CONSIDERING THE TRINITY
- By Mary Adele LaClair
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
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.
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
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
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.
Likewise, we should be careful how we speak, because as it is said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Our God Is One
For further reference:
- 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
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.
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