Thinking about the Trinity
The doctrine of the Trinity is important. Someone has said, “Deny the Trinity and you will loose your soul, try to explain the Trinity and you will loose your mind.” No one can exhaustively explain God, but we can come to a sufficient understanding of his Triune existence. The gospel hangs on the Trinity: God the Father sends His Son into the world to reconcile us to himself, and the Holy Spirit applies the finished work of Christ to our lives. Today and tomorrow we will reflect a bit on God ‘s Triune life.
In the Bible there is a strong affirmation of monotheism, or God’s oneness. There is only one set of attributes that make up the Godhead. There is only one true and living God. We deny polytheism.
Within this one essential and divine nature of God there are three relational distinctions: Father, Son, and Spirit. God lives or exist as three internal relationalities, traditionally called “persons.” But this theological use of the term “persons” should not to be confused with the human idea of three “people,” for there is only one divine nature.
Finally, each of the three persons are distinct, preserving their own identity. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Spirit. With regard to the divine nature they are one and the same; but with regard to their persons, they are three in loving mutual relationship.
Now if you sense that we are in over our heads, you are right — we are! We are speaking of the very way in which God exists, the glorious three-in-one. No wonder human words are inadequate. Mostly, we should be silent and worship!