This morning as I was about to start my devotional, I noticed that my blog dashboard showed me 2 comments it had deemed as SPAM. It may not be something that I would or should allow through and as such I am grateful that technology keeps my site from automatically showing everything that everyone could post and gives me the ability to choose. Sometimes the comment is appropriate, but the website or alias are inappropriate or hoaxes or appear from the name to be risky for me to leave so if I am able to hide/remove those and keep the comment I will and I do. Today’s comment triggered a thought to me and so I thought even though I may not actually let it post that I would speak the truth of it that there is but one!
There is but one what you may be asking. There is but one GOD! We may reference Him in three persons as Father, Son, Holy Spirit, but there is but one GOD! Some may have heard of this as the trinity, one GOD in three persons. Over time, various people has tried to use different metaphors, analogies or examples to help people to see it, hear it, understand it.
St. Patrick as an example use the 3 leaf clover to try and explain it.
“For there is no other God, nor ever was before, nor shall be hereafter, but God the Father, unbegotten and without beginning, in whom all things began, whose are all things, as we have been taught; and his son Jesus Christ, who manifestly always existed with the Father, before the beginning of time in the spirit with the Father, indescribably begotten before all things, and all things visible and invisible were made by him. He was made man, conquered death and was received into Heaven, to the Father who gave him all power over every name in Heaven and on Earth and in Hell, so that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe. And we look to his imminent coming again, the judge of the living and the dead, who will render to each according to his deeds. And he poured out his Holy Spirit on us in abundance, the gift and pledge of immortality, which makes the believers and the obedient into sons of God and co-heirs of Christ who is revealed, and we worship one God in the Trinity of holy name.” — St. Patrick: The Trinity and the Shamrock
The Trinity and the Shamrock
Legend has it that St. Patrick was responsible for ridding the Emerald Isle of snakes; but more importantly, it is said that Patrick used the shamrock as a symbol to explain the Trinity to Unbelievers, i.e., how God is One God in Three Persons. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”(Matthew 28:19). Patrick would hold up a shamrock and challenge his hearers, “Is it one leaf or three?” “It is both one leaf and three,” was their reply. “And so it is with God,” he would conclude. “19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from The Creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:19-20). Of course, doctrines such as the Trinity or the Divinity of Jesus Christ can only be received by willing hearts, who have committed themselves to obey whatever the Spirit reveals from the Scriptures. “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine” (John 7:17). St. Patrick, no doubt, was careful not to confuse pagan idolaters with the idea of Polytheism, i.e., the false notion that there are many separate gods; but, his dependence upon the Holy Spirit to give him the illustration of the shamrock to illustrate the Trinity, gave him success in preaching the Gospel. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the Power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16) — St. Patrick: The Trinity and the Shamrock
Some may go looking in the Bible for the word trinity to see where it originated, however, the word itself isn’t there. And since it isn’t there trying to pull it together requires us to look to God and ask Him for faith and wisdom to try and grasp it. So people over the ages have looked for other examples to help explain it. If we start by first looking in the Old and then in the New Testament, we find the following:
Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! — Deuteronomy 6:4
- The religion scholar said, “A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!” — Mark 12:32-33
- Some people say, quite rightly, that idols have no actual existence, that there’s nothing to them, that there is no God other than our one God, that no matter how many of these so-called gods are named and worshiped they still don’t add up to anything but a tall story. They say—again, quite rightly—that there is only one God the Father, that everything comes from him, and that he wants us to live for him. Also, they say that there is only one Master—Jesus the Messiah—and that everything is for his sake, including us. Yes. It’s true. — 1 Corinthians 8:4-6
- He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. — 1 Timothy 2:4-7
So we see they are in agreement that there is one and only God!
Next if we look to see if the three persons are called out in the Bible, we find the following
In Genesis 1:1, the Hebrew plural noun “Elohim” is used.
God’s Word shows how they are three persons and confirms to us that they are but one God! God is so much bigger than we can ever imagine. One day when we get to see Him face to face, we will get the opportunity to ask the questions and understand His fullness. We see that not only are there three persons but there is also a hierarchy (see point 5). We also find that each of them have a specific purpose or role or tasks (see point 6).
From GotQuestions.org, they show the following image as the best representation:
There is so much information available and you will see two references I used for today’s post. If you search you can find more links too.
- The Trinity Explained – David Reagan
- What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? — CEO, S. Michael Houdmann