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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkJohn 10:30, “I and My Father are one”

John 14:16, “I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever”

A young woman was interviewed and said that she converted to Islam because she found the Christian doctrine of the Trinity too complicated. However, she failed to realize is that the Islamic concept of a solitary, distant God is inadequate. We need the Triune God who became one of us to show His love, to provide salvation and One who understands our trials because He Himself experienced them.

Contrary to the belief of our modern society, the Bible teaches that the Father is God (John 6:27), the Son is God (John 1:1, 18), and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3, 4). Each is distinct, but they are so united that not one of them could exist without the others. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all present at Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3:16-17). 1 Timothy 3:16 puts it this way, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”

Most of us aren’t as concerned about the deep theology of the Trinity as we are about its practical meaning in a world of sin, pain, sorrow, and death. Yet, it is because God is Triune that He could come to earth in the person of Jesus to provide salvation for us (John 3:16) and to be our sympathetic helper (Hebrews 4:14-16). It is because God is Triune that the Holy Spirit can live in us and make our bodies the temples of God (1 Corinthians 6:19). So my brethren, let’s reaffirm our faith in our Triune God and praise the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Further reflection

The Trinity doesn’t fit the framework of logic, nor can it be fully analyzed with the microscope of our limited intellect. However, that’s no reason to conclude that theologians invented the idea. To declare that the one and only God has made Himself known as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct but not separate persons, is simply expressing what the Scriptures teach (John 10:29-30). Doesn’t it make sense that the One we worship and to whom we entrust our lives must be far beyond our limited ability to understand Him?

To be able to succeed in our walk of faith as born-again believers in Christ, we all need help. We can’t do it by ourselves. We need the help of all three Persons of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, to give us guidance, strength, and instruction. Look at what Jesus said before He went to the cross. He told His disciples that He was going away but He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit (John 16:7). He knew that His followers could not fulfill their purpose in this world without the Spirit’s indwelling presence.

My brethren, we will always need the help of the Father who knows us, the Savior who intercedes for us, and the Holy Spirit who empowers us. Someone said that the truth of a Triune God staggers the mind, but to know Him satisfies the heart, soul and mind.

The Triune God reveals Himself not to confuse us but to convict, cleanse, and comfort.