The Holy Trinity
The belief in The Holy Trinity is a much mis-understood concept within and outside of Christian churches. Perhaps this simple explanation sheds light on the subject
The trinity is one of the most misunderstood of Christian beliefs. God has revealed Himself as three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are fully God and each is a distinct revelation of the one God.
Each person of the Trinity is eternal, equal, and omnipotent. Although it is a difficult concept to understand, sometimes to believe, all three “persons” are revealed in the Bible as God. God has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, however, the three persons are revealed in different places in the Old (Jewish Bible) and New Testament.
St. Patrick, the evangelist to Ireland, tried to teach about the Trinity by showing the shamrock, a three leaf clover, to the ancient residents of the island. The Trinity is composed of three persons (the 3 leaves) who are in nature one being (the shamrock itself). Each has a distinct function in relation to humanity.
The Father is the all-knowing creator, the Son is the savior and judge of humanity, and the Holy Spirit draws us towards God and equips us with various gifts and talents.
God is not one person with Jesus and the Holy Spirit as His creations. Neither is He one person who took three consecutive forms nor is the Trinity three separate Gods.
The doctrine of the Trinity is derived from The Bible. "I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides Me there is no God" (Isaiah 45:5). Christians believe in one God.
Here are some references from The Bible that lead to belief in The Trinity:
The Father, the Son and Holy Spirit are…
God: Philippians Ch. 1 verse 2; John 1, verses 1 and 14; Colossians 2:9 and Acts 5:3-4
Creator: Isaiah 64:verse 8 and 44:24; John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17 and Job 33:4,26:13
Indwell Us: 2 Corinthians 6:16; Colossians 1:27 and John 14:17
Omnipresent: (is everywhere) 1st Kings 8:27; Matthew 28:20; Psalm 139:7-10
Omniscient: (knows all) 1st John 3:20; John 16:30; 21:17 and 1st Corinthians 2:10-11
Sanctify (help us be good): 1st Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 2:11; 1st Peter 1:2
Give Life: Genesis 2:7; John 1:3; 5:21 and 2nd Corinthians 3:6,8
Eternal: Psalm 90:2; Micah 5:1-2 and Romans 8:11
Speak: Matthew 3:17; Luke 5:20; 7:48 and Acts 8:29; 11:12; 13:2
Love: John 3:16; Ephesians 5: 25 and Romans 15:30
Resurrect Us: 1st Thessalonians 1:10 and John 2:19, 10:17
Save: 1st Timothy 1:1; 2:3; 4:10; 2nd Timothy 1:10 and Titus 1:4; 3:6
Judge: John 8:50 and 5:21,30 . . .
Here’s hoping that these Bible references help to explain where the Trinity concept comes from and why the doctrine has developed. It’s very difficult to explain and to envision, but there are many things about God that we may never understand until we get to Heaven.