The Holy Trinity is the word given for the One Holy God. Almighty God is a Triune God. It is Three Persons in One. It is only One God. One deity, however, that has three distinct members, or persons that make up the one God. Since we are so finite as human beings, we cannot comprehend the infiniteness of the Holy God in all of His Magnitude. However, Scripture is clear. The three Persons in one are God the Father, or Creator, God the Son, or Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit. Each has its own personality and job, so to speak. God is Love, and thus they operate in complete unity and love. Ask the Lord God to reveal Himself to you, and to give you a peace as to who He is in relationship to you.
God is a trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father. They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God. Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc., and these are demonstrations of personhood. They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful. If any one of the three were removed, there would be no God.
Jesus, the Son, is one person with two natures: Divine and Human. This is called the Hypostatic Union. The Holy Spirit is also divine in nature and is self aware, the third person of the Trinity. There is, though, an apparent separation of some functions among the members of the Godhead. For example, the Father chooses who will be saved (Eph. 1:4); the Son redeems them (Eph. 1:7); and the Holy Spirit seals them, (Eph. 1:13).
A further point of clarification is that God is not one person, the Father, with Jesus as a creation and the Holy Spirit is a force (Jehovah's Witnesses). Neither is He one person who took three consecutive forms, i.e., the Father, became the Son, who became the Holy Spirit. Nor is God the divine nature of the Son (where Jesus had a human nature perceived as the Son and a divine nature perceived as the Father (Oneness theology). Nor is the Trinity an office held by three separate Gods (Mormonism).
The word "person" is used to describe the three
members of the Godhead because the word "person" is appropriate. A
person is self aware, can speak, love, hate, say "you,"
"yours," "me," "mine," etc. Each of the three
persons in the Trinity demonstrate these qualities.
The first step is to establish the biblical doctrine that there is only one God. Then, you find that each of the persons is called God, each creates, each was involved in Jesus' resurrection, each indwells, etc. Therefore, God is one, but the one God is in three simultaneous persons. Please note that the idea of a composite unity is not a foreign concept to the Bible; after all, man and wife become are said to be one flesh. The idea of a composite unity of persons is spoken of by God in Genesis (Gen. 2:24).
There is only one God
FATHER SON HOLY SPIRIT Called God Phil 1:2; Jn 1:1,14; Col 2:9; Acts 5:3-4
Creator Isa 64:8; Jn 1:3; Col 1:15-17; Job 33:4, 26:16
Resurrects 1Thess 1:10; Jn 2:19,10:17; Rom 8:11
Indwells 2Cor 6:16; Col 1:27; Jn 14:17
Everywhere 1Kings 8:27; Matt 28:20; Ps 139:7-10
All knowing 1Jn 3:20; Jn 16:30,21:17; 1Cor 2:10-11
Sanctifies 1Thess 5:23; Heb 2:11; 1Pet 1:2
Life giver Gen 2:7; Jn 1:3, 5:21; 2Cor 3:6,8
Fellowship 1 John 1:3 1 Cor. 1:9 2 Cor. 13:14; Phil. 2:1
Eternal Psalm 90:2 ; Micah 5:1-2 Rom. 8:11; Heb. 9:14
A Will Luke 22:42 1 Cor. 12:11
Speaks Matt. 3:17; Luke 9:25 Luke 5:20; 7:48 Acts 8:29; 11:12; 13:2
Love John 3:16 Eph. 5:25 Rom. 15:30
Searches the heart Jer. 17:10 Rev. 2:23 1 Cor. 2:10
We belong to John 17:9,6 . . .
Savior 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; 4:10 2 Tim. 1:10; Titus 1:4; 3:6 . . .
We serve Matt. 4:10 Col. 3:24 . . .
Believe in John 14:1 . . .
Gives joy John 15:11 John 14:7 . . .
Judges John 8:50, John 5:21,30 . . .
Therefore, the doctrine of the Trinity is arrived at by looking at the whole of scripture, not in a single verse. It is the doctrine that there is only one God, not three, and that the one God exists in three persons: Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. An analogy would be time. Time is past, present, and future. But, there are not three times, only one.
The above writing can be found at - http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinity.htm
For another look at the Trinity, see - http://www.carm.org/doctrine/trinitylook.htm
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