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The Holy Trinity: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit
2 STM RCIA The Trinity Father Keith Mathur x40 Mr. Kevin Damitz Useful Information
3 STM RCIA The Trinity
4 STM RCIA The Trinity What is the essence of God? Essence: what makes a thing what it is. So what is the essence of God? LOVE
5 STM RCIA The Trinity 1 JOHN 4:16 God is love, and he who abides in love abides in Him.
6 STM RCIA The Trinity LOVE 1) EROS Completely selfish Self-gratifying Narcissistic English word erotic 2) PHILIA Brotherly love English words filial, Philadelphia 3) AGAPE Love spoke of in the NT Love that completely gives of itself for the sake of the other
7 STM RCIA The Trinity ? ? ? Q U E S T I O N S ? ? ?
8 STM RCIA The Trinity Love God is the same way God is infinite, so He infinitely gives and infinitely receives love.
9 STM RCIA The Trinity Basic Tenets of Revealed Truth about God 1 God, not 3 Sign of the Cross 3 Persons Father Son Holy Spirit Through their own will established a hierarchy of equality Does not relegate greatness or power – but helps us understand how the Trinity works within itself – still a mystery folks!
10 STM RCIA The Trinity God the FATHER Source of the Trinity Dont let language confuse you Source does not mean the Son & the Holy Spirit are lesser than the Father
11 STM RCIA The Trinity God the SON Not created, but begotten In fact eternally and infinitely begotten
12 STM RCIA The Trinity God the HOLY SPIRIT Not created, nor begotten He is SPIRATED
13 STM RCIA The Trinity Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. - New American Bible
14 STM RCIA The Trinity Attribution Father – Creator – creates and makes all things possible. Son – Redeemer – saves humanity from their sins by becoming human. Spirit – Sanctifier – continually makes things holy as a gift sent from the Father and the Son.
15 STM RCIA The Trinity ? ? ? Q U E S T I O N S ? ? ?
16 STM RCIA The Trinity Transcendence God is transcendent and beyond all of creation – so all ideas and speech about God is going to somehow be lacking in a fully explaining who God is.
17 STM RCIA The Trinity Father Revealed by the Son God is Father in as much as he is the Creator of the world God is Father because of the covenant he made with Israel to send his 1 st born Son Father is the first origin of everything Father shows his goodness and loving care for his children Jesus Himself reveals God as the Father and as Creator Eternally God is Father by his relationship with His only Son AD 325- Council of Nicaea- Son is consubstantial with the Father
18 STM RCIA The Trinity Father & Son Revealed by the Spirit Jesus promises to send the Spirit The sending of the Spirit is after Jesus glorification Holy Spirit is not the spirit of the Father Spirit least understood of the Trinity: marked difference in the Eastern & Western Church (both Catholic & Orthodox)
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20 STM RCIA The Trinity How Do We Understand the Trinity
21 STM RCIA The Trinity How Do We Understand the Trinity
22 STM RCIA The Trinity How Do We Understand the Trinity
23 STM RCIA The Trinity How Do We Understand the Trinity
24 STM RCIA The Trinity Dogma of the Trinity 1. In the 1 Divine Nature (when we say nature, philosophically it means the essence of being – so there is 1 Divine Nature consisting of 3 Divine Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). 2. No one of the 3 Divine Persons is either of the other Divine Persons – but rather each Person of Trinity is wholly Himself. 3. The Father is the 1 true God, the Son is the 1 true God, and the Holy Spirit is the 1 True God. 4. There are not 3 Gods, but 1 God.
25 STM RCIA The Trinity The Importance of Words in Theology and Philosophy Possessive Statements Very important for natures Who vs. What What = nature (1 God) Who = person (3 Persons) Nature decides what I can do Person describes who we are If you were to ask God: Q: What are you? A: God would respond together, GOD! Q: Who are you? A: They would each respond Father, Son, or Holy Spirit.
26 STM RCIA The Trinity ? ? ? Q U E S T I O N S ? ? ?
27 STM RCIA The Trinity ! ! ! You are now all EXPERTS on the Most Holy Trinity ! ! !