A common question arises to the Christian when explaining their belief, this not only entails: who Christ is, who is God, why is there evil, and etc. For topics sake, today I will touch upon who is God in the sense what many try to understand, God as one, while still understanding the trinity. Thus it is true, Christians believe in the believe (myself included), while some try to justify that scripture does not speak of such matters. Let us be first clear that no one can truly comprehend God, we are but finite beings. But as well let us take note what is revealed in scripture and that is what I intend to do.
Before I let scripture and my own understanding be shown, let me as well clarify some things to those who have tried to understand or tackle this matter: 1. There is one God. 2. The Trinity consists of three persons. 3. Each is distinguished. 4. Each member is God. 5. There is a subordination within the trinity. 6. Each member has their own tasks. Now that this is explained, let us continue.
God, the Father
“One God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist…” ( 1 Corinthians 8:6). The Father, the ultimate cause of the universe. Understanding that God himself exists before time and space, unrivaled, and apart from the laws that man abides to by natural means. The same God who’s wrath will be poured out and because of his love sent his son to die for us as substitute. (John 3:16) The almighty God, on his throne, described in Revalations.
God, the Son
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) our Lord and savior (2 Peter 3:18). In this verse it comes to mind what was spoken about in Isaiah, “I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me.” (Isaiah 43:11). And even looking at the book of Isaiah, the prophecy spoken about Jesus’ birth. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) It is not something shocking when we allow his word to speak about God, it is the clearest picture of who God is and even though we have not seen the father, because of the son we have a picture of who he is. “15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:15-19). A thing to note as well is not that he was created, it is stated, “ALL THINGS” were created through and for him. Just the same, the declaration of Jesus himself as stating, ” 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 22:13) with the following verse 16 revealing who is speaking, Jesus. A title given to God, the first and the last. Or even how the Father himself reveals who he is, “8 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” 10 He also says,“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth (Hebrews 1:8-10). Looking back at the beginning of Genesis and seeing God said, let US make man in our image. We can even take account what his disciples stated, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).
God, the Holy Spirit
“3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? 4 While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God”. (Acts 5:3-4) This passage in itself reveals who it is Ananias lied to. We at times don’t take into account that the Spirit resides in us as believers. God dwells within us, our bodies a temple (1 Corinthians 3:16). “Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
Now I get asked many times why is not three Gods? They are not three gods and not three beings. They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God. Each has a will, can speak, can love, etc., and these are demonstrations of personhood. They are in absolute perfect harmony consisting of one substance. They are coeternal, coequal, and copowerful. Scripture shows that the Holy Spirit is subordinate to the Father and the Son, and the Son is subordinate to the Father. This is an internal relationship and does not deny the deity of any.
The truth is, we as mere men and women will never truly comprehend God. What is required of us is seeing his Glory and grace, his power and bowing to him in worship. All knees shall bow to the Lord Jesus Christ. All mouths shall praise our God, the Father, on his throne, and all spirit will reside with the Holy spirit bearing witness of our salvation. To God be the glory. Let us then continue walking in faith, ” therefore 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) Be Blessed.