that God is three persons in order to understand what Paul wrote.
Without getting into details in examining the context, we will simple point out a few things that illustrate that there is nothing here that necessitates using our human imagination so as to assume, add to, and read into, what Paul wrote, that Paul was speaking of a triune God.
“Through him” refers to Jesus. Is Jesus being identified as “God” or a person of God? Does belief that Jesus is a person of God have to added to what Paul wrote in order to understand that through Jesus, the Christian has access to the Father? Absoutely not!
Paul says that this done “in one spirit”. The word “spirit” is mentioned, but is the “spirit” stated to be a person of “God”? Absolutely not!
And then we have “to the Father”. Is the Father identified any where as one person of an alleged three persons of God? Not once. In Ephesians 1:3, the Father is identified as the God of Jesus. “God” in Ephesians 1:3 represents one person, not three persons.
There is nothing at all in Ephesians 2:18 that would mean that it cannot be understood without the triune God dogma added to it.
Indeed, the trinitarian has to make use of the spirit of human imagination in order to “see” in some dim and vague manner the trinitarian dogma in this verse. The trinitarian has to imagine and assume that “through him” refers to one of the alleged persons of their assumed triune God, and then that the “one spirit” must be speaking of another person of their imagined triune God, that through one person of the alleged God one has gained access to another person of the alleged triune God, whereas, in reality there is nothing of the sort to be found in the verse.
*See our examination of this book:
The (Alleged) Facts on Jehovah’s Witnesses
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