The Unquenchable Mystery – The Holy Trinity
The Holy trinity has been the hardest of concepts to understand in the account of Christianity. The one everlasting God who created all things exists eternally, three times as; God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit (2Corinthians 13:14 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”), yet they are indivisibly conjoined (Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”). From this viewpoint, it is absolutely straightforward, right? Maybe not!
Hannah, a Christian came across the word Trinity which completely caught her attention. Having received Jesus very recent at the time, she was extremely thirsty for the knowledge of the gospel, so she read every booklet she came across, provided it contained the gospel of Jesus Christ. One day, she was caught up reading about Trinity again and again. She could not understand this particular doctrine of the Christian faith. Tension built up in her mind trying to understand how anything or anyone can be three things and one thing all at the same time. It was too complex for her to grasp. We might have all experienced this difficulty, in fact, most of us are still in awe, wondering! Look at these few analogies;
He is like water-ice, liquid and vapor
He is like an egg-the shell, white bit and the yolk
He is like a man who is a father, son and a husband
Can we make any sense out of them that we could relate to the Trinity? As I said in the beginning, comprehending Trinity has proved to be complicated to both Christians and non-Christians. However, it is an essential knowledge to all believers, like Hannah. Christians and great theologian brains have debated to unleash their best understanding in attempt to reply to the questions concerning the Holy trinity even via analogies such as the ones stated above. However, the undertakings have continued to conceive more questions than answers leaving the largely weary enquirers more puzzled. Nevertheless, do we stop debating or explaining and making efforts to comprehend the Trinitarian nature of God? Certainly not! It is significant for all believers to explore this subject matter and trust God for better insights.
One of the most outstanding attributes about God is that He is intriguingly mysterious. This is most likely the reason why we have not been able to understand threeness-in-oneness. Speaking of trusting God for perception, a range of scriptures talking about Godhead indicate that;
God is three persons
God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
The father sends the Son and the Holy Spirit
The Father sends the son and the Son sends the Holy Spirit
The Spirit is One sent by Father and Son
God is One
The Father is God
The Son is God
The Holy Spirit is God
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are inseparable and utterly equal!
This has as well been elucidated in a diagram such as this;
In the gospel narrative, the three players are unquestionably and explicably God. Now that is not complicated, is it? The impediment is in how we choose to make sense of the complexities of the Godhead.
It is important to acknowledge that God is much more than the Trinity alone. God is infinite, and humans, being finite will never be able to entirely weigh His fullness. His ways are not our ways and we cannot imagine what He is capable of. As we continue understanding the Holy Trinity in depths, put in mind that what we may understand might not be God! However, yield to open-mindedness and objectivity continuously granting God the glory 😉