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The Trinity: How can we make any sense of the Christian idea of the “trinity”?

By January 23, 2017 No Comments
  1. The “Trinity” does not mean there are three gods. There is but one God who exists in three persons. Only one God has the nature or essence of God; but three persons share that essence.
  2. The “Trinity” is a concept of God that seems fully justified in light of the biblical portrayal of God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is Spirit (Gen. 1:2; John 4:24). But a unique Son of God—Jesus—who had the very form of God, emptied and humbled Himself to come into the world in the form of a servant as a man (John 1:1-14; 3:16-17; Phil. 2:5-11). Jesus had authority to forgive sins (Matthew 9:2-6), the power to heal and raise the dead (Mark 5:35-43), and the prerogative of being honored as the Father (John 5:23-24) and of performing the final judgment of humanity (Matt. 24:30-31; 26:59-65). His resurrection from the dead was the Father’s confirmation that Jesus is both “Lord” and “Christ,” the expected Messiah or anointed One of God (Acts 2:32-36). However, the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts humans of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:5-14) and who dwells within believers as a “seal” or guarantee of God’s promises (Acts 2:38; Romans 8:12-17; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22).
  3. Analogies are inevitably limited. But the idea that the “same thing” can somehow share multiple expressions is not unknown to us in other areas. Light has characteristics of both waves and particles; H2O exists in three forms; a single C-major chord consists of multiple notes.

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Rich Knopp

Rich Knopp

Program Director of Room For Doubt and the presenter for Room For Doubt’s seminars and workshops at conventions, conferences, colleges, Christian camps, and churches. He provides and manages the content on the R4D website and mobile app and writes the scripts for the program’s animated videos.