UNDERSTANDING THE TRINITY.
The word “Trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible, yet the concept of the Trinity is clearly and entirely biblical. It is a condensed term for “unity in three.” God reveals Himself through three distinct divine persons, each 100% God, yet one. It is a mystery! There is one God, but revealed in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all !” – 2 Corinthians 13:13
“I and the Father are one.” – John 10:30
Man is also a trinitarian being. Indeed, each of us is tridimensional: spirit, soul, and body. You are a spirit possessing a soul and residing in a physical body.
We can illustrate this spiritual truth with an element of nature. Take water, for example.
Water can be found in three different states: solid, liquid, and vapor, while maintaining its molecular nature and composition: H2O. It is the same water but in three different forms or states. Each state of water is specific and unique. You can even find all three states formed simultaneously at the “triple point” of water, corresponding to a temperature of T=0.01°C, under a pressure of P=611 Pa (Pascal). This is when you will find water in vapor, liquid, and ice states at the same time and in the same place. Each has different properties despite being the same water. The same applies to the Trinity.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
In this text, the word God is translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim,” which is a plural form of God, yet the verb “create” remains singular.
The following passages confirm the divinity of each member of the divine Trinity:
- The Father is God: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3
- Jesus Christ, the Son, is God: “Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:13 [DBY]
- The Holy Spirit is God: “And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.” – 1 John 3:24 Peter said to Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?” – Acts 5:3-4
What distinguishes God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit? God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit are “ONE,” and each of them is fully God. There is one God manifested through three distinct persons. This is what is known as the mystery of the Trinity.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.‘” – Genesis 1:26
God the Father is in Heaven, seated on the Throne. He is the Head of Christ.
“So pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.” – Matthew 6:9
“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.” – 1 Corinthians 11:3
God the Son is Jesus Christ, our Savior, sent by the Father. He is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is the link, the mediator, between God and humanity.
“(Jesus Christ) who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” – 1 Peter 3:22
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5
God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God at work in us and through us. The Holy Spirit is the dimension of God at work on earth, implementing the plans of the Father.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
The Holy Spirit is the “Parakletos,” our ultimate Helper.
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” – Romans 8:26
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” – Psalm 32:8
This text is an excerpt from the book “Christian Living Frequently Asked Questions” written by Christian Saboukoulou.