Suryanica Aristas Pasuhuk
Dr. Suryanica Aristas Pasuhuk is a lecturer and the dean of the Theology Department, Universitas Klabat. He finished his PhD in Systematic Theology from Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines. The focus of his research is to analyze the relationship between the doctrine of trinity and the doctrine of humanity.
This research analyzed the relationship between the doctrine of Trinity and the doctrine of humanity. The main purpose of this research is to analyze the word Elohim (plural) and trinity, a unity of three coeternal persons and their relationship to the doctrine of humanity, especially terminology body, soul and spirit as a threefold union. The Bible explains that human were created according to God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:26, 27). The Hebrew word God in Genesis 1:26 is Elohim. According to theologians, the word Elohim implies Trinity. Adventists’ understanding of Trinity as stated in the Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief, as follows: “There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit a unity of three coeternal Persons.” According to Ellen White in Education (p. 15), “When Adam came from the Creator’s hand; he bore, in his physical, mental, and spiritual nature, a likeness to his Maker.” Apostle Paul also writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “… may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The Bible uses this term as a threefold union, to signify the unity of human being as a whole person.
Keywords: Trinity, threefold, Elohim