The Trinity


One of the core beliefs of true Christian faith is the doctrine of the Trinity. This is simply defined: There is only one God, who is revealed in three, eternally-existent persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are separate Persons, all three are God, yet there is only one God.

This concept can be difficult for some to understand and accept, which has led to many people rejecting this truth. One of the signs of a cult (false religion claiming to be Christian) is the denial that Jesus Christ, as the only begotten Son of God, is fully God. One of the reason the Jews reject Jesus as their Messiah is for this reason. Muslims, who claim to worship the same God as the Jews, also deny that God has a Son – which is why they hate Christians so much, because of the Antichrist spirit that permeates their religion.

Romans 1:20: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…

His majesty and omnipotence is seen in His magnficent, seemingly infinite creation. We see it from the universe, the brilliant galaxies and stars and planets. We see it clear down to the microscopic level and even smaller – the particles that make up the protons, neutrons, and electrons that are the parts of atoms.

God’s justice is also seen in creation. The non-theistic religions (Buddhism and Hinduism) have a concept called karma, which in part teaches that you get back what you dish out. The Bible calls it reaping what you sow, and attributes it to the justice of God. So even false religions see God’s justice at work, but refuse to give God the glory.

Likewise, the tri-une attribute (three-in-one, Trinity) can also be seen in creation. Now some have tried to compare the trinity to a three-leafed clover, or to cutting a fruit pie into three pieces, or other things. But most of these illustrations fall short of explaining the Trinity.

The best representation for the Trinity is the three dimensions of physical space. (Yes, I know that mathematically there are more dimensions, but we can only actually physically see three. His attributes are clearly seen.) This is typically illustrated with a cube.
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Each dimension can be separately measured, yet there is only one cube. Further, no matter at what point you choose within that cube, it is represented by three variables that describe its position in relation to each dimension. In other words, no matter where you go in space, it takes all three dimensions to describe where you are – all three dimensions exist at every location. Yet all three dimensions can be measured separately, height, width, depth. A cube is mathematically illustrated as 1 X 1 X 1 = 1, or one cubed equals one. Another way of putting it, there is one space, revealed in three dimensions

The same is true for the Trinity. People get messed up when they try to make the mathematical representation 1 + 1 + 1 = 1, because it just doesn’t add up. Thus they reject this doctrine.

Each “dimension” of the Godhead can be recognized and measured separately. They each have their own role in creation and salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts and guides us. Jesus saved us by His shed blood on Calvary, and all things were created by Him and for Him. The Father is the Director over it all.

Each One is declared to be God in Scripture, repeatedly. Yet the Bible just as clearly says there is only one God. The correct mathematical representation of the Trinity is the same as for space. There is only one God, revealed in three Persons.

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6 Responses to The Trinity

  1. If you’ve already seen this video, I apologize. If you haven’t, then enjoy 🙂 I immediately thought of it when I read this post.

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  2. Steven Hoyt says:

    “wouldn’t” shrug … oi vey! LOL

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  3. Steven Hoyt says:

    Christ “atones” … stupid autocorrect!

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  4. Steven Hoyt says:

    The ancient ideas about salvation … do not in themselves place us under any critique, except in so far as, in their own way, they posit the criterion of Jesus as final source of salvation. Anyone who fails to see this distinction is proposing not Jesus Christ but one particular bit of religious culture as the norm of Christian faith — and ceases to be faith in Jesus of Nazareth … In him we find final salvation, well-being. This is the fundamental creed of primitive Christianity.

    Edward Schillebeeckx, Jesus: An Experiment In Christology, pg. 23.

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    • The problem with this idea is that it is only the real Jesus who saves. There is room to disagree on a number of points, such as the gifts of the Spirit, the question of eternal security, etc. But the Person and work of Christ is critical to the faith. And this includes the Deity of Christ. The best and most reliable early church fathers all made statements alluding to this truth, and more importantly, Scripture plainly teaches it. Jesus was fully God, who became fully human apart from sin to die on the cross for our sins.

      In Matthew 24 Jesus warned that in the last days, when His return was near, many would come in His name and claim to believe Jesus is the Christ, but who are deceivers who will deceive many.

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      • Steven Hoyt says:

        really, tertullian begins the idea of Jesus as deity, then the holy spirit with Justin martyr.

        none of the things you’ve mentioned are shared christian beliefs. only that Christ stones and, the problem is no one knows how.

        what folks like Schillebeeckx and Rashdall and others are saying is that beliefs bind communities of christians but that there isn’t, nor need there be, the idea of a “one true Christianity”, and such things are right to say through the mere fact of looking at its history and noting that from the time Jesus rhetorically asked ” who do you say that I am?”, Christianity has been developmental. our views, says Edward, are nearly entirely from interpreting Christ from very pregnant expectations, then and now.

        it’s a fantastic read, by the way, and I would shrug Schillebeeckx off, as his diligence with scripture and history has shaped the views of Christ for more than a billion believers.

        just a thought.

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