What is trinity?

Asked by diamod

What is trinity?


Trinity is a difficult concept to understand, indeed it took the church almost 400 years to come to terms with it. It is difficult because it seems illogical and there is no easy way to hold it all together. Basically ‘Trinity’ is the term used to describe God as he has revealed himself to us.  God is one God in three persons: The Father, The Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit are all equally God.  They are not three seperate individuals, nor are they three different faces or forms or appearances of the one God.  There is not one God with two helpers, but all are God.  It’s tricky to grasp because there is nothing in our everyday experience which works the same way.

Just briefly, here are some ideas from the Bible which ‘Trinity’ holds together:

1) The Bible has always said there is one God:
“Hear O’ Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Deut 6:4) (Mk 12:29-30).

2)The Father is God. (Galatians 1:1)
Jesus is God from the beginning (John 1: 1-18)
The Holy Spirit is God (John 15:26, Mark 3:29, 1 Corinthians 6:19).

One of the main outcomes of the concept of Trinity is that God, at his very heart, is about relationship - the relationship between the Father, theSon and the Holy Spirit. God is love simply because he exists in relationship as the trinity. The upshot of this is that God cherishes relationship with humanity whom he created and has gone so far as to send his son so that we may have relationship with him. Do you have a relationship with God because he wants to be in relationship with you.

The concept of Trinity raises lots of other questions about how exactly the trinity works but the point of the Trinity is clear.
Take a look at “Are the holy ghost, God and Jesus One?” on the Christianity.net site.  It’s very helpful.
Also check out answers to:
“Are Father, Son and Holy Spirit one or three?”
“How does the trinity work?”

Hope this helps!
Ian.

Answers are kindly provided by our friends at Christianity.net.au

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