by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday November 16, 2005
Many people inside and outside the church scratch their head over the idea of a triune Deity. While the term Trinity isn't used in Scripture, the truth of a three-part Godhead is biblical. Our God consists of three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is characterized by the same attributes — they are all eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and immutable. However, each one has a unique function.
The Father is our Creator, who judged each aspect of Creation to be "good." In His hands rests control of the universe and every aspect of our life. The Father oversees circumstances and events so that each situation can be used for our good (Romans 8:28).
The Son is our Savior. Jesus Christ took on flesh and blood and became fully man — while simultaneously remaining fully God — and lived among men. He came to earth for the express purpose of dying on the cross, thereby paying our sin-debt with a perfect sacrifice acceptable to a holy Father. Today, the Son sits at the Father's right hand and intercedes for us.
The Holy Spirit is our Helper, who resides within every believer, starting at the moment of salvation. From the Spirit, we receive our spiritual gifts and the power to do the work the Father calls us to do.
We can turn the concept of a triune Deity into a complex theological debate, or we can be content with what Scripture tells us. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love us and desire only the best for followers of Jesus.