CONSIDERING THE TRINITY

  • By Mary Adele LaClair

 

Trinity

 

One God, three Persons?  Really? Or is it One God, assuming three different  forms, as in water which is all three: fluid, ice, and vapor; or as in St. Patrick’s shamrock: one stem, three separate leaves; or as  mankind: spirit, body, soul ?

Do we really know that Jesus IS THE CREATOR. He certainly is.  He SPOKE everything into being. He is the WORD OF GOD, the Word made Flesh. Consider this:

Try to picture the Trinity like this, as it was told to me many years ago … and I’ve never been able to refute it :

GOD THE FATHER as the Mind of God

JESUS THE SON as the Word of God

HOLY SPIRIT as the Hand of God          God

Stick with me now;

Trying this example out on mankind, whom God made in His own image, we can see that each, our mind, our words, our actions are able to act independently of each other, able to act on their own, because we are able to speak without thinking and we are able to act without thinking and we are able to think without speaking and without acting. Each is independent of the other, yet we are one person. Our words have their own power and our actions have their own power.

words have power

In Creation at Gen 1:1  it says that God spoke and the Spirit moved across the waters.

John 1:    “ In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God”

Yes, Jesus Christ IS the CREATOR.  No doubt about that!

The Eternal Word

(Gen 1:1-2:3)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend* it. NKJV

 

John 1:14

 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJV

 

We must acknowledge that we operate best when we think before we speak and when we think before we act.  When all three operate in the same vein, we are operating as one, hopefully sensible, person.

So, at creation we have the Trinity: the Mind of God thought it; the Mouth of God spoke it; the Hand of God moved in Power over it.

This is by no means the only example and probably should not be limited to it; however I believe it is a good example for helping one trying to understand the Trinity, and Jesus’ part as Creator, speaking things into being.

words

 

Likewise, we should be careful how we speak, because as it is said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

 

 

 

 

words goofy cartoon

 

Our God Is One

For further reference:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/faithdoubt/what-is-trinity.html

 

http://www.learnthebible.org/the-trinity-explained.html

 

  • God is a unity. That is, He is one God and not two, three, or many, gods. Deuteronomy 6:4
    states, “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”
  • However, God expresses Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 1 John 5:7
    states, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” In the Godhead, we see a three-in-one entity. We use the word trinity. However, we might be better to say tri-unity. http://www.learnthebible.org/is-jesus-god.html

 

“  You and I live in a three-dimensional world. All physical objects have a certain height, width, and depth. One person can look like someone else, or behave like someone else, or even sound like someone else. But a person cannot actually be the same as another person. They are distinct individuals.”    From:   https://www.everystudent.com/forum/trinity.html

 

https://billygraham.org/answer/can-you-explain-the-trinity-to-me/

Each is distinct from the others but never acts independently. They are one in nature and purpose. This mystery is called the doctrine of the Trinity, though that term is not used in the Bible. It is really not surprising that the infinite God should be complex in His nature beyond the ability of finite humans to comprehend. Our finite minds cannot understand or explain this mystery of God, which is nevertheless a fact. We must accept the truths found in the Word of God by faith even though we ourselves cannot comprehend them fully; read Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6 and 1 Corinthians 2:5-10, 14; 13:12.

 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/iyf/advice/faithdoubt/what-is-trinity.html

Now look at yourself. You probably have three names: a first name, a middle name and a last name. Standing alone, each of those three names represents you, but none of the three names alone represents your whole name. Only all three names together can do that.

Link to a video:  http://www.rzim.eu/how-do-you-explain-the-trinity

I HIGHLY recommend watching this short informative video by Ravi Zacharias on the Trinity

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “

  1. What a timely post! John and I were just discussing the trinity. We were looking at it in a slightly different way. We pray through Jesus Christ, who takes it to the Father, who directs the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

    I was just going to type a bunch of verses, but they are all found in John 14.

    John agreed with me and then he commented he just couldn’t figure out where the angels come in. I told him the angles delivered messages to Mary and to Abraham and wrestled in the old testament. They also delivered the message of Jesus birth. It gave me something to think about now and work on.

    Keep writing and sharing!

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    • Ahh, but we are granted permission to go boldly before the Throne of Grace ourselves, are we not? (Heb. 4:16.)
      At the Cross the curtain was torn in two that we may now enter…
      Angels: See Psalm 103:20
      “Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word”
      Notice it does NOT say ‘heeding the voice of the Lord”. Our natural inclination may tend to interpret it as ‘the voice of the Lord; HOWEVER, it says ‘heeding the VOICE of His WORD, to DO it.’
      When WE ourselves speak the Word of the Lord, give VOICE to the Word of the Lord, such as promises in Scripture, it gives VOICE, even our voice, to the Word, and the angels carry it out.
      At Psalm 103:20 my Bible has a cross reference to Matt 6:10 “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
      Much spiritual food here to chew on, right?
      I DO hope you are able to take the time to click on the link to hear the short audio/video of Ravi Zacharias on the Trinity !

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