The Trinity: Continued

Posted: February 21, 2013 by Dillon in Apologetics
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A couple of weeks ago I posted a general outline of the idea of the Trinity.  Now let’s get into some of the nitty gritty!

Let’s take a minute to remember what exactly the Trinity is.  The Trinity is God as revealed in three persons: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.  They are not three separate gods, nor are they three different beings.  Each one is coequal, coeternal, and coexistant with the rest.  Confused yet?

The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by...

This is called the Scutum Fidei (Shield of the Trinity).  It was developed in Latin, but the message is the same, and thankfully we have some cognates!  The Father IS God, and IS NOT the Son or the Spirit.  The Son IS God, and IS NOT the Father or the Spirit.  The Spirit IS God, and IS NOT the Father or the Son.  God IS the Father, IS the Son, and IS the Spirit.  Hopefully you’re still following.

In the Bible, we see a lot of verses that indicate each member of the Trinity share important qualities.  All three persons are called God, all were part of creation, all three have a will, all three love, all three search the hearts of men, all three speak, and so on.  But you don’t have to take my word for it, we can look at scripture.

(F)= Father
(S)= Son
(HS)= Holy Spirit

Called God: Philippians 1:2 (F), John 1:1,14 (S), Acts 5:3-4 (HS)
Creation: Isaiah 64:8 (F), John 1:3 (S), Job 33:4 (HS)
Will: Luke 22:42 (F,S), 1st Corinthians 12:11 (HS)
Love: John 3:16 (F), Ephesians 5:25 (S), Romans 15:30 (HS)
Search hearts: Jeremiah 17:10 (F), Revelation 2:23 (S), 1st Corinthians 2:10 (HS)
Speak: Matthew 3:17 (F), Any of the red words (S), Acts 8:29 (HS)

The Trinity really is something that you need the whole of scripture to examine, rather than one specific verse.  As we can see, each person of th Trinity is still God.  But there’s so much more!  There is a reason we refer to the Trinity as three separate persons.  A “person” is self aware, can speak, love, say “you,” “your,” “me,” “mine,” etc. Each of the three persons in the Trinity demonstrate these qualities.  Being in distinct persons doesn’t change the essence that the persons are comprised of (I’ll get more to essences in a later post).  For an easier illustration, think of a marriage.  A marriage ceremony combines two distinct people into one unit, or one flesh.  The husband and the wife are each unique, yet if you take one away you no longer have a marriage.

The Unity Candle

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