15th April 2014
The doctrine of the Trinity, as seen in the Christian bible, is primary to the Christian faith. The word “Trinity” does not actually appear in the bible; it is a theological label meant to summarize certain teachings of certain passages of scripture, and is crucial to properly understand what God is like, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him. It may also raise many difficult questions including what does it mean that God is a Trinity? While it is difficult for us to fully understand everything about the trinity, it is quite possible to answer questions like this one and come to a solid grasp of what it means for God ...view middle of the document...
In John, it is also confirmed that Jesus is God, and at the same time that He was with God, which indicates to us that Jesus is a distinct Person from God the Father. We also see in John that although there is a close unity between them all, the Holy Spirit is also a different person from the Father and the Son. The fact that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit means that the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Jesus is God, although He is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not the Father or the Son. Furthermore, they are all distinct persons with three distinct centers of consciousness, not three different ways of looking at God.
In most cases, the personhood of the Father and the Son is acknowledged, while the personhood of the Holy Spirit is not. Most people may think that the Holy Spirit is some kind of “force,” or something like that, rather than a person. But when looked at in the book of John and also the book of Acts, we can see that the Holy Spirit is not an “it,” but a “He.” Evidence to support this statement can be seen in multiple books in the Bible that the Holy Spirit speaks reasons, thinks and understands, wills, feels, and allows for personal fellowship. It is obvious that all of these are qualities of personhood. Another more serious miscue that people often think that the Father became the Son, who then transformed into the Holy Spirit. Contrary to this, the passages seen throughout the Bible seem to often suggest that God always was and always will be three Persons. Never was there a time when one of the Persons in the Trinity did not exist. In addition to that, they are eternal. Although the three members of the Trinity are distinct from each other, that does not mean one is inferior to the others. Therefor, they are all indistinguishable in virtues. It is apparent that they are equal in qualities such as powers, mercy, love, justice and holiness.
When thinking of the...