The trinity is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It’s important to note, that the term “trinity” has Catholic origins and isn’t found anywhere in Scripture, but the teachings of God being three persons in one is! The Bible refers to this teaching as the “Godhead”. While the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three separate persons, they are one being.
*disclaimer* – I will be using “Godhead” and “trinity” interchangeably throughout this article
How is this possible? That doesn’t sound very logical! How can three persons be one being? That doesn’t make sense…. Well, it’s important to remember that God isn’t bound to the same restrictions as we are. He is the Almighty Creator and we are his creation! God operates on a plane that we can’t understand.
“I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” – John 16:12
We were not created with the ability to understand all the things that God understands. We are designed with finite minds. As Christians, faith is a huge part of who we are and what we believe. We should believe the Bible even when it doesn’t make logical sense to us. (Example: It’s not logical for 90% of your income to go further than 100%… but with tithing, God blesses us and goes beyond our way of thinking)
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
God is in all ways greater than us! Man has power but God is greater by being all-powerful. We have knowledge but God is greater by being all-knowing (omniscient). We have morals but God is greater by being morally perfect and the origin of our moral compass. So, if God is greater in all ways, why do expect him to fit our earthly limitations pertaining the Godhead? As humans, we are unitarian beings (one person – one being), but God is multi-personal (three persons – one being)… He is not limited the rules and workings of our universe! He is the Creator! It’s important to realize that although we are created in the image of God (body, mind, and soul), we are not the same as God and he does not have the same limitations that we do.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” – I John 5:7
This verse clearly explains the Trinity. The Bible says that there are three that bear record in heaven and that these three persons are all one. They are uniquely different, yet the Godhead at the same time.
“I and my Father are one.” – John 10:30
Jesus was clearly his own person while here on earth. During his earthly ministry, he talked about his Father and even mentioned sending the Comforter (Holy Spirit) when he left. Clearly, these are three separate persons, yet this verse states that Jesus and the Father are one.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1
Again, here we find Jesus being separate from God, yet together. Not only was the Word (Jesus) with God, but the Bible says that he was God. This doesn’t make sense with our finite minds, but remember, God is not limited to our logical thoughts and earthly restrictions.
The teachings of the Godhead are as clear as they can be with our limited minds. The Bible teaches that the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct persons, yet together they are all one… the Godhead! This belief is crucial to understand, because without it, you find religions teaching that Jesus was created by God or that Jesus and Satan are brothers. Don’t try too hard to figure God out… he is literally beyond our comprehension! Trust the Bible for what it is and live your life by faith!