Father Son Holy Spirit
The Scripture links the three Persons of the Godhead together so closely in so many Divine activities that it would be foolish to deny any one of them is God. Some people call it The Trinity, which is OK, though the word never occurs in the Scripture. I John 5:7 describes in in this way: “The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit.”
Three in One, and One in Three,
Ruler of Heaven Earth and Sea.
Hear us while we pray to Thee,
Understand the Trinity—is our plea.
Illus: The average Australian, particularly one who lives in an outback township, finds it impossible in the human mind to understand this—it’s too esoteric and mysterious—thus he abandons it altogether as incomprehensible. If he can’t grasp it on the spot, and the idea does not make sense to his logical mind, it’s no use even thinking about it.
But it is worthy, even in his innocence. As did tough outback identity Blake in Tibooburra in the 60’s. He was said to be the roughest man in the west. He disbelieved the Gospel, Christ in God, through the Holy Spirit. But Christians persisted; they never let him go.
We see it rather than called Trinity—but named as the Triune Godhead, as the Scripture does. If you can begin to see some of the works of the Godhead, it may help open up your understanding a little more. As ...
• In Creating the World. All three were involved in creation: the Father (Genesis 1:1); the Son (John 1:3, 10; Colossians 1:16); and the Spirit
(Genesis 1:2, Psalm 104:30). If all three created, then God the Creator must exist in three Persons.
• In Sending the Son. All three members of the Trinity were active in the incarnation. When Mary questioned the angel about the possibility of a virgin birth, the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35).
The power of the Father, ministered through the agency of the Spirit, resulted in the birth of the Son into the world. This close association in the birth of the Savior is further indication of their oneness.
• Identifying the Messiah. At precisely the proper moment, Jesus Christ was revealed to Israel as her Messiah. John the Baptist was the chosen instrument and the act of baptism was the chosen means (Matthew 3:16-17). As the Spirit came upon the Son, the Father’s voice was heard from heaven expressing His approval. It was another powerful testimony to the eternal triune Godhead.
To the great One in Three,
Eternal praises be, Hence evermore.
His Sovereign Majesty, May we in Glory see,
And through Eternity, Love and adore.
Remove or adjust or change any one of the three parts of the Godhead, or make one person prominent over the others, and the whole falls apart.
• In Providing Redemption. Two central passages bring the three members of the Godhead together in providing for man’s eternal salvation. “How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). It was the offering of the Son to the Father by the power of the Spirit.