Discussions about God, sometimes evolve from random conversations with friends. This happened to me just the other day. Many times these discussions include questions about important biblical truths that I believe. I always try to communicate to others what I know about these truths, but on this occasion I realized my lack of knowledge on the subject.
Throughout my life I have recited the Apostles’ Creed. I believe in all it says, including the text about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In biblical study these three grouped together are referred to as the Trinity. But we have to turn to the Bible to understand how three equal one. In Matthew 28:19, Jesus states, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
“In the name of,” is singular in this passage. Jesus did not say “in the names of,” which would be plural. It directly describes all three as one. The word Trinity does not occur in scripture, however, we do find many biblical references to three equal one. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.1 John 5:7 (KJV).
The Word, a term accepted and understood by Hebrews as meaning scripture, considered holy, and personifies God. The apostle John used the Word to let us know that Jesus is God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1. The Word became flesh [Jesus] and made his dwelling among us… John 1:14. This verse indicates The Word [God] became human in the form of Jesus.
John was an eyewitness to the last years of Jesus’ life and death on earth. John wrote with authority the accounts of Christ’s life, revealing His divine deity. I [Jesus] and the Father are one. John 10:30.
God, Jesus and the Holy Spirt are not one in the same, but in essence they are the same. I once heard the Trinity explained to me by comparing it to water.
H2O comes in three forms. Solid as ice, liquid as water, and airlike as gas. When we look at and touch these elements, our senses note their differences yet we learned they are each made of the same thing – a chemical compound of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen.
In the same way each part of the Trinity has its own purpose but in essence, they are all God.