This past Sunday (May 27th) was the day designated on many church calendars as Trinity Sunday. Its origins are from the Catholic church. This is one doctrine we have in common with Catholicism. We do not follow such a calendar but it was put in place to help the church remember fundamental Christian doctrines. So, many churches spent time this past Sunday focusing on the doctrine of the Trinity.
We believe there is one God in three persons: Father, Son & the Holy Spirit. God is one but He is also three at the same time. The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. However, the concept is pervasive.
Monotheism is the belief that there is only one God. This was a distinctive feature of the belief of the Jews in a polytheistic (belief in many gods) world. Deut. 6:4 says, “Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one.” This belief is throughout the Bible. Ephesians 4:5,6 “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all…”
The belief in the Trinity is not a belief in three Gods (Tritheism) or that God is separated into three units (with different essences). The whole of whatever it is to be God belongs to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. There is nothing in God the Father that is not in the Son or the Spirit. There is nothing in the Son that is not in the Father or the Spirit. There is nothing in the Spirit that is not in the Father or the Son. YET, all three distinct persons are one God. This is how the Son died on the cross yet the Father did not and neither did the Spirit. This is how the Son prayed not to Himself but to the Father.
We need to celebrate the awesomeness of God. The doctrine of the Trinity is incredibly wonderful and mysterious. We cannot fully comprehend such a marvelous mystery. But it would be wrong to conclude it is impossible or contradictory simply because we cannot understand it. God is in one sense (in His essence), ONE; yet He is THREE in the sense that He is three persons.
Spend some time praising God for the fact that even though He is so infinitely wonderful and truly full of awe that even the greatest of human minds cannot fully comprehend Him, this same God knows us personally and lives inside of us if we are in Christ in the person of His Holy Spirit.
If you have time and want to see a sampling of passages that teach the truth of the Trinity, take a look at : Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Rom. 15:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 1:20,21; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 2:18; 3:14-17; 5:18-20; 1 Thess. 5:18,19; 2 Thess. 2:13; Titus 2:13; 1 John 4:13-14; Jude 20-21; Rev. 1:4,5.