One of the most mysterious aspects of the Godhead is the manifestation of Himself in three Persons. The Trinity, as it is referred, is a mystery that is hard to comprehend. Yet, it was presented in the Old Testament and confirmed in the New Testament most clearly. The finite mind struggles, and will always struggle, with this seeming contradiction in terms. We will be forced to question, “How can one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) be seen in the three Persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (I John 5:7; Matthew 28:20). In this case, God’s word must be taken by faith. It is not good enough to simply view God in three separate roles because that would contradict the Scriptures. No, each One is a Person because they exhibit the two key components of personality, namely, that of self-consciousness and self-determination.
The divine union of the three Persons of the Godhead cannot be refuted. Jesus Christ is one with the Father (John 10:30), and the Holy Spirit is none other than the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9). All three agree in one, are ontologically (divinely) united in their divine nature and character, yet have the ability to be aware of themselves as individuals who are distinct from others (self-consciousness) and the ability to look to the future and prepare intelligence courses of action, determine the means to affect those actions, and exercise the will to determine those actions (self-determination). In their Oneness, all Persons of the Godhead were involved in the creation, the incarnation, the redemption, the resurrection, salvation, and many, many other activities. Nevertheless, distinctions are made to each Person as established by their names and ministries (see John 6:44; Hebrews 7:24-26; John 15:26).
The depth of this mystery should not lead to confusion. The Trinity operates in the lives of His people in unity. For example, prayer is made to the Father in the name of the Son through the intercession of the Holy Spirit. Sanctification is the will of the Father (I Thessalonians 4:13) based upon the model of Christ (I Peter 2:21) and empowered by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16). Learning the Scripture is to learn more about the Father’s truth (John 17:17) as revealed by the Son (John 5:20-23) and illuminated by the Spirit (I John 2:27). All of life is to be lived for the glory of the Father (I Corinthians 10:31; II Corinthians 4:15) in accordance with the eternal purpose of Christ (Ephesians 3:11) through the strengthening of the Spirit (Ephesians 3:16). The theology of the Trinity is a practical reality experienced daily by the Christian.
My Prayer for Today:
Truly Your greatness is hard to comprehend, but it is Your greatness that helps me to trust in You. Thank you for Your daily involvement in my life as I learn the Scriptures and pray to You. Though at times it seems as though Your greatness would make You distant, it is Your greatness that draws us nearer to You. I pray that today I will live in accordance with Your will, that I will model my life after the pattern of Your Son, and that I will walk in the power of Your Holy Spirit. By Your abundant grace, empower me to glorify You for You are worthy! In the name of Jesus, Amen.