Questions I Am Asked The Most/What Is The Trinity?

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost make up the Triune God of
Christianity. Each of them are distinct from the other, yet identical in essence. The doctrine of
the Trinity is foundational to the Christian faith. It is crucial for properly understanding what
God is like, how He relates to us, and how we should relate to Him. But how can God be both
one and three? The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God who eternally exists as
three distinct Persons–the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The fact that the Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit are distinct Persons means, in other words, that the Father is not the Son, the Son is not
the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father. Jesus is God, but He is not the Father or
the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God, but He is not the Son or the Father. They are different
Persons, not three different ways of looking at God. The Trinity does not divide God into three
parts. The Bible is clear that all three Persons are each one hundred percent God.

The word “trinity” is not found in the Bible. But this does not mean that the concept is not
taught there. For example, Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Salvation
originated with the Father. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has
blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in
him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In
love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of
his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” Eph.
1:3-6. This passage tells how the Father chose us before the foundation of the world, and
predetermined our adoption as this children through Jesus Christ. The Father is the
administrator of salvation, and he oversees the process from beginning to end. Salvation is
brought to fruition in the Son. Everything the Father does for our salvation, he does through
Christ. The work of the Son means redemption, adoption to the Father, reconciliation,
sanctification, and glorification (Eph. 1:7-12 In him we have redemption through his blood, the
forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose,
which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in
heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined
according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so
that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.) It operates
horizontally as well as vertically, and it is for Jew and Gentile alike. It is through the Son that
we achieve salvation and come into full relationship with the triune God. Salvation is
communicated by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit changes us from the inside out, preforming the
gracious act of regeneration. With this comes the gift of faith and the spiritual ability to believe
in the Resurrection. Through the Holy Spirit, our salvation becomes a present reality, applicable
to our lives in our own specific context. It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives that serves
as a seal, establishing us as children of God (Eph. 1:13-14 In him you also, when you heard the
word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised
Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the
praise of his glory.)

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