Preparing born again Christians for the hard questions at the “Midnight Cry”
For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
I Corinthians 11:31
"Understanding" the Trinity —Three in One
Let us consider a solution so simple that
. . .
it seems embarassing.
We must ever approach
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God . . . .
[Jesus] being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Above are several, of many, quotes found within Scripture that support the idea of God being a Triune God. In the words of Nicodemus, “How can these things be?” Yet, as with Jesus speaking to that ruler by night, there are times when the answer to a paradox may dawn upon us with such clarity that it seems almost embarrassing.
An examination of the first three quotes, above, may lead to the conclusion that Jesus and the Father are the same person. Yet Trinitarian belief holds to three persons existing in one God (or Godhead – Col. 2:9). But we think as a person as being an individual. So . . .how can three persons be one?? Jesus forces us to consider this, as we listen in on His prayer to the Father, requesting for us (Christians):
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
John 17:21 emphasis added
Here, the word “they” refers to individual believers. The “as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee”—refers to the godhead. There is the definite implication that individuals may become fully united as one (even as God is, through the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). How may this be??
Let us consider a solution so simple that, at first, it seems embarrassing. Consider a moral opposite, for a moment: someone totally opposed to God—a person “possessed.” Are there not many personalities (demons) within that individual?1 So you have one man walking down the street, having many personalities within the one body.
The difference with demon possession, however, is that these personalities are both confused and divided (the clear implication of Mk. 3:26, I Cor. 14:33). They are not truly united or at peace—either with the body, or among themselves.2
But it is one man walking down the street.
One man, with many personalities. We cannot deny this.
We need not “fuzz our brains” to understand this truth. It’s just the way we’re made: after the image, and in the likeness, of God (Gen. 1:26).
However, we must be careful about thinking that we fully “understand” God. We must ever approach God with complete humility. Our Lord, Christ, when speaking about His own power and greatness, had a tendency of understating the same (we may call it modesty). Remember His statement about us being able to do greater things than He (Jn. 14:12)? How many persons have you met who have walked on water, lately? How about those who have calmed seas, or stopped hurricanes at will? You see what I mean.
For the rest of our discussion, we will endeavor to explain how these three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—work together in harmony to run a universe more vast and all encompassing than most of us even imagine. Let us posit the existence of God in operation within three distinct dimensions, as three distinct personalities. This will unfold within the Trinity tract, that follows, edited from text originally posted on the parent web site.