Presentation on theme: "What is the Trinity?. Starting Point We are never going to fully get our head around the trinity! It is impossible for us to completely understand God."— Presentation transcript:
What is the Trinity?
Starting Point We are never going to fully get our head around the trinity! It is impossible for us to completely understand God – otherwise we would be God! Look up Romans 11 v 33-36 God's character is so enormous that we, with our limited minds, cannot understand all that he is. It is a bit like someone who lives in 2D trying to understand the concept of something in 3D. Augustine said that anyone who denies the Trinity is in danger of losing his salvation, and anyone who tries to understand it is in danger of losing his mind!
So what do we know? Althougth the Bible never actually uses the word “trinity” it is clear that God is three-in-one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy spirit. Two examples: In Matthew 28v19 Jesus says “baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” In 2 Corinthians 13 v 14 Paul writes “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
There are 3 points that we can see in the Bible which help us clearly see the Trinity to be true. 1) There is one God “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” Deut 6v4 This is echoed in the New Testament: John 5v44, Romans 3v30, 1 Tim 1v17, James 2v19, John 17v3 2) They are each God The Father is God. 2 Peter 1 v 17 “For when he received honour and glory from God the Father...” The Son is God. The healing of the Paralytic man – Mark 2 v 1-12 (Many other examples: Matt 1 v 23, John 8 v58, John 1 v14, John10 v 30, John 20 v 28) The Holy Spirit is God. Acts 2 v 17 “And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all Humanity..” (Again other examples inc Acts 5 v 3-4)
3) They are eternal, distinct and unchanging. There has always been the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit Father “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world...” Eph 1 v 3-4 Son In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All thing were created through Him..” John 1 v 1-3 Spirit “...and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters...” Genesis 1 v 2 They are seperate (not one changing into another) and they have always had seperate roles to play. John 14 v 26 “But the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit – the Father will send Him in My name – will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.”
What are the different roles of God – the Father, Son and Spirit? Father – God forever seated in the heavenlies, Holy, awesome, all knowing and all powerful, everything is under his plan. Son – God who came as a man, our example on earth who died for our sins, rose again and is seated now at the right hand of the Father in heaven speaking on our behalf. Spirit – God on Earth after Jesus' return, who comes and lives and works in us.
What would happen if the trinity didn't exist as it does? What if we only had God the Father? What if we had God the Father and God the Son, but no Holy Spirit ? We need God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – without them all there would not be the amazing relationship with God that is open to us. “Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” Ephesian 2v18
Analogy or not to analogy?! We can try to explain the Trinity with analogies, but even these come up short, because God is so great, no illustration really does him justice. Egg – shell, white, yolk H2O – ice, water, steam Shamrock – 3 leaves Family Roles – one man can be a father, husband and son They all have faults and they are all so impersonal and pathetic compared to God!
What it comes down to: Just enjoy the Pizza! However much we try and get our heads round the Trinity we will never fully get it. But this is not a bad thing. We can clearly see that it is Biblically true, but more importantly we can see how much we are blessed by it. God in all his fullness Father, Son and Spirit, is amazing and worthy of our praise. God has had always had us in mind, we have always been part of his plan, and throughout creation he has been working at every point in every way that has been needed for us to know him personally and intermately. God is good - let's enjoy him!