Another excellent guest post from Nancy Movick
This is a great question and tough one to answer in a short blog post – but here goes…
The quick answer is this; God dwells in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, they are not separate, but one.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Mat. 28:19)
Some people have used H2O as an example of something that is the same, yet exists in three different forms (water, ice and steam). Perhaps a more satisfying way of explaining the Trinity is to discuss the character of God. The Bible describes God as highly relational, which in and of its self is amazing and humbling. We believe in a God who created all things and is all-powerful and omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time). Yet, he is intimately involved in the tiniest details of our lives such as
The number of hairs on our heads:
Matthew 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Or how he was intimately involved in the beginning of each of our stories:
Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
God wants to be known and he wants us to know who he is and how he feels about us. What better way for us to see his multifaceted love than for him to demonstrate it through the strength and wisdom of a Father, through the sacrificial gentleness and purity of the Son, and through the ever present, guiding power of the Holy Spirit?
It comes down to faith. It comes down to believing without seeing and looking with our hearts and not with our eyes.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
“Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.”