Creed: The Son & the Father are One
- Wednesday, June 01, 2005
As a teacher of the Bible, I would have to say that one of the most frequently asked questions I get is not “Does God really love me” or “Did Jesus really die for my sins?” But rather, “Can you explain the Trinity?”
I cannot. I can only struggle to understand it as best I can—as well as any man can. Sure, books have been written about it, articles have been penned concerning it, and great minds have thought to understand it. But, in reality, we—none of us—can wrap our finite brains around this vitally important element of God.
Sometimes I try to explain it this way: “I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a daughter.” I say to those who will listen, “I have three distinct roles.” But, that can only scratch the surface of an explanation because I am not three distinct people.
I am not God.
One Yet Separate
In the Nicene Creed we read: …being of one substance with the Father by whom all things were made.
This is, of course, speaking of Jesus. The Son.
The Son, who is also God.
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. As a trio we have seen them “moving” together to create the whole world. But we also see them working separately as well.
The Father: “sending the Son” (He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. ~~Matthew 10:40)
The Son: “the hope of man” (…while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ. ~~Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit: “sent by the Father in the name of the Son” (But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. ~~John 14:26)
All Together Now
When Jesus was about to begin His ministry, His first stop was at the Jordan River where “the Baptizer,” John, reluctantly baptized Him. Those who witnessed this historical scene were also privy to experiencing a Father/Son/Holy Spirit moment.
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are y Son, whom I love;with you I am well pleased.” ~~Luke 3:21,22
Likewise, when Jesus had fulfilled His call and mission on earth (and just before His resurrection), He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit, which came to them during Pentecost. Filled with His power (the Spirit’s), Peter addressed the crowd in his first sermon, saying:
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