The Trinity of God
“And God said, Let us (plural – Trinity) make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…” – Genesis 1:27
God is Trinity – Meaning God is three in one. The Trinity is the same in substance, equal in power and glory. God is Trinity, but He is One God. The Trinity cannot be divided into three separate beings but all one and the same. The human mind may not be able to fully understand this, but by faith the child of God simply believes what the Bible teaches. Whenever God acted toward man all three were always involved. Examples: In creation and salvation. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name (not names) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Notice that ‘name’ is singular even though it refers to three distinct Persons. All three of the Trinity were present at the same time of the Lord’s baptism in Mark 1:9-11. The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, but the truth of God revealing Himself in three persons is in the Bible. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all called God, given worship as God, exist eternally, and are involved in doing things only God could do. Although God reveals Himself in three persons, God is One and cannot be divided. All are involved completely whenever One of the Three is active. He is God.
The Trinity Involved In All Acts Towards Man
- Creation – The Bible shows the work of the Godhead in creation, and specifically the Holy Spirit – “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image …” (notice the plural pronouns) – “Us” and “Our” means God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father was involved in creation: “And God said, let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). God the Son was involved in creation: “For by Him [the firstborn – Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth …” (Colossians 1:16). God the Holy Spirit was involved in creation: “… And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2). Knowing that the Holy Spirit was involved in creation shows that He is truly God. The work of creation was not something that God the Father did alone. Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were involved also.
- Birth of Christ – God placed the seed for Jesus Christ in the womb of Mary through the Holy Spirit. “… The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
- Baptism of Christ – The Trinity was present (Matthew 3:16-17). God the Father spoke, “… This is my beloved Son …” God the Son was baptized; and God the Holy Spirit descended like a dove on Jesus. The baptism of Jesus was the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. All the Godhead was involved at the baptism.
- Resurrection of Christ – The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit had a part in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies …” (Romans 8:11).
- Prayers – The Christian prays to God. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9); through Jesus Christ – “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14); led by the Holy Spirit – “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit …” (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer, the way for the Christian to communicate with God, is something that all the Godhead is involved in.
- In Salvation – God/Father gave His Son – “For God so loved the world that He gave” (John 3:16); God/Son (Jesus) was the sacrifice for sin. “The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (I John 4:14); a sinner is drawn and sealed by God/Spirit “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). The Trinity is involved in salvation (I Peter 1:2). – Ted Camp