The sole basis of our belief as a Christian is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, without error, and the final authority on all matters. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of Deity.
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our separation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s saving grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). He rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God, (1 Timothy 2:5). He will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Those forgiven through Christ will enjoy eternal fellowship with God, and those who did not accept Him as Lord and Savior to eternal damnation.
We see a beautiful example of the Trinity in Matthew 3:16-17: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven (the Father), saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
There are many other passages that make reference to a triune God-head and here are a few of them:
- Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness . . .”
- Genesis 3:22: “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil.”
- Genesis11:7: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
- Isaiah 48:16: “And now the Lord God has sent me, and His Spirit.”
- Matthew 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
- John 1:1-4, 14, 18: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
In this last verse we see divine attributes such as eternality (“In the beginning was the Word”), equality (“and the Word was God”), omnipotence (“All things were made through Him”), the ability to possess and give life (“In Him was life”). We also learn that the eternal Word took on human flesh and dwelt among us.
The Scriptures tell us that the Spirit is eternal “who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14). The Spirit also possesses the attribute of omnipresence “Where can I go from Your Spirit?”(Psalm 139:7). We also learn that the Spirit is omniscient “For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10-11), omnipotent “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35-37) and holy “and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4).
While each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, they are not identical. The distinctions in the Godhead relate to function, not essence. In other words, there is a hierarchy of function within the Godhead. In creation we see that God created the heavens and the earth, God the Son is the agent of creation (John 1:1-3) and that God the Holy Spirit oversees the creation: “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).
We see the Lord Jesus Himself praying in the Trinity. “And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of truth; . . . and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:16-17, 23).
What a priceless privilege and responsibility is ours as believers to share with others that our triune God of creation, redemption and guidance is with us always and that He will come back for us soon because He told us. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
May “the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” – 2 Corinthians 13:14. Amen!