The Trinity: one of the most fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. Though sometimes refuted by some, the Scriptures clearly acknowledge its existence. This article contains a discussion all about the Trinity.
What is the Trinity
Trinity is a word that describes a triune God. Triune meaning three parts: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Tri means three while unity means one = triunity equals trinity. We are triune beings: body (our physical bodies), a soul, and a Spirit. Three parts, yet one human being, created in the image of God.
While the actual word Trinity is not contained within the Scriptures, they specifically address these three. For example, in Matt 28:19-20 contain part of Jesus’ Great Commission to the disciples before His ascension where He said:
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. NIV
Another example is in 1 John 5:7. This chapter addresses the assurance of salvation by faith through the Son (Jesus). Verse 7 reads:
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. KJV
Here we have the three: God the Father, the Word (Jesus cf. john 1:1, 14) and the Holy Ghost (the Spirit).
While this triune consists of three distinct aspects they move in unison as the One God. These three aspects make up the Divine Godhead. For all of eternity, God the Father, God the Son and God Holy Spirit have always been in relationship and communication with each other, yet not as three gods but as one God. One clear example of this is in Genesis. From the very beginning we see God moving in unity with the other aspects of the deity. In the book of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, God says, In Genesis 1:26: “Let us make man in our image…male and female he created them.”
This concept of three is universal of God’s creation. The entire universe is made up of three elements: Time, Space, and Matter. Furthermore, each of these elements contains three ‘components. Let’s look.
Time contain the three elements: past, present, future. These are three distinct fundamentals representing three distinct roles. Each is coexisting, yet they are not three separate times but one under the nature of time. Therefore, they all share the same environment: time.
Space contains the elements: height, width, depth and they are all distinct from one another, representing different functions of space. But they are not three separate spaces but one under the same environment: space.
Matter contains the elements: solid, liquid, gas. These are three separate and distinct elements with different functions. But they aren’t three matters; they are sharing the same one nature: matter.
And last by not least, God’s crown creation: man—Body, Soul, and Spirit. These are three distinct aspects but not three men, only one man.
I sure the pattern is recognizable at this point!
To look at a mathematical example: not 1+1+1=3 but 1x1x1x1=1 three elements making up 1
Three is a very significant number Biblically. It is often called the divine number because it is mentioned in connection with holy things so frequently. It is the number of divine completeness and perfection. It exemplifies that God is in it.
Going back to creation and the three elements of creation, please take note that there are three sets of threes. In other words, there are trinities within the trinity. The number three (3) is palpable. One can look at this and observe that God is fully involved in creation! Perhaps more detail on the number three in a future article.
One of the questions skeptics bring up concerning the Trinity is: If Jesus is God, why did He pray and who was He praying to? While on earth, Jesus continued to talk to the Father, and the Father and the Spirit continued to communicate with him. Look at what He is quoted as saying John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.”
Understandably the doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most difficult concepts in Christianity. On the other hand, it’s fundamental to Christians because it affirms what God is like and who He is. It also plays a central part in Christians’ worship of an unobjectifiable and unfathomable God.
Fact is, God’s triunity transcends our rational comprehension and that makes it somewhat difficult to comprehend. But it’s not impossible. It’s something to pray for understanding about.
But as God Said through the prophet Isaiah in Isa 55:8-9 ” For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” With a statement like that, it makes sense to not fully understand everything about God. But He reveals what He wants us to know through the Scriptures. Although Scripture does not give us complete answers to all questions, it does give us enough information to enable us to trust God and to know right from wrong. Through the truths revealed in Scripture, we can know much about God, and we can have the assurance that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.
We also have a helper: The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. For Jesus said in John 16:13: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth…“ As we are led and guided by the Spirit and grow spiritually, more truth is revealed. We just need to follow the lead. My next article will be on the Holy Spirit. Amen
For further reading on the Trinity, I recommend the book: The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders. You can read the review and purchase on Amazon.com [paid link]
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