The following questions are designed to make you understand the problems with a modalistic interpretation of the Godhead. You will find it
impossible to assume the modalist view while trying to interpret the following Scriptures.
1. "Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, 'Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify
You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they
may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You
have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.'" (John 17 1-5).
Jesus prayed to His Father. Was this relationship temporary or was this eternal? What problems does the modalist encounter in interpreting
2. "... and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, 'You are My beloved Son, in You I
am well-pleased'" (Luke 3:22).
Who is speaking in this passage?
3. "'When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify
about Me, " (John 15:26).
Note that Jesus did not merely say: "I am sending you my Spirit." This passage is meant to teach us something about the co-eternal bond that
exists between the Father and the Son. What is the interaction between the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit implied here?
4. On the cross, Jesus prayed, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46).
Who was Jesus praying to in this passage?
5. "God is love" (1 John 4:16).
Love, an eternal attribute of God, existed before the creation of the universe. Who did God love before the creation of Adam, if there were not
distinct persons in the Godhead?