Pierre Bittar French Impressionist Artist  
 
The Holy Trinity

Doubt is the enemy of Faith. If not dissipated, it will grow up in our minds and destroy our faith. The best way to avoid such damage is to ask questions and seek convincing answers capable of destroying our doubt.

What is the Trinity of God?

The Christian faith is based on a Holy Trinity which is: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three are in One and Only God. A triune God.

Human understanding or languages will have difficulties to express the beauty and immensity of the One but triune God.

The best way to explain a sophisticated subject is to use a simple example that we can understand, then develop it and adapt it gradually to the main subject matter.

Example of the 3 Candles

Illustration

God

There is one flame although there are three candles. The essence of the flame is:
heat and
light.

Three Candles

There is one God although He has a trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The essence of God is:

Love
=
Heat and
Wisdom
=
Light.

 

     

The 3 candles can be either one flame or can be separated and each one will have the same essence of heat and light which is unique to the flame.

Therefore although the 1st candle has a flame, the 2nd candle has flame, the 3rd candle has a flame, but when they are unified they have only one flame.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit
 
Father, Son, Holy Spirit
 
Father, Son, Holy Spirit

The Holy Trinity can be unified in one God or can be separated and each one will have the same essence of love and wisdom which is unique to God.

Therefore although
the Father is God,
the Son is God,
the Holy Spirit is God,
but when they are unified there is one and only God.

     

Likewise one out of the 3 candles can be separated. For example a candle can be separated to warm and enlighten another room which is in the darkness for a certain time.

This candle can then go back to the central flame and send another flame to replace it in order
to maintain the warmness and the light in that room which was already prepared to quit from the darkness.

3 Candles

When the Son of God became human (Isaiah 9:16) “For a child is born…and He will be called… Mighty
God, Everlasting Father.” See also, the Annunciation and the Birth of Jesus paintings No. 1 and 2
in the Life of Our Lord)

Before returning to His Father, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit Advocate) in John 15:26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…The spirit of truth who goes out from the Father…He will testify about me.”


After a good understanding of the above explanation of the Holy Trinity of God, let’s go and read some verses from the Old Testament as well as from the New Testament in regard to the Holy Trinity of God.

In the Old Testament God has revealed Himself to us at the top of the first page as if He wanted us to understand, upfront, who He is.

In Genesis 1:1-3:

  1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
  2. ... and the Spirit of God was hovering over the water.
  3. and God said (The Word of God), “Let there be light” and there was light.

As we can see:

God (the Father) is mentioned in verse 1, the Spirit of God (The Holy Spirit) in verse 2, and the Word of God (God said) in verse 3. Word of God = Jesus

When God speaks in plural using pronouns like us, our, and we, it is understood that the Holy Trinity is speaking - Father, Son, and Holy Spirt.

Some might think that the use of pronouns like us, our, and we, refer to God and His angels. This cannot be true as angels are creatures of God and not creators. So when God said,”Let us make mankind in our image,” The us and the our he is referring to is certainly Jesus and the Holy Spirit who are with Him constituting the Holy Trinity.

Let us read now some verses of the Old Testament in which God is using these plural pronouns.

Genesis 1:26
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

 

Genesis 3:22
And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

 

Genesis 11:7
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

 

Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”


In the New Testament some verses explain situations in which the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are mentioned together.

 

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

In some other verses the presence of the Trinity appears on the scene.

 

Matthew 3:16-17
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

It is important to understand the Holy Trinity.. Without such a good understanding some verses of the bible will be confusing. Below are some of them.

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel means God is with us. (Im=with, man=us, God=u’al)

Comment: In the above verse Isaiah called Jesus God. Now we understand why Jesus was called God (because if separated from the Holy Trinity, Jesus is God)

 

Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Comment: Calling Jesus everlasting Father is a confirmation that the Holy Trinity is one God having the same essence, they are in each other.

 

Isaiah 25:9
In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Comment: Beside being called God and Lord, Isaiah called Jesus a Savior.

 

Isaiah 40:3
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Comment: Isaiah was predicting here John the Baptist announcing the arrival of Jesus.

 

John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Comment: At the beginning of his Gospel John spoke about God the Father and God the Son. He called Jesus the word because without the word nothing was made. (Let it be, He spoke and it was. - See Genesis) Isaiah also called Jesus the light which also means wisdom.

 

John 10:30
I and the Father are one.

Comment: This is another confirmation of the Holy Trinity in one God. It does also confirms what Isaiah had said; That Jesus is the everlasting Father.

 

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Important Note: This message is for those who believe in God but not in the Holy Trinity of God. Without Jesus there is no Holy Trinity therefore there is no God. (If this is not yet clear please go back to the explanation of the Holy Trinity explained above.)

 

John 14:8-11
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

Comment: Jesus made it very clear about the Holy Trinity of God, beside He emphasized the fact that His coming among us was also to reveal to us the hidden and invisible God.

 

To conclude this very important subject of the Holy Trinity please read carefully what God has testified in the following verses of John.

1 John 5:11-13
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

 
     
 
The Life of Our Lord
Introduction 1 - The Annunciation 2 - The Birth of Jesus 3 - Flight into Egypt
4 - At the Temple with Doctors 5 - The 4 First Disciples 6 - The Marriage in Cana 7 - Jesus Resurrects a Widow's Son
8 - Feeding 5000 People 9 - The Last Supper 10 - Betrayal by Judas 11 - The Humiliation of Jesus
12 - Crucification and Death 13 - The Resurrection of Jesus 14 - The Ascension Spreading the Word

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The Holy Trinity Revealed Through a Painting
The Holy Trinity Explained Though a Visual Example
The Human Trinity Now and in Eternity
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Christ Before and After His Incarnation
My Belief in God
How Can We Be Born Again?
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