Hi everyone, David here.
The Christian idea of the Trinity defines God as three divine persons, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit – “one God in three persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”.
The Trinity is considered by many as a mystery of the Christian faith. According to this doctrine, there is only one God in three persons. Each person is God, whole and entire. They are distinct from one another in their relations of origin. While distinct in their relations with one another, they are one in all else. The whole work of creation and grace is a single operation common to all three divine persons, who at the same time operate according to their unique properties, so that all things are from the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit. The three persons are co-equal, co-eternal and co-exist. Simple really?
In the Trinitarian view, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit share the one essence, substance or being. The central and crucial affirmation of Christian faith is that there is one savior, God, and one salvation, manifest in Jesus Christ, to which there is access only because of the Holy Spirit.
In Genesis, God says, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~ Genesis 1:26–7 (emphasis added)
A Matter of Faith
Like a lot of things in Christianity, believing in the trinity – the three in one is a matter of faith. It doesn’t actually require understanding. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit exist as three in one whether we understand it or not, just as the Earth spins on its axis exactly at the right speed – whether we understand it or not.
The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. ~ Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith
Some things for you to consider this week”
- When did you last have God all figured out?
- What happened next?
- What part of you most looks like God, in his image?
- Do other people notice?
- What do they say?
May you this week come to know the nature of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and how you access each and all of the divine nature whenever you need it. May you be content in a God that created you, in Jesus who walks with you, and in the Holy Spirit that comforts you and is closer to you than your own breath.
Grace and peace.