Who is God?
A couple weeks ago, our church celebrated Trinity Sunday. On that Sunday, we set aside time to reflect on the Christian doctrine of God. Although the doctrine is difficult to understand, it is immensely important. After all, what you believe about God is the most important belief you hold. Because that belief determines everything else about you.
We Christians have a somewhat strange way of talking about God. We are monotheists, meaning that like the Jews and the Muslims we believe there is only one God. However, our understanding of God is quite a bit different than the other monotheists. That is because we believe that the one true God is also three in some sense.
The Christian idea of God can be summed up with three statements:
1) There is one God
The fact that there is one God is clearly attested to throughout the Old and New Testament Scriptures. There is only one God. There is nothing like our God. Everything that is not God has been made by Him. He is the source and the end of all things.
2) The Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God
The Father is fully God. The Son is fully God. The Holy Spirit is fully God. The Holy Spirit is not 1/3 God, he is fully God. The Son contains the entire fullness of deity (Col 2:9).
3) The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, the Son is not the Father or the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father or the Son.
The three persons of the Trinity are not just different functions that God performs, kind of like I am a father and son and a husband all rolled into one person. No, the doctrine of the Trinity is much harder to understand than that. God has always existed as three distinct persons.
So, then, there is one God. This God has always existed as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. These three persons are each fully God in their own right and are not to be confused with one another.
Here’s a graphic representation of the doctrine I just shared with you:
Reading each of these statements will help you to come to grips with the doctrine.
One God. Three distinct persons. There is really nothing like our God. We cannot begin to understand Him. All we can do is fall on our knees and worship Him.James