How Can I Better Understand the Trinity

How Can I Better Understand the Trinity?

If you’ve been attending church for quite some time now, hearing the phrase “In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” is not new to you.

Perhaps, the first word to come up on your mind upon hearing this is simply, the Trinity.

This seven-letter word is a concept most would have difficulty understanding. However, despite the mystery surrounding the word, it also reveals the astounding character of God.

To help you understand more about this theological mystery, here are some Biblical truths that explain the Trinity as our one, true God.

How Can I Better Understand the Trinity?

One God

When discussing the Trinity, a typical question always comes up: Why do Christian believers utter these three names: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet say they only worship one God?

God is one, not three. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the three Divine Persons of the one and only God. Each of the three has their equal and undivided activity within the only God.

It is important to note that these three Divine Persons are not mere representations of God’s function in three, but the identities of the one and only God.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV)

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Three-in-one God

The Bible recognizes these three Divine Persons many times. Look at these events from the scripture.

First, God as the Father – the Creator of heaven and earth – is the one who sent His Son to save the sins of the world. This character of God as a Father acts as the One who created a way for all things to be revealed according to the divine plan.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

Second, God as the Son is “the way, the truth, and the life”. The person of God here is the savior of the world.

Jesus Christ became man as a way for you to be redeemed from the consequences of sin. He spoke the truth as a spokesman of God, and He is the way for you to have eternal life.

Jesus Christ became 100% man-holy and without sin. At the same time, Jesus is also 100% God. He is the representation of the invisible God.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. (Colossians 1:15)

Lastly, God as the Holy Spirit though commonly least understood among the three, is the One who helps you in your walking in faith.

The Holy Spirit is not another God or less of a God. The Holy Spirit is God.

Jesus Christ emphasized the role of the Holy Spirit as your Helper before He ascended to heaven.

But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” (John 14:26 AMP)

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Equal Power of the Trinity

After understanding each of the individual activities of the three personas of God, it is important to keep in mind that there is no hierarchy of power among the three.

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have each of their functions and identity but with equal power.

Paul uttered the benediction emphasizing the Divine Persons of Trinity in 2 Corinthians 13, in which he identified the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, the amazing love of the Father lavished through His Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit to be with the people, forever.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV)

The concept of the Trinity is considered to always be one of the great theological mysteries. It is important to understand that each of the Divine Persons is fully God that act a significant role in the Christian faith.

There is only one God with three coeternal personas – the Trinity.

How Can I Better Understand the Trinity?

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Who is the Holy Spirit and What is His Role in Your Life?

You’ve probably encountered the term Holy Spirit many times as part of the scriptures you read, or prayers and songs you heard.  

Most of the time, the ideas about the Holy Spirit are boxed in the image of a dove, smoke, or even of a ghost.  

But who really is the Holy Spirit? What are the roles of the Holy Spirit in your life as a follower of Jesus Christ?  

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Who is the Holy Spirit?  

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity with the coeternal Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is not another God or less than God. The Holy Spirit is God.  

This truth is emphasized in the great commission when Jesus stressed the equal importance of the Trinity as the disciples proclaim the Good News of salvation among the people of the earth.  

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19 NIV)   

But you may be wondering, who then is the person referred to as the Holy Ghost, Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, Spirit of Christ, or Spirit in the Bible?   

All these terms are interchangeable and still point to the Holy Spirit which can be observed in Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.”  

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 What is the role of the Holy Spirit in your life?  

Knowing the Holy Spirit means understanding that the Lord is always with you and present in your life. The Holy Spirit acts as an ever-present representative of God within you in your walk with Him.  

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 ESV)  

Jesus emphasized before He ascended to heaven, that the Holy Spirit will be with you to help you do things according to the will of God.   

But there’s more to that.  

The Holy Spirit is giving you not only the ability to deny sin but also the gift to live holy lives. 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NIV)  

The fruits of the Holy Spirit will guide you to have a life that mirrors the values of Jesus Christ.  

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How do you encounter the Holy Spirit?  

The Holy Spirit, indeed, offers to bear great fruits in you. But these fruits will never be possible if you have not personally encountered the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus said in John 3:5, “No one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”  

On top of all the good things that the Holy Spirit has to give is the greatest gift you could ever receive – the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is the gift of salvation.  

This is a promised gift to those who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. 

“Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:14 NLT)  

The power of the Holy Spirit will enable you to live as a new creation with a new identity, free from sin and shame, made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the grace of God, the Father. 

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Do you want to encounter the Holy Spirit today? 

As Acts 2:38 says, “Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  The Holy Spirit is always with you – guiding and leading you to the unending grace of God, displayed on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  

May you commit your life to the guidance of the Holy Spirit not just today, but forever!  

Do you want to live a life that is filled by the Holy Spirit? Don’t hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray with you. 

Who is Jesus Christ? Get to Know God

“Jesus Christ.”

You’ve probably heard the Name, or you know Him and have accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior – but who is Jesus, really?

Is He truly the Savior? Is He really the Son of God?

Jesus, the Man

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Jesus, as a man, walked here on earth. An article contributed by Probe Ministries to Bible.org proved Jesus’ humanity when historians and ancient literature said He was a revered teacher, He performed miracles, and was crucified during the reign of Tiberius sentenced by Pontius Pilatus.

Jesus became a man like you. He experienced having a family and fellowshipping with others. He experienced being ridiculed, laughed at, mocked, and hurt. Jesus, as a man, experienced the same things you are going through. He understands you.

Jesus, the Savior

Because of sin, the world is headed to eternal death and God knew that. So, He sent His Son to be the Savior of mankind.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

Jesus came to earth to redeem the world from death, condemnation, and eternal judgment brought by another man – Adam’s disobedience and sin.

“Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.” (Romans 5:18 NIV)

No one else in this world can save humanity from sin and eternal death but Jesus Christ Himself. It is not to condemn but to save the world through Him. (John 3:17b)

Jesus, the Lord

Acts 2:36 says “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Acts 2:36 NIV

Jesus is not just fully human, He is also 100% God.

When you accepted Jesus in your heart, He also claimed Lordship over your life.

Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So, I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Allowing Jesus’ Lordship over you means yielding to God’s will and purposes for your life. Jesus Himself was humble and obedient to HIs Father in fulfilling His purpose here on earth that resulted in the gift of salvation and righteousness for those who will accept and believe.

Have you surrendered your life to Jesus? Would you submit to His Lordship over you today?

“If you have come to realize that there are still areas in your life that have a reservation from God, you can still make a decision to humble yourself today and accept the gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23b)

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