The union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost is known as the Godhead. They are also known as the trinity. Blessed, holy, and sacred, they are “one God in three Divine persons”.
Understanding how God came in human form as Jesus, yet His essence also includes Holy Spirit, is an idea many–including myself–have a hard time comprehending.
This week’s video gives a very basic explanation of the persons of the trinity, because understanding this complex truth means we have to start somewhere, right?
As Christians we are never alone. There are always Three who work with us, in us, and for us!
I like the simile of the trinity as water more so than that of the rope. With water its forms of liquid, gas, and solid are all made of the same thing, H20, yet each form serves a different purpose.
Within the three strand rope–yes each strand is made of the same material–each strand does not imply a separate purpose nor is each single strand as strong as the one braided rope. The trinity is three in one, equal, yet they have three separate purposes like liquid, gas and solid water.
The story of Jesus’ baptism is the first mention of the trinity in the New Testament:
Matthew 3:16-17 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
During Jesus’ Upper Room discourse, Jesus speaks to the apostles and shares information about the coming Holy Spirit.
John 14:25-26 “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
Yes, a Christian truth is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One. So it’s easy to understand why The Apostles’ Creed, a written statement which brings together and declares the core fundamentals of Christianity, starts off with who God consists of:
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried.
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sin;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.
According to billygraham.org, in its earliest version the Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least 140 A.D. I am happy that so many churches follow in the long standing tradition of claiming this creed as their own.
Trying to understand all that the Godhead is is a daunting task. Feel free to turn to your Bible for more informative scripture in this complex topic. And I pray this simplified explanation starts you with a basic understanding of the Trinity, because we have to start somewhere, right?
2 Corinthians 13:14 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
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Next week’s post is titled: The Holy Spirit