The Trinity… what is it?

The Trinity isn’t mentioned in the Bible…

So What is the Trinity?

The Trinity is the term we use to describe the 3 separate but unified parts of God… the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… 3 Persons in 1 God. How can this be?

Everything that exists exemplifies a unity amidst diversity and a diversity within unity. Unity without diversity would essentially be nothingness.  Just think about something… anything… do you hear that? There’s a voice inside your head. Someone’s talking and someone’s listening. Hopefully there’s only 1 voice. But do you sometimes find yourself disagreeing with the voice in your head? … sometimes even arguing  with the voice in your head? We all consist of a “core” self which is our core being and a “self image” which should hopefully be fairly representative of our “core” self. The relationship between the self image and the core self is often referred to as our “Spirit”.

Think of God, the Father as the core self. Jesus is the self image and the Holy Spirit as the one who relates or communicates between God and Jesus. They are each separate but they are all one… they are all God. They are each God… 3 persons in 1 God… Simple… right?

Yes, too simple actually. This is just a model. It’s the oldest model of the Trinity dating back to St. Augustine in the 3rd Century. It was more clearly defined by the Puritan preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards. Today it is known as the psychological model of the Trinity. It really doesn’t touch on the actual personhood of the Holy Spirit. Somehow we seem to know who god is and who Jesus is but the Holy Spirit is a little bit more of a mystery. The Holy Spirit, however, is just as much God as the other two entities.

If God was only one person, He would have had to create something before He could love. But God is Love. God is perfect Love. Alway has been and always will be because the of the love the Father has for the Son and the Holy Spirit and the love they all have for each other. For eternity, they have been loving each other perfectly in what is sometimes referred to as the Triune dance. Love is not primarily a verb that God does but is the noun that God is!

Let’s dig a little deeper now. Let’s say you fall in love with someone… real bad. You can’t get them off of your mind. They are in that voice in your head all the time. In other words they are in your spirit! In a good marriage, the husband has the wife in his spirit and the wife has the husband in her spirit. They can’t think about themselves without thinking about each other. They are “In” each other. Their spirits are intertwined… awesome.

When we decide to follow Jesus, something similar happens. God’s holy spirit is “In” us and we are “In” Jesus.

Please read John 17: 20-23
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.