August 14, 2011
Father, Son, Holy Spirit: One God,
Three Divine Persons
The Unity of God
Deuteronomy 6:4, Page 1766
Many people completely misunderstand that Divine Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, we read about three divine Persons, who exist forever as one God. We cannot fully understand the nature of the Trinity, but we should be familiar with the teaching of the Bible concerning the unity and diversity of God. Make no mistake, we worship only one God, and that God has eternally existed as three divine Persons, united as one essential God.
Deuteronomy 5:4, Page 297
The LORD is One God. The single God of the Old Testament is the single God of the New Testament. In Deuteronomy 6:4, page 297, we read that the LORD (“אֶחָד
The Deity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Another common error I see among people concerns the deity and identify of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is God, but is not the Holy Spirit and is not the Son. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is God, but is not the Father or the Son. Finally, the Son is God, but is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. This image of the Trinitarian Triangle has been used for centuries to teach the relationship of the Persons of the Godhead.
I often illustrate the relationship of the Persons of the Godhead by reviewing the baptism of Jesus. Jesus, God in human flesh, goes into the Jordan river to be baptized, and rises up. Immediately, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus as a dove and alights upon Jesus (Matthew 4:16, page 1504). Next, the Father speaks from heaven: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Therefore, we see that Jesus stands in the water, the Holy Spirit descends from heaven, and the Father speaks from heaven. Only Jesus is getting wet in the river. Only the Father speaks from heaven. Only the Holy Spirit descends from heaven and rests upon Jesus as a dove. We see the three Persons, but they together constitute one divine Being, one divine Substance, one divine Essence. They are three Persons in one God.
So we learn more about the Trinity today.
● God the Son died for our sins on the cross, and we live because He Himself bore our sins on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
● God the Father gave Jesus the words to speak and the deeds to do while Jesus walked among men in the flesh.
● God the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, and has poured out in our hearts the love of God.
Application for Today
As I live today, I know that God loves me, died for me, rose for my justification, and indwells me. God abides with me and in Me. I feel His presence in my life, and I love to live and pray in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Are you walking with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit today?