Look in the mirror. What do you see?
There’s a 100% chance you see YOU, as a person. But looking back at you is more than just a pretty face.
You also have the essence of who you are…or who you show to others.
And, third, there is a part of you that imprints on others and is present in their minds when they think of you.
Three distinctly separate aspects, yet they are all YOU.
While the bible doesn’t specifically mention the word, Triune or Trinity, it’s clear when you read it that there are three distinctly separate aspects of God. But it’s really hard for us as the top of the food chain to wrap our brains around this concept. After all, our vast, impressive logic tells us it’s impossible for three people to be one person. And that’s where our problems begin…applying our limited knowledge to something outside of the time/space continuum.
Our logic also tells us something cannot be created from nothing. Yet, that’s exactly what happened. The “Big Bang” theory even leans towards this conclusion. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. ~Genesis 1:1
Well, right here we have God and his Spirit, working hand in hand creating the universe. Poetic analogy aside, it’s clear there is more than one entity referenced here.
God further speaks and says, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness… ~Genesis 1:26
I learned in elementary school that words like us and our are plural…meaning more than one. Why would those words be used if there was only one being present in the unfolding cosmos? He could have been talking to the angels but that would infer angels were on equal footing as God…which they, by their own admission, clearly are not.
Jumping to the New Testament, John introduces Jesus by saying, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. ~John 1:1-3, 14
Christians believe Jesus is The Word, and by extension, this is another reference to the three aspects of God. Word=Jesus-God.
We mortal creatures seem to believe for some reason God was lonely and had to create the earth and everything in it to keep him company. Um, probably not.
The Godhead Trinity is best understood as the perfect little commune. God the Father loves to hang out with God the Son who loves to hang out with God the Spirit, etc. In perfect harmony and equality their relationships exist in one big never-ending circle. Distinct roles, yet all within the same substance holding them together. They love completely and exist to make the others happy. It’s the model designed for our family relationships. So why are we so arrogant in thinking they needed to create us to keep them company? Last I checked, mankind has been nothing but trouble for them since shortly after appearing on the earth.
John quotes Jesus in John 14:26 with, but the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
There’s a definite reference to three separate beings here.
So, since your brain is probably about to implode, here it is in terms you may better understand. You were waiting for this part, I know.
The essence of who you are…or who you show to others = same as God the Father
The person looking back at you in the mirror = same as Jesus, God the Son
The part of you that imprints on others and is present in their minds when they think of you = same as God the Spirit
Just as these three separate and distinct concepts are all YOU, so God the Father, Son and Spirit are all One God.
CS Lewis said it well with this quote:
The three dimensions of space are length, width and height. All coincide in the same place, yet are distinct. ~C.S. Lewis
Go ponder this for a while!